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Samoan Consulate in Sydney, Australia.
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — Ten people were evacuated from the Samoan consulate in Sydney after a suspicious package was delivered to the building. Emergency services arrived at the scene on Scott Street in Liverpool about 10am on Friday after reports that a potentially dangerous package had arrived at the...
[Screenshot from video of Polynesian football player
FOOTBALL MATTERS — “When you look at the special players who’ve come from Polynesia and Polynesian backgrounds, they’ve really impacted the game and made it a better game.” Polynesian athletes are 28 times more likely to play in the NFL. Their culture has had a tremendous impact on the game of...
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Rota, CNMI — It has been revealed in the Northern Marianas that the FBI has seized the phones of the Rota mayor and his girlfriend. According to court documents obtained by the Saipan Tribune, in November the cellular phones of Efraim and Evelyn Atalig and two others were taken in order to obtain...
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Apia, SAMOA — Cholera is suspected in the unexplained deaths of chickens in a flock in Samoa. But the Samoa Observer said the Ministry of Agriculture would not confirm this because of inconclusive tests. A ministry spokesperson said the signs of the illness within the flock were highly consistent...
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PACIFIC OCEAN — Pacific weather forecasters say an expected El Nino weather system in the region has not eventuated and meanwhile below average rainfall predicted for American Samoa. Looking at data from December NIWA's Island Climate Update found that sea surface temperatures have remained above...
Hawaii News Now screen shot of newscasters.
Honolulu, HAWAII — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard appears to have “called out” U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono over her questioning of a judicial nominee, accusing her and others of religious bigotry. Conservative media groups have been covering Sen. Hirono’s questioning of judicial nominee Brian Buescher for...
 Tonga's prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva has urged unmarried senior civil servants to find a husband in 2019. Mr Pohiva hosted a meeting and prayer service for staff this week to kick off the new work year. According to a government press release, Mr Pohiva closed the event with...
Participants at the training for weather information emergency managers
Nadi, FIJI — The Pacific RANET Working Group in collaboration with the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) is commencing training January 7-11, 2019 at the FMS headquarters in Namaka, Nadi. Mr. Randall Fitisone is representing American Samoa on behalf of the AS Department of Homeland Security. ...
Photo of men's hands with wedding rings
Saipan, CNMI — Three years after same-sex marriages were legalised in the Northern Marianas, the Saipan Mayor's Office say that they have topped heterosexual marriages on the island. The figures are based on the marriage licenses issued by the municipality. From January through September 2018, the...
 The NDMO director, Anare Leweniqila
Suva, FIJI — Over 600 people have taken shelter in 15 evacuation centres around Fiji as Cyclone Mona continues to approach Vanua Levu and surrounding smaller islands. The National Disaster Management Office said four centres had been opened in the Central Division, seven in the Northern Division,...

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