18 Jul 2003

Wallis and Futunian settlers in New Caledonia rehoused

10:28 am on 18 July 2003

A temporary housing solution has been found for some of the Wallis and Futunian families caught up in the ethnic unrest in St Louis near the New Caledonian capital, Noumea.

Twenty three of the families who took refuge in a gymnasium will move into new houses today.

They will move into housing in noumea where their rent will be subsidised by the Soutrhern Province.

Thirty other families still in St Louis will also be resettled.

Despite an attempt at reconciliation between indigenous Kanaks and Wallisians earlier this week there was renewed violence on Monday and Tuesday when shots were exchanged between the two groups.