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A man in Samoa has been charged with unlawfully entering the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in Si'ufaga and stealing a statue of Mary. Police said the alleged offence took place last Sunday morning and parts of the statue had been damaged. A village source said the removal of Mary led to...
Hawai’i state Rep. Cedric Solosolo Asuega Gates (standing-front) being recognized along with another lawmaker, on the floor of the Hawai’i state House of Representatives on Jan. 18 — the opening of the Hawai’i Legislature. Family members of lawmakers were also on the floor behind them.  [photo: Rep. Gates Office]
When the Hawai’i Legislature convened last week for its new session, the youngest lawmaker among members is a person of Samoan ancestry from American Samoa in the Hawai’i state House of Representatives, serving his first term in office. Hawai’i State Rep. Cedric Solosolo Asuega Gates represents...
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — Gift cards are often the perfect gift, but the Hawaii Better Business Bureau has a warning to consumers: Don't buy them from store racks. In a new scam, thieves are draining money from the cards once shoppers load them up. Pearl City teen Michael Tam is one of many local...
Samoa Stationery and Books owner and Chief Executive Officer Fiti Leung Wai during SSAB’s Ambassador Scholarship program that is part of their annual Back to School Campaign two weeks ago. She’s pictured here during the ceremony held at their SSAB conference room in Apia with one of the scholarship recipients.  [Courtesy Photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Aside from providing the products they sell, Samoa Stationery and Books (SSAB) is also investing in the future of Samoa through their SSAB- New Zealand Prime Minister’s Fellow Scholarship Award program which started back in 2015, according to SSAB’s CEO Fiti Leung Wai. On the SSAB’s...
Parliament is a step closer to amending the Constitution to define Samoa as a Christian State. This followed widespread support for the Constitutional Amendment Bill (No.2) 2016 tabled by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi last year. According to the Constitutional Amendment Bill (No. 2)...
  Donald Trump, seated, signed, three executive orders on Monday, including one banning any US-funded organisations from speaking about abortion. [Photo: AFP via RNZI]
Unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions and maternal deaths in the Pacific could be about to rise after new US President Donald Trump re-enacted the Mexico City policy. The policy gags aid organisations funded by the US from promoting abortion and will result in restricting the distribution of...
 Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva [Photo: Alex Perrottet / RNZ]
Tonga's leadership has lauded the country's relationship with China following a visit by a Chinese National People's Congress delegation to Nuku'alofa. The Matangi Tonga reported that the purpose of the visit was to further promote co-operation between the two countries. Both Tonga's Prime Minister...
The US Justice Department has identified some of the largest customers, who are potential victims of an alleged canned tuna price fixing conspiracy, although federal prosecutors acknowledged that there could be “hundreds of corporate victims” at various levels, according the federal government’s...
 Breadfruit [hoto: Jim Wiseman]
Japan has committed about $US650,000 to help Tonga develop its breadfruit industry.The investment is intended to improve food security and health as well as expanding the processing of breadfruit products for export. The rural development NGO MORDI is party to the project and its general manager,...
  Samoan police headquarters in Apia [Photo: RNZI/Sally Round]
The police in Samoa are investigating a suspected infanticide after a newborn baby was buried by a family who did not inform health authorities. Police said a 20-year-old woman gave birth to the baby at her home in a village to the west of Apia last Thursday. The woman's mother - who helped deliver...

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