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 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...
Supreme Court Justice, Mata Tuatagaloa [photo: RNZI]
Apia, SAMOA — A 26-year-old man who performed sexual acts on an 11-year-old boy was sentenced to four years in jail. Sentencing was handed down by Supreme Court Justice, Mata Tuatagaloa earlier this month. The defendant, Val Apiuta was charged with two counts of indecent acts and one count of...
 Donald Trump  [Photo: AFP via RNZI]
Pacific Island countries have renewed their calls for US president-elect Donald Trump to reconsider his stance on climate change. Mr Trump, who is set to take office on Friday, dismissed climate change as a hoax during his election campaign and vowed to pull the United States out of the Paris...
The process of selling Bluesky Samoa to the Fijian company, Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (A.T.H) has been referred to the Office of the Regulator. This was confirmed by the Minister of Communication, Information and Technology Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i during his interview with the Samoa Observer.  “...
 The Hawaiian voyaging canoe, Hōkūle'a, set out on a trip around the world in 2013 to promote traditional sailing techniques and marine conservation. [photo: 'Oiwi Tv / Kaipo Ki'aha]
The Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūle'a is back in Pacific waters for the first time in nearly two years. The Hōkūle'a, which is sailed using traditional techniques, began voyaging around the world to promote marine conservation in 2013. The Polynesian Voyaging Society said it reached Balboa city in...
 Korent Joel pictured on a navigation teaching trip in the mid-2000s in the Marshall Islands. Mr Joel was one of only a handful of Marshall Islanders who still know traditional wave and star navigation. [Photo: Supplied / Alson Kelen via RNZI]
One of the last of a dwindling breed of traditional navigators has died in Majuro, but not before passing many of his skills onto a younger generation of Marshall Islands navigators and to international researchers. Captain Korent Joel, 68, was a skilled navigator who blended both traditional and...
Papali'i Niko Lee Hang [Samoa Observer]
Samoa's transport minister is defending the government's decision to prohibit the import of older model cars. From next week, vehicles older than eight years will no longer be able to be imported into Samoa. But the owner of Apia Motors, Haseeb Ashraf, told the Samoa Observer the decision would...

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