New Caledonia

Vanuatu woman exploited in New Caledonia - report

The Nouvelles Caledoniennes reported that the unnamed woman from Efate had been hired after answering an online advertisement of an employment agency.

It said she worked as a household help for a New Caledonian couple who made false declarations by describing her as a visiting acquaintance.

The woman was made to work every day, lacked any social security and was paid about $US200 a month.

The couple will reportedly face the courts on a multitude of charges which can be punishable with up to five years in jail.


New Caledonia restates France's claim on Matthew, Hunter islands

They issued a statement after the pro-independence FLNKS movement restated its position that Matthew and Hunter islands belonged to Vanuatu's heritage.

The three said last November's independence referendum showed a majority of New Caledonians wanted to stay French.

They said they would therefore oppose any attempt to dispossess the country of part of its land and wealth.

FLNKS leader Daniel Goa said unlike the people of Vanuatu, the Kanaks had no cultural links to the two islands.

Arrests in New Caledonia over mine attacks

Two of them have been charged, with one of them admitting to setting two fires to the conveyor belt which feeds ore to the coast for shipping to the SLN smelter in Noumea

The third suspect has been transferred to prison after he had been given a jail term of 18 months in June.

The arrests came only days after 15 trucks were destroyed in Kouaoua.

Earlier police had removed a blockade of the mining site which has been the scene of protracted disputes this year with a group opposed to expanded mining.

Vanuatu deny New Caledonia a double victory

The first match took only fourteen minutes for New Caledonia to score the goal which would secure them the win.

In his international debut Antoine Roine, the top scorer in the Super Ligue with 22 goals this season, didn’t take long to show his skills in front of goal. Accelerating past the defence to latch onto a cross from the left from Joseph Tchacko.

New Caledonia continued to dominate the first half but despite a couple of credible chances, were unable to add anything further to their tally.

New Caledonia votes against independence from France

More than 174,000 voters were eligible to vote in the first such referendum in more than 30 years.

The result has defied predictions as the anti-independence camp hoped for an overwhelming victory to bury the Kanaks' aspirations for a new country once and for all.

The pro-independence side has taken heart from making inroads in the mainly European Noumea area and is determined to invoke the Noumea Accord which allows for another referendum in two years.

Interest has been unprecedented, with turnout at 80 percent and in some electorates soaring to 95 percent.

300 police reinforcements arrive ahead of New Caledonia referendum

According to the public broadcaster, the three squads will be deployed in Kone, Poindimie and Tontouta, which is near Noumea's international airport.

They have just three weeks to familiarise themselves with the new environment to be ready for November 4th.

The one-day referendum will determine whether New Caledonia will assume full sovereignty.

Teen gets 12 years for causing fatal accident in New Caledonia

He was tried behind closed doors and convicted on a charge of theft with violence causing death.

The now 18-year-old was identified as the main person who triggered the woman's fall along the road south of Noumea.

The victim was a 31-year-old nurse going home after a nightshift.

The group of four teenagers was found to have wanted to steal her motorbike but fled when other people came near the scene.

The accident in March last year initially triggered an intense debate on social media over whether her fall was the result of foul play.

New Caledonia man trapped in bus luggage hold

Reports say the man travelled almost 300 kilometres from Koumac to Boulouparis where he tried to get his bags from deep within the bus.

Unaware of him, the driver shut the hold remotely and continued the journey towards Noumea.

The man's daughter said he called her using his mobile phone, upon which she unsuccessfully tried to call the driver.

She then contacted the police who intercepted the bus and freed the man after he had travelled 30 kilometres locked up.



Vanuatu reaffirms relations with New Caledonia

Charlot Salwai made the comment in Noumea on Vanuatu's stance towards the vote.

He said Vanuatu supported the Noumea Accord, but said it would be up to New Caledonia's voters to decide.

Mr Salwai said the Pacific neighbours shared the same values and that Vanuatu backed New Caledonia's further integration into the region.

While there had been ups and downs in Vanuatu's links with France, the relationship was improving, he said.

After independence in 1980, Vanuatu supported New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement.



Trio have cocaine sentences lengthened in New Caledonia

The captain, who is a 70-year old from the Netherlands, has been jailed for nine years, which is two years more than the sentence in the criminal court earlier this year.

The other two, a 54-year-old from Peru and a 39-year-old from Poland, have each been given seven-year jail terms.

According to Les Nouvelles Caledoniennes, the trio had earlier also been fined more than $US25 million.

The street value of the drugs was estimated to be about $US450 million.