7 Nov 2018

Kanaks congratulated for close race in New Caledonia vote

From , 4:02 pm on 7 November 2018

Congratulations have flowed for the Kanak independence movement from Mana Movement activists in the north of New Zealand for the close referendum result in New Caledonia.

The relationship between Taitokerau Mana Movement and the Kanak pro-independence movement spans almost 40 years.

While 56 percent of voters in New Caledonia chose remain with France, activist Hilda Halkyard-Harawira says the Kanak independence movement has gained ground.

As a member of the nuclear free and independent Pacific movement, Mrs Halkyard-Harawira first met pro-independence Kanak at a conference in Hawaii in 1980.

New Caledonia referendum flags

Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Walter Zweifel