New Caledonia

June 2014

Mr. Nickel

Nic Maclellan

It’s just days before New Caledonia’s elections and Andre Dang is angry. The conservative majority in the Southern Province Assembly has allocated exploration rights for two major nickel deposits at Prony and Pernod. The President and CEO of the Société Minière du Sud Pacifique (SMSP) is not impressed that two ...

New Caledonia gets new government

Thu 05 Jun 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia --- New Caledonia's Congress has chosen the territory's new 11-member government following last month's election.

Clashes continue near Vale nickel plant in Noumea

Wed 28 May 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia --- Two more police officers in New Caledonia have suffered gun shot wounds in renewed clashes near Noumea with scores of Kanak youth opposed to the nearby Vale nickel plant.

New Caledonia's Ponga re-elected as the French Pacific's member of the EU Parliament

Mon 26 May 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia --- New Caledonia's Maurice Ponga has been re-elected as the French Pacific's member of the European parliament.

Michel becomes New Caledonia southern province president

Fri 16 May 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia --- The assembly of New Caledonia's southern province has elected Philippe Michel of the Caledonia Together Party as the new president.

Ligeard poised as New Caledonia president

Fri 16 May 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ---- New Caledonia's three provincial assemblies are due to meet this morning for their first meeting since last Sunday's election to choose provincial governments.

Gomes advances in New Caledonia’s election

Nic Maclellan
Mon 12 May 2014 -

The Calédonie Ensemble (CE) party led by anti-independence politician Philippe Gomes has become the largest party in New Caledonia’s parliament, following elections for three provincial assemblies and national Congress on Sunday. The improved result for CE is the latest in a series of defeats for the previously dominant Rassemblement-UMP party ...

New Caledonia nickel plant suspended

Thu 08 May 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ---- The president of New Caledonia's Southern Province Cynthia Ligeard has ordered immediate suspension of operations at the Vale nickel processing plant at Goro after an estimated 100,000 litres of effluent ended up in a creek.

New Caledonia: French voters uncertain about the future

Nic Maclellan
Thu 08 May 2014 -

It hard to walk down the street in Noumea without having a leaflet thrust in your hand. It’s the final week of campaigning in New Caledonia’s elections, as voters go to the polls this Sunday to elect representatives for three provincial assemblies and the national Congress.

Independence movement launches unity ticket

Nic Maclellan
Mon 05 May 2014 -

The meeting is supposed to start at 6pm, but the audience drifts in slowly and by 7 o’clock, the customary welcome is underway. The Kanak independence movement is gathering in Paita, a town on the outskirts of the capital Noumea, to rally support for this week’s crucial elections in New ...

Lack of access to data frustrates scientists

Wed 16 Apr 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia -----A meeting of over 20 stock assessment scientists from the Asia–Pacific region last week heard that the scientific assessment of tunas in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) continues to be hampered by some fishing states not making data available to scientists.

Global and regional rise of diseases spread by mosquitoes

Tue 08 Apr 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ----- The Pacific is currently experiencing a growing epidemic of diseases spread by mosquitoes. The global concern for these diseases is highlighted today, World Health Day; this year’s theme is vector-borne diseases.

FLNKS takes electoral roll woes to court lodging over 7,000 cases

Wed 02 Apr 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ---- New Caledonia's pro-independence Front de libération nationale Kanak et socialiste (FLNKS) movement has lodged more than 7,000 court cases to demand that thousands of voters be struck off the roll for next month's provincial election.

Poll challenge eases New Caledonia's UMP rift

Tue 25 Mar 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ---- A rift within New Caledonia's centre-right UMP camp appears to be put aside as the rival sides are poised to join forces for the second round of the municipal elections.

Close Noumea race in New Caledonia municipal election

Mon 24 Mar 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ----- Three candidates are through to the second round of the municipal election in New Caledonia's capital.

Fiji confirms strong support for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Thu 20 Mar 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ----- The Conference of the Pacific Community chairman and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Fiji, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, has confirmed Fiji’s support for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community

UN delegation describes New Caledonia visit as peace mission

Fri 14 Mar 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ----- A delegation of the UN decolonisation committee has described its visit to New Caledonia as a peace mission.

UN delegation describes New Caledonia visit as peace mission

Fri 14 Mar 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ----- A delegation of the UN decolonisation committee has described its visit to New Caledonia as a peace mission.

'Too many' aid agencies in the Pacific development organisation says

Wed 12 Mar 2014 -

NOUMEA, NEW CALEDONIA ----- The new head of an intergovernmental development organisation that supports Pacific Island countries has questioned whether there are too many aid groups working in the region.

Disagreements on New Caledonia roll as French magistrates review

Mon 10 Mar 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ----- Disagreements continue in New Caledonia about the make-up of the electoral rolls for the May provincial elections.

SPC working to set up early detection measures for dengue

Mon 10 Mar 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ----- The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) says it is working to contain dengue fever outbreaks in the region by setting up between-country networks to share early outbreak information.

PINA board re- elected

Mon 17 Feb 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia --- Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) president Moses Stevens from Vanuatu, is in for his third term as the PINA president.

Media stakeholders discuss self-regulation in the Pacific at PINA summit

Fri 14 Feb 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ----- Participants attending the workshop on media self-regulation in the Pacific at the 3rd Pacific Islands Media Summit reiterated the need to educate journalists about the role of media and the importance of self-regulation; to overcome divisions among media at the national and regional levels; and to ...

Growth of sustainable fishing important

Fri 14 Feb 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ---Development of Sustainable Tuna fisheries in the Pacific is vital if the tuna market is to be maintained in the region.

Media plays key role in promoting trade in Pacific: Trade Pasifika

Fri 14 Feb 2014 -

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ------The media’s role in Pacific regionalism is equally important when it comes to trade, delegates at the 3rd Pacific Media Summit in Noumea heard today.