Tahiti

Tahiti to host 2027 Pacific Games

The French territory previously staged the multi-sport event in 1971 and 1995, and has staged other major events, including the Beach Soccer World Cup and Va'a World Sprint and Distance Championships in recent years.

French Polynesia bid unsuccessfully to host the Pacific Games in Papeete in both 2019 and 2023, losing out to Tonga and Solomon Islands respectively.

But the Pacific Games Council's General Assembly voted in its favour at the weekend, as it beat out Vanuatu for the right to host the games for a third time.

Tahiti named host of 2027 Pacific Games

Tahiti and Vanuatu were bidding to stage the 18th edition of the continental event.

The PGC’s 22 members voted in favour of Tahiti’s candidacy.

French Polynesia President Edouard Fritch and Heremoana Maamaatuaiahutapu, Minister of Culture and the Environment, in charge of youth and sports, gave speeches as part of the Tahiti presentation.

Louis Provost, President of the Olympic Committee of French Polynesia (COPF) also spoke during the General Assembly.

Protest against compulsory vaccination in Tahiti

Lawmakers last month passed legislation making vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory for anyone dealing with the public and individuals deemed to be vulnerable.

They have been given two months to be inoculated or risk a fine of $US1,700 and a suspension of their work contracts.

Legal challenges are being mounted in both French Polynesia and in France's highest court to quash the law adopted in Tahiti.

The new law will come into force on 23 October.

Record methamphetamine seizure at Tahiti airport

The deputy public prosecutor said they found almost 9kg of the banned drug concealed in baggage of passengers arriving in Tahiti from Los Angeles last week.

The drugs were reportedly hidden in an overhead projector and in chocolate boxes.

Four people were arrested at Faa'a International Airport while a fifth person surrendered to investigators a day later.

The prosecutor says some of them claimed they didn't know about the drugs in their luggage.

Tahiti hospital appeals to Macron

Almost 300 COVID-19 patients are in the main hospital in Papeete, with many others being cared for at home because there are no beds left.

Although France and New Caledonia sent some personnel, the hospital says it needs reinforcements as infection rates remain high.

In a post, the hospital reminded Mr Macron of his visit to the hospital in last month when he said they were all part of France and they would all be protected.

Tahiti COVID-19 outbreak claims another 17 lives, spreads to 45 islands

Figures released by the health ministry show 340 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, 55 of them in intensive care.

However, for a second consecutive day the government has withheld test results.

Daily new case numbers were lately more than 1,000 and on last officials count, the tally of the pandemic had breached the 40,000-mark.

So far the pandemic has claimed 370 lives and according to a local epidemiologist, 14 percent of them had been fully vaccinated.

Hospitals are at capacity and additional medical personnel are being brought in from France.

Tahiti high school ordered to shut because of Covid-19

Christelle Lehartel said the Diademe High School will close after classes today and remain shut until the All Saints holidays.

External students who are boarding will be allowed to stay.

38 students, who have Covid-19 symptoms, are awaiting tests.

As of yesterday there were more than 1300 active Covid-19 cases in French Polynesia, with more than 200 new infections being recorded every day.

     

Tahiti's second Covid-19 wave now affects 420

The latest figures showed 10 people were in hospital, including two in intensive care.

The new outbreak has affected seven times more people than the first Covid-19 wave from March to June.

Covid-19 began to spread again after the government last month opened the border to boost tourism and abolished quarantine requirements for arriving travellers.

According to the government, about a dozen cases concerned tourists while the vast majority was the result of local transmission.

Four detained in Tahiti meth probe

Media reports said they were suspected of importing two kilogrammes of the banned drug in November.

Their arrest is linked to an investigation triggered by last September's arrest of a 44-year-old man, who on arrival at Tahiti's international airport was found to have 5.5 kilogrammes of methamphetamine in his luggage.

The drugs were concealed inside boxing gear.

The four detained Tuesday can be held for up to four days without charges being laid.

 

     

Tahitians rally against injustice

It was organised by the community organisation Nunaa a ti'a, with two separate groups walking from either side of Papeete to the square outside the territorial assembly.

The event was attended by nuclear test veterans groups, union members as well as supporters of the mayor of Faaa Oscar Temaru who this month took the public prosecutor Herve Leroy to court over the seizure of his savings.

The case is due in court on Monday where Mr Temaru wants a preliminary ruling on the legality of Mr Leroy's action.