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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Building your own home is a dream come true for most families – especially when you've saved up and worked hard to afford to do so. But for one Samoan family, who chose not to reveal their surname, their hopes of dream home renovation has turned to devastation. In 2017,...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Passengers aboard a flight to Samoa have been returned to Auckland after the plane developed engineering issues. Flight NZ992 departed from Auckland at 3.40pm today and was expected in Apia about 8pm, but returned to Auckland International Airport. A spokeswoman for the...
Opulicious Poke location [Facebook]
Las Vegas, NEVADA — Fans of Hawaiian plate lunches and Samoan specialties have a new destination in southeast Vegas to sample ono “island favorites.” Right on schedule, Opulicious Poke has slotted into the 1,350-square-foot former home of Shoku Ramen-ya at the Windmill Lane Plaza, close to the...
President of J.A.W.S. Rudy Bartley
Apia, SAMOA — The President of the Journalists Association of (Western) (J.A.W.S.) Samoa, Rudy Bartley, called on the Government to dump its proposal to criminalize the leaking of Government documents with punishments of up to seven years' jail.  Mr. Bartley said the Association is concerned by the...
Siasau Matagiese in restaurant
Honolulu, HAWAII — Part Hawaiian, part Samoan, Siasau Matagiese learned to swim before he could walk. Growing up in Kauai, his dad—having learned from his own father—would take him spear-fishing every day, catching species like kalas (bluespine unicorn fish) and small uluas (trevally) for dinner....
Map of smuggling routes
Brisbane, AUSTRALIA — For thousands of Australians, the sun-drenched Pacific Islands represent the perfect getaway.   Fiji, Tonga and Samoa are just a short flight from Australia's major eastern cities, and the laidback island resorts cater to all budgets.   On the other side of the Pacific...
Police tape sealing off the area at the Mulifanua wharf,
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa police are reviewing video evidence as they seek to determine the circumstances that led to the body of dead newborn baby girl being dumped next to a trash bin at the Mulifanua wharf on Saturday morning.  “We are investigating this matter," said the Commissioner of Police,...
Apia, SAMOA — Local government officials have no knowledge of a Samoan woman reported to have given birth in a rest room and dumped her new born baby in a trash bin in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The story was reported by the Sun Daily online media in Kuala Lumpur dated Tuesday 3 September. The Acting...
The Central Police Station in Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A suspended Tongan police officer is among seven people arrested in Nuku'alofa on drugs charges. Police said one woman and six men were arrested on Tuesday and 20.85 grams of methamphetamine were seized along with two grams of cocaine and drug utensils. The arrests, in two...
 Police investigators in the Nausori Highlands
Suva, FIJI — Fiji's so-called 'miracle baby', found 10 days ago crawling at the top of a cliff near five dead family members, has now been discharged from Lautoka Hospital. Fiji Times journalist Felix Chaudhary said the baby, who survived in the open for at least a day, was recovering well. However...

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