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Weather bosses warn that Cyclone Gita has the south island of New Zealand in the “firing line” before the storm makes landfall in the northwest tip of the island on Tuesday evening.  The latest update from the MetService said the storm was “expected to bring a period of high-impact severe weather...
A blogger known for criticising the Samoan government has been shut out of Facebook. 'O Le Palemia' had been using the social media platform for scathing attacks and allegations of corruption against the government of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. The government had unsuccessfully...
A new public series called the Pacific Law, Custom and Constitutionalism Conference was launched this month in Auckland. The first of three series looks into Samoan traditional leadership, customary land tenure and religious rights. A large number of respected speakers from New Zealand and abroad...
It's been a week since Tonga's worst storm in decades, Cyclone Gita, hit the islands leaving hundreds homeless and others still struggling without power. Despite this, Tongans everywhere gathered in church on Sunday in a show of unity and thanksgiving. Bells echoed across the island yesterday...
A family whose son was killed in a Samoan prison has had a chance for closure snatched away at the last second. A coroner's inquest into the death of 28-year-old Hans Dalton was set to begin today. The formal inquest has been postponed several times over the past five years, and today was no...
The lawyer representing two prisoners accused of masterminding the failed mass prison break last week has called on the Police to treat his clients “as human beings". Lawyer Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo has asked the Police to give them “clothing and amenities for their state of wellbeing". The...
Most travelers have time to get the new high-security driver’s licenses needed to fly in the future. As reported in the Total Security Daily Advisor back in November, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) planned to impose the REAL ID Act in early 2018, but the new deadline is now late...
It's been three days since Cyclone Gita swept through the Tongan islands of 'Eua and Tongatapu leaving most people without power and water and others without a home. Despite this, people in the kingdom are still maintaining good spirits. The New Zealand Defence Force flew RNZ Pacific reporter Koro...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi led a group of Cabinet Ministers that visited some of the villages that were badly affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita last week Friday and Saturday. This is one of the four tours that will be conducted by the Ministers this week. This is also part of...
PITA TAUFATOFUA CONFIDENT IN PYEONGCHANG  Tonga's Pita Taufatofua will make his Winter Olympics debut later today in Pyeongchang. The 34-year-old, who represented Tonga in taekwondo at the 2016 Summer Olympics, will compete in the men's 15km freestyle event, little over a year after attempting...

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