2 Nov 2018

New Caledonia prepares for Independence vote

From , 4:04 pm on 2 November 2018

Voters in New Caledonia will decide on Sunday whether they want independence from France.

The referendum completes a 30-year decolonisation process which has given the territory peace and stability after the violence of the mid-1980s.

All polls suggest a majority will opt for the status quo.

This would however leave indigenous Kanaks still demanding independence and their right to self-determination.

Walter Zweifel is in Noumea and Koroi Hawkins asked him what the mood was in Noumea.

New Caledonia referendum posters

Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Walter Zweifel