New French Polynesia Political Party Launches As Third Alternative

Fiscally conservative platform, aspires to use local resources for outer island employment creation

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 22, 2016) – A former French Polynesian government minister has unveiled a new political party Tau Hoturau.

Tauhiti Nena, who was the education minister until 2013, told a news conference that the party's inaugural congress would be held on 1 October when more details would be released.

Mr Nena said his party would offer a third way and work towards creating a different society.

Political parties have been divided between pro-and anti-independence parties, with many of their leaders in charge for decades.

He called for lower costs to run the territory and wants to push policies which use local resources to secure employment in outer islands.

Mr Nena, who was a member of the main pro-independence party, called for a 20-year pause in the development of the territory's status by adopting a process like in New Caledonia.

He said there should be 20-year window like with the Noumea Accord and then the people should decide what option to pursue - be it independence, an associated country, an autonomous territory or a French department.

Mr Nena said at the October congress his party would present its three candidates fo next year's French legislative elections.

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