Miss Pacific Islands Pageant begins in Nadi City

Source: Media release Miss Pacific Islands Pageant

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 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.

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.

During the official gathering, the Contestants picked their order of appearance and their respective topics for their pre-Pageant interviews, as listed below:
1. Miss Nauru - Tansy Angelique Itsimaera – Gender Equality
2. Miss Solomon Islands - Emily Chan – Education
3. Miss Papua New Guinea - Niawali Anastacia Twain – Tourism
4. Miss Rapa Nui - Tiare Pakarati – Politics
5. Miss Miss Samoa - Alexandra Iakopo – Culture
6. Miss Cook Islands - Enerstina Pokuia Bonsu-Maro – Climate Change
Action to Sustain our Islands
7. Miss Tonga - Ophelia Kitiliti Kava – Technology
8. Miss Fiji - Hally Qaqa – Environment
9. 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.

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