The beauty of Aitutaki and its lagoon stunned the Forum leaders when they travelled there for closed discussions on One Foot Island. Each of the country representatives was also invited to plant a young tamanu tree. Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna said it was a symbolic gesture to drive home the importance of discussions about the environment. Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Affairs, Richard Marles planted the one for Australia on behalf of Prime Minister, Julia Gillard who returned home after news of five Australian soldiers being killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan.
Photo credits: Left, US State Department Right, ABC News, Australia