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All Blacks kick off elei fashion frenzy

They are world champions on the rugby field and now it seems the All Blacks are making their mark on another field - the fashion kind.

Business has soared for a small clothing company in Samoa since the Kiwi players were seen donning their gear last month, before the historic test against Manu Samoa in Apia.

Paying tribute to the locals, the All Blacks landed at Faleolo Airport wearing grey and white traditional elei (island print) shirts designed by the firm Eveni Carruthers.


Source: Media release Museum of Samoa

In 2014, Auckland War Memorial Museum produced the exhibition ‘Entangled Islands - Sāmoa, New Zealand and the First World War,’ to tell the story of the shared WWI history between Sāmoa and New Zealand. The exhibition was developed by the Museum along with leading Sāmoa historian, Assoc. Professor Damon Salesa of the University of Auckland.

Following the conclusion of the exhibition in Auckland, the Museum has partnered with The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Museum of Sāmoa to modify the exhibition for Sāmoa.

Category 2 hurricane on track toward Hawaii Is

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hurricane Guillermo is maintaining strength but is still expected to begin weakening as it approaches the main Hawaiian islands.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) said at 5 a.m. Sunday, Guillermo was located about 840 miles east-southeast of Hilo. It was moving toward the west-northwest at 13 miles per hour.

Pacific Rim free trade talks fail To seal deal

LAHAINA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared between Japan and North America over autos, New Zealand dug in over dairy trade and no agreement was reached on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs.

Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, fell just short of a deal at talks on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Samoa police raid uncovers weapons, drugs and cash

The police in Samoa have uncovered drugs, illegal weapons and cash in a raid in a house near the capital Apia.

our people have been arrested and are facing several criminal charges.

The police also found equipment suspected of being used in manufacturing methamphetamine in the raid on a family home at Afiamalu.

The Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, says he's sure there's more illicit material out there and his main concern is the safety of Samoans and visitors.

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa invites PNG airline into Samoa

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has openly invited the Airlines PNG Limited to land their planes at Faleolo Airport connecting Samoa to Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Tuilaepa made the invitation during the Bank South Pacific launch on Thursday night where the Director of Airlines PNG. who is also the Bank South Pacific Chairman Sir Kostas Constantinou was present.

Samoan PM: We lost $1.5m hosting All Blacks

The good news is that the All Blacks have been to Samoa, the nation enjoyed the party and the Manu Samoa gave them a mighty good run for their money.

The bad news is that in the aftermath, the cash-strapped Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U) is again staring down the barrel of a $1.5million loss. (All figures are expressed in Tala.)

The loss was confirmed by the Chairman of S.R.U and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, during a media conference.

According to the Prime Minister, the historical match cost the Union $3.4million.


When you are a beauty queen, being physically attractive is arguably the most important factor.

But for Otago University student Latafale Auva'a, having a beautiful mind, spirit and carrying yourself well are what define attractiveness.

The 21-year-old is the reigning Miss Samoa NZ, Miss Samoa and Miss Pacific Islands.

In November, she will represent Samoa at the Miss World pageant in Sanya, China.

Pacific Island countries and territories explore pathways to transform energy systems

Source: Media release SPC

Honolulu, Hawai’i – In an ongoing effort to solve the region’s significant energy challenges, Pacific Island countries and territories and development partners met last week (July 21 to 23) in Honolulu to share experiences on increasing the use of renewable energy.
Key speakers discussed comprehensive approaches to energy sector transformation, including the importance of enabling legal and regulatory frameworks, capacity building, and financing. 

Bluesky brand launches in the Cook Islands

Source: Media release Buesky

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015 (Cook Island Time), Bluesky launched the Bluesky brand in the Cook Islands. At this time Telecom Cook Islands will become known as Bluesky and customers will be introduced to a new logo and visual identity.
This milestone week for Bluesky commenced with the introduction of Bluesky into New Zealand on July 20, 2015, where they are now offering competitive prepay mobile cellular plans, and concludes with the introduction of the Bluesky brand into the Cook Islands. 

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