Month: January 2016

Two decades since last nuclear tests in Pacific

It appears most people have forgotten about the date of France’s last nuclear test in the Pacific, the editor of a magazine in Tahiti says. The 27th of January 2016 marks 20 years since France ended nuclear weapons testing at Mururoa atoll in French Polynesia. ‪#‎NesianVlllage‬‪#‎frenchnucleartesting‬ Source: Radio...

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Rising Tongan Star Jabrari Parker Selected to Represent USA

Rising young Tongan ‪#‎NBA‬ basketball star, Jabari Parker, of the Milwaukee ‪#‎Bucks‬, has been selected to represent USA in the 2016 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge as part of the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend on Feb 12 in Toronto. ‪#‎tokouso‬ ‪#‎NesianSports‬‪#‎2016NBAAllStarWeekend‬ Read more at...

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Man arrested at airport over student loan debt is Cook Island Prime Minister’s nephew

The first person to be arrested in New Zealand over a student loan debt is the nephew of Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna. Ngatokotoru Puna, 40, was seized at the airport on Monday over a $130,000 debt. He described his ordeal as “unbelievable” after an appearance at Manukau District Court saying he initially thought it was a “joke”. ‪#‎NesianVillage‬ Source:...

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Zika virus outbreak raises Pacific, Americas travel concerns for pregnant women

Pregnant women are being urged to rethink their travel plans to the Pacific islands amid a flood of cases of a tropical disease causing birth defects, paralysis, and even death. Dozens of cases of ‪#‎zika‬, a virus spread by infected mosquitos, have already been identified in New Zealand and other Pacific countries such as Samoa. No vaccine or medications were available to treat or prevent zika, and people visiting affected countries were advised avoid being bitten by mosquitos. ‪#‎NesianVillage‬...

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES NEW MERATA MITA FELLOWSHIP FOR INDIGENOUS ARTISTS AND 2016 RECIPIENT

PARK CITY, Utah — The Merata Mita Fellowship, a new annual fellowship named in honor of the late Māori filmmaker Merata Mita (1942-2010), was announced today at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, which is taking place through January 31 in Utah. The first recipient is Ciara Leina’ala Lacy (Kanaka Maoli) from O’ahu, Hawai’i. In addition to networking opportunities at the Sundance Film Festival, Lacy will receive a monetary grant, yearlong continuum of support, access to strategic and creative services offered by Sundance Institute’s artists programs and mentorship opportunities. Read more at...

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Wellington Pasifika Festival pulls in numbers

Waitangi park was ablaze with Lavalava’s, laughter and music on Monday for the annual Wellington Pasifika Festival. The event, organised by Wellington City Council, was expected to draw about 10,000 people throughout the afternoon. Event organiser Suzanne Tamakisaid the festival had a very laid-back feel, with people often coming and going as they pleased. ‪#‎NesianVillage‬ ‪#‎pasifika‬ ‪#‎absolutelypositivelywellington‬ Read more here.   Source: The Dominion...

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