16 Mar 2017

Tahiti-Pacifique founder du Prel dies

11:59 am on 16 March 2017

The founder of Tahiti-Pacifique magazine Alex du Prel has died on Moorea after an illness at the age of 73.

Alex Du Prel

Alex Du Prel Photo: RNZ/ Walter Zweifel

Du Prel launched the monthly French-language publication in 1991 to provide a fiercely independent view on events in French Polynesia.

He ran the magazine until 2015 when he sold it to Fenua Communication but continued to contribute as a writer.

Austrian-born du Prel arrived as an engineer in Tahiti in the 1970s after a solo crossing of the Pacific on his yacht.

He then managed Marlon Brando's Tetiaroa island before starting writing and publishing.

Tahiti-Pacifique

Photo: RNZ

He became a widely respected voice in support of Tahitian tradition and culture, but was frequently embroiled in disputes with political leaders keen to shut down his publication.

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