Regional News


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. 

Prominent Samoa lawyer flees country

A prominent lawyer has left Samoa after being declared bankrupt, leaving families he represented in Court with debts amounting to thousands of tala.

Tole’afoa Solomona Toa’iloa was declared bankrupt last year and had apparently left for New Zealand without the knowledge of his clients.

Now, one of the families Tole’afoa represented in Court for a land dispute is being asked to pay up to $50,000 worth of legal fees.

It was not possible to obtain a comment from Tole’afoa.

Bluesky launches mobile service in NZ

Source: Media release Buesky

Bluesky on Tuesday launched as Spark’s second prepay Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in New Zealand, with competitive prepay mobile cellular plans to serve the Samoan community in New Zealand.
Bluesky is a leading Pacific regional telecommunications operator providing mobile, broadband, TV and landline services in American Samoa, Samoa and the Cook Islands.

Lennox: GOP nominee could be picked by territories

The road to the Republican presidential nomination winds through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Eventually, it reaches Michigan, which in 2012 proved pivotal for Mitt Romney.

That has been true in presidential election cycles of the past, but it may not be the case this time around. Especially now with the 2016 field of would-be presidents being the largest in the party's history.

2Samoas private sectors donate to Vanuatu private sector

The President of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, Tuala Pat Leota on behalf of the Samoa and American Samoa Chambers of Commerce and the Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) presented a cheque of US$2,000 to the President of Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce at the 9th Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) AGM at Sofitel Hotel, Denarau Nadi on 3rd July 2015.

Fat tax considered to combat Pacific 'tsunami' of childhood obesity

A fat tax on junk-food is just one of the initiatives needed to tackle the approaching tsunami of childhood obesity in the Pacific, according to one of the region's leading experts.

The incidence of childhood obesity is already so high that the Pacific is home to eight of the world's top ten countries for childhood obesity.

Wespac Seeks to Expand Bigeye Tuna Quotas for U.S. Fleets

Federal agency asked to find ways for purse seine and longline fleets to catch more than conservation measures currently allow.
At a time when the bigeye tuna stock in the Western and Central Pacific is being overfished — and by some standards, is already in an overfished state — the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council last month asked the National Marine Fisheries Service to find ways for the U.S. purse seine and longline fleets to catch more than what federal and international conservation measures currently allow.

Low-lying Maldives drowning under the weight of climate change

There was a time Maldives master fisherman Adam Naseer could catch as many skipjack tuna with a pole and line as he could handle. But as the world warms, life is no longer that simple.

Sitting at a roadside stall on Fonadhoo island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the 45-year-old, who was captain of his own boat when he was 13, reflects on the challenges fishermen face as rising sea temperatures force the precious tuna out of their reach.

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