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By admin, Jul 10 2017 07:46AM

'Buy Samoan Taro' Auckland Launch 11 July 2017
'Buy Samoan Taro' Auckland Launch 11 July 2017

Honourable Minister of Samoa's Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Schmidt, is one of the key figures behind the 'Buy Samoan Taro' commercial initiative, launching at Mangere's Maota Samoa on Tuesday 11 July 2017.


Laauli is accompanied by the CEO of Samoa's Scientific Research Organisation (SROS) Seuseu Tauati, Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries CEO, Tilafono David Hunter, MAF Associate Minister , Fa'asootauloa Pati Taulapapa, as well as a selection of frozen taro exporters.


"Strategic fisheries as well as other key agricultural exports such as taro, yams and breadfruit will be the main focus of this initiative", says Laauli. The Auckland launch is preceded by a similar presentation, recently held in Melbourne.


MAF Hon. Minister Laauli Polataivao Schmidt at 'Buy Samoan Taro' Melbourne
MAF Hon. Minister Laauli Polataivao Schmidt at 'Buy Samoan Taro' Melbourne

Samoa Trade Commissioner in NZ, Fonoti Dr, Lafitai Fuata'i, Laauli & Faasoo
Samoa Trade Commissioner in NZ, Fonoti Dr, Lafitai Fuata'i, Laauli & Faasoo


Source : Loabay SAMOA TALA'NEI www.loabaytvradionews.com





By admin, Jun 15 2017 11:58AM

Tonga and Samoa are confident they will have plenty of support in the stands for Friday's 'Pasifika Challenge' rugby double header in Auckland.


The 'Ikale Tahi will take on Wales in the first match, after the game was moved from Nuku'alofa, before the All Blacks host Manu Samoa in their only test before facing the British and Irish Lions.


Samoa and Fiji played to a sell-out crowd at Eden Park during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, while the local Tongan community came out in force to support the 'Ikale Tahi during that event.


Samoa rugby fans. Photo: Photosport
Samoa rugby fans. Photo: Photosport

Tongan coach Toutai Kefu was confident both teams would be well represented in the stands.


"As we know there's huge populations - Samoan and Tongan - in Auckland and I'm sure they will come along and have a look (at) two tier one nations playing," he said.


"I don't think it's been done before - two tier one nations (playing) back to back, double header at Eden Park so very exciting and something that the fans shouldn't miss."


Tonga rugby fans in New Zealand. Photo: RNZ / Lauren Baker
Tonga rugby fans in New Zealand. Photo: RNZ / Lauren Baker

The Samoa and Tonga Rugby Unions will also receive a welcome financial boost if tickets sales surpass a certain level at the 46,000 capacity Eden Park.


"That's our agreement: if the attendance reached a certain threshold there will be a distribution of funds to us and Samoa," explained Tonga Rugby Union CEO Fe'ao Vunipola.


"Hopefully we will exceed that threshold and we can take advantage of the opportunity being afforded to us by World Ruby and New Zealand Rugby Union.


"We are grateful to all the opportunities that we have, not only in the Auckland game but also here in Tonga. World Rugby is doing all they can to help us generate some much needed funds to help in running our union."


ongan players are unlikely to be paid. Photo: Tonga Rugby Union
ongan players are unlikely to be paid. Photo: Tonga Rugby Union

In recent years the TRU has not paid an allowance to 'Ikale Tahi players on national duty and Fe'ao Vunipola admitted that was unlikely to change for the forseeable future.


"Unfortunately we have been reliant on government for players allowance and players salary and that is the case for now," he said.


"But if we have extra funds generated from these matches then obviously they're number one on the list but I don't want to promise them a lot because that hasn't been the case recently when I started so I'd rather keep carrying my cards to my chest and pay the players when it comes, that's the plan."


Vunipola said World Rugby was meeting the cost of players within the region, including those in New Zealand and Australia, but Tonga covered the travel costs of Northern Hemisphere-based players through its high performance funding.

Source : Radio NZ

By admin, Jun 15 2017 11:52AM

Residents of American Samoa who normally apply for their US visas at the US Embassy in Samoa will have to go to New Zealand or Fiji to get their documents over the next three months.


This comes with the staffer at the Apia Embassy ended her term.


Visa applicants are advised that during the months of June, July and August they will need to apply at the US Consulate in Auckland or the US embassy in Suva.


Travel agents in American Samoa say this will be a burden for residents who will have to pay airfares to Apia, and New Zealand, plus accommodation and expenses, while there is no guarantee their visa applications will be granted.


Source : Radio NZ

By admin, Jun 15 2017 11:51AM

An Auckland woman is facing 22 charges for illlegally providing immigration advice to the Pacific community.


The Immigration Advisers Authority charged Auckland woman, Maria 'Ilaisaane Valu-Pome'e, for illegally providing immigration advice without holding a licence or exempt status.


The Authority's Registrar, Catherine Albiston, says the charges include providing immigration advice without a licence or exempt status, advertising herself as legally able to provide such advice, and four charges for receiving fees.


She says the Authority ran a campaign earlier this year to raise awareness amongst Pacific communities that unlawful immigration advice can cause significant stress and problems for visa applicants.


Ms Albiston says anyone seeking New Zealand immigration advice should use a licensed immigration adviser or someone who is exempt.


Offenders can face up to seven years in prison and a fine of more than $US72,000 dollars.


Source : Radio NZ

By admin, Jun 15 2017 11:48AM

Ben Smith will become the 68th All Blacks Test skipper after being named to lead the world champions out for their season-opening Test against Samoa in Auckland on Friday.


The fullback, a veteran of 60 Tests, will captain an experienced line-up.


Ben Smith (right) will lead the All Blacks in Kieran Read's absence. Photo:
Ben Smith (right) will lead the All Blacks in Kieran Read's absence. Photo:

Flanker Sam Cane was considered a good chance to be named skipper in the absence of the injured Kieran Read, having done so twice before.


However, coach Steve Hansen went for a man who has impressed as Highlanders co- captain for two seasons and was appointed to that role with the All Blacks last year.


Smith will be the first fullback to lead the All Blacks since Mils Muliaina did for three Tests in 2009.


Read is expected to be fit for the first Test against the British and Irish Lions on June 24.


His No.8 berth is taken this week by livewire Ardie Savea, whose previous 12 appearances were as a reserve or a flanker.


Regarded previously as an openside specialist, Savea has started five games at No.8 for the Hurricanes this year.


The Test will be a special one for the Barrett family, after three brothers were included in the 23, including the uncapped Jordie Barrett on the reserves bench.


Lock Scott Barrett is also on the bench while starting first five-eighth Beauden, the reigning world player of the year, will play his 50th Test.


Assuming both reserves come on, it will be the first time three All Blacks brothers have played in the same Test.


Another debut looms for Jordie Barrett's Hurricanes teammate and lock Vaea Fifita, who is on the bench as loose forward cover in the absence of Read and Liam Squire.


Hansen says he plans to use both uncapped players at some point.


Aaron Smith Photo: PHOTOSPORT
Aaron Smith Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Aaron Smith has won the contentious halfback spot ahead of TJ Perenara, reversing the pecking order of last November's tour when Smith's form dipped badly.


Second five-eighth Sonny Bill Williams will play his first Test since the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, having had a dab at sevens last year.


Reserve hooker Nathan Harris played his most recent Test a year ago, before embarking on another lengthy period of injury.


The starting tight five features four of the Crusaders pack who struggled for authority in the 12-3 loss to the Lions on Saturday.


Codie Taylor starts at hooker, with Dane Coles still recovering from concussion symptoms.


In the starting XV, there are three backs and five forwards who also ran out in their most recent Test, the 24-19 defeat of France in Paris last November.


All Blacks:


Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Ardie Savea, Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.


Reserves: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Barrett, Vaea Fifita, TJ Perenara, Lima Sopoaga, Jordie Barrett.

Source : Radio NZ

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