From Easter Island to New Zealand: Ocean Conservation across Polynesia

Thousands of miles of ocean separate the islands that shape the Polynesian Triangle — anchored by New Zealand (Aotearoa) in the west, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) to the southeast, and Hawaii to the north.

In April 2013, representatives from Easter Island and French Polynesia traveled to New Zealand to celebrate their cultural ties and mutual desire for ocean conservation.

Along their journey across Aotearoa's North Island, they met with Maori leaders, scientists, government officials, tour operators and conservationists. They discussed the challenges toward creating marine reserves and protected areas, as well as the benefits that can follow.

Global Ocean Legacy is a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and its partners.