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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.

3 countries interested in hosting 2019 Pacific Games

The countries are Guam, Samoa and Tahiti.

Tonga was initially confirmed to host the 2019 Pacific Games but withdrew the right to host a few months ago saying the cost of hosting the event will affect the economy.

In press statement the PGC said it is delighted with this response and thanks the three countries for stepping forward with their intention to host the 2019 Pacific Games and delivering a strong vote of confidence in the importance of the Games and the benefits of hosting them.

Tahiti removal from UN decolonisation list 'unlikely'

Richard Tuheiava of the opposition Tavini Huiraatira Party said the territory was put back on the list by the UN General Assembly in 2013 because of the terms under which it is administered by France.

While the government of Edouard Fritch maintains that a majority of voters is against independence, Mr Tuheiava said that was not a determining factor.

New Caledonia would support Tahiti bid for Pacific Games

The Pacific Games Council confirmed Tonga's withdrawal from hosting the event earlier this month, and asked for expressions of interest from "experienced" hosts.

Fiji and Papua New Guinea declined to make a bid with Samoa the only country confirming its desire to stage the games.

New Caledonia also ruled itself out, having last hosted the games six years ago.

Chief executive of the territory's Olympic Committee, Michel Quintin, said whoever does take on the hosting mantle needed strong financial backing.

Tahiti on top at Va'a World Champs

Kevin Ceran Jerusalemy won the V1 Open Men's 18km race, while Chevalier Hikutini prevailed in the V1 Masters Men's event.

The French Territory also won yesterday's V6 Open Women's race and top the overall standings with four gold medals, one silver and two bronze from seven events.

New Zealand was next best with two gold medals, while Australia have one.

More than 650 paddlers from 33 countries and five continents are competing in the first world marathon championships, which runs for four days.

 

Endangered birds recover in Tahiti

Birdlife International's Pacific Invasives Programme Manager said among those on the verge of extinction are the Sandpiper and Polynesian Ground-dove, or Tuturuturu.

Steve Cranwell said bird numbers are rising after the Acteon and Gambier island atolls in French Polynesia were made predator free two years ago.

"It has since re-established on one of those that it was previously not present and increased in number on another so it is looking really promising," Mr Cranwell said