Month: February 2016

Kiwi-Samoan leads London’s Lion King pride

He started out dreaming of becoming an All Black, now the Kiwi-Samoan singer is a West End musical star. Kiwi-Samoan singer/actor, Nick Afoa is set to star on the West End as Simba in The Lion King. Disney Theatrical Productions have announced Afoa will transfer to the London production when the Australian season of the musical ends this Sunday. It will be the first time the Kiwi has ever visited London, and only his second professional theatre role having swapped rugby for singing and making his debut in 2013. Afoa played rugby every week from 13 to 22, but had...

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Joseph Parker one fight away from world title shot

Kiwi-Samoan heavyweight boxing contender Joseph Parker is now just one win away from getting a mandatory world title shot against the winner of the Chris Martin vs Anthony Joshua title fight in April. The IBF this week ordered Parker (18-0, 16 KOs), 24, and Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs), 35, of France, the organization’s leading available contenders, to meet in a title elimination bout. According to Duco Events, Parker’s promoter, both fighters have agreed to participate in negotiations to make the bout. They have about three weeks to make a deal or a purse bid will be ordered. Because neither...

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Warriors rugby league star’s awesome gesture to heartbroken family

This is Lisa Bridget Mapu, a rising touch football star from Brisbane, lost to her family in the most tragic way at just 14. Her brother asked her hero, New Zealand Warriors rugby league star Shaun Johnson, to dedicate his Round 2 game against the Broncos to Lisa’s memory. His response was pure class. READ HERE. Source: Fox...

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Cyclone-hit remote Fiji islands begin to receive aid, death toll 42

Fijians in remote and coastal villages are finally get aid, after a power cyclone that killed more than 40 people. The Fijian government and international aid agencies reached outer islands and villages on Wednesday, and Australia and New Zealand said they were ready to deploy helicopters to reach other areas that remained cut off. The death toll has crept up in the days since Cyclone Winston struck Fiji late on Saturday as communication has gradually been restored with the outer reaches of the archipelago that is home to some 900,000 people. Thousands of people are still sheltering in evacuation centres, their...

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Tonga’s claim to be the ‘Cradle of Polynesia’ rejected

A Tongan social anthropologist says the basis on which researchers have named a small Tongan fishing village as the birthplace of Polynesia, is shaky. Canadian archaeologist Professor David Burley and his team identified Nukuleka, east of the capital Nuku’alofa, as the cradle of Polynesia – after finding Lapita pottery, the oldest yet discovered in Polynesia and dated at 2,900 years old. But Dr Okusitino Mahina, a Tongan-born Pacific anthropologist based at Auckland University, says the scientists didn’t consider oral and linguistic history, or early maps – which describe Polynesia as, literally, many islands. He says Professor Burley’s suggestion that...

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