Polynesia re-launches its currency

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A view of the General Assembly Hall at the opening of the twelfth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi launched a new currency, the Kala for Polynesia, on Monday.

The currency was introduced at United Nations Headquarters by The Ali’i Nui, or King of Polynesia, Aleka Aipoalani.

He said the launch of the currency is a step towards protecting the sovereign status of the Polynesian Kingdom.

"The Kingdom of Atooi unites many Polynesian nations with the Kala currency which has not been minted since the late 1800's just before the nation's illegal overthrow. Indigenous people of the world note the historic significance of this bold move. The launch of this honest money will serve as a recognition of the responsibilities we are taking to help restore the nation of the world. Atooi means the light of God. In this light we trust. Now in 2013 in this light we must." (27″)

The Ali’i Nui or King of Polynesia is attending this year's session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which runs through 31 May.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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