The Rapanui Families Organize
The Honui have created a technical working group to determine the representation of the families that still haven’t been defined and to establish internal regulations to settle conflictive or delicate situations and to propose topics for development. The basic requirements are: be a minimum of 18 years of age, speak both Spanish and Rapanui, have a clean personal reputation and never have sold nor bought land. Once finalized, they will work of the three most important topics : 1.-Administration of Rapa Nui National Park; 2.- Law of Residence; and 3.- Special Statute for Rapa Nui.
“Not all Rapanui families have a Honui, since there are some which only have 6 members left. Others have 6 or more branches, like the Pakaratis, the Tukis, the Tepanos. Some have already organized their own technical teams, thanks to the participation of young professionals. That way we were able to call a vote and create the corporation, Ma’u Henua, to co-administer the National Park with CONAF (Chilean National Forestry Service). Now we are working on the Special Statue which would give us greater autonomy to take decisions here on the Island, which, to date, has not be accepted by the Chilean government.”
President Bachelet visited the Island a year ago to sign the initial project for a law that will limit the residence of continentals and foreigners on the Island and, in addition, promised that, before the end of her term, the administration of the Rapa Nui National Park would be placed in the hands of a representative ethnic organization. The Honui expect those promises to be kept.
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