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Samoa is to use the international 911 emergency call number, replacing the three different emergency call numbers currently in use - 994, 995 and 996. The purpose of the change is to eliminate confusion around the appropriate number to call the police, fire and hospital emergency services. The...
Eruptions, elections, rugby, disaster, music and culture. 2017 has been a year that hasn't been lacking in news for the Pacific, and RNZ Pacific's been across much of it. Our reporters have traveled to the sandy beaches of Rarotonga, the rocky outcrop of Niue, the Papua New Guinea bush, trekked...
GIVING WASHINGTON STATE A ‘TASTE OF SAMOA’ — Washingtonians know that people are attracted to their majestic state from all over the world, but particularly from the islands sprinkled throughout the Pacific Ocean. Citizens of Taiwan and the Philippines, and residents of the islands of American...
PRISON BREAK: FOUR PRISONERS ESCAPE FROM TAFA’IGATA — A man convicted of tying up a male while raping his wife at knife point had escaped from Tafa’igata Prison. The good news is that Lauititi Tualima has been recaptured. But he was among four prisoners who escaped from Tafaigata this morning,...
Port-Vila, Vanuatu – The 10th Pacific Mini Games was held in Vanuatu from 4- 15 December, bringing together thousands of athletes and visitors from across the region. While the public focus was on the incredible performances on the field, behind the scenes a team of trained public health...
SAMOA PARLIAMENT VOTES TO BRING BACK LIBEL LAW  Samoa's Parliament has unanimously voted to restore a criminal libel law that had been repealed four years ago. The justice minister, Fa'aolesa Katopau Ainu'u, told parliament the government's objective was to protect innocent members of the public....
CHRISTCHURCH MAN STUNNED AFTER TRADIE CALLS HIM THE N-WORD — A Christchurch man says he's "deeply disappointed" rather than angry after a tradesman called him a n***** and made gorilla noises at him. Peter Retimanu, 53, is a New Zealand-born Samoan who lives in Shirley in Christchurch. This morning...
Catching a taxi in Samoa, especially late at night if you’re a female, often has its unsavory moments.  What should be a simple paid ride to your destination, can often be an ordeal for the female passenger, particularly if they are alone. Many women find themselves having to fend off verbal...
There are questions over how the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission plans to support observers in its range of new sustainability measures. The Commission has announced the adoption of a new tropical tuna bridging measure and a number of conservation rules for fishing vessels. But...
Samoa's former deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo, has had a conviction against him quashed by the Court following an appeal. This week Justice Mata Tuatagaloa of the Supreme Court allowed the appeal and ordered the conviction quashed which put an end to a longstanding matter which...

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