Lying just south of the equator, 160km north of Australia, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is part of a great arc of mountains stretching from Asia, through Indonesia and into the South Pacific.
Accordingly, is New Guinea part of Australia or Asia?
Culturally it has very little connection to Australia or Asia, and is usually classed with Oceania. Papua New Guinea is the Eastern Part of the island. The eastern half makes up most of the country of Papua New Guinea, which is considered part of Oceania (not a continent, but the pacific islands as a whole).
The geography of Papua New Guinea describes the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, the islands of New Ireland, New Britain and Bougainville, and smaller nearby islands. Together these make up the nation of Papua New Guinea in tropical Oceania, located in the western edge of the Pacific Ocean.
A large majority of Papua New Guineans identify themselves as members of a Christian church (96% in the 2000 census); however, many combine their Christian faith with traditional indigenous beliefs and practices. Other religions represented in the country include the Bahá'í faith and Islam.
Pacific Island Countries have been traditionally grouped along racial and cultural lines as Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The Melanesian islands include Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Torres Strait Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.
The four regions are: Highlands Region: Chimbu (Simbu), Eastern Highlands, Enga, Hela, Jiwaka, Southern Highlands, and Western Highlands. Islands Region: Bougainville (North Solomons), East New Britain, Manus, New Ireland, and West New Britain. Momase Region: East Sepik, Madang, Morobe, and Sandaun (West Sepik).
Papua New Guineas climate can be described as tropical climate, with the coastal plains averaging a Temperature of 28°C, the inland and mountain areas averaging 26°C, and the higher mountain regions, 23°C. The area's relative humidity is quite high, and ranges between 70 and 90 percent.
Located upon the equator, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a country boasting a hot, humid climate. As a tropical region, the country experiences a long wet season that lasts from December to March. However, the rainy season has been known to start as early as November.
Crude oil is the largest U.S. import from Papua New Guinea, followed by gold, cocoa, coffee, and copper ore. U.S. companies are active in developing Papua New Guinea's mining and petroleum sectors. Chevron operates the Kutubu and Gobe oil projects and is developing its natural gas reserves.
It is classified as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS). As a major exporter of commodities, Papua New Guinea mainly exports gold, copper, palm oil and coffee. Main exports partners are Australia, Japan, Germany, China and Singapore.
Samoa has few natural resources apart from its agricultural lands, surrounding waters, and pleasant scenery and climate; nearly half of the land area is covered by forests. Hydroelectric power provides most of the country's energy needs; petroleum-fired thermal generators account for much of the remainder.
So it all works out in the end: Moana is not from Hawaii, and neither is she from New Zealand. She has to come from Tonga or Samoa, the two first archipelagoes where the Polynesian People was born. They were the only Polynesian islands with a population at the time…
Polynesian. Samoans are Polynesians like Hawaiians and Maori, from the Samoan Islands. There is an independent Samoa and an American Samoa.
The Independent State of Samoa (formerly known as Western Samoa) is located south of the equator, in the Polynesian region of the Pacific Ocean, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. The Polynesian group of islands known as Samoa consists of two main islands Upolu and Savai'i and seven smaller islets.
Samoan Americans are Pacific Islanders in the United States Census, and are the second largest Pacific Islander group in the U.S., after Native Hawaiians. Like Hawaiian Americans, the Samoans arrived in the mainland in the 20th century as agricultural laborers and factory workers.
There are 165,000 people in Western Samoa. All are Polynesian and speak Samoan. American Samoans also have a rich language that remains the main language of the people. English is the second language and all islanders can speak English as well.
At least in the USA, the US Census uses "Pacific Islander" to mean Polynesians, Micronesians, and Melanesians. Not sure about New Guinea. Filipinos are from the Philippine Islands (P.I.) which are islands in the Pacific Ocean, but they are not Pacific Islanders, but you can see how it can be confusing.
The majority of the film's cast members are of Polynesian descent: Auliʻi Cravalho (Moana) and Nicole Scherzinger (Sina, Moana's mother) were born in Hawaii and are of Native Hawaiian heritage; Dwayne Johnson (Maui), Oscar Kightley (Fisherman), and Troy Polamalu (Villager No. 1) are of Samoan heritage; and New Zealand–
Though the ethnic Malays are part of the bigger Malay Race. Filipinos consider Malays as being the natives of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. Consequently, Filipinos consider themselves Malay when in reality, they are referring to the Malay Race.
Philippine nationality law is currently based upon the principle of jus sanguinis and, therefore, descent from a parent who is a citizen of the Republic of the Philippines is the primary method of acquiring national citizenship. Filipinos of mixed ethnic origins are still referred to today as mestizos.
The mainland of the country is the eastern half of New Guinea island, where the largest towns are also located, including Port Moresby (capital) and Lae; other major islands within Papua New Guinea include New Ireland, New Britain, Manus and Bougainville.
Papuan people are the various indigenous peoples of New Guinea and neighbouring islands, speakers of the Papuan languages. They are often distinguished ethnically and linguistically from Austronesians, speakers of a language family introduced into New Guinea about 3,000 years ago.