The leaders of the nine members of the Polynesian Leaders Group in Apia last September
APIA, SAMOA – WEDNESDAY 04 JULY 2018: The Polynesian Leaders Group is picking up membership fast and will soon have three more countries joining to boost its membership to twelve.
New Zealand, Hawaii and Rapa Nui or Easter Island, have been admitted as members of the Polynesian Leaders Group at its 8th Summit in Tuvalu last week. The new members will attend the next Polynesian Leaders Group meeting scheduled for Pago Pago, American Samoa.
The Polynesian Leaders Group (PLG) is an international governmental group bringing together the independent or self-governing countries and territories in Polynesia.
The three add to the group’s existing nine members that include Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, the Cook Islands, Niue, American Samoa, French Polynesia, Tokelau and Wallis and Futuna.
According to the Group’s Chairman, Tuvalu’s Prime Minister, Enelē Sosene Sopoaga, there was strong support for adding more Polynesian countries and communities to the fold.
He said it was important for all Polynesian peoples to come together because they face common issues that require a collective response.
The group was established in 2011 and consists of independent or self-governing countries or territories within the geographical region of Polynesia.
“There is a strong consensus that we should welcome our brothers Hawaii, Rapanui and Maori as members of the Polynesian Leaders’ Group,” Sopoaga said.
“In accordance with the MOU which we signed, we welcome other Polynesian communities in other places and locations to join the PLG as brothers.”
Representatives of all the group’s members attended this summit except for the Cook Islands, and French Polynesia.