Noumea is the capital of New Caledonia, an island in the Pacific Ccean.
Settled by both Britain and France during the first half of the 19th century, the island became a French possession in 1853. It served as a penal colony for four decades after 1864.
French influence can be felt everywhere; from the food you eat to the shops that flank the highstreets.
I looked towards the Indigenous community for inspiration.