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Palemia is the Samoan word for prime minister and it is the title of a book released today in Samoa which details the long and fascinating life of Prime Minister Tu'ilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. It is a memoir of Tu'laepa's time at or near the top of the Samoa government and the changes and...
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BBC has alerted us all that the word “covfefe” as used by the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, is a Samoan word. Do you know how excited our very small country is, that a leader of the free world has used a word in our language, and what better time than the celebration of...
In New Zealand, Sabrina Fa'avae and Italia Toelei'u are a part of Samoan Language Week, part of a series of Pacific language weeks, which this year tie together language, culture and identity. Samoan Language Week ends this Friday, June 3.  [Photo: RNZ Pacific / Sara Vui-Talitu]
TWO FOR TEA Beginning tonight, for Happy Hour, 5:30pm – 7:30p.m., at the Sadie Thompson Inn, “Tea for Two”, brings a medley of oldies but goodies, jazz and Samoan songs performed by Peta Si'ulepa and Vaito’a Hans Langkilde, backed by ‘seasoned’ musicians. It’s all a part of promoting live music in...
Coconut oil — miracle cure or marketing hype? [Courtesy photo: radionz.co.nz]
In the first part of a new podcast series looking at the facts behind current health trends, Kate Pereyra Garcia spends three weeks eating coconut oil to find out if really makes a difference. The proponents of coconut oil make a lot of promises. So when someone was needed as a human guinea pig for...
Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi at the 55th Independence Day celebration, June 1, 2017. [photo from screen shot]
It was the custom of our forbears that when a special moment was forthcoming, they would revert to modes of prayer, fasting and dream dialogues for insight. I want to share with you the insights and perspectives gained through my prayers, fasting and dream dialogues in preparation for today. Today...
Kanumez kiekies — see Pacific Briefs for details.  [Photo: David Watson Photography and Kourtney Chante Photography]
A Tongan woman is pushing the boundaries of Tongan fashion by taking traditional Tongan garments and adding a contemporary twist to the items. During the day, you can find the rising Tongan fashion designer Mele Tamanilo working in IT for the Ministry of Justice. But outside working hours, the...
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Several months ago I had the wonderful experience of meeting Elisapeta Alaimaleata, Founder and Executive Director of the Le Fetuao Samoan Language School.  The school is a 501c3 non-profit organization. It is a community-based service program designed to provide young Samoan children with an...
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M.P. EXPLAINS ANTI PACIFIC GAMES BID STANCE “The previous [2007] Pacific Games we hosted was a huge loss of government money, taxpayers money for that matter, and it was in fact in millions of dollars...... what’s going to change now?”  This was the question posed by Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti...
The celebration of Samoa’s 55th Independence Day will be held in front of the government building on Thursday morning. It is the beginning of a two-day national holiday declared by the government for the nation to pay tribute to our forebears for the freedom we enjoy today. With the Maota Fono at...
Helen Tau'au Filisi is holding an art exhibition and releasing a new children's book as part of Samoan language week. [photo:  EMILY FORD/FAIRFAX NZ]
Becoming a published author was always Helen Tau'au Filisi's dream. While the south Auckland woman is a passionate artist and writer, she spent years studying and teaching before she finally achieved that dream. It was 2015 when she first became a self-published author, releasing five books...

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