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Miss Samoa, 20-year old Latafale Auva’a was Friday night (Samoa time)  crowned the new Miss Pacific Islands, formerly known as Miss South Pacific, during the three hour program at the Tuanaimato Sports Complex, Faleata in Samoa. 
She also won the pageant award for Best Interview and Best Talent - two of the four category in the competition.

Chikungunya kills six in the region

Chikunguna has claimed six lives in the Pacific with nations reporting seven additional illnesses currently affecting their populations.

According to a Public Health Update issued by the Ministry of Health’s (M.O.H.) from its National Disease Surveillance and International Health Regulations Division (N.D.S.I.H.D.) yesterday, chikungunya outbreaks are on-going in Samoa, American Samoa, French Polynesia and Tokelau.

The report cites information offered in the latest Pacific Syndromic Surveillance System*.



Miss American Samoa, Anneliese Fa’aitumalo Sword poses with a young fan earlier this week during a public appearance. The eight contestants have been busy this week with interviews, practice sessions and performances during the run up to the Miss Pacific Islands pageant tonight in Apia.


Anneliese says, “Pray for me I want to make you all proud. Manuia fuafuaga o le aso o lo'o totoe.” Samoa News joins with the Territory in wishing Anneliese the best in tonight’s pageant.



Samoa PM reminds women of duties

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has told women thinking of running for parliament they should not neglect their families.

Tuilaepa was speaking at the final sitting of Parliament for the year yesterday which was attended by women taking part in a programme promoting women's participation in Parliament.

He said women should not let their drive and determination to enter politics make them neglect their God given duties as mothers.

He said women hold families, villages, and churches together and they are also the backbone of the country.

New U.S. ambassador to Samoa and New Zealand approved by U.S. Senate


The new U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, Mark Gilbert, was approved by the United States Senate over the weekend, after his nomination in February, 2014.
In a youtube video, distributed by the United States Embassy in Samoa, Gilbert said he was a professional baseball player who turned in his cleats to work in the finance field.

Pacific FAD-closure compliance remains an issue

Making sure international tuna vessels comply with Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) rules remains a key challenge to measures intended to protect fish stocks, the head of the American Tunaboat Association (ATA) said.

There is anecdotal evidence that boats from Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean purse seine fleets are not always in compliance with fish aggregation device (FAD) closure rules, with the lack of compliance rendering the measures ineffective, ATA executive director Brian Hallman told Undercurrent News.

UN Agrees to way forward on climate change - but path is unclear

A global warming pact has been struck, but now nations must not only meet targets but fund clean development

Governments took a step back from chaos in the climate change discussions in Lima and found a way forward on Sunday, albeit with some fudges and compromises, giving themselves just 12 months to finalise a crucial international agreement to avoid dangerous levels of global warming.

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru’s environment minister, who had skilfully presided over more than two weeks of fraught negotiations, announced that a deal had been struck by more than 190 countries.

Louder voice for Pacific Islands at UN General Assembly

source: Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Greater prominence for Pacific Islands’ perspectives on global and regional development issues within the United Nations system is expected to be a major outcome of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) becoming an observer to the UN General Assembly.

SPC was formally granted observer status overnight following the adoption of a resolution by the UN General Assembly in New York City.

Miss South Pacific Pageant underway in Samoa

Samoa Observer interviews Miss Samoa

Eight of the most beautiful and intelligent women in the Pacific have graced Samoa’s shores this week.
The occasion is the Miss South Pacific Pageant, with the pre-pageant activities kicking off this morning with a church service at the Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral at Mulivai.
Guided by the theme “Our Pacific Paradise,” the Pageant will be held on Friday at Gym 1 of the Tuana’imato Sports Complex.

Meet the Gaualofa crew in Auckland

Pacific island rivalry on the sports field is a well known fact. But to see these sons and daughters of the Pacific working in unison in bringing the Gaualofa in to the beach at Okahu Bay in such horrible weather last night was a moving experience - 9:25pm exact.

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