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'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.

Moana garners mixed cultural reviews

compiled by Samoa News staff

Disney’s animated movie “Moana” debuted to critical acclaim and box office success over the Thanksgiving weekend, but some people in the South Pacific dislike how it depicts their culture, Associated Press reported this week.
Of particular concern is the movie’s portrayal of the demigod Maui, who is shown as enormous and egotistical, albeit with a good heart. That has been jarring for some in Polynesia, where obesity rates are among the highest in the world and where Maui is a revered hero in oral traditions.

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


“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.

Samoa’s new Tui-Samoa Cable signed


Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s new Tui-Samoa Cable will span more than 900 miles connecting Samoa to Fiji with branching units to Wallis & Futuna and Vanua Levu, Fiji, which is meant to enhance fast, reliable and affordable internet services across the region. This was made known during the agreement signing last Friday (Samoa Time).

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.

World Bank: Huge gains possible for Pacific

The new Pacific director for the World Bank says there are massive gains to be made in the Pacific if countries can get things right.

Michel Kerf will oversee the World Bank's regional portfolio which includes 55 projects across 13 countries worth more than $US 1-billion.

Mr Kerf said the Bank had identified potential areas which countries could focus on improving and developing and two major risk areas which need to be mitigated to maximise gains across the region.

PM Tuila'epa takes over Samoa's police portfolio

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has taken the Ministry of Police portfolio following a cabinet reshuffle.

Sala Fata Pinati, who has held the Police portfolio for five years, now has the portfolios of the Audit office and the office of the Bureau of Statistics and also the Tourism Authority.

The Government said returning oversight of Samoa Police to the prime minister reaffirms the importance placed on law and order and in keeping Samoa a peaceful nation.

Big numbers expected to take part in Samoa Games

Up to 1700 athletes are expected to take part in the relaunched Samoa Games next month.

The event was last held a decade ago but is but is being revived in an attempt to address the country's poor performance at the Olympics, Commonwealth and Pacific Games.

CEO of the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee, Fa'amausili Taiva Ah Young, said research showed there was not enough competition locally to prepare elite athletes.

Man sentenced to 22 months for sexual assault


Apia, SAMOA-- A man who sexually assaulted his wife’s 10-year-old niece has been sentenced to 22 months in jail. To protect the identity of the victim, Samoa News has opted to withhold the name of the defendant in this case that was before the court earlier this week. The uncle was charged with one count of sexual connection and the offending is said to have taken place at Tanumapu’a on or between January 2014 and April 23, 2015. According to the police report the charge carries the maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Samoa Observer names Tusitala Short Story Competition winners


Apia, SAMOA — American Samoa’s Poe Mageo, and Tamari Mulitalo Cheung were among those who made the top five who submitted their short stories in the Pacific Islands category for the annual Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition. Held last week at the Samoa Observer main office in Vaitele, the short story competition categories were — stories from Australia/New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, which includes, American Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Samoa.

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