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Touho (Municipality, New Caledonia, France)

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Flag of Touho - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 26 December 2013

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Presentation of Touho

The municipality of Touho (2,247 inhabitants in 2009; 283 sq. km) lies on the east coast of the main island (Grande Terre) of New Caledonia and is served by a road and an airfield.

Olivier Touzeau, 26 December 2013

Flag of Touho

THe flag of Touho is horizontally divided green-blue. In the middle is placed a yellow disk charged with a rooftop spear and surrounded by 11 eleven yellow stars.

The flag was inaugurated on 18 of November 2013, in memory of the 18 of November 1984. The Mayor of Touho, Alphonse Poininé, recalls that this day was the begining of the active boycott of the "Pons status" of New Caledonia by the FLNKS.
The flag was created after a public competition held in the municipality; the jury designed the final version of the flag using several elements proposed in this framework.
Raymond Pabouty, a Councillor with customary responsabilities, explained the meaning of the municipal flag as follows: "The blue part at the bottom represents the sea and the green part at the top is for the mountain range and valleys. There are five stars in the blue part and six in the green part: they represent the two districts (Touho and Poyes) forming the municipality with one star for each tribe and the 11th one for the village. The yellow circle in the center represents the sun, the moon, and hope, as well. The rooftop spear was made by an oldman, an important chief in Poyes, a very long time ago. Inside there is a cross symbolizing religion, on the one side for Protestants and on the other side for Catholics."
[Les Nouvelles Cal&ecute;doniennes, 20 November 2013]

The Touho rooftop spear with a Christian cross was displayed at the Museum of Quai Branly (Paris), as part of the Kanak, l'art est une parole exhibition (October 2013-January 2014; presentation). It was sculpted by Bwae Oobun (Pwei tribe) for the enthronement of Chief Dui Bulieg in Tiwandé (Touho) in the 19th century.

Olivier Touzeau, 26 December 2013