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Samoa celebrates its first Fa’afafine Week

Commemorates contributions of fa’afafine community to Samoa

Apia, SAMOA — “Human Rights, gender equity, cultural views and HIV&AIDS Prevention” were among the issues that will be discussed during the Fa’afafine Week in Samoa, a first time event according to Samoa Fa’afafine Association (SFA) President So’oalo To’oto’oali’i Roger Stanley. Held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, So’oalo told Samoa News Fa’afafine Week is an initiative to commemorate the contribution of the Fa’afafine community to Samoa.

Anne Dunn’s focus: Empowering women

To speak up, be bold, stand up — be Pacific warriors she said during her talent

Apia, SAMOA — Empowering women in the Pacific is one aspect of life that newly crowned Miss Pacific Islands, Anne Dunn is passionate about and in doing so, that is one of the first projects that she’ll be working on upon returning home. Held in Tuanaimato, the 30th Miss Pacific Islands pageant saw outgoing Miss Pacific Islands, Abigail Havora, crown Anne Dunn.

Samoa Briefs

compiled by Joyetter Feagaimaalii-Luamanu

Apia, SAMOA — “This upgrade is a milestone in developing tourism between China and Samoa,” said Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. The US31.7 million project built by the Shanghai Construction Company from China to upgrade the departure lounge is the first of three phases to upgrade the Faleolo International Airport.

Samoan Methodist minister kicked out of NZ, despite support of community

A beloved Auckland-based minister has lost his battle to remain in New Zealand, despite the Samoan church claiming he's the only man fit for his job.

Iosia Pati, 59, and his wife Ruta, 57, have run a Samoan methodist church in south Auckland since 2011; their lawyer said that without them, the church would be "completely destabilized".

Minister Pati's visa ran out in in 2014 and Immigration New Zealand had declined his bids to stay in the country under religious worker or essential skills categories.

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

Samoa Briefs

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 is the new Miss Pacific Islands


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.

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