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NOUMEA, New Caledonia (February 6, 2000 - (Oceania Flash/SPC)---New Caledonia's Buddhist Association officially dedicated a new temple in Magenta (on the outskirts of the capital, Nouméa) Sunday, the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reported.

Phu'o'c Huê, a high Buddhist monk from the Australian congregation, led a delegation of fourteen monks in performing the holy official opening ritual.

Two female bonzes have been permanently posted to the temple, which is open to the public.

It is estimated some 300 families in New Caledonia follow the Buddhist religion.

New Caledonia's Buddhist Association is a member of the South Pacific Buddhist Congregation, as are groups in Australia and New Zealand.

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