Independence Referendum Pacific News Minute: Preparations Accelerate with New Caledonia’s Independence Referendum Approaches By Neal Conan • 10 hours ago GeorgeLouis / Wikimedia Commons With the referendum on independence less than a month away in New Caledonia, preparations are underway for the vote. Officially, the campaign begins on October 22, but it really started 40 years ago. Pacific News Minute: Date and Question Agreed for New Caledonia’s Independence Referendum By Neal Conan • Mar 29, 2018 GeorgeLouis / Wikimedia Commons A late night meeting in Paris has settled the most critical remaining issue ahead of New Caledonia’s independence referendum. The exact wording of the question to be put before voters. We have details from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.