Regional News

Three who burned down fale Samoa ordered to undergo rehab program


Apia, SAMOA —The three young men who challenged their village council in Mulifanua by burning down the village aumaga’s fale Samoa, have been ordered to undergo a rehabilitation program. Farani Tila, Matthew Tifa and Tila Tomasi each pleaded guilty to arson.
According to the charges filed against the three men, they burned down two of the village aumaga fales, the matter was then reported to the police and they were arrested and charged and they had been in the custody of the police since.

Ohana Cup concert wows crowd at Aloha Stadium

Talo Amituanai of Waipahu, Oahu performs with other Samoan heritage children at the Ohana Cup Concert prior to performances by stars Kapena, Josh Tautofi, Nesian 9, and Willie K at Aloha Stadium.


The concert was a prelude to the Ohana Cup Rugby League event featuring Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Canada, New South Wales Police Team and the Hawaii Chiefs.  

Samoa-bound plane turns back to Auckland

A state of emergency was declared at Auckland airport this morning after a Samoa-bound plane had to turn back due to an engineering issue.

Air New Zealand said a Boeing 777 was on its way to Samoa when it had to turn back just before 10am.

The airport announced a state of emergency and the Fire Service was called out.

Air New Zealand said the pilots detected something was wrong shortly after take-off. They then turned around and landed safely.

Samoan rapist sentenced to 18 years for latest offense


Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Supreme Court judge, Lesatele Rapi Vaai, has sentenced Lauititi Tualima to 18 years in prison for the rape of an Australian woman while he was a fugitive from custody last September.
Lauititi entered a guilty plea to seven counts, which includes three counts of rape, burglary, threatening words, assault and being armed with a dangerous weapon. Initially the defendant was charged with nine criminal counts, however Prosecutor, Leone Su’a’s move for the court to dismiss two of the counts was granted

American Air and Fiji Air seek expanded “codeshare”

Allows for easier transfer of passengers & bags between the two, expanding global marketing strategy

At a time when the Lolo Administration has requested Fiji Airways to look into operating weekly flights between Fiji and American Samoa, a joint application was filed yesterday (Thursday) by the US based American Airlines and Fiji’s national carrier, Fiji Air, with the US Transportation Department to expand the two carriers’ code-sharing agreements — in which each airline publishes and markets a flight under its own airline designator and flight number, as part of its published timetable or schedule.

Two Samoa officials suspended pending investigation of criminal charges


Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Cabinet has confirmed the suspension of Police Commissioner Fuiavailiili Egon Keil along with the Director of the National Prosecution Office (NPO) Mauga Precious Chang, pending the result of charges filed against them in separate matters.
Fuiavailili is facing four criminal charges in connection with the arrest of a former police officer while Mauga Precious is charged with negligent driving causing injury and dangerous driving.

Samoa fishermen find body of young girl floating at sea


Apia, SAMOA — A young girl was found floating in the open water faced down on Wednesday evening by a group of fishermen, including Sam Taufao of Utuali’i, Samoa, who says the images have continued to play in his head repeatedly.

Samoa Briefs




Apia, SAMOA — Always one of the highlights of Samoa’s annual Teuila festival, the Miss Samoa Pageant will be coordinated this year by Samoa Events Inc. after the organization was awarded a three-year contract for the annual pageant.



Traditional Samoan dancers will showcase their culture and their polytechnic across Australia during September, and Sunbury’s Salesian College is on their itinerary.

A troupe of 45 students from Don Bosco Technical Centre in Alafua, Samoa will perform at a siva community concert hosted by Salesian College on August 28.

The free concert will be part of a three-week promotional tour by the students.

They will perform at parishes, schools, youth centres and communities around the country.

Pew Trust calls for moratorium on commercial fishing of Pacific bluefin

Species has been fished down more than 97 percent, and overfishing continues
Source: Media Release, Pew Trust

WASHINGTON —The Pew Charitable Trusts last month called for a two-year moratorium on commercial fishing of the highly depleted Pacific bluefin tuna. In this year’s stock assessment, scientists found that the population is at just 2.6 percent of its historic size and that overall fishing mortality remains up to three times higher than is sustainable.

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