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Standing Rock protests mirror indigenous rights

Protests are ongoing against a controversial oil pipeline project in North Dakota and a Native American artist says the Pacific should take note to prevent similar projects from occurring elsewhere.

The $US3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) will run 1870km through Iowa, Illinois, and North and South Dakota to transport domestically produced light sweet crude oil to major refining markets.

But protesters halted its construction in North Dakota with protest camps established on Sioux land at Standing Rock in April amid fears of pollution and a lack of consultation.

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Call for tough line on Pacific long liners

There are calls for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to get tough on longliners fishing for tuna in the Pacific.

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement, under which 8 island nations co-operate over the region's purse seine fisheries, said the longliner fishery in the Pacific was out of control.

When the Commission, which is usually known as the Tuna Commission, meets from next Monday in Nadi, the PNA's chief executive, Ludwig Kumoru, said his body would be pressing for significant changes to improve the management of the longline fishery.

Digicel partners with TV3 to bring live coverage of Parker’s fight

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Apia, SAMOA — One of Samoa’s TV stations has partnered up with Digital to bring the much anticipated Parker fight live to Samoa on December 10, 2016. Undefeated Joseph Parker has four wins in 2016 and is now preparing for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Heavy Weight Championship held in New Zealand. 

Miss Fiji takes the “well-deserved” win at 30th Miss Pacific Islands Pageant


Apia, SAMOA — It was a well-deserve win was the comment by many at the 30th Miss Pacific Islands Pageant and on social media when Miss Fiji, Anne Dunn won the title. She was crowned by the outgoing Miss Pacific Islands, Abigail Havora, at Tuana’imato gymnasium Friday evening (Samoa Time).

Samoa opens part of new Faleolo terminal

Samoa has completed the first phase of multimillion-dollar airport terminal building project at Faleolo international airport.

The new departure lounge cost $US31.7 million to build with funding coming through a loan from China.

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said the project is part of the government's initiative to improve infrastructure.

'Pan-Pacific' haka performed for Standing Rock

Members of Auckland's Pasifika and Maori community are to perform a haka in support of Native Americans protesting against the construction of a controversial pipeline.

There have been protest camps on Sioux land at Standing Rock in North Dakota since April against plans to build an oil pipeline through the area.

A Maori group launched a social media campaign to support Standing Rock including the creation and dedication of a new haka.

That haka will be performed at tonight's Coconut Grove event on Karangahape Road.

Moana garners mixed cultural reviews

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Disney’s animated movie “Moana” debuted to critical acclaim and box office success over the Thanksgiving weekend, but some people in the South Pacific dislike how it depicts their culture, Associated Press reported this week.
Of particular concern is the movie’s portrayal of the demigod Maui, who is shown as enormous and egotistical, albeit with a good heart. That has been jarring for some in Polynesia, where obesity rates are among the highest in the world and where Maui is a revered hero in oral traditions.

Departing Miss Pacific Islands tells her successors — “Know your purpose in life”


“Know your purpose in life,” was the message from Miss Pacific Islands, Abigail Havora to the eight contestants at the 30th Miss Pacific Islands Pageant. From Gabagaba, Papua New Guinea Abigail won the first Miss Pacific Island’s title after the name of the pageant was changed last year.
Samoa News coverage of the Miss Pacific Islands pageant is brought to you by the Sheraton Hotels & Bungalows in Apia and Polynesian Airlines.

Samoa’s new Tui-Samoa Cable signed


Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s new Tui-Samoa Cable will span more than 900 miles connecting Samoa to Fiji with branching units to Wallis & Futuna and Vanua Levu, Fiji, which is meant to enhance fast, reliable and affordable internet services across the region. This was made known during the agreement signing last Friday (Samoa Time).

The big island of Savai’i welcomes the 2016 Miss Pacific Islands contestants

Samoa’s hidden treasure, the big island of Savai’, took a turn yesterday to welcome the contestants of 2016 Miss Pacific Islands to its shores.

Savai’i rolled out the red carpet giving the contestants a rapturous reception as the ladies enjoyed the tranquility of the Savaii ahead of their big day on Friday.

The contestants, their entourages and pageant officials boarded the Lady Naomi for an experience of Samoa Shipping Corporation hospitality.

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