Tahoeraa's Tahiti headquarters to be demolished

12:11 pm on 9 February 2016

The French Polynesian government has ordered the demolition of the headquarters of the traditionally dominant Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party of Gaston Flosse.

The offices of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira party in French Polynesia

The offices of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira party in French Polynesia Photo: RNZI / Walter Zweifel

The party's building in central Papeete has been found to be in an alarmingly dangerous state, containing toxic materials that are difficult to remove.

The premises accommodate some businesses which will also have to move.

The Tahoeraa reportedly bought the building eight years ago.

The party, which was founded by Gaston Flosse, won most seats in the last election, but expulsions, resignations and rifts within its ranks have left it as a de-facto opposition group.