Tahiti

Huge tax fraud case opens in Tahiti court

The case revolves around the alleged abuse of a tax refund law which was meant to boost investment from France in its overseas territories.

13 people are due to appear in the criminal court in Papeete, accused of lodging false invoices to reclaim more than $US20 million from the state.

Among those charged is a former minister Clarenntz Vernaudon, who two months ago received a suspended jail sentence for abusing public funds.

Self-styled 'king' sentenced to a year in Tahiti prison

The Pakamotu group had been defying the French state for years by purporting to have its own government.

Last year, Athanase Teiri was convicted in the criminal court and given a nine-month jail term for circulating a fake currency and for intimidation.

On appeal, the sentence was increased by three months to a year.

He and his backers distributed the so-called patu as part of his claim that it would be replacing the French Pacific franc.

Hundreds march in Tahiti against building of floating islands

The march by residents of Mataiea was held despite a statement by the government of Edouard Fritch in February that its deal with the Americans had become void.

The demonstrators, who included local fishermen and families, are opposed to building the islands in the Atimaono lagoon, saying the area is their food source.

The government said its agreement with the Seasteading Institute was not a legal document and that it expired at the end of 2017.

It also said it hoped that this would end the debate about the floating islands.

Tahiti ukulele world record attempt fails

After weeks of campaigning and preparations, just over 6300 players gathered at a Papeete stadium for the performance.

This was short of the target of 10,000, and the record held by Hong Kong, where more than 8000 people took part.

Three years ago, 4750 participants jointly played at the ukulele festival in Tahiti to make it into Guinness Book of Records.

The song Te ra mai te tiare had been chosen for the latest challenge.

 

     

Tahiti keen on ukulele world record

Three years ago, 4750 participants jointly played at ukulele festival in Papeete to make it into Guinness Book of Records.

Being dethroned by 8000 players in Hong Kong, Tahiti now wants to bring together 10,000 ukulele players on 24 February.

The song Te ra mai te tiare has been chosen for the challenge, with Tahiti Nui TV broadcasting a tutorial to help with practice.

The event is being organised by a range of institutions.

 

     

Tahiti suspended from the Pacific Games Council

The suspension was unanimously agreed by the Pacific Games Council's General Assembly during a meeting in Port Vila yesterday.

In a statement, the Council said French Polynesia's government had interfered in the autonomy and independence of sporting associations, which culminated in its decision to boycott the 2017 Mini Games in Vanuatu.

Tahiti rugby players pull out of Mini Games

Sevens was to be one of two sports featuring Tahitian athletes in Port Vila, after the French Polynesian government opted to boycott the event and not support the team.

Pacific Games Council CEO Andrew Minogue said they were expecting the team to arrive in Vanuatu on Thursday before being informed they weren't coming at all.

Alleged cocaine smugglers to be tried in Tahiti

Their detention is the latest following a series of recent police operations intercepting huge quantities of drugs on yachts.

In all cases the suspects have been transferred to France, but this time the suspects - two Dutchmen and a Pole - will face the court in French Polynesia.

The three arrived in a catamaran in Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas islands from Costa Rica.

The prosecutor said the men said they didn't know they had 500 kilogrammes of cocaine on board.

He said the drugs were probably destined for the Australian market.

Tahiti hopeful government will support Pacific Games bid

The French territory is competing with Samoa and Guam for the right to stage the event in two years time, after Tonga pulled out because of a lack of government support.

Tahiti previously hosted the Games in Papeete in 1971 and 1995 but lost out to Tonga and Solomon Islands in the original bidding process for 2019 and 2023.

The President of the Tahiti Olympic Committee, Tauhiti Nena, said all of the national sporting federations are on board but they still need to persuade the government to come to the party.

Tahiti upset Cook Islands to keep RWC hopes alive

In wet and windy conditions, the French territory scored two unanswered tries and kept the Cookies scoreless in the second half.

The test was marred by ill-discipline, with Tahiti prop Martin Taeae, winger James Tekurio and Cook Islands centre Samuela Longo Leuta sent off amid a flurry of eight cards.

President of Tahiti Rugby Union, Charles Tauziet, claimed the "underdog" tag prior to kick-off but said the visitors ultimately won the game up front.