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Pacific Island Parliament Group Visited Tetiaroa

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.

Parliamentary leaders from American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Easter Island, Hawaii, New Zealand, Niue, Palau Samoa, Tokelau, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna, were joined by the French Polynesia President of the Assembly, Gaston Tong Song, the Mayor of Arue, Philippe Schyle, and the French Polynesia senator Maina Sage.

In all, 60 people came by boat and plane and spent half a day on the island visiting The Brando’s sustainable infrastructure and hearing about Tetiaroa Society programs.

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Tetiaroa Society partners, Institute Malardé and Te Mana o te Moana, were on hand to talk about their work on Tetiaroa. The group showed great interest in technological innovations such as the SWAC, conservation programs on green sea turtles and habitat restoration, and scientific innovations like the mosquito abatement program.

Overall, it was a day of shared goodwill mixed with a concern for the future and a determination to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of Pacific islands.

mayor of Arue

 

Phillip Schyle, Mayor of Arue,
spoke to the group.

 

The representative from the
Cook Islands with Hinano.

rep from Cook Islands and Hinano
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Frank Murphy's academic background includes BA's in Biology, Natural History from UC Santa Cruz, and and MA in Geography from UC Berkeley. He has lived in French Polynesia for 35 years managing the UC Berkeley Gump Research Station and running his own tourism business. For the last three years he has been the Executive Director of Tetiaroa Society, steering the TS mission on the island.

More about the conference on assemblee.pf