Tahiti

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

 

Coach: Win has given players self-confidence

Coach, Flemming Serritslev said the game was won in the same way as the first game last week in Port Moresby.

“This time, since we were equal in playing numbers, we had the upper hand for most of the match.

‘We knew that victory in the second match was absolutely necessary to continue in the World Cup qualifiers.

“Now that we have reached this first goal, our next goal is to beat the Solomon Islands in the Solomon Islands,” said Serritslev.

Serritslev added on that the feeling in camp was good and the team deserved the win.

PNG hopes to bounce back at Championships

The OFC championship is being hosted in Tahiti from February 11-24 with eight countries participating.

Our boys are pooled in Group A alongside New Caledonia, Tahiti and Vanuatu while Group B consists of Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands and New Zealand.

PNG is currently third on the points ladder after round one behind New Caledonia on first place and Tahiti on second. 

In their first match on Saturday, PNG went down to New Caledonia 3-2 while Tahiti defeated Vanuatu 1-0.

Tahiti welcomes French nuclear compo law amendment

The National Assembly unanimously voted to amend the law, drawn up by Herve Morin when he was the defence minister in 2009.

Most claims for compensation for ill health because of the weapons tests have been rejected which prompted sustained calls for the law to be amended.

Mr Fritch said the Assembly decision marks a historic day and a relief.

He has hailed the territory's parliamentarians in Paris for their work and praised the tireless efforts of the nuclear test veterans organisations and the Maohi Protestant Church.

Tahiti's Tong Sang gets suspended jail sentence

Tong Sang and two of his former ministers, Clarenntz Vernaudon and Fernand Roomataaroa, were convicted for signing contracts to seal a coalition deal with the Ai'a Api Party.

Tong Sang was fined $US18000.

The three have also been sentenced to jointly pay $US80000 to the public purse.

Their deal in 2008 was allegedly struck to firm up the government coalition.

It involved giving Roomataaroa the agriculture ministry and moving the incumbent into another job as well as upgrading the contracts of 20 of her staff.

MOU signed for floating city off Tahiti

The deal was signed by a minister Jean-Christophe Bouissou and the executive director of the Seasteading Institute in San Francisco, which is backed by Paypal founder and billionaire Peter Thiel.

The agreement clears the way for feasibility studies to create a legal structure for seazones with a special governing framework.

The Institute chose French Polynesia for its venture because it found that its links to France, its autonomy and relatively calm waters, offered a suitable environment to place a floating island.

Fillon's success in France alarms Tahiti's leader

RNZ reports in France and many overseas territories, Mr Fillon won a resounding victory in last weekend's run-off against Alain Juppé, but in French Polynesia Mr Juppé was the winner, backed by Mr Fritch and his party.

Mr Fritch told local television that discussions are needed between his government and Mr Fillon, who has proposed big cuts to the public sector.

Siblings found drifting off Tahiti

RNZ reports Laurent and Meherio Para, aged 34 and 29 respectively, were discovered by fishermen yesterday.

They had left the island of Huahine in the Society Islands heading for Maiao further south on their motorised fishing boat.

French Polynesia's air and maritime rescue service spent 55 hours looking for the pair over 70-thousand square kilometres of ocean and had stopped searching on Monday.

Meherio Para said they survived on a large fish they had caught and collected rainwater and used a tarpaulin for a sail.

Tahiti come from behind to force 2-all draw with PNG

Raymond Gunemba's second goal straight after half time gavePNG a clear lead before Tahiti hit back with a  10 men team after captain Nicolas Vallar was sent off for a dangerous tackle to Raymond Gunemba.

Minutes later Tahiti slammed in two goals to level with PNG.

With just 15 minutes before fulltime Tahitian striker Teaonui Tehau slotted in the second goal from a corner from a nicely place kick  to see  the  find the net to force the draw.

Tahiti held off the attacking PNG side until the final whistle.

PNG Kapuls lead over Tahiti in OFC

It was a tough match throughout the first half as Papua New Guineans gave the reigning champs a hard time driving through the back with the Komolong brothers Alvin and Felix partnering with sweeper  Danial Joe to maintain a strong backline.

Despite PNG Skipper David Muta and mid-fielder Jacob Sabua both given yellow cards, Sabua returned with a stunning comeback after the warning with a right wing cross that leaves Veteran Gunemba who swindled the ball with his left foot past the Tahitian goalkeeper.

PNG scored right on half time to  lead Tahiti 1-0.