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03 Dec 2017 - Pacific Beauties acknowledge spiritual blessings...

MEDIA RELEASE – 03rd December 2017

The nine Pacific beauties renewed their faith in the Lord, and acknowledged His blessings to begin a new week of activities for the 31st annual Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in Nadi, Fiji.

After arriving and settling-in over the weekend, the Contestants and the reigning Miss Pacific Islands began the pre-Pageant week’s activities by attending a Sunday service at the International Full Gospel Church.

The church service was led by Rev. Savenaca Ratumaiyale, and the contestants were joined by the Executive Director of the Miss Pacific Islands Inc., Papali’i Sonja Hunter, the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Host Committee, the respective chaperones, parents and supporters of the contestants from the participating Pacific Island nations.

The Ladies were moved and touched by the service, and the reigning Miss Pacific Islands, Anne Dunn initially acknowledged the church Ministers and the congregation.

“I am blessed today with the message on the miracles by God, and honoured to be in the presence of such faithful and servants of God,” said Miss Dunn.

“It is a blessing to share this spiritual moment with the beautiful Pacific Queens, which is very fitting to begin the Pageant week, and I wish them all the very best.”

The nine contestants each introduced themselves and shared their appreciation of the Lord, and also acknowledged the church leaders with members of the congregation.

Following the church service, the ladies visited and enjoyed the fresh scents of the Garden of the Sleeping Giant just outside Nadi, where they conducted the official photo shoot and later treated to a luncheon in town.

The contestants have already picked their order of appearance and respective topics for pre-Pageant interviews namely, Gender Equality, Education, Tourism, Politics, Culture, Climate Change Action to sustain our Islands, Technology, Environment and Health.

Further Pageant activities for the week include other visits to tourism sites and resorts around Nadi, before judged events and categories spread throughout four Pageant nights such as the pre-Pageant Interview, opening performance and introduction, sarong, traditionally inspired attire, stage interview and talent.

Follow developments of the Pageant on Website: http://www.misspacificislands.org/ and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MissPacificIslands/

02 Dec 2017 - Climate Change Action emphasized as 2017 Miss Pacific Islands Pageant begins...

MEDIA RELEASE – 02nd December 2017

The 31st annual Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2017 began with an official gathering in Nadi, Fiji the place where happiness meets you.

On the theme – ‘Climate Change Action to Sustain our Islands’, the nine Pacific beauties gathered and met for the first time at Novotel on Friday, 1st December and were addressed by the Executive Director of the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant, and CEO of the Samoa Tourism Authority, Papali’i Sonja Hunter.

“The Miss Pacific Islands Pageant since its inception in 1985 by the Leaders was established primarily to foster, expand knowledge and share intelligence and talents of our young Pacific ladies,” said Papali’i.

“The Miss Pacific Islands has always been known as a ‘Pageant with a Difference’.

“The Pageant is an opportunity to encourage the Pacific Islands, its diverse cultures, the beauty of its interesting holiday destinations, through the cleverly choreographed representations, by talented and intelligent Contestants, trained by the best Pacific Fashion Houses, Artists and Artisans, Chaperones, Mothers and Kinfolk of the Pacific Island nations.”

The Pageant Theme of ‘Climate Change Action to Sustain our Islands’, reflects the continuing environmental challenges faced by the Pacific Islands due to the harsh effects of Climate Change, and the Pacific peoples’ resilience and unity to protect its environment from Climate Change.

It further transcends the unity between the Pacific Islands with regards to their unique values which encompass the respect given to their women, adding strength and nurturing the fusion between the respective Pacific cultures.

Papali’i acknowledged the reigning Miss Pacific Islands, Anne Dunn for her hard work in the past 12 months and congratulated her for completing her Bachelor of Laws Degree and becoming a legal counsellor. She further acknowledged the support and contribution of the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Board of Directors and Host Countries over the last 31 years.

During the official gathering, the Contestants picked their order of appearance and their respective topics for their pre-Pageant interviews, as listed below:

Miss Nauru – Tansy Angelique Itsimaera – Gender Equality

Miss Solomon Islands – Emily Chan – Education

Miss Papua New Guinea – Niawali Anastacia Twain – Tourism

Miss Rapa Nui – Tiare Pakarati – Politics

Miss Samoa – Alexandra Iakopo – Culture

Miss Cook Islands – Enerstina Pokuia Bonsu-Maro – Climate Change Action to Sustain our Islands

Miss Tonga – Ophelia Kitiliti Kava – Technology

Miss Fiji – Hally Qaqa – Environment

Miss American Samoa – Matauaina Gwendolyn To’omalatai – Health

Other formal activities for the ladies include attending a church service on Sunday at the International Full Gospel Church in Nadi, and visits to tourism sites and resorts. The judged events are spread throughout four nights of competition on the different categories of pre-Pageant Interview, opening performance and introduction, sarong, traditionally inspired attire, stage interview and talent.

The Pageant nights of competition will be from the 6th to the 9th of December, 2017 at Prince Charles Park.

Follow developments of the Pageant on Website: http://www.misspacificislands.org/ and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MissPacificIslands/

01 Dec 2017 - 9 Pacific Beauties gear up for the 31st annual MPI Pageant 2017

MEDIA RELEASE – 01st December 2017

The 31st Annual Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Organising Committee has officially announced the contestants for this year’s Pageant which will be held in the newly developed city of Nadi in Fiji, the place where happiness meets you.

Nine beautiful contestants will be vying for the crown, which is currently held by the reigning Miss Pacific Islands, Anne Dunn of Fiji.

The Pageant Theme is ‘Climate Change Action to Sustain our Islands’, which reflects the continuing environmental challenges faced by the Pacific Islands due to the harsh effects of Climate Change, and the Pacific peoples’ resilience and unity to protect its environment from Climate Change.

It further transcends the unity between the Pacific Islands with regards to their unique values which encompass the respect given to their women, adding strength and nurturing the fusion between the respective Pacific cultures.

The pre-Pageant activities begins with an official gathering of Contestants for the initial briefing of all Pageant related events by the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Secretariat and the host Organising Committee of Fiji.

The contestants are from the Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Cooks Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rapa Nui, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Tonga.

The nine Pacific Island Beauties are:

Miss American Samoa – Matauaina Gwendolyn To’omalatai, 24 years. Student and Entertainer.

Miss Cook Islands – Enerstina Pokuia Bonsu-Maro, 22 years. Consents Agent.

Miss Fiji – Hally Qaqa, 24 years. Student.

Miss Nauru – Tansy Angelique Itsimaera, 20 years. Reporter.

Miss Papua New Guinea – Niawali Anastacia Twain, 23 years. Medical Laboratory Technician.

Miss Rapa Nui – Tiare Pakarati, 19 years. Student and Model.

Miss Miss Samoa – Alexandra Iakopo, 23 years. Qualification Officer at the Samoa Qualifications Authority.

Miss Solomon Islands – Emily Chan, 18 years. Student.

Miss Tonga – Ophelia Kitiliti Kava, 23 years. Call Center Administrator.

Other formal activities for the ladies include attending a church service on Sunday at the International Full Gospel Church in Nadi, visits to tourism sites and resorts, before the judged events and categories spread throughout four Pageant nights such as the pre Pageant Interview, opening performance and introduction, sarong, traditionally inspired attire, stage interview and talent.

Contestants all arrived in the weekend and kick start the Pre-Pageant week of activities.

The Pageant nights of competition will be from the 6th to the 9th of December, 2017 at Prince Charles Park.

Follow developments of the Pageant on Website: http://www.misspacificislands.org/ and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MissPacificIslands/

21 Nov 2016 - Contestants for 30th annual Miss Pacific Islands Pageant announced

MEDIA RELEASE – 21st November

The 30th Annual Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Organising Committee has officially announced the contestants for this year’s event which will be held in the Home of the pageant, Apia, Samoa on the theme, ‘Celebrating our History and Embracing our Future’ from Sunday 27th November to Friday 2nd December.

Eight beautiful contestants will be vying for the crown, with the pageant night to be held on Friday, 2nd December at 7pm at Gymn 1 in Tuanaimato.

Competing this year are Contestants from the Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Cooks Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Tonga.

The eight Pacific Island beauties are:

Miss American Samoa – Antonina Keka Lilomaiava, 19 years. Employed at the American Samoa Visitors Bureau

Miss Cook Islands – Tepaeru Helen Toka, 21 years. Frontline Associate at the Bank of the Cook Islands

Miss Fiji – Anne Christine Dunn, 24 years. Law Graduate from USP

Miss Nauru – Lucina Detsiogo, 19 years. ICT Assistant Technician for the Nauru Government

Miss Papua New Guinea – Kellyanne Marie-Lisa Limiye, 23 years. Political Science Student at the University of Papua New Guinea

Miss Solomon Islands – Camilla Grossmith, 23 years

Miss Samoa – Priscilla Olano, 26 years. Pacific Climate Change Portal Technical Assistant at SPREP, Samoa

Miss Tonga – Laura Melaia Renae Lauti, 21 years. Ambassador for Bay Area Successful Thinkers Network

See Photos of Contestants in the Contestants Page.

The Contestants will begin arriving towards the end of this week before the start of the Pre-Pageant week on Sunday the 27th of November.

Corporate Tables and General Admission Tickets for the Event are now on sale at the (STA) Visitor Information Center in Apia.

The Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2016 Committee acknowledges the kind support of the Sponsors; Taumeasina Island Resort, Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Koko Pacific by Eveni, and the Government of Samoa.

Follow developments of the Pageant on Website: http://www.misspacificislands.org/ and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MissPacificIslands/

19 Nov 2016 - Samoa ready to host the 30th annual Miss Pacific Islands Pageant

MEDIA RELEASE – 19th November 2016

It is fitting that Samoa will host this year’s Miss Pacific Islands Pageant, since the Samoan Government established and hosted the Pacific’s first ever Pageant 30 years ago.

Established as the Miss South Pacific Islands Pageant in 1987, the pageant was officially renamed and re-launched in 2014 as the ‘Miss Pacific Islands Pageant’ in order to reflect on the broader Pacific region.

Samoa will host this year’s Pageant from Sunday 27th November to Friday 2nd December, with the Pageant night to be held on Friday 2nd December at 7pm at Gymn 1 in Tuanaimato.

The annual event has come a long way in recognising and promoting the attributes, intelligence and talents of young Pacific Island ladies, as is reflected in this year’s Pageant Theme – ‘Celebrating our History and Embracing our Future’.

The Samoa Tourism Authority as the Secretariat of the Pageant, is finalising its preparations and is ready to put on a great show which will conclude its activities for Visit Samoa Year 2016.

Eight Pacific Island beauties from American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Samoa will compete in this year’s Pageant. Reigning Miss Pacific Islands, Miss Abigail Havora who won the first title for Papua New Guinea will crown this year’s winner.

The Pageant continues to give recognition to young Pacific Island ladies and their contributions to regional affairs and their ability to advance in diverse fields. It is an event that uniquely promotes the region and its holiday destinations and brings together young ladies from all sectors for the purpose of promoting and attracting worldwide attention to their unique attributes.

Corporate Tables and General Admission Tickets for the Event will be on sale beginning Monday, 21st
November 2016 at the (STA) Visitor Information Center in Apia.

The Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2016 Committee acknowledges the kind support of the Sponsors; Taumeasina Island Resort, Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Koko Pacific by Eveni, and the Government of Samoa.