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Members of the Samoa Fa’afafine Association with Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also the Patron and father figure for SFA during Fa’afafine week in Samoa —a first time event.  [Photo: JL]
Apia, SAMOA — “Human Rights, gender equity, cultural views and HIV&AIDS Prevention” were among the issues that will be discussed during the Fa’afafine Week in Samoa, a first time event according to Samoa Fa’afafine Association (SFA) President So’oalo To’oto’oali’i Roger Stanley. Held at the...
Newly crowned Miss Pacific Islands, Anne Dunn during her interview at the pageant’s awards ceremony, who said she is looking forward to what the year has in store for her in representing not only Fiji but also the Pacific as a whole.  [Photo: JL]
Apia, Samoa — Empowering women in the Pacific is one aspect of life that newly crowned Miss Pacific Islands, Anne Dunn is passionate about and in doing so, that is one of the first projects that she’ll be working on upon returning home. Held in Tuanaimato, the 30th Miss Pacific Islands pageant saw...
A beloved Auckland-based minister has lost his battle to remain in New Zealand, despite the Samoan church claiming he's the only man fit for his job. Iosia Pati, 59, and his wife Ruta, 57, have run a Samoan methodist church in south Auckland since 2011; their lawyer said that without them, the...
ioux-Oglala Latoka Tongan artist Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford Kaho says protesters young and old have been sprayed with water cannons in temperatures which are below freezing. [Photo: AFP/ GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Scott Olson via RNZI]
Protests are ongoing against a controversial oil pipeline project in North Dakota and a Native American artist says the Pacific should take note to prevent similar projects from occurring elsewhere. The $US3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) will run 1870km through Iowa, Illinois, and North...
Tuna catch being offloaded from a longline fishing boat in Majuro Marshall Islands for export to international sashimi markets. November 18, 2014. [Photo: AFP PHOTO / Hilary HOSIA via RNZI]
There are calls for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to get tough on longliners fishing for tuna in the Pacific. The Parties to the Nauru Agreement, under which 8 island nations co-operate over the region's purse seine fisheries, said the longliner fishery in the Pacific was...
Apia, SAMOA — One of Samoa’s TV stations has partnered up with Digital to bring the much anticipated Parker fight live to Samoa on December 10, 2016. Undefeated Joseph Parker has four wins in 2016 and is now preparing for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Heavy Weight Championship held in New...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata with Tongan Prince Tungi and Prince Ethan at the world premiere of Disney’s animated movie Moana on Nov 14th in Hollywood, Calif. Moana opened to the general public Thanksgiving weekend and took first place at the box office, despite some pre-release criticism over racial stereotyping.  [courtesy photo]
Disney’s animated movie “Moana” debuted to critical acclaim and box office success over the Thanksgiving weekend, but some people in the South Pacific dislike how it depicts their culture, Associated Press reported this week. Of particular concern is the movie’s portrayal of the demigod Maui, who...
 Native American and Tongan, Juliana Brown Eyes-Kaho [Photo: RNZI / Daniela Maoate-Cox]
Members of Auckland's Pasifika and Maori community are to perform a haka in support of Native Americans protesting against the construction of a controversial pipeline. There have been protest camps on Sioux land at Standing Rock in North Dakota since April against plans to build an oil pipeline...
 Samoa’s Faleolo international airport’s newly built departure lounge has been equipped with new technology [Photo: RNZI Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]]
Samoa has completed the first phase of multimillion-dollar airport terminal building project at Faleolo international airport. The new departure lounge cost $US31.7 million to build with funding coming through a loan from China. The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said the project is...
Miss Pacific Islands Abigail Havora who will hand over her crown this Friday at the 30th Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in Samoa at Tuanaimato.  (Photo JL)
“Know your purpose in life,” was the message from Miss Pacific Islands, Abigail Havora to the eight contestants at the 30th Miss Pacific Islands Pageant. From Gabagaba, Papua New Guinea Abigail won the first Miss Pacific Island’s title after the name of the pageant was changed last year. Samoa News...

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