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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.



Departing Miss Pacific Islands tells her successors — “Know your purpose in life”

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“Know your purpose in life,” was the message from Miss Pacific Islands, Abigail Havora to the eight contestants at the 30th Miss Pacific Islands Pageant. From Gabagaba, Papua New Guinea Abigail won the first Miss Pacific Island’s title after the name of the pageant was changed last year.
 
Samoa News coverage of the Miss Pacific Islands pageant is brought to you by the Sheraton Hotels & Bungalows in Apia and Polynesian Airlines.
 



Miss American Samoa is ready — Let the pageant begin!

It’s not only about “the glittery stuff, it’s so much more”
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Apia, SAMOA — Miss American Samoa Antonina Lilomaiava is putting everything into her preparations for the Miss Pacific Islands pageant with the main goal of bringing the title home to American Samoa.  
 
Samoa News coverage of the Miss Pacific Islands pageant is brought to you by the Sheraton Hotels & Bungalows in Apia and Polynesian Airlines.
 



The big island of Savai’i welcomes the 2016 Miss Pacific Islands contestants

Samoa’s hidden treasure, the big island of Savai’, took a turn yesterday to welcome the contestants of 2016 Miss Pacific Islands to its shores.

Savai’i rolled out the red carpet giving the contestants a rapturous reception as the ladies enjoyed the tranquility of the Savaii ahead of their big day on Friday.

The contestants, their entourages and pageant officials boarded the Lady Naomi for an experience of Samoa Shipping Corporation hospitality.



Miss Pacific Islands beauties begin the week with a prayer

The Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2015-2016, Abigail Havora and the lovely eight contestants for the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant this year, are now ready for a week of activities leading up to the finale on Friday.
 
Fittingly, their week began yesterday when they attended a church service which was held at the Catholic Church at Leauva’a.
 
And today, the reigning Miss Pacific Islands and the eight beauties from around the Pacific are making their way to the big island of Savaii.
 



Rep Faimealelei at 26th Pacific Parliamentary Forum in New Zealand

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Rep. Faimealelei Anthony Allen, speaking at the 26th Pacific Parliamentary Forum in New Zealand, which was held from Nov. 14-18. Some 50 lawmakers from the Pacific region attended the forum. Faimealelei was selected by House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale to represent American Samoa at the annual forum which aims to build shared understanding of the various concepts of Parliamentary representation that exist through the region and joint approaches being taken to the Pacific’s major challenges and opportunities.
 



North Park University Polynesian night — “Taste of the Pacific”

North Park University- Chicago Polynesian students held a Polynesian night — Taste of the Pacific — last week Friday night. Center standing, is the head coach of the school’s football team, Mike Conway and his wife Beth, who the students would like to recognize as their ‘home away from home’ couple.
 



The new Tesla is powering an entire island with solar energy

SolarCity, the company Tesla officially acquired on Monday, is powering nearly the entire island of Ta’u in American Samoa with solar power.

SolarCity developed a microgrid with 1.4 megawatts of solar generation capacity — enough to power nearly 100% of the island, according to a SolarCity blog posted on Tuesday. The microgrid is enabled by 60 Tesla Powerpacks, the company's large commercial battery, which can store solar energy at night.



Health Summit: Do cultural practices cause mental health issues for Samoan mothers?

“Is our culture a protective factor?” asks one of the panelist
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Samoan cultural practices causing mental health issues and “maternal depression” for Samoan mothers were among questions raised by participants of the 7th Bilateral Health Summit following presentations by physicians from Samoa and American Samoa on mental illness in the two Samoas.
 



Samoa’s Ombudsman: “Fa’a Samoa does not permit husbands to beat their wives”

In the fa’a Samoa he says, “Ole tuafafine ole i’oimata o lona tuagane”
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma has made it clear that the “Fa’asamoa does not permit husbands to beat their wives.”  He made these comments during his presentation before the media on human rights.
 
Maiava heads the Office of the Ombudsman that was created in 1988 and in 2013 and mandated to be Samoa’s National Human Rights Institution which is to protect and promote human rights in Samoa.



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