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Samoan police headquarters in Apia [Photo: RNZI/Sally Round]
A man has been charged with the murder of a 15-year-old boy last week at Satapuala village in Samoa. Police are reported in the Samoa Observer as saying a 39-year-old unnamed man, one of five arrested last week, has also been charged with cultivation of narcotics. The other four also face charges...
Epiphany Trust in Auckland during one of their presentations. [photo from Epiphany Trust website]
A course held last week to help people reconnect with Samoan culture in Hawke's Bay has been heralded a success. A week-long Samoan cultural class ended on Saturday with a performance from participants at Peterhead School. Three teachers from Epiphany Trust in Auckland taught the 50 students about...
VAIALA PARAMOUNT CHIEF: Patu Ativalu [Samoa Observer]
A paramount Chief of the village of Vaiala, Patu Ativalu, has deflected criticisms of the way he and another senior matai pushed the appointment of a new Church Minister for the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in the village. “Whatever Tofaeono and Patu say, that is the voice of Vaiala,”...
 Afamasaga Rico Tupa'i [Photo: RNZPac / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavai]
Samoa's change from analogue to digital communications has been delayed another three years because no companies are interested in doing the job. The government initially put the transitition out to tender back in 2016. The original plan was for the country's television services to use digital last...
HAWAIIAN AIR EMPLOYEE FILES SUIT AFTER FINDING NOOSE  A Hawaiian Airlines employee has filed a racial harassment and discrimination suit against the carrier, saying that his life was threatened by colleagues who placed a noose and a lynching rope near his locker. Timothy Degrate, who is black,...
BELLEVUE, WA – Long time tuna industry executive Patrick Murphy has joined Tri Marine Group where he will be responsible for the Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary The Tuna Store. As Managing Director of The Tuna Store, Pat will be responsible for the North American retail, club and food service...
Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital [file photo]
Multiple criminal charges will be filed against the man accused of stabbing his estranged wife in broad daylight at the heart of Apia on Friday.  This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Filipo Logoitino, who said the Police are continuing their investigation. “...
Satapuala Village Mayor Vaili Mimita. [Samoa Observer]
The family of the suspects charged in connection to the brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy in Satapuala has been ousted by the Village Council.  And while tensions rise in the village following the killing, one of the suspect’s homes was burnt to the ground yesterday afternoon.  The Police were...
 Guam's representative to the US Congress Madeleine Bordallo [Photo: US House of Representatives]
Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Marianas are pushing for more federal funding to deal with the uncontrolled influx of immigrants under the Compacts of Free Association with the United States. The Guam Daily Post reported more than 76,000 immigrants from Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Federated...
Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, July 2015 (Photo: Andy Wong/Getty Images via Lowy Institute)
The Pacific region is making headlines across Australia after Pacific and International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells harshly criticised Chinese aid in the region. 'Useless' is how Fierravanti-Wells has described Chinese aid projects, leading countries to take on debt they can't...

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