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Tetiaroa Society was invited this month to participate in a workshop in Santa Barbara, CA, at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). The workshop, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, was convened in order to develop a proposal to create a network of sites across a North/South transect in the Pacific Ocean.

It is not very obvious to most visitors to Tetiaroa that the atoll is actually part of a municipal commune that includes the town of Arue on the north end of Tahiti. As such the mayor of Arue is also the mayor of Tetiaroa. Tetiaroa Society recognizes this connection by working with the mayor, and elders, and schools of Arue for Education  and Conservation Programs.

Last month, the mayor’s office invited Tetiaroa Society to participate with schools and municipal officials in a festival that celebrated the relationship between Arue and its “twin” city of Mont-Dore in New Caledonia.…

The Pacific Island Parliament Group held their bi-annual meeting in Tahiti on September 10-11, bringing together the Speakers of Parliament from 16 different countries. The theme for discussions was the “Blue Economy” focusing on ocean and island resilience and sustainable fisheries. The conference was also a time to share information on programs to reduce carbon emissions and create marine protected areas.

After two days of work the group came to Tetiaroa on September 12th for a day trip to experience the Tetiaroa Model of sustainable tourism.

Hinano Murphy, Tetiaroa Society's Cultural Director, was honored to be invited to the United Nations for the UN World Oceans Day Symposium on June 7th. Hinano was invited as a storyteller to open the day-long symposium with a legend from Polynesia that would focus the upcoming presentations and discussions under the theme Gender and the Oceans. Hinano spoke of Ru and Hina, brother and sister Polynesian deities, that are part of an important creation myth that tells the story of them discovering the island homeland Hawaiki. Usually the story is told from Ru's point of view, but Hinano…

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Working hand-in-hand with Tetiaroa Society, the eco-luxury hotel The Brando is committed to keeping Tetiaroa Atoll an ecological haven for the island’s native species, local Tahitians, and visitors.

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