French Polynesia

French justice minister defers Tahiti trip

Mon 10 Nov 2014 -

PAPEETE, Tahiti --- Reports from French Polynesia say next week's planned visit by the French justice minister, Christiane Taubira, has been deferred indefinitely.

October 2014

Flosse loses power in French Polynesia

Nic Maclellan

After exhausting all avenues of appeal, President Gaston Flosse of French Polynesia has been removed from office following his conviction for misappropriation of public funds. The decision ends the career of the dominant figure in French Polynesia’s political life since the 1960s. Flosse was a fierce opponent of independence for ...

Flosse appeal fails, likely to lose office

Fri 05 Sep 2014 -

PAPE'ETE, French Polynesia ----French Polynesia's president Gaston Flosse has failed in his appeal to have a sentence for corruption wiped and is now likely to lose office.

Tahiti's President Flosse charged with misuse of power

Fri 22 Aug 2014 -

PAPE'ETE, Tahiti --- French Polynesia's president, Gaston Flosse, has been charged with misuse of power in the way he awarded a US$55 million contract a decade ago to build Tahiti's new hospital.

French Polynesia names candidates for Senate

Thu 21 Aug 2014 -

PAPE'ETE, Tahiti --- French Polynesia's ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira has chosen its two candidates to contest next month's election of the territory's two seats in the French Senate.

Tahiti rule of law still questioned

Wed 06 Aug 2014 -

PAPE'ETE, Tahiti ----A leading French Polynesian opposition politician, Teva Rohfritsch, has re-stated his shock at the French government's decision to shield the territory's president, Gaston Flosse.

August 2014

Emotional fall-out overnuclear test memorial

Nic Maclellan

Even though the last nuclear test in the Pacific was conducted nearly 20 years ago, the commemoration of the atomic era still causes debate in French Polynesia. President Gaston Flosse of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has caused a storm by proposing to remove a memorial to nuclear testing from a ...

Jail sentence called for Tahiti president

Thu 05 Jun 2014 -

PAPE'ETE, French Polynesia--- The prosecution in the trial of the French Polynesian president Gaston Flosse has called for him to be given a two-year jail sentence and a US$110,000 fine for abuse of public funds.

French Polynesia atoll embezzlement trial opens

Tue 03 Jun 2014 -

PAPE'ETE, French Polynesia ---- The trial opens on Tuesday of the French Polynesian president Gaston Flosse and five others accused of corruption over a 2002 atoll purchase.

Tahiti’s Les Nouvelles bows out at 57 but new owners deny censorship

Jason Brown
Mon 26 May 2014 -

PAPE’ETE, Tahiti ---- One of the Pacific’s oldest newspapers is no more. Les Nouvelles de Tahiti, the older of two daily newspapers in French Polynesia, published its last edition on Friday.

Tahiti to ease visa terms for Chinese

Mon 26 May 2014 -

PAPE'ETE, Tahiti --- The French Polynesian government says visa requirements for Chinese passport holders are about to be lifted for those staying less than 15 days.

French Polynesia votes in municipal election

Mon 24 Mar 2014 -

PAPE'ETE, Tahiti --- Voters in French Polynesia are going to the polls in municipal elections as polling has already ended in mainland France.

February 2014

France’s nuclear legacy haunts French Polynesia

Last December, the United Nations General Assembly addressed France’s nuclear legacy in French Polynesia in its annual statement on decolonisation.

Flosse taps Beijing-Tahiti connection for increased tourism

As with previous governments in French Polynesia, the Flosse administration is seeking to boost ties with China, hoping for increased tourism, trade and investment.

The Battle for French Polynesia’s Future

Nic Maclellan

In French Polynesia, they’re gearing up for next month’s municipal elections. It’s another round in the long-running battle over its future, between President Gaston Flosse and opposition leader Oscar Manutahi Temaru.

Tahiti opposition politician decries colonial justice

Thu 30 Jan 2014 -

PAPE'ETE, French Polynesia --- The French Polynesian opposition politician, Oscar Temaru, says it is a disgrace that a corruption trial scheduled for this week has not gone ahead.

Jail sentence for Tahiti's self-styled Pakumotu king

Thu 23 Jan 2014 -

PAPE'ETE, French Polynesia ---- A court in French Polynesia has given a six-month jail sentence to the king of the self-styled Pakumotu republic, Athanase Teiri, for intimidating and threatening senior officials.

Phosphate exploration to resume in French Polynesia

Tue 14 Jan 2014 -

PAPE'ETE, French Polynesia --- The French Polynesian government has granted a licence to an Australian company to explore the viability of starting up mining on the atoll of Makatea in the Tuamotu archipelago.

WHO monitoring French Polynesia zika and dengue

Thu 09 Jan 2014 -

PAPE'ETE, French Polynesia --- The World Health Organisation says it's monitoring closely the situation in French Polynesia which is fighting outbreaks of zika virus and dengue fever.

French minister queried over visa requirements for Tahiti

Wed 08 Jan 2014 -

PAPE'ETE, French Polynesia --- French Polynesia's president, Gaston Flosse, says he has asked the French interior minister to simplify entry requirements for tourists from China.

French Polynesia health officials battle two epidemics

Wed 08 Jan 2014 -

PAPE'ETE, French Polynesia ---- Health officials in French Polynesia are battling an epidemic of the zika virus and also dengue fever.

French Polynesia opposition leader Oscar Temaru pushes for education in English

Mon 09 Dec 2013 -

PAPE'ETE, Tahiti --- The opposition leader in French Polynesia, Oscar Temaru, is calling for the territory's children to be educated in English rather than French.

French Polynesia gets new transport minister

Tue 19 Nov 2013 -

PAPE'ETE, Tahiti --- The French Polynesian president, Gaston Flosse, has named a senior transport ministry official, Albert Solia, as the new transport minister.

New Caledonia issue seen as key in Paris silence about Tahiti referendum

Mon 28 Oct 2013 -

PAPE'ETE, French Polynesia --- A French Polynesian pro-independence politician, Richard Tuheiava, says France’s continued silence over a possible self-determination referendum may be due to the debate surrounding New Caledonia.

Tahiti Greens want more information about Moruroa risks

Fri 25 Oct 2013 -

PAPE'ETE, Tahiti --- The Greens in French Polynesia are urging Paris to give information about the risks of Moruroa atoll collapsing.