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Kanaky independence campaign rolls on … encouraged by ballot result

By   /  November 9, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Evening Report, Global, Human Rights, independence, Indigenous, Kanak independence, Kanaky, KB, KB, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, New Caledonia, New Caledonia referendum, New Zealand, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, referendum, Reports  /  Comments Off on Kanaky independence campaign rolls on … encouraged by ballot result

David Robie, who reported from New Caledonia several times during the 1980s for Islands Business magazine, The Australian, New Zealand Times and other media, returned to the French Pacific possession to observe last weekend’s historic referendum. He was also on board the Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace environmental ship that was bombed by French secret agents […]

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New Caledonia vote stirs painful memories – and a hopeful future

By   /  November 8, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, David Robie, DJF, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, France, Human Rights, Indigenous, Kanak independence, Kanaky, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Caledonia, New Caledonia referendum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, referendum, Reports  /  Comments Off on New Caledonia vote stirs painful memories – and a hopeful future

David Robie, who reported from New Caledonia during the 1980s for Islands Business magazine, New Zealand Times and other media, returned to the French Pacific possession to observe last weekend’s historic referendum. He was also on board the Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace environmental ship that was bombed by French secret agents during the height of […]

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Gallery: Global media cover historic New Caledonia independence referendum

By   /  November 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Gallery, independence, Indigenous, Kanak independence, Kanaky, KB, KB, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Caledonia, New Caledonia referendum, News Media, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, referendum, Reports  /  Comments Off on Gallery: Global media cover historic New Caledonia independence referendum

1. SBS journalist Stefan Armbruster frames a colourful Kanak flag shot on referendum day. Image: David Robie 2. The France TV – representing six channels – outside broadcast vehicle set up at the French High Commission in Noumea. Image: David Robie/PMC 3. Premiere TV, the local offshoot of the French public broadcaster. Image: David Robie/PMC […]

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MSG backing Kanak independence ‘on the quiet’, says campaigner

By   /  November 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Human Rights, independence, Indigenous, Justice, Kanak independence, Kanaky, KB, KB, Melanesian, Melanesian Spearhead Group, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Caledonia, New Caledonia referendum, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PIF, PMC Reportage, referendum, Reports, RNZ Pacific  /  Comments Off on MSG backing Kanak independence ‘on the quiet’, says campaigner

Kanak pro-independence official Victor Tutugoro talking to journalists outside the FLNKS headquarters in Noumea on Sunday. Image: David Robie/PMC By RNZ Pacific A leading New Caledonian pro-independence politician, Victor Tutugoro, says governments of Melanesian countries have quietly supported the New Caledonian independence cause. Tutugoro, second vice-president of New Caledonia’s Kanak-ruled Northern province and a Melanesian […]

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New Caledonia blockade tension fails to mar French PM’s talks on future

By   /  November 6, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, independence, Kanak independence, Kanaky, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, New Caledonia, New Caledonia referendum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, referendum, Reports, Security, Self Determination  /  Comments Off on New Caledonia blockade tension fails to mar French PM’s talks on future

French security forces arrive in force to deal with protesters demonstrating over the independence vote defeat near St Louis, Noumea. Image: Screenshot – Les Nouvelles Caledoniennes By David Robie in Nouméa French security forces moved in today to clean up the main road near an indigenous Kanak tribal area after a day of tension and […]

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New Caledonia on brink of fateful decision – new nation or status quo?

By   /  November 1, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Caledonia, New Caledonia referendum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, referendum, Reports  /  Comments Off on New Caledonia on brink of fateful decision – new nation or status quo?

The New Caledonia referendum will determine whether it will remain a French territory or become independent. Image: SBS video screenshot By Stefan Armbruster in Noumea New Caledonia, a group of picturesque islands in Melanesia that are the closest neighbour to Australia and New Zealand, have been French-owned since 1853. But this may change at the […]

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Flashback to Kanaky in the 1980s – ‘Blood on their banner’

By   /  November 1, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Featured, History, Human Rights, independence, Indigenous, Justice, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, New Caledonia, New Caledonia referendum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, referendum, Reports, Security, Self Determination  /  Comments Off on Flashback to Kanaky in the 1980s – ‘Blood on their banner’

About 175,000 New Caledonians will vote on the future of their Pacific territory this Sunday—a status quo French-ruled New Caledonia, or an independent Kanaky New Caledonia. What will be their choice? David Robie backgrounds the issues that led to the vote. With New Caledonia facing the first of possibly three referendums on independence on Sunday—given […]

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Kanak independence struggle gains Maohi support as vote looms

By   /  October 25, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, independence, Indigenous, Kanak independence, KB, KB, Maohi Nui, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Caledonia, New Caledonia referendum, Oscar Temaru, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, referendum, Reports  /  Comments Off on Kanak independence struggle gains Maohi support as vote looms

By Nic Maclellan in Ponerihouen, New Caledonia In a show of support for the Kanak independence movement, Maohi leader Oscar Manutahi Temaru has joined the campaign trail in New Caledonia, urging voters to support a Yes vote in the country’s referendum on self-determination next month. Temaru is a former President of French Polynesia and long-time […]

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USTKE fights for Kanak rights in defiance of ‘dishonest’ referendum

By   /  September 23, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, History, Human Rights, Matignon Accord, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Caledonia, New Caledonia referendum, Noumea Accord, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, referendum, Reports  /  Comments Off on USTKE fights for Kanak rights in defiance of ‘dishonest’ referendum

As New Caledonia’s November 4 referendum on independence approaches, both pro and anti-independence groups are ramping up their campaigns. But, as Michael Andrew reports, some groups are choosing not to participate, arguing that the referendum is “unfair and dishonest”. For many Kanaks, the upcoming independence referendum is a chance to reclaim control of New Caledonia, […]

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Only independence will appease Bougainvilleans, says Moses

By   /  September 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bougainville, Bougainville Autonomous Region, Bougainville independence, Bougainville referendum, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, referendum, Reports  /  Comments Off on Only independence will appease Bougainvilleans, says Moses

“No amount of greater powers or autonomy will appease the people – especially after the loss of over 15,000 lives during the 10-year Bougainville War.” Image: PNG Post-Courier By Patrick Makis The people of Bougainville will only accept independence from Papua New Guinea and nothing else, says concerned Bougainvillean and independence hardliner Gabriel Moses. And […]

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New Caledonia: Does the French public actually want to ‘set it free’?

By   /  August 31, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Development, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Justice, Kanak independence, Kanaky, Language, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Caledonia, New Caledonia referendum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, referendum, Reports  /  Comments Off on New Caledonia: Does the French public actually want to ‘set it free’?

Things may be coming to a head over the coming New Caledonia referendum, the independence struggle in New Zealand’s own region, but there is only lukewarm interest in France itself, writes Lee Duffield. After reporting from Noumea last month for Asia Pacific Report, he has been walking the streets in France this week asking people […]

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