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Fine-dining Pacific cuisine out to change stereotypes

A new Pacific business venture hopes to change negative stereotypes around traditional Pacific dishes, which are often seen as unhealthy.

The project - led by award-winning chef Robert Oliver - will see the first fine-dining Pacific cuisine restaurant established in Auckland.

The Kai Pasifika Restaurant will aim to help boost trade from Pacific Island producers by showcasing products from around the region.

Two members of “Hospital Boys Killers” gang in Samoa sentenced for being in a “gang”


Apia, SAMOA —The two young men who were arrested and charged in connection with being gang members in Samoa have been sentenced. Alesana Levi and Sio Lameko, who are both 18-years old were each facing one count of carrying out an unlawful assembly or being involved in a gang.
The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges last month and were up for sentencing last week. According to the police summary of facts the young men are both members of the HBK Gang otherwise known as the “Hospital Boys Killers”.

Tough times in tuna world — more plant closures likely

The wide discrepancy between canned tuna finished goods and skipjack raw material prices mean Tri Marine International’s American Samoa plant is unlikely to be the last to close, sources in the sector told Undercurrent News.

On Oct. 13, Tri Marine announced it will cease production at its Samoa Tuna Processors cannery on Dec. 11, but will seek a buyer for the plant. However, many in the industry hope that the closure will reduce overall sector-wide capacity, which is seen as a factor depressing prices.

Lodging Association donates and installs air-conditioners at Jefferson School

Source: Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association media release

Samoa’s ‘stigmata” girl on her way to Rome


Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi along with the Catholic Church in Samoa have supported the messages written in ancient Hebrew by Toaipuapuagā Opapo-Ah Chong — and she and a delegation led by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, La’aulialemalietoa Leautea Polataivao left for Rome last Friday to meet with Catholic Church officials at the Vatican.

Samoa Briefs



PNA Tuna Report

Reprinted with permission from the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA)

Just as canning in American Samoa is going bust, the first regional training for small-scale tuna canning entrepreneurs in the Pacific started in Majuro. The training aims to certify prospective canners so that small domestic commercial tuna canning operations can be successfully launched in several island member nations of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA).

How far can Samoa go with Sir Gordon Tietjens at the helm?

Source: NZ Herald, UR7s

Parting ways with the New Zealand team after their 2016 Olympic campaign, Tietjens was confirmed as Samoa's new sevens coach Friday morning.

"They were a nation or a country that could certainly do with some real support," said Tietjens. "After 22 years of accumulating all that experience that I have, I sort of sat back, and when Samoa talked to me about the possibility of coaching their team I took it very seriously."

Samoa currently sits tenth in the world rankings, but Tietjens is aiming to bring them back into the upper echelon.

Another Samoa prosecutor removed


Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Attorney General has assumed prosecutorial duties of the National Prosecution Office (NPO) following the suspension of the Acting Director of the NPPO, Mureil Lui who took over when cabinet also suspended Director of NPO, Mauga Precious Chang who is facing criminal charges in connection with a traffic incident. A press statement issued by the cabinet announces the suspension of Acting Director of NPO Lui.

Samoa cops seeking identity of body found in the sea


Apia, SAMOA — A man who appears to be in his late 30s was found floating in the sea near Levi Sale’imoa earlier this week and efforts to find this man’s family have been unsuccessful, says Superintendent and Police Spokesperson Su’a LeMamea Tiumalu who said they will reach out to the neighboring islands, including American Samoa, Tuvalu and Tonga, to find out if there is a missing person on their watch.

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