Despite the travel agency image of swaying palms, white sandy beaches and turquoise coloured lagoons, the Polynesians have always been quick to defend their interests and don’t take kindly to being told what to do by the “Zozos” ( deformation of “les Oreilles”, nickname given to the colonial administrators). The reaction to François Stifani’s ordinance dissolving the Province of French Polynesia has been more than rapid.
They’ve created their own Grand Lodge of Tahiti and the Archipeligos (GLRT). In an announcement dated Wednesday December 21st, 2011 (more than slightly symbolic for Masons !), three Craft Lodges, Poe rava, Te Parau Mo’a and Les Hospitaliers de Polynésie Française, and the Royal Arch Chapters of Poe Rava, Te Parau Mo’a and Te Aravihi have created the Grand Lodge.
In accordance with the guidelines laid down by the UGLE, the GLRT has contracted a foundation charter following the Grand Principles of Regularity, the Obligations of Freemasonry, the Rule in 12 Points and the Usages and Customs of the Order.
As soon as possible the new Grand Lodge will undertake the steps necessary to obtain Recognition by the international Regular and Recognised Grand L.odges.
Late announcement : François Stifani has cancelled his scheduled trip to Tahiti over Christmas. His declared reason for going there was to "restore order" ! On the bright side that will save us about one month's "taxation" by Miss Monique.