Pro-independence forces make gains in New Caledonia, but they do not command a majority and their opponents are moving away from compromise.
Fiji goes to the polls tomorrow, still ruled by the man who uprooted its democracy 12 years ago. Australia should hang its head in shame.
New Caledonia votes against independence, but the narrowness of the margin suggests that there is plenty of life left in the issue.
A new nation in Oceania is unlikely to emerge just yet, but Sunday's vote in New Caledonia will be an important step towards deciding the territory's future.
Despite its troubled history, New Caledonia next month looks set to vote to remain French.
Election news from around the world. This week: Costa Rica, Egypt, Sierra Leone and New Caledonia.
A review of the big elections of the last year and the current state of the "populist" threat.
An occasional feature. This week, Czechia, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Australia and Catalonia.
New Zealand copied its democratic electoral system from Germany, but also copied its least democratic and now pointless feature.
New Zealand's National Party government appears to have been returned, but it will have to deal with the populists to be sure of a majority.