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 Tonga girls play rugby [Photo: Supplied Talitha Project]
Tonga's Prime Minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva, has issued a statement saying the letter from the Ministry of Education and Training to Tonga High School purporting to ban girls from participating in rugby and boxing is not government policy. The prime minister said sport is good for the health and the...
Samoa's historic Aggie Grey's Hotel which was badly damaged by Cyclone Gita is set to reopen in July.[photo: Loop Samoa ]
Apia, SAMOA — Mandatory voting for all registered voters in Samoa will be a must in the upcoming 2021 General Elections, subject to approval of the Electoral Bill 2018 now before parliament. The 2018 Bill will repeal the 55-year old Electoral Act 1963 and contains close to 80 amendments. One the...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Dylan Mika, who played seven tests for the All Blacks and two for Samoa, has died. He was 45. It is understood Mika, who suffered from diabetes, died from a heart attack. Mika's family have described him as a "warm, wonderful, and caring man". New Zealand Rugby chief...
 Jacinda Ardern visited Fasi Government Primary School to see the destruction caused by cyclone Gita. [Photo: Pool photo / Michael Craig / New Zealand Herald]
There has been outrage among Tongans over an official letter purporting to ban girls at the country's state school from playing rugby and boxing. The letter from the Ministry of Education informed staff at Tonga High School that the girls shouldn't be playing such sports because it goes against...
 The water tanks that were for sale [Photo: Facebook]
Apia, SAMOA —  Samoa's Civil Society Support Programme has warned families who receive assistance from them that they cannot sell them. One family on Savai'i had advertised a donated water tank for sale on an online market site due to relocating, saying they needed the money. The CSSP responded on...
 Road blockage in Luataunuu village, Samoa [Photo: RNZ Pacific/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Apia, SAMOA — Angry villagers blocked part of the main public road following a rugby-related brawl on Saturday. Our correspondent in the Samoan capital Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia said the road block caused chaos and hundreds of workers and students arrived late for their jobs and school. Police...
 The Pasifika Festival is back for another year, celebrating its 26th birthday. [Photo / Gareth Cooke Subzero via NZ Herald]
NEW ZEALAND — The Pasifika Festival may be later than usual this year, but organisers have big plans for the new time slot, in the hopes of attracting even bigger crowds. Next weekend's event will mark the 26th year since it started at Western Springs in 1992. Like always, Pacific culture will be...
 SRCT staff and members after a hard day's work at Goshen Trust in 2012. [Photo: Samoa Returnees Charitable Trust]
Apia, SAMOA — For some of the men aboard this US chartered plane, it would be the first time they have been back to Samoa since they were young. But a new life lays ahead for them now, after they were deported from the United States for crimes ranging from assault to being armed with a dangerous...
Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi [courtesy photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Because of the public interest in the resumption of air services provided by our national carrier, the Samoa Airways – formerly the Polynesian Airlines ‘Savali Newspaper’ requested this Special one-to-one interview with the leader of Government, Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele...
 Cyclone Gita caused widespread damage in Tonga. [Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller]
Tongatapu, TONGA —  Authorities in Tonga are concerned about the quality of the food items in the shops since Cyclone Gita hit last month. Health officials have inspected 48 shops on the island of Tongatapu, and found more than 20 have food items no longer fit for human consumption. About two...

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