500 TAHITIAN COCONUTS ON THE WAY TO EASTER ISLAND

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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (January 3, 2002 – Tahitipresse)---The Chilean ship "Esmeralda" left Tahiti Thursday with 327 crewmembers aboard -- and 500 Tahitian coconuts.

The coconuts will be transported to Easter Island (Rapa Nui), where they will be used for reforestation purposes.

French Polynesia and Easter Island, a Chilean territory, have a reforestation agreement under which 10,000 coconuts have been sent from Tahiti to Easter Island since 1996.

The "Esmeralda" provided a good opportunity to send some more coconuts to the most easterly Polynesian island.

In addition, 500 "uru" (breadfruit) seeds soon will be carried, free of charge, by the Chilean airline Lan Chile, which flies weekly from Tahiti to Easter Island and on to Chile’s capital of Santiago.

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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