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 One of Talofa Airways Twin Commander aircraft [Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Samoa Airline, Talofa Air, is to start flying to Tonga from July 1st. The airline chief executive, Toleafoa Jeffrey Hunter, said they would fly to Tonga four times a week, twice from Fagalii on Upolu and twice from Pago Pago. The airline, which only launched its service last year, was originally...
 Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Prime Minister and Minister for Public Utilities of Tuvalu, addresses the United Nations high-level summit on large movements of refugees and migrants. [Photo: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine]
Tuvalu's prime minister, Enele Sopoaga, ordered his officials to cancel any cooperation with the United States on Friday, calling the country's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement distressing and destructive. "I have instructed my officials not to talk any climate change...
WASHINGTON - The Department of the Interior has added19 staffers to lead and assist the Department during the Trump administration. Hires include key positions including the Chief of Staff to the Secretary, Associate Deputy Secretary, Principal Deputy Solicitor, and two Principal Deputy Assistant...
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Palemia is the Samoan word for prime minister and it is the title of a book released today in Samoa which details the long and fascinating life of Prime Minister Tu'ilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. It is a memoir of Tu'laepa's time at or near the top of the Samoa government and the changes and...
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BBC has alerted us all that the word “covfefe” as used by the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, is a Samoan word. Do you know how excited our very small country is, that a leader of the free world has used a word in our language, and what better time than the celebration of...
In New Zealand, Sabrina Fa'avae and Italia Toelei'u are a part of Samoan Language Week, part of a series of Pacific language weeks, which this year tie together language, culture and identity. Samoan Language Week ends this Friday, June 3.  [Photo: RNZ Pacific / Sara Vui-Talitu]
TWO FOR TEA Beginning tonight, for Happy Hour, 5:30pm – 7:30p.m., at the Sadie Thompson Inn, “Tea for Two”, brings a medley of oldies but goodies, jazz and Samoan songs performed by Peta Si'ulepa and Vaito’a Hans Langkilde, backed by ‘seasoned’ musicians. It’s all a part of promoting live music in...
Coconut oil — miracle cure or marketing hype? [Courtesy photo: radionz.co.nz]
In the first part of a new podcast series looking at the facts behind current health trends, Kate Pereyra Garcia spends three weeks eating coconut oil to find out if really makes a difference. The proponents of coconut oil make a lot of promises. So when someone was needed as a human guinea pig for...
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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