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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (October 13, 2001 – Tahitipresse)---Tension is high in Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, where a production team from the American television program "Survivor" is schedule to shoot the fourth episode in the ongoing series during December.

Technical and financial disputes between the local population and "Survivor" managers are the reason for the tension, and rumors are flying that say the producers are considering leaving the Marquesas in favor of another South Pacific location, possibly the Fiji Islands.

And yet, on Nuku Hiva, it appears that there has been no change to the original plan. Seventy houses apparently are still scheduled to be built to accommodate the production’s personnel, and the local population is preparing to welcome the Americans.

Marquesan Pascale Haiti, the Minister of the Craft Industry, on her return to Tahiti last week from Nuku Hiva, where she met with local residents, said she tried to reassure them that all is well with the project.

On Friday, she told Tahitipresse. "I’m confident!"

For additional reports from Tahiti Press, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources: Agence Tahitienne de Presse.

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