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Monday, August 30, 1999
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TAHITIAN-FRENCH DICTIONARY UPDATED, NOW INCLUDES TAHITIAN WORD FOR "COMPUTER"

PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (August 30, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---An updated version of a Tahitian-French dictionary, including such new words as "computer," was released last week, RFO-radio reports.

The new version was formally introduced by members of the Tahitian Academy to the French Polynesian Cabinet.

"This dictionary follows the earlier ones from, for instance, the London Missionary Society. It contains the whole vocabulary from Tahitian into French. All words are illustrated by examples and pronunciation guidelines," Academy member Heidi Yen Kow explained.

"Some new terms have also appeared, like 'computer.' Obviously the old ones didn't have a word for this. So the Academy has validated Reo Mahoi word 'rorouira,' which literally means 'electric brain'," she said.

It took the Academy ten years to complete revisions to the previous edition of the dictionary.

"It's getting more and more difficult to find people who speak perfect Tahitian," Yen Kow deplores.

"Through this dictionary, we hope we'll reach the younger generations who, we think, now have a growing interest in their language".

The Tahitian-French dictionary is expected to be followed by a French-Tahitian equivalent, the Academy announced.

GATT JURISDICTION QUESTIONS FRENCH POLYNESIA'S BUDGET

PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (August 26, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---Tension is growing in French Polynesia between the local government and a local "association to respect taxpayers " over whether the general agreement on tariff and trade (GATT) applies to the French Territory or not, RFO-radio reports.

ARDEC (Association pour le Respect des Contribuables) spokesman René Hoffer claims the GATT agreement, which was the foundation stone for the World Trade Organization (WTO), also applied to French Polynesia and that since the territory's current tax system does not comply with GATT requirements, its whole 1999 budget should be voided.

The French Polynesian government argues that French Polynesian and GATT member metropolitan France's tax systems are different, and that GATT rules, although they apply in France, do not apply in French Polynesia.

A court in Papeete Tuesday last week started hearing a case filed by ARDEC on the legality of French Polynesia's 1999 budget. It is expected to rule within two months.

"I have personally met Mr. Don McKinnon, New Zealand's Foreign Minister. These agreements also concern New Zealand, as well as Australia and the United States," Hoffer told RFO.

"It's clear that the contacts we have will lead to an attack, a little bit like the bananas or hormone beef wars, and there could be some retaliatory measures."

"I wouldn't like to imagine in French Polynesia that the Americans, within a year (because this is the sort of time WTO allows to sort out these differences), will impose a 100% tax on our pearls."

Meanwhile, authorities here are considering the gradual introduction of a value added tax (VAT), which is to replace existing taxes on imports, social security and environmental charges, the French Polynesian government's press office indicated last week.

This bulletin was produced by the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). Editor: Patrick Antoine Decloitre For more information, contact Nina Ratulele, PINA Administrator, at pina@is.com.fj

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