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Photo of McAuley High School in South Auckland, NZ
South Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The principal of a high achieving South Auckland school has come under fire for not appropriately staffing its Samoan language class. More than 200 parents and students flooded the board of trustees meeting at McAuley High School last night, singing hymns at a sit-in...
Tasi Keener, a Samoan dancer,
Salem, OREGON — Tasi and Craig Keener called American Samoa home until they moved to Oregon in 1999 with their five children. Looking for better career opportunities, they were focused on finding jobs and raising their family. Tasi was born and raised in Samoa, where she spent most of her time ...
Photo of Samoa Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan lawyer in the US denies being one of the writers of the controversial blog, O le Palemia, or OLP. Samoa's Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi's naming of two alleged writers was publicized briefly by Talamua Online, which later retracted the story. Namulau'ulu Albert...
Left is Taumasina Falaniko and right is photo of Levi Saleimoa"s mutulated ear
Apia, SAMOA — A woman, who bit off part of another woman’s ear, chewed it before swallowing the lobe, has been jailed for a year and six months. Taumasina Falaniko, 22, of Levi Saleimoa and Fagamalo, was sentenced by Samoa Supreme Court Justice, Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke. The incident happened...
 Faamauslil Moli Malietoa leaving courthouse surrounded by family members
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's future holder of the Malietoa paramount title, Faamausili Moli Malietoa, has been discharged without conviction after facing threatening behaviour charges. The accused was found guilty after a trial of three charges including one count of insulting words, armed with a...
Samoa Police have called for help to find Aitken Keil
Apia, SAMOA — The Police have called for help to find one Aitken Keil in relation to an ongoing Police investigation. In a statement posted by the Police today, it does not say what the investigation is about. But the public alert reads: “The Samoa Police Service is searching for a 46 year old male...
Imperial Pacific Resort on Northern Marianas' island of Tinian
Washington, D.C. — A new United States government report warns US relations with Micronesian countries are being threatened by China's inroads in the Pacific region. The report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission was released last week. The report warns Chinese investments in...
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi objected to being called a “sifi” yesterday when Parliament convened to discuss the 2018/19 Budget at their makeshift home at Tuana’imato. The word sifi in Samoan is often used to describe the leader of a bad gang who is the last to be...
Apia, SAMOA — A court in Samoa has sentenced a 68-year-old family chief or matai Sa'o to 16 years in jail for rape. A panel of assessors found Pulemau Sione guilty of the offence which took place in October last year while he was visiting family in Samoa from New Zealand. In passing sentence the...
Salt Lake City, UTAH (AP) — Some Utah high schools don’t allow students to wear lei and other ornamentation during graduation ceremonies, a restriction that the state’s Pacific Islander community says feels discriminatory. The Salt Lake Tribune reports some schools around the state have sought a...

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