23 Aug 2007

French Polynesian government to sell hostel in central Auckland

7:13 pm on 23 August 2007

The French Polynesian government is reported to have authorised the sale of the Rocklands Hostel in New Zealand.

It was bought by the previous administration in 2005 and was meant to provide accommodation to French Polynesian students and relatives of those seeking medical care in New Zealand.

The news agency Tahitipresse says for the current government the development of the hostel is no longer a priority as a new hospital is being built in Tahiti.

In April, the opposition leader, Oscar Temaru, says he may file a slander case against the government of Gaston Tong Sang over comments related to the purchase of the hostel in Auckland.