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Leutogi Te'o (C) and Luse Tauvale (R) talking to their lawyer
Apia, SAMOA — The sentencing of two nurses in Samoa, relating to the deaths of two infants after receiving the MMR vaccine, has again been delayed. The pair pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges last month and were initially due to be sentenced in June. The delays are causing further distress to...
American Samoa Women's Rugby Sevens team in action against Fiji
Apia, SAMOA — A video has gone viral on Facebook showing the head coach of the American Samoa Women's Rugby 7s team, Annielyse Coffin, seeming to lunge and choke a member of the team, during a heated exchange of words where Coffin is heard telling the player, “Who are you listening too? and “When I...
Apia, SAMOA — An athletes' lounge and breakout area has been set-up for those competing at the 2019 Pacific Games here as part of the "Voices of the Athletes" (VoA) program launched by the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC). The program, set-up in partnership with selected athletes from...
Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
United Nations, NEW YORK CITY — Samoa's deputy prime minister has told the UN that a quarter of Pacific islanders live below the poverty line, many going without the most basic of needs. Speaking on behalf of the Pacific Islands Forum, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa said that despite sustained growth, many...
Kalo Funganitao during her speech surrounded by supporters
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — The one year reign of a Tongan beauty queen has been wiped from the record books in retaliation for her speech at last week's crowning ceremony. Kalo Funganitao accused organisers of the Miss Heilala beauty pageant of tormenting and bullying her before leaving the stage without...
Able Seaman Boatswains Mate, Natasha Mailei visits her grandfather, Asi Mailei, in the village of Tuana'i in Samoa.
Tuana’i, SAMOA — One sailor on board HMAS Sirius had the unique opportunity to visit her grandfather while in Samoa recently, returning to her home in the small village of Tuana’i for the first time in 12 years.  Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Natasha Mailei is one of the 77 crew members of Sirius who...
Emilene Taulu being proposed to by Tupuga Amo
Apia, SAMOA — A Pacific Games medal ceremony has been trumped by a marriage proposal near the golden shores of a Samoan beach.   Captain of the Cook Islands women's va'a team Emilene Taulu was taken by surprise when her partner remained kneeling after a group haka at the medal ceremony for women's...
Peter Tulaga wearing a white siglet
Apia, SAMOA — The man who shot his 34 year old girlfriend on the face at close range, disfiguring her for life, was jailed this week for 28 years for attempted murder. Peter Tulaga, 35 years old, left the court immediately, while his sister and family members waited to say goodbye. In court, the...
Vodafone sign
Porirua, NEW ZEALAND — The former deputy mayor of Porirua says she's complained to Vodafone after she was kicked out of their store for speaking Samoan. Litea Ah Hoi said she was leaving North City Mall in Porirua after a store staff member had refused to serve her when she stopped and spoke in...
Samoa Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — A 47-year-old father of five in Samoa, David Crichton, has been sentenced to 4 years and 8 months jail for stabbing his wife seven times with a kitchen knife. The police said the crime happened in front of the couple's children. They had been separated for two years when the stabbing...

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