New Caledonia

New Caledonian blockade set to continue

Several access sites are expected to be blocked from early this morning by truck drivers frustrated by a decision not to allow low grade ore exports to China.

Last week they blocked all main routes into the city for days, allowing only emergency vehicles through, and many businesses on Friday opten to close for the day.

On Friday night, a young man died in a car accident involving one of the blockades, prompting the president of the New Caledonian government, Philippe Germain, to call for a return to order, to give respect to the grieving family.

New Caledonia blockades resume after talks fail

The drivers are protesting a decision by New Caledonia's committee for external mining trade not to approve requests to export low grade ore to China, submitted by the territory's veteran mining company SLN and several small miners.

The blockades began two weeks ago and ramped up earlier this week before being eased yesterday for talks between the government and the union representing the small mining entities whom the truck drivers contract to.

The blockades have been fully re-installed today after the negotiations failed to resolve the dispute.

New Caledonia unrest linked to contractor protests

It comes as unrest and fires broke out close to the southern town of Mt Dore which along with other roads in to nearby Noumea was effectively blocked by the protesting groups.

A policeman has reportedly been shot and wounded during an intervention to counter a fire that broke out near the area, in St Louis.

Ground reports indicate the unrest is a sequel to a protest by truck drivers about the territory's mining policy two weeks ago.

They want New Caledonia's government to begin exporting ore to China after a fall in exports to South Korea, Japan and Australia.

New Caledonia surfers win Melanesian Cup

The French Territory completed a clean sweep of the five stand up paddle races, helping them claim the overall teams title, ending Vanuatu's three-year reign as champions.

Aotearoa Maori impressed in their first appearance at the event, which has been running since 2010.

The New Zealand team filled 21 of the 44 finals berths and claimed eight of 17 titles.


New Caledonia policeman shot amid tension over nickel

Public prosecutor Claire Lanet told local radio the policeman was injured when a shot was fired directly at a vehicle in Mont Dore near the capital Noumea during attempts to put out a roadside fire last night.

The officer was transferred to Gaston Bourret Hospital and the prosecutor says legal proceedings are underway.

Yesterday, a key road into New Caledonia's capital was blocked after truck drivers attached to nickel mining contractors staged another protest over nickel exports to China.

Czech firm wins New Caledonia coal contract

The plants are for the French territory's leading nickel mining company SLN which is looking to replace its existing power plants because they will soon no longer comply with stricter European Union pollution rules.

Radio Prague reports the New Caledonia contract represents a rare excursion for Vítkovice outside the European sphere where it usually wins major contracts.

Vítkovice says the contract to the tune of around 350 million US dollars should provide work and orders for other Czech companies as well.

Queen of Pacific bodybuilder from New Caledonia

PNG's Paul Moses won bronze while Maryanne Moses of Fiji won silver.

In the heavyweight 55kg female division, Ursula Martin bagged gold while PNG's Misa Avefa won silver and Haifa June Work won bronze.

 The men's middleweight under 85kg finals is underway.


PNG loses to New Caledonia in women’s volleyball

New Caledonia was too strong for the home team PNG, taking out the first set 25-18.

The visitors maintained the lead in the second set 25-17 with their strong attack and placement of the ball.

PNG fought back in the third set, covering up on spaces and blocking well to win the round 25-23.

Big day for New Caledonia in pool


New Caledonia are second and Samoa and Fiji equal third on the overall medal count.

Ryan Pini's third gold medal was the pick of the home performances on a day where Para athletes and a host of smaller nations had their moment in the spotlight.

New Caledonia women dominate Day 3 swimming

Fast swimmer Lara Grangeon set another new record in the 400m freestyle of 4:20:40 sec,  taking out gold.

The previous record was 4:28:32 sec that was also set by Lara. This was the 19th record set in this Pacific Games.

Charlotte Robin got the bronze in the 400m freestyle after clocking in at 4:41:97 sec behind silver medalist Matelita Buadromo of Fiji.

Another Games record of 1:03:50 sec in the 100m backstroke was broken by Emma Terebo of New Caledonia. Emma set a new record of 1:02:60 in this event to win gold.