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Low-key movie Three Wise Cousins a $1m Pacific hit

An independent film shot on one camera and with a cast of unknown actors has racked up more than NZD$1 million at New Zealand and Australian box offices. And now its Kiwi-born Samoan director is working to get his first feature film to more audiences across the Pacific and the US. READ MORE. Source: NZ...

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Samoa now ‘one party state’, Tuilaepa crushes Tautua opposition

Can Samoa call itself a true democracy now? It is now a ‘one party state’ with the returning  HRPP ‪Government in full control of parliament because of the failure to get the required eight seats to form a Opposition party. Incumbent Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi led a complete demolition of the Opposition in Samoa’s 2016 General Election held last Friday. HRPP won 47 seats with to Tautua Samoa’s two seats. Deputy leader, Aeau Dr Peniamina was the only Opposition MP to retain his seat. Tuilaepa has since named veteran politician, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa as his deputy. One more woman MP...

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PROFILE: Tusi Tamasese, Filmmaker

PROFILE: Tusi Tamasese, Filmmaker Tusi Tamasese, 40, is a Samoan-born New Zealand film director. He is of high chiefly descent, of the Tupua Tamasese lineage. He came to New Zealand at the age of 18 with the intention to go to university, but, lacking a scholarship, began by working “picking tomatoes”. He eventually did study at the New Zealand Film School, at the Victoria University of Wellington and at the University of Waikato; he obtained a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, and a Master of Arts degree in creative writing. He now lives in Wellington. He wrote and directed...

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Artist’s exhibition discusses impact of globalisation on the Pacific

Angela Tiatia’s Survey / Fā’aliga is the first solo exhibition in Māngere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, for this video performance artist. Currently residing in Sydney, Australia, Tiatia was born and raised in Ōtara, Auckland. This exhibition which runs from 6 February – 20 March 2016 surveys her video works from 2008 to the present. Tiatia’s work discusses the impact of globalisation on the Pacific as well as stereotypes of the Other and the use and misuse of femininity in mass consumer culture. READ MORE. Source: tautai...

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Tonga qualifies first ever taekwondo athlete to Olympics

Pita Nikolas Taufatofua has made history by becoming the first Tongan to qualify for the Olympics in Taekwondo. He booked his ticket to ‪‎Rio 2016‬ after winning gold in the Oceania qualifiers in Papua New Guinea, beating the region’s number one fighter, New Zealand Heavyweight Champion Daffyd Sanders, who is ranked 15th in the World in men’s 80kg. “My first shot at the Olympics I left New Caledonia in a wheelchair – that was 2008. In 2012 I left New Caledonia again on crutches – I had a torn PCL – so I feel I was meant to go...

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Polynesian genetics should affect health policy

Victoria University researchers in Wellington, New Zealand have drawn a link between the 5000 year history of Polynesian migration and Maori and ‪‎Pasifika‬ health. Conclusions from a 25-year study provide a complete description of the origins of ‪Polynesian‬ peoples, their complex ancestry, and how genetic variation was lost as people migrated across the Pacific. The genetic distinction explains why Maori or Pacific Islanders are more prone to certain diseases than Europeans. READ MORE. Source:...

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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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