The National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA) organized the First Global Convention of PIO’s in New York on August 28, 1989. This convention was attended by over 3000 delegates and provided the opportunity for Indian communities nationally and internationally to come together with a feeling of communion and discuss problems that people of Indian origin faced after migration. For the first time, a book on migration of Indians, “Around the World,” was published in which twenty six resolutions pertaining to the various issues and interests of the community were adopted. GOPIO was formed at this convention.
In October 2008, then Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, officially launched GOPIO New Zealand. GOPIO NZ has grown to almost 150 members since then.