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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Chief Justice, Tiava’esu’e Falefatu Sapolu has scheduled sentencing for a 52 year old man who broke into a home and stole a fine mat, small beer bottles, cell phone, slippers and canned food in Faleali’i, Samoa. Asuasuega Pati of Falealili is charged with burglary and stealing, which are both felonies.

Reports of sex crimes up in Samoa, says Justice Vui

Mainly in urban areas, where there's less policing by village councils

Apia, SAMOA — “Sexual violation cases are becoming an epidemic in Samoa,” said Samoa’s Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson in an interview with Samoa News, pointing out that what has increased most is the cases being reported to the authorities, unlike before, when these matters were literally taboo.


“Tatau: Marks of Polynesia,” at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles July 30-Jan. 8, looks at the Samoan practice of tattoo and how the patterns and motifs of these works of art help preserve the culture. The show will feature examples of traditional Samoan tattoo, or tatau, along with contemporary Polynesian works and other pieces that have been influenced by the tradition.

Update: Samoa bus crash turns fatal


Apia, SAMOA — The driver of the bus that crashed Friday night in Taivi, Samoa will be taken into custody as soon as he is released from the hospital, says Samoa’s Police Spokesperson Maotaoali’i Kaioneta. The bus was carrying close to 60 people when it crashed and rolled.
The driver was admitted into the hospital suffering severe injuries and now police are saying that one of the passengers has died.

Arrests made after man dies from brutal attack


Apia, SAMOA — Eight men between the ages of 20 and 30 have been arrested in connection with a brutal attack of a father of eight in Vaimea, Samoa right outside a night club. Vailigi Rarotoga died early Friday morning; this is according to his cousin, Titi Tua who spoke to Samoa News on Monday (Apia, Time) at his residence. According to Titi, Vailigi is a father of eight and he and his wife reside in Savaii.

‘Oh Lord please not me.... not me, not now,” bus crash victim tells Samoa News


Apia, SAMOA — An Aiga Bus carrying close to 60 people, a majority of whom were students crashed in Tiavi leaving nothing but the floor of the bus. This was confirmed by Samoa’s Police Spokesperson Maotaoali’i  Kaioneta Kitiona. He told Samoa News that they are currently investigating the crash.
Maotaoali’i confirmed that while the passengers suffered injuries, some seriously — they are happy to report that no lives were lost. He further stated that what’s evident was that the bus was obviously overcrowded.

Fashion extravaganza planned for September in Samoa

Source: Media Release, SAC

Apia, SAMOA — The Pacific Runway Fashion Show out of Sydney, Australia has partnered up with the Samoa Arts Council (SAC) for a weeklong fashion spectacular — Samoa Fashion Week.  The first time event will be held September 12-17, 2016. This is according to a statement issued by SAC this past week.
The Pacific Runway Fashion Show recognizes and gives a prestigious platform for designers from the Pacific at large.  The show presents talented local up and coming designers, and a host of international designers.



Tacoma, WASHINGTON — The 1st Annual Northwest Polynesian Tattoo Festival that was held in Tacoma, WA earlier this month (July 2-3) was a huge success, thanks to dozens of artists from all over the globe who flew - and drove - thousands of miles to part of the momentous occasion.
Held at the Tacoma Convention Center, the two-day event included live tattooing by young up-and-coming artists, and performances by Polynesian Clubs representing different high schools in the area.

Death by asphyxiation — but was it suicide or homicide?


“The cause of death is asphyxiation by hanging and I’m satisfied with the cause of death...,” said Dr. Agape Amituanai, during the inquest into the death of Ioane Ipiniu, a transgender person known as Jeanine Tuivaiki.
The inquest was held in the District Court and was presided over by the coroner and District Court Judge Vaepule Vaemoa Va’ai.

No mention of Australian victims in Samoa prisoner's apology

Samoa's Supreme Court Judge, Lesatele Rapi Va'ai, has adjourned the sentencing of prisoner Lautiti Tualima to next month, after hearing an apology from the defendant.

Tualima admitted raping an Australian woman at a tourist resort while on the run last September.

He has also admitted to several other charges including indecent assault, threatening to kill, and armed with a dangerous weapon.

The prisoner was given a chance to speak in court in which he apologised to the country for what he had done.

He admitted that his offences have painted a bad image of Samoa.

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