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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 August, 2004, 08:43 GMT 09:43 UK
Bid to save Brando's island home
Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone in The Godfather
Marlon Brando was once Hollywood's highest-paid actor
A Tahitian atoll owned by late actor Marlon Brando could become a classified site to protect it from investors, government officials have said.

A resolution is being put forward that 1,500 acres of land on 13 islands of Tetiaroa merit "special consideration".

Brando bought the coral reef, 26 miles north of Tahiti and valued at up to 20m euros (13m), in the 1960s and used it as his private retreat.

He died on 1 July, aged 80, and was cremated at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

'Natural inheritance'

Hiro Tefaarerea, vice-president of the French Polynesian assembly, said many investors were lodging requests for building permits.

He said Tetiaroa had to be protected "to preserve (its) natural inheritance and history".

It was home to chiefs and members of Tahitian royalty in the 19th Century.

Listed status would put a stop to the "rascals who have already ransacked French Polynesia", he said, adding Tetiaroa could become a sanctuary for new sea bird species which nest there.

Brando signed agreements with the territorial authorities in 1966 and 1984, which specified that the territory would have first rights in the case of the change of ownership of the atoll.

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