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An Interview with Oscar Temaru

An Interview with Oscar Temaru Terence Wesley-Smith, Gerard Finin, and Tarcisius Kabutaulaka On 11 January 2012, tcp Editorial Board members Terence Wesley- Smith, Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, and Gerard Finin interviewed then-Presi- dent of French Polynesia Oscar Temaru. President Temaru was in Hono- lulu to meet with local business leaders and to visit the United States Pacific Command (uspacom) at Camp Smith. The interview was conducted in the offices of Hawai‘i State Senator J Kalani English, chair of the Com- mittee on Transportation and International Affairs and host of the presi- dent’s visit. Although the meeting took place at the end of a very busy day, President Temaru was eager to talk about his career in politics as well as current issues in French Polynesia. Oscar Manutahi Temaru was born in the district of Faaa on Tahiti on 1 November 1944 of a Tahitian father and a Cook Islander mother. He grew up in Faaa and in Papeete, where he attended a Catholic secondary school. During school holidays he visited his maternal relatives in New Zealand and worked in the freezing works in the suburbs of Auckland. After grad- uating from secondary school in 1961, he served in the French navy for three years. During that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

Terence Wesley-Smith, Gerard Finin, and Tarcisius Kabutaulaka On 11 January 2012, tcp Editorial Board members Terence Wesley- Smith, Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, and Gerard Finin interviewed then-Presi- dent of French Polynesia Oscar Temaru. President Temaru was in Hono- lulu to meet with local business leaders and to visit the United States Pacific Command (uspacom) at Camp Smith. The interview was conducted in the offices of Hawai‘i State Senator J Kalani English, chair of the Com- mittee on Transportation and International Affairs and host of the presi- dent’s visit. Although the meeting took place at the end of a very busy day, President Temaru was eager to talk about his career in politics as well as current issues in French Polynesia. Oscar Manutahi Temaru was born in the district of Faaa on Tahiti on 1 November 1944 of a Tahitian father and a Cook Islander mother. He grew up in Faaa and in Papeete, where he attended a Catholic secondary school. During school holidays he visited his maternal relatives in New Zealand and worked in the freezing works in the suburbs of Auckland. After grad- uating from secondary school in 1961, he served in the French navy for three years. During that

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 2, 2013

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