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Academic notes decline in NZ born Pacific language speakers

A New Zealand academic says the declining numbers of New Zealand born Pacific language speakers shows the languages are facing extinction.

Data released by Statistics New Zealand from the 2013 census shows the number of Pacific language speakers has decreased for Cook Islands, Niuean, Tokelauan, Samoan and Tongan people by as much as 7 percent since the 2006 census.

A senior education lecturer at Auckland University, John McCaffery, says the number of Pacific language speakers was low to start with and it is getting worse.

PNA wants fishing plan extended to long-line fleet

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement, the PNA, is hoping a new plan will be in place next year to control long-line tuna fishing in the region.

The Pacific fishing agency hopes the extension of its vessel day scheme to include long-line fishing vessels will generate more revenue for member nations as well as control tuna harvesting in the region.

The plan currently focuses on purse-seiner vessels which buy days to fish in PNA waters.

At last: $10m Fugalei Market opens

The initial design had a two-storey building that was going to cost $42million. However, Cabinet changed the plan and settled for a $10million single dwelling

Yesterday, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, whose government has come under much scrutiny over the delays in the construction, officially opened the $10million project.

The opening was music to the ears for farmers and vendors, who have had to brave the boiling sun and the rain to sell their produce and crops, for the past few years.

“I’m extremely grateful,” farmer Seve Ioane told the Samoa Observer.

Samoa police confirm crash claimed one life

Police have confirmed the death of a 44-year-old male from Salepoua’e Sale’imoa

According to Assistant Police Commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, the man died in a car accident in Tuana’i last week.

“The deceased was heading to Sale’imoa on early Sunday morning when he lost control of the vehicle,” Fauono said.

“(He then) crashed into a rock fence next to the Methodist Church at Tuana’i.”

Reports say a local villager took the driver to hospital, but it was too late and he did not survive.

Derelict fishing nets are a death trap

Each year, at least 640,000 tonnes of nets and other fishing gear goes overboard and never comes back. But just because it’s lost to the sea doesn’t mean that derelict gear stops doing its jobs. The lobster pots, crab traps and dense thickets of nets that litter the sea bottom keep snaring fish and other animals for years or even decades after they go missing.

Three suicides reported in Samoa

Three people died after committing suicide during the Father’s Day weekend.

The grim news was confirmed by the Assistant Police Commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu yesterday.

“I don't accept the verdict. Let God be the judge of this matter”

The first casualty was a 50-year-old male found by his sister’s children at his home at Nofoali’i.

He took his life on Sunday.

“His sister’s children went to visit him at his house but instead they found him dead,” said Fauono.

Another suicide death was reported from Lalomalava Savai’i.

Ten to vie for Miss Samoa title

Latafale Auva’a, will be among 10 contestants vying for the Miss Samoa title this year. To be held on 6th September in front of the government building, the Samoa Tourism Authority yesterday confirmed the contestants.

Samoa by-election seat won by only woman candidate

A preliminary count in Samoa's Gagaifomauga by-election has the only woman candidate, Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers, topping the polls with 268 votes.

There was a big turnout was recorded in yesterday's by-election, with 989 votes cast.

The preliminary result winner is a former government broadcaster of many years, who was also the Director of Broadcasting.

She is the first woman to have won a parliamentary seat for the Gagaifomauga number one seat in Parliament.

The Tautua Samoa party candidate, Lavea Peseta Lua Nafo'i, has polled 101 votes and came fifth in the race.

Samoa Health Ministry expects Chik situation to get worse before it gets better

77 new suspected cases

The Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) yesterday confirmed Chickungunya as the virus that has been plaguing Samoa for the past few weeks.

During a press conference, Health’s Director General (D.G.), Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, said his department was bracing for an even bigger outbreak.

He said the situation is likely get worse before it will get better.

Samoa readies for by-election

Five candidates will be contesting tomorrow's by-election for Samoa's Gagaifomauga number one territorial constituency.

This follows the death of the ruling HRPP party MP and Associate Minister, Tuilo'a Anitele'a Tuilo'a, last month.

Four HRPP party candidates, one of them a woman, will be standing against one opposition Tautua Samoa party candidate.

The Electoral Commissioner, Papalii Malietau Malietoa, says polling booths will open at eight in the morning and close at three in the afternoon.

The electorate has about 2,000 voters.

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