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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Sixteen Pacific Islanders have been granted temporary work visas in New Zealand under a Special Residence Category for victims of human trafficking. Immigration New Zealand said the 16 people from Fiji and Samoa were approved for their visas between July 2016 and July 2019...
Orca off the coast of Savai'i, Samoa.
Off Shore, SAVAI'I ISLAND — Orca have been filmed off Samoa in what might be the first sighting ever caught on tape in that country. The four orca - also known as killer whales - were seen by a group of friends from Gore and Invercargill during a holiday and, while the women were delighted with the...
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegoai at podium
Apia, SAMOA — A convicted murderer will be a key witness in the trial of two men charged with allegedly plotting to assassinate Samoa's prime minister. The Samoa Observer newspaper reports that Alatise Leafa Vitale, jailed for committing Samoa's first political assassination, will appear as a...
Tattoos on legs of rugby player
Yamagata, JAPAN — Samoan players will wear skin suits to keep traditional Pacific islander tattoos under wraps during the World Cup in Japan to avoid offending their hosts. For the Japanese, tattoos have long been associated with members of 'yakuza' crime syndicates, and inked tourists may be met...
A shape-shifting Deepstaria jelly had a small crustacean living inside its body.
Honolulu, HAWAII - A research vessel pulled into Honolulu Harbor on Monday, wrapping up an expedition to the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. The E/V Nautilus left from American Samoa about three weeks ago, carrying 27 scientists from across the country. The team exploring...
Auto’a Tiatia Maisa (right) talking with her lawyer outside
Apia, SAMOA — The 23 year old mother who is facing manslaughter charges for the death of her one year old pleaded not guilty in court on Monday in Samoa. Auto’a Tiatia Maisa also pleaded not guilty to the charges of assault, failure to provide necessities of life to her one year old child and being...
Samoa's Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil.
Apia, SAMOA — Police in Samoa have suspended two officers from the Transnational Crimes Unit for misconduct and one of them is faces criminal charges. The Samoa Observer newspaper reported Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil has confirmed the suspensions. The commissioner said the criminal charges...
Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Honolulu, HAWAII — Heads up, aspiring singers and dancers! Royal Caribbean International is looking for a few good stars for its cruise ship shows. Auditions are set for this month at the Aloha Dancesport Center at 350 Ward Ave., Suite 200. To apply, you must be 18 years or older to apply...
The Free Wesleyan Centenary Church in Tonga
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — The state funeral for the late Prime Minister of Tonga is to be held on Thursday, with an accompanying public holiday and national day of mourning. 'Akilisi Pohiva, who died in Auckland on Thursday after being hospitalised with pnuemonia, had been the longest serving MP in Tonga...
Lauli’i boy  pointing out the spot on the beach where the body of the 6 month old baby washed up.
Apia, SAMOA — Babies who are abandoned and left to die is an ongoing tragedy the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has accepted as longstanding.  But he was careful at suggesting how to stop it, when the issue was put to him during his weekly media session on national radio yesterday. The...

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