Dec 10, 2021 · New Caledonia in themodity trap. December 10, 2021. Published on : 09/12/2021 – 11:28. In New Caledonia, where voters are called to vote on independence for the third time, on Sunday December 12, the economy is slowing down. A shame for a country which has significant deposits of nickel, one of the most sought-after metals at the moment.