POI has grown from a concept that Rowan Strickland and Chris Cornelisen have been developing over the last couple of years through enthusiastic conversations with like-minded individuals and organisations from NZ and around the Pacific.

POI began with a New Zealand focus but its scope extends through Polynesia with the aim of gaining and sharing knowledge that will be useful for the wider Pacific region.

POI has been initiated through support provided by the Cawthron Institute, Nelson, NZ.

POI's Executive Director is Bill Dyck.