1985-2015: 30th anniversary of the speech given by Senator Dick Ukeiwë

620 FCFP 5,20 €



The first stamp issue in 2015, with a face value of 500 XPF, pays tribute to Senator Dick Ukeiwë, who died on 3 September 2013.

Dick Ukeiwë was born in the heartlands of the Xodre Tribe (Lifou) on 13 December 1928, and was a founding member of the "Rassemblement pour la Calédonie dans la République" political party. After working as a teacher on the island of Tiga, he was drawn to politics and became a member of the “Association des indigènes calédoniens et loyaltiens français” and the “Union Calédonienne” party.

He was elected as a member of the New Caledonia Territorial Assembly during its first two terms (1957-58 and 1958-59). In 1960, he was stripped of his civil rights for a period of 10 years but continued his involvement in political activism, forming ties with the New Caledonia Gaullist Movement and founding a local federation of the “Rassemblement pour la République” (RPR) party led by Jacques Chirac in France.

As a supporter of the principle of keeping New Caledonia as part of France, Ukeiwë joined forces with Jacques Lafleur in 1978, founding the “Rassemblement pour la Calédonie dans la République” party. Between 1979 and 1982, he headed various Territorial executive bodies and, from 1983 to 1992, served as RPR Senator for New Caledonia.

In November 1984, Ukeiwë was elected as President of the Territorial Government - an executive body which the Independentists refused to acknowledge, founding instead the "Provisional Government of Kanaky" with Jean-Marie Tjibaou as President - and, on 24 January 1985, he gave his memorable speech proposing a federal-style plan for New Caledonia, with a local deliberative assembly having competence in various areas, regionalisation of the country and the creation of a Customary Senate.

Dick Ukeiwë was also the first New Caledonian to become a European Deputy, holding office from 1989 to 1994.

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