Raiatea’s Taputapuatea Marae Put Forward As UNESCO Site

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Raiatea’s Taputapuatea Marae Put Forward As UNESCO Site Proposed World Heritage Site approximately 1,000 years old

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 26, 2017) – France has officially lodged a bid with UNESCO to make a French Polynesia's Taputapuatea marae a World Heritage site.

The bid was announced by the French culture minister, Fleur Pellerin.

The site on Raiatea island is a marae complex which is about 1,000 years old.

It was a centre for Polynesian seafarers from where they explored islands such as Rapa Nui, Hawaii and New Zealand.

The French application is to be first vetted at a meeting in Turkey in July before a UNESCO World heritage meeting next year.

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