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Oceania

Briefs

Rebekah Brooks arrives at Westminster Court. Photo: AFP

Book charts Breivik's e-mails prior to attacks

Tuesday, 4 September, 2012, 4:30am

Fijian standout Vuruna makes first appearance a tribute to supportive mum

Isikeli Tuiwainunu Vurun has brought a lot of history with him as he makes his debut for the storied Fijian outfit.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

New Zealand's berry of plenty

It's no coincidence that the region that surrounds the New Zealand city of Mount Maunganui is known as the Bay of Plenty.

Nature has smiled on this land, from its rolling hills, through to its sweeping valleys that reach out to a wide blue ocean. Settlers who reached this far-off destination - both Maori and Western - could hardly believe their luck.

13 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji

What is it? A romantic couples-only hideaway with 46 bures (cottages), Likuliku Lagoon Resort is located on Malolo Island, in Fiji's Mamanuca archipelago, a 10-minute helicopter flight or 30-minute speedboat ride from Nadi. It's the first resort in Fiji to offer luxurious overwater bures in the style French Polynesia is famous for.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Events

Monday, August 22: American Chamber of Commerce breakfast: 'The Carter Centre: past, present and future'.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise forum: 'New Zealand Information and Communication Technology Forum'.

20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

As nature intended

The pulleys squeak as the yellow motor boat is lowered alongside the pier. We slip on life jackets and step aboard. The green truck rolls forward, more rope is let out and the boat is lowered onto the water. There are no marinas or deep water ports on Norfolk Island. Pulleys and winches have been a way of life since the British flag was raised on the island in 1788.

12 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Every cloud has a silver lining

Hong Kong picked up its first medal in the Youth Olympic Games yesterday. Local rider Jasmine Lai Zin-man won silver in the equestrian team jumping event at the Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre.

21 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Samoa blow away the opposition

A tournament which began with fears about the air quality ended in Samoa taking the breath away with a wondrous come-from-behind performance to defeat New Zealand 24-21 in the Cup championship at the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens last night.

29 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Coach Tanivula takes cautious approach despite Fiji's pedigree

His team may have arrived as reigning champions, but Fiji coach Iliesa Tanivula is taking the Sevens one step at a time.

While the popular Pacific Islanders won against South Africa in dramatic fashion last year, Tanivula insists he is looking no further than the next game as the Fijians aim to add to their impressive record.

27 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Vulnerable Kiwis look to return to glory days

Played five, won one, lost four. That is the sorry record New Zealand have against Samoa this season. But Kiwi skipper DJ Forbes laughs aside any suggestions the uncompromising islanders are a bogey side.

'In all fairness Samoa have played well, but in honesty, in a couple of finals where we met them, our boys didn't do well,' said Forbes.

26 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Asian investors focus on New Zealand

Hongkongers like New Zealand. Many choose to educate their children in its perceived pristine environment, while others will holiday, or even relocate, to the country's wide open spaces that are so far removed from their own urban existence.

18 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Island joy as Tonga swoop at the death to snatch Plate

Tonga left it late to join the Sevens party but they timed their entrance to perfection by beating Canada 14-12 at the death in the Plate final.

30 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Fijians insist HK weekend is part of their religion

Fiji have been victorious 11 times in Hong Kong, more than any other nation. So it's not surprising Fiji fans come from far and wide. In fact, these four Fijians come from four parts of the globe. And all come from high places.

It's taken them years to get to the Sevens and all were determined to enjoy it.

29 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

A chance to win a free trip to the land of The Lord of the Rings

After every holiday season, I'm so tired I feel I need to get away for a holiday. If you feel the same, online portal Zuji might be the site to visit. The travel website is teaming up with the New Zealand Tourism Board to give away a free trip to Auckland. As part of the 100% Pure New Zealand campaign, they're offering a bunch of deals on flights and hotels to the Kiwi nation.

7 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Curbs on kava imports drive Pacific islanders to alcohol

It looks like old washing up water and tastes little better, but for centuries kava has underpinned the cultural traditions of South Pacific peoples living at home and abroad.

The murky liquid is served in coconut shells from a large central bowl and acts as a social lubricant for ceremonies, weddings, birthdays and funerals, just as alcohol is used in other societies.

9 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

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