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A Samoan baby found abandoned last year in a south Auckland reserve is being given a proper burial by members of the community. The baby, found in Mangere, died last year on November 24, wrapped in a t-shirt with the words "Samoan Culture our pride and joy." Police and coroner efforts to locate...
The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday filed a lawsuit alleging that the Government of Guam, as well as the Chamorro Land Trust Commission and its Administrative Director, have violated the federal Fair Housing Act by discriminating against non-Chamorros in the enforcement and implementation of...
 Damage from the 2009 Tsunami in Samoa [Photo: Supplied]
The manager of a beach resort on Samoa's south coast says today was like a Sunday as her village remembered the victims of the 2009 tsunami. Litia Sini's beach fales in Lalomanu village was totally destroyed when the tsunami struck eight years ago today. 143 lives were lost to the massive wave,...
This undated photo provided by Hector Alejandro Santiago shows his farm in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, destroyed by September 2017’s Hurricane Maria. For 21 years Santiago raised poinsettias, orchids and other ornamental plants which were sold to major retailers including Costco, Walmart and Home Depot. In a matter of hours Maria wiped it away. (Héctor Alejandro Santiago via AP)
Congresswoman Amata joined a bipartisan congressional delegation of the island territories insisting on financing and assistance for disasters affecting U.S. territories that is equitable with the states, including the current disaster in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and any future...
Aggie Grey's Hotel and Bungalows in Apia, Samoa has reportedly been bought by Asian investors.  [courtesy photo]
PASSPORT INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY  As required under the Passport Act and the Public Service Act, the Immigration division of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has begun an investigation in to allegations of a potential breach of the Passport Act. This is in relation to reports received...
Eighteen finalists will be on the ballot for induction into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The list includes 15 players and three coaches/contributors. See Pac Briefs for details.  [graphic: Polynesian Cultural Center]
RAISED FEES ‘UNFORTUNATE’  The “unfortunate” increased permit fees targeting only American Samoan born citizens entering Samoa will be addressed at the 2Samoa Talks next month in Apia.  This is according to American Samoa Attorney General, Talauega Elesalo Ale in response to Samoa Observer...
Amata with students at A.P. Lutali Elementary School.  [Courtesy photo]
SAMOA SIGNS NUCLEAR BAN TREATY In New York for the 72 United Nations General Assembly meeting, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi on behalf of Samoa has endorsed the "Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons". “As a signatory to this historic treaty, we wanted to demonstrate...
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Four police officers have been charged with assault. The charges were confirmed in a press release issued by the Samoa Police Service on is Facebook page. “Four police officers have been charged with assault early this week,” the statement reads. “The charges were the result of an internal...
Ruby Misa-Sabbath is one of the friendly faces at the NZ High Commission who will be helping customers when the Go Cashless system for service fee payments is implemented at the start of October. [Samoa Observer]
GO CASHLESS COMING TO N.Z. HIGH COMMISSION From Monday 2 October, the New Zealand High Commission in Apia will no longer accept cash for service fee payments over the counter.  The move, says New Zealand High Commissioner, David Nicholson, is designed to streamline the way the office does business...
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Five Pacific countries aim to grab the attention of the New Zealand market with their coffee and chocolate products. The annual Chocolate and Coffee Show in Auckland has a specially designed Pacific-themed stand hosting Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. The companies from...

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