political reviews • polynesi a 133 ment established a new Ministry of implied a new cultural orientation, Sports and prepared to celebrate the away from the French inﬂuence and fortieth anniversary of Cook Islands back to the country’s Maohi (indige- self-government on 4 August 2005. nous Polynesian) roots, as well as toward a more pan-Paciﬁc perspec- jon tikivanotau m jonassen tive. Three events in particular embodied these tendencies. References On 12 July, the new government celebrated the annual autonomy CIH, The Cook Islands Herald. Raro- holiday parade. Thousands of people tonga. Weekly. participated, while several guests of CIN, Cook Islands News. Rarotonga. honor from other Paciﬁc Islands Daily. countries were present. The new pres- ident changed the holiday from 29 June to 12 July to honor Francis San- ford, the father of the territory’s ﬁrst statute of autonomy of 12 July 1977. Events in French Polynesia in the Flosse had made the holiday 29 June period under review were essentially when he created another, enlarged characterized by political upheaval autonomy statute, which passed on and unrest, with an elected govern- that date in 1984 (NT, 28 June 2004; ment ousted in a “legal coup,” only TP, 12 July 2004).
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Published: Dec 6, 2005