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The voyaging canoes Hokule'a and Hikianalia arrived in Whangarei, New Zealand, at about 3 p.m. Friday, Hawaii time, and were greeted with a welcome ceremony or powhiri.

The canoes arrived from Waitangi, where the vessels and crew were hosted by the local Maori community, celebrating Hokule'a's first return to New Zealand or Aotearoa in 29 years.

According to the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the canoes will spend several days in Whangarei, conducting community and educational outreach to further the canoes' mission of Malama Honua -- Caring for Our Island Earth.

Dan Leo threatened for leading players' protest against SRU

Samoa lock Dan Leo admits he has been threatened over protest as team demands accountability and transparency from SRU

Dan Leo, the Samoa lock, claims to have been personally threatened by senior members of his country's government for leading the players' protest against the Samoa Rugby Union.

For Hawaii undocumented immigrants, Obama order 'huge'

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. That's what this deal is."

President Obama used those words in announcing his executive orders on immigration Thursday. Those orders would affect millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., including an estimated 30,000 in Hawaii.

Number of jobless fishermen climbs in Samoa

More than 25 per cent of fishermen in Samoa are out of work.

That’s according to the Ministry of Finance’s latest Quarterly Economic Report (Q.E.R.), saying the fishing industry was the hardest hit, with overall employment dropping by 1.6 per cent.

“Employment numbers at end of June 2013-14 stood at 23,359, recording a decrease of 1.6 per cent compared to the same quarter of 2012-13,” the Report reads.

“This was primarily caused by the decline in most of the sectors, particularly the Fishing Sector, recording a 25.6 per cent decrease in the number of employment.

Accurate reporting crucial for billion dollar Tuna industry

Fiji’s Ministry of Fisheries has called on the media in the Pacific region to accurately report on stories relating to the Tuna industry.

Deputy permanent secretary for fisheries, Sainaila Naqali made the plea while welcoming journalists att he Forum Fisheries Agency sponsored 'Tunanomics' workshop in Nadi.

Samoa's coconuts again threatened by beetles

Samoa’s coconut trees are again under attack by a plague of beetles, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (M.A.F.) has confirmed.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, M.A.F. C.E.O. Fonoiava Sealiitu Sesega said while the Oryctes Rhinoceros, or the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle, was a problem country-wide, there are “certain areas where the situation is more acute. It’s affecting the whole country,” he said.

“The beetle is a beetle. They fly around randomly and they attack anything that they come across.”

Arrests in Vanuatu over 'black magic' hangings

Church pastors and customary chiefs of Akham Island in Vanuatu have been arrested for allegedly ordering the hanging of two men for practicing black magic.

According to the Daily Post, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, John Taleo, has described the killings as brutal and unlawful murders.

Mr Taleo says the 67 and 40-year old victims were related and police suspect others from the area who live in the capital Port Vila were also involved.

Pastors alleged the pair were responsible for a number of deaths on the island.

Prematurity cause for bulk of baby deaths in Samoa

A doctor at Samoa's baby unit says women need to seek medical care early in their pregnancies to avoid the risks of premature delivery.

The World Health Organisation says preterm birth is the world's largest killer of newborn babies, causing more than one million deaths each year, but 75 per cent could be saved without expensive, high technology care.

A Pediatric Registrar, Dr Litra Esera, told Jenny Meyer in Samoa babies born up to ten weeks early are able to be supported but up to half do not survive due to overwhelming infection.

Samoa attorney says Govt. should not regulate media

“If government is serious about accountability and transparency, it is axiomatic (clear) that there should be such (Freedom of Information) legislation” - Su’a Hellene Wallwork

The government should not be involved in the regulation of the media. That’s the opinion of local lawyer, Su’a Hellene Wallwork.

But Su’a who has previously worked on defamation cases in New Zealand with a highly respected Queen’s Counsel acting for and against the media; says that the sector here is in need of a regulatory body.

FSM installs largest solar system in effort to reduce annual fuel costs

The Federated States of Micronesia is making impressive progress in the implementation of their grid connected solar power generation systems funded through the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund.

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