RAPA NUI DANCERS STRANDED IN PAPEETE

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PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Aug. 23) - Tamariki Oparo dancers, who won the Heiva I Tahiti traditional festival in Papeete in July, are stranded in Tahiti and cannot go back to Rapa, French Polynesia's southernmost island.

This is caused by the strike going on at the Administrative flotilla; Tahitian daily newspaper "Les Nouvelles de Tahiti" reported Tuesday.

Dance group members and their families were expecting the Administrative flotilla to bring them back to their island, located 770 miles south of Tahiti, and they are now waiting for another solution to go back home.

Around 100 persons are stranded, group leader Pierrot Faraire told "Les Nouvelles."

A schooner links Rapa to Tahiti every month and a half on average but the next departure of the ship is not scheduled for many weeks.

The French Navy might have to bring Tamariki Oparo to Rapa.

August 24, 2006

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