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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (May 31, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The British High Commission in the New Zealand capital of Wellington has rejected a newspaper report saying Britain has granted a New Zealand company the go-ahead for tourism development in the Pitcairn Islands.

The report said development would begin within the next 12 months on a lodge on Pitcairn, with a floating hotel anchored in the lagoon of uninhabited Oeno Island.

A spokesman for the British High Commission said approval for any development has yet to be given.

He said the company had been told it could submit proposals.

The High Commission spokesman added that the Pitcairn Island Council also had yet to approve any development.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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