INFLUENTIAL TAHITI PROTESTANT CHURCH HOLDS

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Meeting themes: promote Polynesian language, pay less tax

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, July 25, 2011) - The opening of the Maohi Protestant Church's 127th Synod took place during the weekend in Vairao in Tahiti's peninsula.

[PIR editor’s note: "This church is the former Evangelical Church of French Polynesia, which changed its name to Maohi Protestant Church by decision of its synod in 2004. The church grew out of the work of the London Missionary Society which came to Tahiti in 1797. More than half of the population of the territory belongs to the Maohi Protestant Church."]

One of the synod's main theme this year will be how to protect and promote Polynesian languages.

Another main theme will be new taxes. The Maohi Protestant Church wants the poorest tahitians to pay less taxes in the future.

There should also be working sessions and debates about the Tahitian society and its evolution.

The Maohi Protestant Church's 127th Synod is scheduled to end July 31st.

Members from the Maohi Protestant Church account for around 50 percent of French Polynesian inhabitants.

The 127th Maohi Protestant Church Synod also already re-elected Taaroanui Maraea president for another four years.

Maraea was elected president for the first time in 2003 and re-elected president for another four years in 2007.

Trained in Strasbourg, France, he spent three years working in the youth sector before moving into the Church's hierarchy.

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