Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 Reviews of American Sāmoa, Cook associate members since 2006, was Islands, Niue, Sāmoa, Tokelau, upgraded to full membership in the Tuvalu, and Wallis and Futuna organization (pir, 10 Sept 2016). are not included in this issue. While appearing at first glance a gesture of appreciation toward the two large French overseas possessions The year under review was again by their independent Pacific neighbors, relatively calm, without major politi- full membership for French Polyne- cal upheavals. Backed by a surpris- sia—as for New Caledonia—was in ingly stable majority in the Assembly fact highly controversial, both within of French Polynesia for his Tapura the country and among the larger Huiraatira party, President Édouard Pacific community. The government of Fritch continued leading the coun- French Polynesia and especially Presi- try with an essentially conservative dent Fritch, who was present in Pohn- political agenda, not aiming at major pei, surely expressed their satisfaction institutional or policy changes. On the and joy to have at last reached formal regional level, the country gained the equality with the neighbor countries, controversial distinction of becoming as did the president of New Caledo- a
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 12, 2018
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