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Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi [SN file photo]
Samoa Airways, which begins services next week, has been granted a licence to fly between Apia and Sydney. The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, said a licence has also been granted to Virgin Australia for flights on the same route. Samoa Airways 737-800 aircraft is due to complete...
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Traditional storytelling from the Pacific has made its way to New Zealand with a first ever event taking place this week. 'Moana Pacific Storytelling' featured stories from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands and Tuvalu, including the Samoan myth 'Sina and the Eel'. Project manager of the Pacifica...
Leicester Tigers' Manu Tuilagi in action against Ospreys at Welford Road. [Photo by Rachel Holborn/Camerasport]
Leicester Tigers star centre Manu Tuilagi believes his injury nightmare is over - after visiting a witch doctor in Samoa. The explosive England international has hardly played in the last few seasons because of a string of problems. Last week Manu - who grew up in Hinckley - returned to Samoa after...
Taro plants [Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Samoa's government has rejected conditions set by American Samoa to resume exports of taro to its neighbouring territory. Agriculture minister Lopao'o Natanielu Mua said the government welcomed the territory's decision to lift an export ban, but the conditions demanded of exporters are unnecessary...
 Coconuts on the seaside in Vanuatu. [Photo: Copyright: shanin / 123RF Stock Photo via RNZI]]
New technology developed in Scandinavia is being used to make high quality veneers in the Pacific. The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research saw potential for high returns for Pacific island producers using the system. The centre's chief executive Andrew Campbell said the...
Samoa Airways’ 737-800 aircraft is now on the ground in Milan where it is being prepared for its ferry flight to Samoa.  [Courtesy photo]
PUBLIC URGED TO HELP 'BROKE' SAMOA RUGBY UNION The Samoan public is being asked to dig deep to bail out the country's rugby union, which has been labeled "bankrupt" by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. Tuilaepa, who is also the chair of the SRU, said the Union cannot afford to pay off...
 Cans of Spam. [Photo: AFP via RNZI]
The head of Hawaii's Retail Association says the canned corned beef product Spam is being used as currency and traded for drugs. Tina Yamaki said thefts of Spam had escalated since a recent law change on the value of stolen goods defining a crime. She said organised criminals appeared to be...
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Details from the corporate registries of four Pacific island countries are among millions of leaked files purporting to show the extent of tax avoidance around the world. The leak, dubbed the Paradise Papers, contains more than 13.4 million documents mostly from the offshore law firm Appleby. The...
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Three Samoan teachers have admitted in court that they assaulted a student at Faleata College. A district court judge in Samoa issued a stern warning to them after they pleaded guilty to slapping a 14-year-old male student on the cheek for misbehaving. Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papalii has...
BRINGING THE ISSUE TO THE FORE: Samoa Fa’afafine Association President, So’oalo Tootooalii Stanley. [Samoa Observer]
Bringing together the circle of fa’afatama (transmen) in Samoa was the goal of the Talanoa session spearheaded by the Samoa Fa’afafine Association.  Held at the Palolo Deep late last month, S.F.A. President, So’oalo Tootooalii Stanley welcomed the participants and applauded their courage to turn up...

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