7 Mar 2006

French Polynesia seeks NZ tax exemption - report

5:21 pm on 7 March 2006

Reports from French Polynesia say the government has asked New Zealand to grant it a tax exemption on the purchase of the Rockland Lodge in Auckland.

But the office of the New Zealand foreign minister says the tax status of the French Polynesian office has not been officially raised.

The lodge was bought for 5.5 million US dollars in February and is to house students from Tahiti and family members of those being given medical treatment in Auckland.

The magazine, Tahiti-Pacifique, says the New Zealand government has declined a request from the French Polynesian government to exempt it from having to pay a 12.5 percent Good and Services Tax.

It also says the New Zealand government has asked Paris whether French Polynesia can use the Auckland premises as a consular office.

New Zealand has ruled out that the office can be given diplomatic status.