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Samoa court denies bail for gun fight defendant

Supreme Court Justice Lesatele Rapi Va’ai has denied bail for Oveleni Vaili after prosecution opposed defence counsel Iuni Sapolu’s application.

Vaili is one of two men charged in relation to an incident that occurred at Fasitoo-uta on 18 December, 2014 where an alleged gunfight materialized leaving a Police officer wounded.

The second defendant Malaki Tavita however was granted bail on the condition that he report to Police at Afega on Monday and Thursday, turn in his travel documents to the Court and reside with his sister at the village of Afega.

Research reveals Tonga's role as ancient Pacific trade hub

Samoans focused on producing high quality adzes

(Phys.org) — A geochemical analysis of prehistoric stone artifacts has revealed that Tonga was once the hub of a Pacific trading empire as large as 500,000 square kilometers.

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Geoffrey Clarke of Australian National University and his team analyzed Tongan stone artifacts and found that two-thirds of them came from outside Tonga, one from as far as 2,500 kilometers away. The researchers believe Tonga served as a trade hub where people from across Polynesia traveled to exchange goods and political ideas.

'The Rock' misses out on famous Hilo pancakes

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - If you've been to Hilo, then you've also likely been to Ken's House of Pancakes. The restaurant's quite popular and normally open 24/7. So imagine the surprise when 'The Rock' walked in and couldn't get any pancakes.

"We're here in Hilo, Hawaii, my home away from home, The Ken's Pancake House open 24 hours a day. On the wall my grandfather, the High Chief Maiava, my brother BJ Penn, the Scorpion King, I come all the way over here..and it's closed. Hahaha," said Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson on his Facebook page.


Fans of Sol3 Mio and the wonderful Marlena Ott Devoe are in for a treat.

Come July, they will hear from their favorite stars in person in Samoa.

That’s because the national anthems of New Zealand and Samoa for the historical Manu Samoa and All Blacks test match at Apia Park will be sung by the stars.

This was confirmed by the Media Officer of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U), Rula Va’ai, yesterday.

The New Zealand musical trio, Sol3 Mio, consists of brothers Pene and Amitai Pati and their cousin Moses Mackay.

Samoa newspaper editor denies sexual claims

he Editor of the government owned Savali Newspaper, Tupuola Terry Tavita, has denied allegations that he made sexual advances towards a young female.

The complainant, Maria Kolia, is a journalism student at the National University of Samoa who was attached to the Savali Newspaper when the alleged incidents happened.

The Editor has pleaded not guilty to two charges of indecent assault; one of threatening words and two counts of assault. He is represented in Court by lawyer, Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i.

Indecent assault trial for Savalii newspaper editor opens in Apia


Trial for Tupuola Terry Tavita, the editor of the Savali Newspaper, got underway in Samoa this week with the complaining witness telling the court that she was disgusted by the sexual advances she alleges he made toward her, according to the Samoa Observer.
The victim, Maria Livisitone Kolio alleged to the Court that Tupuola made the advances several times before he abandoned her on a rural village road when she turned him down.

Vanuatu food situation 'critical'

The Vanuatu Government says relief aid has now reached all of the nation's islands since Cyclone Pam struck two weeks ago.

However, RNZI reporter Koroi Hawkins, who is on Erromango, says the food situation on many islands is critical.

He says the villages in Dillon's Bay, Port Narvin and Cooks Bay have waited two weeks for relief assistance but none has come.

The chiefs told him they have food enough for only a few more days.

Egon Keil appointed Samoa Police Commissioner

Egon Keil, has been appointed as Samoa's new Police Commissioner.

Keil, who was one of 13 applicants, had spent 17 years with the Los Angeles police department before returning to Samoa three years ago.

Keil, who is 50, is the son of a prominent businessman, Maposua Rudolf Keil, who runs the country's first FM radio station.

Under amendments of the Police Act, he is the first person to be appointed with outside police experience and qualifications.

Samoa court dismisses charge against police officer

A charge against a police officer who was accused of helping a prisoner escape from Tafaigata prison was dismissed by the District Court on Friday.

The not guilty decision was handed down by Judge Mata Tuatagaloa.

Anamani Sinapoa had pleaded not guilty to the charge of assisting and or concealing a prisoner’s escape.

The allegation stems from an incident that occurred on 18 June. He was suspended on 8 July without pay.

Sinapoa, a father of five, had served in the force for five years at time of the alleged offence.

Cook Is gov't looks to balance marine reserve with fishing needs

The Cook Islands prime minister, Henry Puna, says government ministries, such as Marine Resources are not undermining plans for the huge marine reserve, the Marae Moana.

Mr Puna and the heads of ministries have been meeting to try and push the project forward.

It is more than three years since the plans for the Marae Moana were first announced but Cook Islands News says, apart from wide public consultation, there has been no substantial move to get it off the ground.

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