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 A co-founder of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Ben Finney. January 2012. [Photo: Star Advertiser/ Gary Kubota via RNZI]
A co-founder of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Ben Finney, has died. An anthropologist and pioneer in the reconstruction and sailing of Polynesian voyaging canoes, Mr Finney had first dreamed of building a canoe and sailing it to Tahiti while a student at the University of Hawai'i in 1958. He...
REVIEW ON ABUSE OF POWER BY MATAI COMPLETED The Samoa Law Reform Commission Annual report indicates that a discussion paper on ‘Pule a le Matai Sa’o’ has been completed.  The move came after the Term of Reference from Prime Minister to SLRC on 28 April 2015 “to consider legislative measures to...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. [SN file photo]
It’s confirmed. Samoa has submitted a bid to host the 2019 Pacific Games. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who was in New Zealand for the weekend, said Samoa must move quickly and he has instructed the relevant authorities to act. Samoa’s bid follows Tonga’s decision to withdraw as...
Tonga has launched a "Let Girls be Girls!" campaign aimed to stop child marriage in the Kingdom. The campaign seeks to repeal Tonga's law on marriage and lift the legal age to 18-years and over. Currently the law allows children from the ages of 15-17 to marry with parental consent. Matangi Tonga...
  FOUND GUILTY AND WAITING FOR SENTENCE: Zhong Shuiming and Yang Quigreen. (Photo: Samoa Observer / File)
  Two Chinese men convicted of stealing money to the tune of $70,000 from A.T.Ms belonging to the Bank of South Pacific have been found guilty. Zhong Shuiming and Yang Quigreen have been remanded in custody of Police to await sentencing on 9 June 2017.  The men were represented by lawyer, Alex Su...
Interior of the new church temple. [Photo: Tipi Autagavaia / RNZI]
The general secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa agrees the newly dedicated $US8.5 million dollar Jubilee church is expensive, but he says it's want the people wanted. Reverend Vavatau Taufao said it was the decision of the General Assembly which included members of the church...
Kai Pasifika restaurant features Pua’a Samoa, roast pork with koko Samoa  [Photo: Kai Pasifika]
Treasured Pacific dishes, which have been locked up by Pacific families for generations are being introduced to diners in Auckland. The recently opened Kai Pasifika restaurant is the first Pacific cuisine restaurant to be established in New Zealand. While it aims to celebrate traditional Pacific...
Viewers at the Women's Work exhibit. [courtesy photo via RNZI]
A new art exhibition in Whangarei featuring Pacific artists is pushing the boundaries about the notion of women's work in everyday society. Pacific artists are among 15 artists exhibiting at Women's Work, including Sulieti Fieme'a Burrows, Juliana Browneyes-Clifford, Emily Mafile'o, Karlo Mila,...
T.B. CASES IN SAMOA HAVE DOUBLED SINCE 2011 The number of Tuberculosis (T.B.) cases in Samoa has doubled since 2011. And although the annual number of new T.B. cases remains “relatively low” compared to the estimated population, the identification and diagnosis of T.B. is poor and screening (...
The 7 cadets of Wentworth Military Academy from American Samoa who graduated last Saturday. It was the school’s final graduation, school officials announced last month they were shutting own after 137 years of service. Congratulations soldiers and best wishes on your next success!  [photo courtesy]
Last weekend seven of our American Samoan cadets graduated from one of the well-known military academy in the states — Wentworth Military Academy. Sadly, they are in the last class to graduate from this school, which has been around for 137 years. Last month officials announced that Wentworth was...

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