Month: February 2016

Samoa-born wing David Smith found ineligible to play for France

Rugby star David Smith has had his French dream dashed by an appearance for the New Zealand Sevens team. The Samoan-born wing, who is currently based in France where he plays for Castres in the Top 14, was rushed into France’s Six Nations squad for their clash with Wales this weekend. But his joy lasted less than 24 hours as it was confirmed his callup to the New Zealand Sevens team for the world series event in Scotland in 2008 would count against him. Smith played for the Hurricanes, Blues and Western Force in Super Rugby, as well as...

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Alex ‘The Lionheart’ Leapai hangs up his gloves

Told he risked blindness if he continued to fight, Aussie-Samoan boxer Alex Leapai, who fought Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight title in 2014, has announced his retirement. Leapai’s rise is a rags-to-riches story where he ended up the first Australian to fight for the heavyweight title in over a century. Where does Leapai rank among the great boxers of Pacific heritage? Read more. Source:...

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Death toll rises as Tropical Cyclone Winston devastates Fiji

The death toll continues to rise in Fiji after Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall on Saturday. The Category 5 Tropical Cyclone was the largest ever to hit Fiji killing at least 20 people and destroying hundreds of homes. Strong winds and flooding from Winston have caused severe damage across the island nation. A month-long state of disaster has also been declared. Read more. Source: weather.com Additional updates here: news.com.au, radio nz, Fiji Times, stuff.co.nz  ...

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Keven Mealamu Rugby Ambassador

Have you wondered what Keven Mealamu has been up to since his retirement from the All Blacks? Join The Coconet TV as they meet Keven doing his duties as a rugby ambassador (with Counties Manukau) at James Cook High School in Manurewa, Auckland. Source:...

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Joseph Parker targets winner of Joshua-Martin fight for title shot

According to promoter Dean Lonergen, Kiwi-Samoan heavyweight Joseph Parker will target the winner of the upcoming title clash between IBF world champion Charles Martin and Parker’s British rival Anthony Joshua, which is scheduled for 9 April at London’s O2 Arena. Parker is unbeaten over 18 fights with 16 KO’s. Duco Events are yet to announce Parker’s next opponent but it is scheduled for April. Duco want to move Parker into a mandatory position for a title fight this year. Parker is currently ranked No.1 with the WBO, No 6 with the WBA and IBF and No 11 with the...

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Nesian Profile: Fez Fa’anana

New Zealand-born Ipswich-raised (Brisbane, Australia) Samoan – Fez (Efiso) Fa’anana admits growing up it was hard to know exactly where to call home. But these days the creative director of international male burlesque, circus and comedic touring group ‘Briefs’ says all three feel like home and Samoa a definite big chunk of his heart. Fez is generous in sharing these truths but his alter-ego persona Shivannah may have a totally different take on that – Paris, London, New York maybe? Ssh better not tell her that Fez actually grew up playing a lot of league either… Find out more about Fez Fa’anana in this TheCoconet.TV special straight from him to you. Efiso (Fez) Fa’anana: dad from Palauli, mum from Fagamalo – Savai’i, Samoa hard. Creative Director of ‘Briefs’, Australian based internationally touring all male performing troupe (sometimes called boylesque) Show info – ‘Briefs’  is on at Auckland’s ASB Theatre at the Aotea Centre Wednesday 17 – Saturday 20 February 2016 You can buy tickets at Ticket Master. Video Source: The Coconet TV...

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Powerful calls from Women of the Pacific

Harsh realities of modern life in the Pacific are portrayed in a stunning stage work. At its heart Marama‬ is “a powerful call from women of the Pacific”, the voices of a vanishing world”, about the devastating effects of deforestation. It is all the more powerful because it is about logging – much of it unregulated – in our own neighbourhood, the Pacific. Read more. Source: NZ...

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Boo-Yaa Tribe arrive in Auckland for Raggamuffin

Rap royalty Boo-Yaa Tribe have landed in Aotearoa for ‪‬Raggamuffin on Saturday, 20 February in West Auckland. The Samoan hip hop group from Carson, California are composed of the Devoux brothers Paul, Ted, Donald, Roscoe, Danny, David and Vincent. Their family is from American Samoa. They became popular after touring in Japan in the mid 1980s, where they were initially known as the “The Blue City Crew.” The “Boo-Yaa” in their name signifies the sound of a shotgun being discharged, while the “T.R.I.B.E.” stands for “Too Rough International Boo-Yaa Empire.” According to hip-hop documentarians, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. is “synonymous with hip hop...

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