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Saturday, December 09, 2017
Reigning Miss Pacific Islands Anne Dunn, fourth from left, with the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2017 contestants in Nadi. Picture: SUPPLIED+ Enlarge this image
Reigning Miss Pacific Islands Anne Dunn, fourth from left, with the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2017 contestants in Nadi. Picture: SUPPLIED
THE venue of the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2017 was selected in the interest of the public, says Local Government Minister Parveen Kumar.
He said Nadi's Prince Charles Park was chosen to allow Fijians "from all walks of life" to view the pageant programs free of charge.
"Yes, I am aware that there have been comments about the venue where people are saying that it should have been held somewhere grand, glamorous and sophisticated," he said. "I am also aware these events are usually held in those places where people pay to watch. I did not want that. I wanted everyone to have access to this pageant and that is why I asked them to host it at a public venue." Yesterday, the nine young women vying for the Miss Pacific Islands title visited the Tifa Jek Mud Pools in Sabeto before spending time shopping in Nadi Town. The crowning will take place tonight. The contestants are: Miss American Samoa Matauaina Gwendolyn To'omalatai, Miss Cook Islands Enerstina Pokuia Bonsu-Maro, Miss Nauru Tansy Itsimaera, Miss Papua New Guinea Niawali Anastasia Twain, Miss Rapa Nui Tiare Pakarati, Miss Samoa Alexandra Iakopo, Miss Solomon Islands Emily Chan, Miss Tonga Ophelia Kitiliti Kava and Miss Fiji Hally Qaqa.
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