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Information Office Point I : Just 50m. in front of the church, in the village square, Vao, is Point I. It is staffed by a well-travelled Kunie, Marie-Jeanne, who, in addition to her own native language, speaks English, French, Italian, Czech and Polish.

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Edition JANUARY 2015
HILARY ROOTS (or Cleo)

 

 
• Honouring the island's symbol
 

The impressive landmark that distinguishes Isle of Pines is the theme chosen by "Creations Ile des Pins" for its latest collection 2015. Graphic designer-artist, Albert Thoma, uses varying shades of green on which to paint stylised Araucaria columnaris, the pine indigenous to the island.
In his small outdoor studio on Kuto Peninsula, Thoma designs, sews, then paints. Each pine is meticulously painted individually, adding charm to the variety of beachwear he produces in the only hand-painting workshop on the island.
His new collection, features sarongs (paréos), long pants, a mini-poncho and tops. The items are only available on the spot at the boutique next to the Gendarmerie (police station).

Coinciding with the launch of the new summer 'Pines' collection has been a different and rare event concerning the same indigenous pines. For the first time in 15 years, 1,250 pine cones were collected in January by a specialised climber of the South Province Forestry Department. Each cone contains some 300 seeds. These will be distributed to various nurseries throughout the southern part of the New Caledonia Mainland.

60 to 70% of the thousands of future pines are expected to mature. Technician, Jean- Francois Darmand, explains: "While they will never be as majestic as on their home ground, they're 'plastic', meaning they're capable of growing elsewhere, and their controlled growth will contribute to perpetuating this endemic, symbolic species".

   
 
   
 

Albert Thoma, uses varying shades of green on which to paint stylised Araucaria columnaris, the pine indigenous to the island. In his small outdoor studio on Kuto Peninsula, Thoma designs, sews, then paints.

   
 
   
 

Coinciding with the launch of the new summer 'Pines' collection...
For the first time in 15 years, 1,250 pine cones were collected in January by a specialised climbernt.

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