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Apia, SAMOA — Supreme Court Justice Mata Tuatagaloa has dismissed sex charges against police officer, Leilani Savea. Held last week, Savea was charged with having sexual connection and indecent assault. According to the court’s written decision, testimony by the victim says that on the night of...
Apia, SAMOA — Following his announcement last week about the Overseas Medical Referral Program (OMRP) during his 2AP radio program, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi issued an official statement noting that Samoa’s health services will look to have a massive improvement with the new...
Apia, SAMOA — Peace Corps celebrates 50 years since volunteers from the United States of America first came to Samoa. According to information gathered from the US Embassy, the first Peace Corps came to Samoa in 1967 and one of the first tasks was to assist with recovery efforts in the wake of a...
Samoan students at an Auckland boys school who do not speak the language are using Polyfest to reconnect with their culture. Polyfest - the largest secondary school Māori and Pacific cultural festival - began last week in Auckland. The St Peters College Samoan group were self-tutored last year and...
A new study shows that the return migration of troubled young men back to Samoa to help turn their lives around does more damage than good. Gisa Dr Moses Faleolo interviewed 25 men aged between 16 and 24 who were sent back to Samoa in an attempt to separate them from gang life in South Auckland New...
Pacific Island leaders have agreed to form a united front at a major United Nations oceans conference later this year. Fiji's prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, hosted the meeting on Friday as his country prepares to take the presidency of the conference along with Sweden. He told the gathering...
There is so much in Samoan culture that is rich, that has made me who I am. I love our storytelling and the humour in every situation. Samoans can have serious discussions and someone will make a crazy joke, and everyone gets it, regardless of age. At every 21st someone will do the Siva Samoa (...
Esther Kia’aina had formally resigned as Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas to give the Trump administration a free hand in appointing the new person to head one of the divisions under the U.S. Department of the Interior. OIA director Nikolao Pula of American Samoa, according to the DOI website...
Recently on Mark Walter's AAR national radio program, Cool Stuff saluted the host for his political astuteness in predicting Trump's election and Electoral College results. Mark appreciated that particularly because he knew I preferred other candidates (yup, Cool Stuff ate crow live on air). Cool...
Last week Friday night in front of the Government building in Apia, Samoa was where families, friends and fans gathered to celebrate the Bluesky 4G Plus launch, which hosted a free concert with the legendary George “FIJI” Veikoso. “We are so happy we got to host this concert because the 4G plus...

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