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Apia, SAMOA — Within six weeks of battling manic depression, renowned Samoan author, Sia Figiel, was able to complete her book “Free Love”.  During the launch “Free Love” on Wednesday, Sia spoke openly about her love hate relationship with the mental illness.   “I wrote this in six weeks and I got...
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Auckland, NEW ZELAND — The Samoa Planet website, which publishes news, blogs and other Pasifika stories will close after nearly two years. Its founders, Lani Wendt Young and Tuiloma Sina Retzlaff, announced the decision on the website this week, saying they were pursuing other endeavours. The pair...
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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand Immigration should review the Samoan Quota ballot because of record numbers of people applying, an academic says. The ballot is open to Samoan nationals aged between 18 and 45. 1100 names of people are drawn annually who can then apply for residency. In 2012,...
Officer Bronson Kaliloa
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii police believe a suspect wanted in the killing of the first officer to be fatally shot on the Big Island is being hidden by associates. Justin Waiki is wanted in the fatal shooting of Hawaii County Police Officer Bronson Kaliloa during a traffic stop Tuesday night. Other...
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Apia, SAMOA —  The United States Embassy in Apia is pleased to announce that it will hold its next Visa Interview Week from August 20 – 24, 2018. The online calendar for scheduling appointments will open Tuesday 31 July, at 12pm (Apia date and time). Please do not email or call the Embassy for an...
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Apia, SAMOA — A vaccine expert in the Pacific region is urging Samoans to continue with immunisations for their children as they save lives. Earlier this month a pair of one-year old infants died shortly after being given the MMR vaccination at a hospital on Savaii. A post morten has been completed...
Ioapo Toetu
Apia, SAMOA —  A 11-year-old boy who went missing from his family home at Faleasi’u last Wednesday has been found.  The Ministry of Police advised in a recent statement that Ioapo Toetu was found and reunited with his family.  They did not state where the boy was found, but thanked members of the...
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Saipan, CNMI — The Northern Marianas island of Saipan is booming as a location for same sex marriages. The Saipan Mayor's Office issued a total of 117 marriage licenses during the first six months of the year, 90 to same-sex couples. While Chinese tourists still continue to lead traveller numbers...
Apia, SAMOA — The general secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, Vavatau Taufao, says church elders will no longer respond to the government's decision to tax money gifted by church members to church ministers. The secretary's statement follows Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele...
Samoan Congregational Christian Church parishioners
Samoa's prime minister has continued his criticism of the leadership of the country's largest church, as a dispute over income tax grows increasingly heated. On July 1, a new law kicked in which requires church ministers and the head of state to pay income tax. But pastors for the Congregational...

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