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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...
Students from Wahtonka Community School pose in front of a 38-foot-by-13-foot mural they painted in an open-air high school cafeteria in American Samoa. [courtesy photo]
An April trip to American Samoa by eight Wahtonka Community School students saw them paint a huge mural at an open air high school cafeteria in the island territory. When they touched down in Samoa and saw the 38-foot-by-13-foot canvas, they were a bit daunted, they told The Dalles Kiwanis Club...
The Samoa Medical Council (S.M.C.) has revoked the medical license of a Chinese Neurologist who has been working at the hospital for 19 years claiming he “is not a certified physician” but a “traditional healer.”   The Chairman of S.M.A, Leali’ifano Dr. Iopu Tanielu, confirmed the decision in...
Many say without a credit card or access to the Internet, they are finding it hard to buy tickets to next month's test. [Source: 1 NEWS | Sky]
New Zealand Rugby says it will try to make tickets easier to purchase following complaints from some Samoan supporters. Manu Samoa will meet the All Blacks at Eden Park on June 16 in a double-header match with Tonga and Wales. As with all All Blacks games, tickets are available through...
Students, who are the recipients of the 2017 Rotary Club of Pago Pago 4-Way Test, with President Margie Tafiti seated, and inset Representative Samuel Meleisea. [Courtesy photo]
ROTARY CLUB OF PAGO PAGO PRESENTS 2017 ITS 4-WAY TEST AWARDS The Rotary Club of Pago Pago presented its 2017 Four Way Test Award to 12 seniors from each high school at a ceremony held at the Goat Island Cafe, Sadies by the Sea. The Four Way Test Award is the only award that is chosen by the...

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