Month: March 2016

Tributes flow for Fiji rugby legend Seru Rabeni

The rugby world is paying tribute to former Highlanders, Leicester Tigers and Fiji sevens and 15s star Seru Rabeni, who has died suddenly, aged 37. According to the website, Rabeni, nicknamed ‘Rambo’ to his Fijian teammates, died while having breakfast at his house in Nasaki, Fiji on Tuesday. It is believed he had a heart attack. He had recently recovered from an illness. The Fijian Broadcasting Corporation said he was one of Fiji rugby’s “greatest sons” and his death was a shock to the nation. “Shocked to hear the passing of my old Highlanders teammate Seru Rabeni. Gave the pass for...

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Former All Black & Manu Samoa halfback standing for Auckland Council

Former All Black and Manu Samoa halfback Ofisa ‘Junior’ Tonu’u is standing for the Auckland Council at October’s local body elections. Tonu’u, who played eight matches for the All Blacks between 1996 and 1998 and 14 matches for Samoa, has been selected by the left-leaning City Vision ticket to contest the Puketapapa Local Board. READ MORE. Source: NZ herald (photo Getty...

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Samoan princess Metz says goodbye to Bachelor NZ

Former Samoan beauty queen Metz has become the first contestant to leave the Bachelor NZ this season of her own accord. She later released a statement calling for Samoans to be proud and thanking her family for their loving support. Official Statement: I would like to take this God given opportunity to thank everyone who has taken the time to reach out to me in an overwhelming show of love and support on my time on‪#‎TheBachelorNZ‬ Especially to my family for always being my backbone. I would like to acknowledge and thank my agent Lia Sagote of Suga Magazine and Cecilia Sagote...

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Big month for Pasifika

It’s a big month for Pacific arts and culture in New Zealand, and organisers say there’s growing international interest. Over 90,000 packed into Western Springs for the Pasifika Festival last weekend, and this week Auckland is hosting the Pacific Arts International Symposium, which is attracting artists and researchers from across the globe, and the annual ASB Polyfest in Manukau this weekend on 16-19 March where 9,000 students will perform in the biggest Maori and Pacific Island dance festival or its type in the world. Nearly 65 percent of New Zealanders who identify with a Pacific ethnicity live in the Auckland region. By...

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Widow of NZ cop killed in Tongan police custody paid an ‘undisclosed settlement’

The Tongan government has paid an undisclosed settlement amount to the widow of New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka, who was killed after being in police custody in 2012. Mr Fungavaka had been in Tonga for a family funeral in August 2012 when he was arrested for a minor disorderly incident. He died after three policemen and a civilian assaulted him in police cells. READ MORE. Source: TVNZ One...

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Arizona Cardinals star Mike Iupati rated NFL’s best free agent signing

A great honour for one of the world’s highest paid NESIAN athletes. Analysts rate Arizona Cardinals guard Mike Iupati as the ‪NFL’s best free agent signing of last off-season. A year ago the Cardinals surprised many with the signing of the big Samoan away from the San Francisco‪ 49ers on a five-year, USD$40 million contract ($22.5 million in guaranteed money). The 28 year-old 3-time Pro Bowler delivered, making another Pro Bowl and paving the way for the NFL’s eighth-best rushing offense and second-best passing attack. READ MORE. Source:...

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Is it over for Samoan Bachelorette?

Ever since The Bachelor appeared on New Zealand television sets again last week, the buzz in the Pacific community has been the sole NESIAN bachelorette, former Miss Samoa NZ contestant, Metotisi Komiti-Faalavaau, or Metz as she’s known. But is it all over before it’s even started? There was speculation she may not be feeling a “spark” with Bachelor Jordan Mauger. Rumblings among the girls revealed Metz, the Samoan Princess, may be looking to excuse herself from the mansion. Metz has kept her intentions close to her chest however saying she just wants to “get to know” Mauger a little...

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