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American boy well cared for on Niue

Niue's police chief says a nine-year old American boy allegedly abducted by his father and taken to sea from Seattle is well and being looked after by locals.

Tony Edwards says the island's police took the boy's father, Jeffrey Ford Hanson, into custody after he failed to clear customs properly.

He says they quickly connected him with the suspect in an FBI Pacific wide search for a man who had sailed with his son on board and had not been seen in two months.

The man is facing an FBI charge of international parental kidnapping.


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Depending on who you talk to, uttering the phrase “the night marchers” will bring either a shrug…or a shudder.

They are the spirits of ancient Hawaiian Warriors, bound to protect their ali'i in both life, and the afterlife. Hawaiian storyteller Lopaka Kapanui sums up how powerful the legend of the night marchers is.

Cyclone season caution issued

Another “Cyclone Val” could be on the cards this season with the Meteorology Division reporting elevated cyclone activity for the Samoan region.

In its communiqué called Samoa Tropical Cyclone Outlook 2014-2015 Season, the Division says there is more than a 40 per cent chance that a cyclone will develop.

This fact was reiterated by the Division’s A.C.E.O, Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea, who said it was going to be an active cyclone season.

“There is a 41 per cent possibility chances of having a tropical cyclone in our region,” he said.

FBI hunt for kidnapped boy ends in Niue

A nine year old American boy allegedly kidnapped by his father has been found safe in Niue.

The FBI have been searching for Billy Hanson and his father since September, after they set sail from Seattle, and had not been seen since.

A federal arrest warrant was issued for Billy's father, Jeffrey Ford Hanson, after he was charged wtih international parental kidnapping, and the FBI extended the search for the pair to all Pacific nations.

The FBI says local authorities found the boy safe, and his father is now in custody in Niue.

Environmental groups oppose ahi increases

Hawaii’s longline fleet may be rejoicing over a new opportunity to catch ahi, but a coalition of environmental groups are not on board with the increased catch.

Commercial fishermen who have traditionally exhausted their quota of bigeye tuna a month before peak holiday demand can continue fishing under a new agreement that allows them access to quota from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and Guam.

Good news for the flow of sashimi that crosses Hawaii tables around the New Year. Bad news for the fish, some claim.

WestPac fishery council urges feds to support U.S. fisheries at Int’l meetings

HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concluded its three-day 161st meeting Thursday in Honolulu and made several recommendations to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)  regarding international management of tuna and other migratory pelagic species in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO).

Samoa PM says Samoa media like News of the World

Samoa's Prime Minister has compared some of the tactics used by Samoa's media to the now-defunct British tabloid, News of the World, in an address to Parliament.

At the second reading of his proposed media bill, which would enact a Code of Practice for journalists and establish a Media Council, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said money was being used by media organisations in Samoa to collect information.

Tuilaepa said the owner of News of the World, Rupert Murdoch, had become a billionaire because of false stories and illegal and corrupt methods to gather information.

HAWAII POLL: Ige leads in governor poll; he's up 19 points from July

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - State Sen. David Ige, the Democratic candidate for governor, holds a 12-point lead over his Republican opponent, former Lieutenant Gov. Duke Aiona, in the latest Hawaii New Now-Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawaii Poll.

The results show a large swing from Ige trailing Aiona over the summer to now being firmly in the lead.

Pacific Tourism Ministers look at industry future

Tourism Ministers from 15 Pacific Island countries aim to develop a 5 year plan for the industry at a meeting this week in Nuku'alofa in Tonga.

The Pacific Tourism Ministers Council is the supreme governing body of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation which represents 18 Pacific countries on the international stage.
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The SPTO's chief executive, Ilisoni Vuidreketi, says they want a plan to guide the promotion and development of tourism in the Pacific.

He says there are also issues affecting some member countries that need to be addressed.

Pacific maritime operation nabs 12 fishing vessels

The Forum Fisheries Agency's Pacific region annual maritime surveillance sweep of Pacific fishing waters has netted a record 12 vessels in potential breach of their fishing licenses.
The vessels, nabbed by Fisheries Maritime Police from the Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea and Palau are flagged to Thailand, the Philippines and FSM.

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