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PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO VIOLENCE IN SAMOA Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Ombudsman’s office — National Human Rights Institution of Samoa has launched a national public inquiry into family violence. This coincides with Samoa’s “Human Rights Day” that takes place on December 10 annually. This year’s Human Rights...
More than ten individuals with Samoan names are among the 37 defendants charged under six indictments for a variety of drug trafficking offenses and three of those defendants are charged with firearm offenses, according to a list released yesterday by the federal government as well as in a news...
Apia, SAMOA — Although more than 200 criminal charges has been filed against the police commissioner the Samoa Attorney General’s office has yet to finalized them and this was revealed during the status hearing for suspended Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil in the Supreme Court earlier...
Members of the Samoa Fa’afafine Association with Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also the Patron and father figure for SFA during Fa’afafine week in Samoa —a first time event.  [Photo: JL]
Apia, SAMOA — “Human Rights, gender equity, cultural views and HIV&AIDS Prevention” were among the issues that will be discussed during the Fa’afafine Week in Samoa, a first time event according to Samoa Fa’afafine Association (SFA) President So’oalo To’oto’oali’i Roger Stanley. Held at the...
Newly crowned Miss Pacific Islands, Anne Dunn during her interview at the pageant’s awards ceremony, who said she is looking forward to what the year has in store for her in representing not only Fiji but also the Pacific as a whole.  [Photo: JL]
Apia, Samoa — Empowering women in the Pacific is one aspect of life that newly crowned Miss Pacific Islands, Anne Dunn is passionate about and in doing so, that is one of the first projects that she’ll be working on upon returning home. Held in Tuanaimato, the 30th Miss Pacific Islands pageant saw...
A beloved Auckland-based minister has lost his battle to remain in New Zealand, despite the Samoan church claiming he's the only man fit for his job. Iosia Pati, 59, and his wife Ruta, 57, have run a Samoan methodist church in south Auckland since 2011; their lawyer said that without them, the...
ioux-Oglala Latoka Tongan artist Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford Kaho says protesters young and old have been sprayed with water cannons in temperatures which are below freezing. [Photo: AFP/ GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Scott Olson via RNZI]
Protests are ongoing against a controversial oil pipeline project in North Dakota and a Native American artist says the Pacific should take note to prevent similar projects from occurring elsewhere. The $US3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) will run 1870km through Iowa, Illinois, and North...
Tuna catch being offloaded from a longline fishing boat in Majuro Marshall Islands for export to international sashimi markets. November 18, 2014. [Photo: AFP PHOTO / Hilary HOSIA via RNZI]
There are calls for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to get tough on longliners fishing for tuna in the Pacific. The Parties to the Nauru Agreement, under which 8 island nations co-operate over the region's purse seine fisheries, said the longliner fishery in the Pacific was...
Apia, SAMOA — One of Samoa’s TV stations has partnered up with Digital to bring the much anticipated Parker fight live to Samoa on December 10, 2016. Undefeated Joseph Parker has four wins in 2016 and is now preparing for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Heavy Weight Championship held in New...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata with Tongan Prince Tungi and Prince Ethan at the world premiere of Disney’s animated movie Moana on Nov 14th in Hollywood, Calif. Moana opened to the general public Thanksgiving weekend and took first place at the box office, despite some pre-release criticism over racial stereotyping.  [courtesy photo]
Disney’s animated movie “Moana” debuted to critical acclaim and box office success over the Thanksgiving weekend, but some people in the South Pacific dislike how it depicts their culture, Associated Press reported this week. Of particular concern is the movie’s portrayal of the demigod Maui, who...

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