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The 31st Miss Pacific Islands Pageant officially began last night in the friendly Islands of Fiji, with the nine beautiful contestants taking to the stage for their first night of public judging. The first appearance for the contestants was their introduction, where they came out firing with a...
SHOCKING BREACH OF HUMAN RIGHTS  Pregnant women from Samoa with valid entry permits into American Samoa, who travelled over on MV Lady Naomi, were not allowed to disembark. Instead they were “simply asked to take a return trip of the ship” to Samoa.    The treatment surfaced during the recent inter...
The Samoa Airways chief executive and the Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi appear to be passing the buck over the cost of the lease for the airline's jet. The Samoa Observer reported CEO Seiuli Alvin Tuala told them last week to seek answers from the prime minister regarding the...
The head of the UN Environment's Pacific Office says protecting the oceans from plastic pollution is a high priority at a global meeting in Kenya. Norway has proposed a zero tolerance of plastic pollution and suggested a legal treaty banning plastic waste from entering the sea at the UN Environment...
Countries in Oceania are ranked among the most expensive broadband services in the world according to a worldwide ranking compiled by a UK cable company. Tonga was not ranked among the 13 Oceania countries surveyed due to limited information available.  Data from 3,351 individual broadband...
A south Auckland father-of-two has died in Samoa after contracting dengue fever. Mechanic Fiaalii Mariner and his family had moved to the South Pacific country for a year to start a car rental business and spend time with extended family. But the 43-year-old, from Ōtara​, fell desperately ill just...
Federal Way resident Angel Mulivai-Tobin has made it her mission to share the Polynesian culture and help others regardless of their background. The 2001 Thomas Jefferson High School graduate said the Polynesian culture – which includes American Samoa, Western Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti and Cook...
The 31st annual Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2017 began with an official gathering in Nadi, Fiji the place where happiness meets you. On the theme - ‘Climate Change Action to Sustain our Islands’, the nine Pacific beauties gathered and met for the first time at Novotel on Friday, 1st Decemberand...
Thirty students have been arrested, reprimanded and released in relation to a brawl in the Apia township on Wednesday.  The students come from different colleges. Police Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino, confirmed the arrest. He said the students were brought to the Police station because...
The Samoan village of Iva has joined the list of villages, banning Chinese-owned shops from operating within their area. Three village councils this year have banned Chinese nationals from opening businesses on customary lands. Iva's mayor, Seve Luki, told the Samoa Observer the decision is not...

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