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An old church stands next to tall 'colonial pines' near Fayaoue, Ouvea island, New Caledonia. Ouvea lies rooughly 100Km off the Caledonian mainland and is part of the Loyalty island group. During the missionary fervor of the 19th century, many churches were built on the island. The London Missionary Society and the French Marist Mission were the main actors in the theater staging fierce 'battles' of ideology, religion and influence between catholic and protestant missionaries.