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Courthouse in Apia Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — The lawyer representing murder suspect Kolani Junior Lam has argued his client should be given bail as the Police only have “circumstantial evidence”. Appearing in the Supreme Court last Thursday before the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu, defense lawyer...
 Visitors use an escalator past a poster featuring the Fiji Islands on the opening day of the COP 23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, Germany
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Climate negotiators are facing an uphill battle heading into the latest United Nations climate talks in Poland next week. Pledges from countries to meet the 2015 Paris Climate target, which is to keep the global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius...
Hawaiian Airlines logo
HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA), announced it will open a technology center in the Phoenix area in the first quarter of 2019. When fully operational, the center will allow the airline to act nimbly in the rapidly changing IT space and provide...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — Allegations that an Australian tourist was raped has led to the arrest and charging of a man. This was confirmed in a statement by the Ministry of Police.  The 30-year-old tourist lodged a complaint on Wednesday against a 32-year-old male of Sinamoga. This is in connection to an...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.
Apia, SAMOA — An Australian newspaper article that reported plans by the Chinese government to fund the building of a wharf in Savai’i has shocked the Chinese Ambassador, and attracted a strong rebuttal from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. The Australian newspaper on Monday...
Miss Pacific Islands, Leoshina Mercy Kariha
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Leoshina Mercy Kariha from Papua New Guinea has been crowned 2018's Miss Pacific Islands at the Atele Indoor Stadium in Tonga. Matangi Tonga reports the 18 year old, the youngest of six finalists, was a crowd favourite. During the two day pageant Leoshina secured Best Talent,...
Deacon Kasiano Leaupepe.
Apia, SAMOA — The Chairman of the National Council of Churches, Deacon Kasiano Leaupepe, has blamed human rights for the deteriorating statistics on family violence, calling for a national day of repentance. He has also criticised the co-education school system, saying boys and girls should be...
PNG's   Charles Punaha concerned about Facebook–Cambridge Analytica
Apia, SAMOA — Concerns about fake news and the impact of social media in the Pacific Islands are some of the challenges that authorities in the region have to address. Chairman of Policy and Regulation Forum for the Pacific, Charles Punaha, said this recently when discussing issues that will be...
Miss American Samoa Magalita Philomena Johnson in her sarong
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Day 1 of the Miss Pacific Islands pageant - themed: "Pasifiki Masani: The Magnificent Pacific" — included the pre-pageant interviews and competition in three categories this past Thursday, Nov. 29 (Tonga Time).  This year's pageant is being hosted at the Atele Indoor Stadium in...
No Pelestiki fabric bags and 'oa baskets.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A new community group in Tonga is encouraging people to say no to plastic and use fabric bags and baskets woven from coconut fibres as an alternative. The group has launched the 'No Pelesitiki' campaign and says it has received support from the Royal household, nobles,...

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