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Rain fails to ruin opera fun at Apia annual event

The rain failed to ruin a beautiful evening at Leauva’a on Wednesday night for the second show of the Opera under the Stars.

After several minutes of heavy drizzle, quick thinking by the organisers saw the event shifted indoors so that the crowd would continue to enjoy the evening.

Many of them had turned up for a second serving of the opera talents on show that included Daphne Collins, Isabella Moore, Taunoa Filimoehala, Juan Kim, Benson Wilson and Derek Wendt.



Doubt over NZ National candidate's Samoan chief title

National's campaign for the Pacific vote in south Auckland has suffered a serious blow.

The party's Mangere candidate is facing accusations from Labour of fraud and deception for using a Matai or Samoan chief title without having earned it.

Misa Fia Turner is fighting for National in the Labour stronghold of Mangere.

But the Misa in her name – the Samoan chief title – is being questioned, throwing doubt on Prime Minister John Key's campaign in south Auckland.

"I inherited it from my father," says Ms Turner. "It's an honour."



McDonald’s Miss Samoa "It’s a dream come true”

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“It’s a dream come true, we vied for Miss Samoa New Zealand, for the opportunity to compete in the McDonald’s Miss Samoa this year, for a shot at the Miss South Pacific title and it’s two down and one more to go,” said McDonald’s Miss Samoa Latafale Auva’a, who is honored to have won the crown on Monday (Samoa time).
 
She’s the daughter of Velocity and Auva’a Auva’a from Tiave’a/Saleaumua, Vailoa Faleata, and Satupaitea Si’ufaga.
 



Pacific Is delegation warns Marine Monument Expansion will fail American fishermen

HONOLULU  — A delegation from the U.S. Pacific islands, including fisheries managers and commercial fishing industry representatives, met Tuesday with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), including Counselor to the President John Podesta. The group conveyed its concerns for an Executive proposal that would bar fishermen from nearly 700,000 miles of vitally historic fishing grounds.



EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Ethnic tension leads to huge street fight in Honolulu, 4 injured

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police have opened an attempted murder investigation after a large fight happened late Monday night in the Punchbowl area, injuring several people. At least one person has been arrested in connection with the incident.The incident happened around 11:40 p.m. on Auwaiolimu Street. Witnesses said the fight involved Micronesians and Samoans who live in the area and that bats, glass bottles, pipes, sticks and a dart were used.



Despite objections, Samoa’s first casino opens

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“A casino is now open in Samoa with 100 slot machines and six tables,” said Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi in an exclusive interview with Samoa News last week, where he also pointed out that despite numerous objections, it’s finally open.
 



Voyage helps crew member fulfill duty to village and family

APIA, SAMOA » During a picturesque drive along Upolu's northeastern coast last week, Hokule‘a and Hikianalia crews were hard at work cracking up one another — mostly with bad impressions of crew members — as their caravan neared the village of Faleapuna.

They were giddy and more than a bit anxious to get back on the water. Their journey — the Samoa leg of the canoes' worldwide voyage — started just a few days prior with a swift overnight sail from Pago Pago to Apia Harbor.



Slideshow: Miss Samoa Pageant



Hōkūle’a: Reconnecting to a Sacred Conversation in Samoa

The Worldwide Voyage has a powerful aura that is difficult to describe. From children who swim out in the water to touch the hulls and walk on the decks, to adults who stand and stare and weep when they see the red sails pulling into their shores, to the bystander who tilts her head, curiously pondering the significance of these canoes, the voyage means many things to many people. 
 



NCD prevention should focus on young people

“With half the region’s population under 25 years, this is imperative”

Apia, SAMOA — The Youth Forum which preceded the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa, began last week Thursday, Samoa time. Around 260 young people from the Pacific, Caribbean and AIMS (Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea) regions gathered to discuss the priorities that they will take forward into the coming week of meetings and events at the SIDS Conference.
 



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