23 May 2014

French Polynesia to mark autonomy for two months

3:10 pm on 23 May 2014

The French Polynesian government says it wants to mark 30 years of autonomy this year with a range of events covering two months from late May.

In the past, anti-independence supporters celebrated June the 29th as autonomy day while the rival political side used the day to remember the Tahitians who resisted French colonisation.

On June the 29th 1880, the Tahitian king signed a treaty with France which annexed the kingdom.

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The government now wants to broaden the event to include the Miss Tahiti contest, the Heiva festival, a speech contest as well as a music competition and sports events.

Just under half a million US dollars has been budgetted to help pay for the two months of events.