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2008-08-08 05:55:00

Rising sea levels may one day sink some South Pacific islands, and Olympic athletes are warned it's now or never to go for the gold. Tuvalu is a ring of nine Polynesian islands covering 560 sq km of ocean, with only 25.9 sq kms of land. It's sending three athletes to Beijing. It will be the nation's first Olympic competition after being accepted into the International Olympic Committee in 2007. Tuvalu's track and field athletes Asenate Manoa and Okilini Tinilau and weightlifter Logona Esau...

2008-07-11 15:00:30

Hamilton's Fuel Festival continues with Once Were Samoans being performed Friday and Saturday. Actress Stacey Leilua tells readers what to expect. Who: Actress Stacey Leilua What: Once Were Samoans, directed Anapela Polataivao When: 8pm, July 11 and 12 Where: The Meteor theatre What can audience members expect? To walk out after the show with a six pack of abs from laughing so much. As an actor/actress, what attracted you to this production? There's some really hot...

2008-07-07 06:00:16

Text of report by Tongan magazine Matangi Tonga website on 7 July 7 July: The exclusive rights to film the coronation of King George Tupou V of Tonga on 1 August has been granted to David Marks Productions, who will partner with Television New Zealand to provide host broadcasting services to world media, including BBC News, during the event. A statement from the Coronation Media Committee said that TVNZ will be providing live coverage both to audiences in New Zealand and to other Pacific...

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2007-09-28 12:29:47

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Two centuries after a dazzlingly feathered parrot called the Rimitara lorikeet disappeared from the Cook Islands, a breeding colony of the birds has been re-established with the help of the islands' royalty. About 100 years ago after the parrots died out on the Cook Islands, the queen of Rimitara Island in French Polynesia to the east issued a royal decree that locals say saved the last naturally occurring population of the lorikeet, one of the Pacific's most...

2007-06-04 01:10:00

WASHINGTON (AP) - Why did the chicken cross the ocean? To get to America before Columbus - and from the other direction - according to a new report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Many scholars had thought chickens arrived in the New World with the early Spanish or Portuguese explorers around the year 1500. When Juan Pizarro arrived at the Inca empire in 1532, however, he found chickens already being used there, raising the possibility they had been around for some time....

2007-04-03 09:00:31

By Paulay, Gustav Abstract: The grapsid crab Metopograpsus oceanicus ( Jacquinot, 1852) is recorded from the Hawaiian Islands for the first time; it appears to be established at least in Kane'ohe Bay on O'ahu. I review the ecology of the species in Oceania and argue that it was introduced both to the Hawaiian Islands and Guam, likely by shipping traffic. A brief review of Metopograpsus in the Hawaiian Islands is also presented. INVASIONS BY nonindigenous species are one of the greatest...

2007-01-07 03:00:16

By Roger Dobson It was the first and most extreme ecological disaster. Easter Island, in the south Pacific, once lush with subtropical broadleaf forest, was left barren and vast seabird colonies were destroyed after the arrival of man. But now there is new evidence that human beings may not have been responsible for the destruction after all. Although Easter Island has long been held to be the most important example of a traditional society destroying itself, it appears that the real...

2006-07-06 19:18:54

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two members of the royal family of Tonga died in a car accident near San Francisco, according to media reports on Thursday. Prince Tui Pele Haka and wife Princess Kaimana of the Pacific island nation were killed in the accident on Highway 101 in Menlo Park, California just before 9 p.m. on Wednesday, local media reported. The San Mateo County Coroner's office reported the driver in their car, Vinisia Hefa, also died in the accident. The office declined to...

2006-05-26 02:44:35

By Elaine Lies NAGO, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi courted leaders of Pacific island nations in a summit on Friday with pledges of support for greater prosperity a month after China offered its own sweeping economic aid package. The Pacific island states offer little economically to Japan, but their support as a bloc is sought in international forums such as the United Nations where Japan has been campaigning, with scant success, for a permanent seat on...

2006-05-04 12:31:40

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (Reuters) - A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 hit the islands of Tonga on Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site monitored in London. The quake came one day after a larger quake rocked Tonga, generating a small tsunami and sparking fears across the South Pacific of a major disaster. It was not clear if the latest quake caused any damage. "We don't expect any tsunami warnings," Julie Martinez of USGS told Britain's Sky Television of the latest...


Latest Polynesia Reference Libraries

National Park Of America Samoa
2013-03-05 08:50:47

The National Park of American Samoa is located in the American territory known as American Samoa. The park is actually divided into three different areas comprised of the islands of Ta‘ū, Tutuila, and Ofu-Olosega. This park was legally established by Public Law 100-571 in 1988, but the land could not be acquired due to the traditional communal land system of its native inhabitants. However, in 1993, the National Park Service signed a fifty-year lease with Samoan village councils to acquire...

Pacific Rim
2013-02-19 13:33:00

The Pacific Rim is a reference to places around the edge of Pacific Ocean. The term Pacific Basin includes the Pacific Rim and the islands within the Pacific Ocean. It roughly overlaps with the geologic Pacific Ring of Fire. These countries are generally considered to be a part of the Pacific Rim, since they lie along the Pacific Ocean: North/East Asia Russia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand,...

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2008-09-12 16:44:08

The Polynesian Triller (Lalage maculosa), is a passerine bird belonging to the triller genus Lalage in the cuckoo-shrike family Campephagidae. It has numerous subspecies distributed across the islands of the south-west Pacific. The breeding range extends through Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Wallis and Futuna, Vanuatu and the Santa Cruz Islands. It occurs in a wide variety of habitats including man-made habitats such as plantations and gardens. It is about 6 inches to 6.25 inches long. The...

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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
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