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Not long after World War II, US poultry firms began dumping turkey tails, along with chicken backs, into markets in Samoa. By 2007, the average Samoan was consuming more than 44 pounds of turkey tails every year. [photo: Mark Turnauckas]
More than one livestock producer has told me that current food policy “maximizes assholes per acre.” I appreciate this off-color phrase as it emphasizes what ought to be obvious: that livestock intensification maximizes all elements of animal production, even those for which there may be no market...
Hesitation by the United States is threatening American Samoa's involvement in a new undersea fibre optic cable with Samoa. Samoa's prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, had invited American Samoa to join on to the Tui Samoa cable, which will be launched later this year. But American Samoa...
 Contractors work on the Te Mato Vai water project in Rarotonga, Cook Islands [Photo: Phillipa Webb / Cook Islands News]
The Pacific is likely to see more teamwork involving China such as the Chinese-New Zealand partnership to pipe water around Rarotonga. An expert on China's foreign aid programme, Denghua Zhang, said the Te Mato Vai project in the Cook Islands was helping China learn about aid delivery and...
Alosio Taimo faces dozens charges of sex offending against young boys, and will go on trial in February 2018. [photo: JAMES IRELAND/FAIRFAX NZ]
A school rugby coach will go on trial in Auckland next year for dozens of charges of sexual abuse against young boys. Alosio Taimo, a long-time school volunteer and member of the Samoan church community, pleaded not guilty to all charges during an appearance at the High Court on Wednesday. Justice...
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has shared with the federal government their concerns on the impact of Pacific fisheries with a proposed amendment to the federal Billfish Conservation Act (BCA). The proposed amendment, through federal legislation, was introduced last month...
 NZ is funding Samoa's dog control program.  [Photo: supplied]
Samoa has a new facility to shelter and train stray dogs. The shelter, at Tafaigata, is the first of its kind for Samoa and replaces a temporary shelter at Vaitele that was established in June 2014. It was opened by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, last week. Our correspondent,...
Fekita ‘Utoikamanu of Tonga has been appointed the United Nations High Representative for the Least Developed Countries.  [courtesy photo]
Noumea, NEW CALEDONIA — The Pacific Community (SPC) offers its congratulations on the appointment of the Kingdom of Tonga’s Fekita ‘Utoikamanu to the esteemed position of United Nations High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island...
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ANN ARBOR. Michigan — A survey of two groups of Pacific Islanders draws comparisons between the health of two populations of Pacific Islanders residing in California, revealing they lag behind the state in several key areas of health. Led by Sela Panapasa, a scientist in the University of Michigan...
HAPPY EASTER SAMOA: Tupetoa Ronji and Bena Tanielu are happy to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world – including some of the most dangerous places for Christians. (Photo: Misiona Simo)
As Samoa pauses today to remember the suffering of Jesus Christ the Saviour, two passionate Samoan Christians whose mission is to tell the world about that love, will join them in thanksgiving. This Good Friday, Tupetoa Ronji and Rebena Tanielu, will join their families in Samoa for a time of...
American Samoa is again back in federal court, this time at the federal appeals level over a lower court’s decision last year dismissing a voting right lawsuit, which sought to give former residents of Illinois, who are active military personnel residing in Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin...

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