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Opapo Soana’i Oeti during a press conference he called at his residence in Vaitele regarding having his pastoral titles that have been stripped by the Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) in a decision following their meeting last week.  [Photo: JL]
Apia, SAMOA — Former Reverend Opapo So’anai Oeti has leveled heavy allegations against Reverend Elder Tautiaga Senara, chairman of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS), after the Elders Committee stripped him (Opapo) of his pastoral titles within the church, last week, after voting...
Tackling HIV, STI and TB, in Samoa, United Nations Development Program Lizbeth Cullity, Ministry of Health’s Director General, Leausa Dr Take Naseri and Digicel Special Program Manager, Waikato Fatu launched the T3 campaign, Talk it, Test it, Treat it.  [Photo: JL]
Apia, SAMOA — “We have seen the danger of Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and the danger of Chlamydia” and it needs to be addressed head on, says Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Director General, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri. During a press conference for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP),...
 Tuiasau appeals to Samoan men to stop domestic violence [Photo: Supplied/ Bright Sunday via RNZI]
A plea to the heads of Samoan families or matai to take the lead against domestic violence has come from the lead actor in the critically acclaimed movie One Thousand Ropes. Tuiasau Uelese Petaia, who plays the central character, Maea, has urged matai to speak for "sisters" against the big problem...
Apia, SAMOA — Supreme Court Justice Mata Tuatagaloa has dismissed sex charges against police officer, Leilani Savea. Held last week, Savea was charged with having sexual connection and indecent assault. According to the court’s written decision, testimony by the victim says that on the night of...
Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi during his 2AP radio program at his office.  (Photo JL)
Apia, SAMOA — Following his announcement last week about the Overseas Medical Referral Program (OMRP) during his 2AP radio program, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi issued an official statement noting that Samoa’s health services will look to have a massive improvement with the new...
To date more than 2,000 volunteers with the Peace Corps came to Samoa and have since been providing technical assistance and other services.  (Courtesy Photo)
Apia, SAMOA — Peace Corps celebrates 50 years since volunteers from the United States of America first came to Samoa. According to information gathered from the US Embassy, the first Peace Corps came to Samoa in 1967 and one of the first tasks was to assist with recovery efforts in the wake of a...
 St Peter's College Samoan Polyfest group members Abe Golds-Uili (left), William Morrison, Eddie Tongalahi, and Caerwyn Tomuli Liuliu-Afoa. [Photo: RNZ / Laura Tupou]
Samoan students at an Auckland boys school who do not speak the language are using Polyfest to reconnect with their culture. Polyfest - the largest secondary school Māori and Pacific cultural festival - began last week in Auckland. The St Peters College Samoan group were self-tutored last year and...
 Downtown Apia, Samoa [Photo: RNZI/Sally Round]
A new study shows that the return migration of troubled young men back to Samoa to help turn their lives around does more damage than good. Gisa Dr Moses Faleolo interviewed 25 men aged between 16 and 24 who were sent back to Samoa in an attempt to separate them from gang life in South Auckland New...
 Leaders from around the Pacific met in Fiji on Friday ahead of an international oceans conference in June. [Photo: Supplied / Government of French Polynesia]
Pacific Island leaders have agreed to form a united front at a major United Nations oceans conference later this year. Fiji's prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, hosted the meeting on Friday as his country prepares to take the presidency of the conference along with Sweden. He told the gathering...
Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King
There is so much in Samoan culture that is rich, that has made me who I am. I love our storytelling and the humour in every situation. Samoans can have serious discussions and someone will make a crazy joke, and everyone gets it, regardless of age. At every 21st someone will do the Siva Samoa (...

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