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ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — All ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa are to meet today to discuss their next step in a tax boycott. They have been summoned by the Elders Committee to decide what action to take after the apparent failure of their boycott of a new government tax on church...
meningococcal vaccine
Apia, SAMOA  — A meningococcal alert has been issued by the Samoan government. Talamua Online reported Health Minister Tuitama Dr Talalelei Tuitama said doctors had been instructed to take notice of children with fever because it is the first symptom of the potentially deadly disease which could be...
Frozen albacore tuna
Honolulu, HAWAII — Limiting the quantity of albacore taken from the Pacific is a key focus of next week's Tuna Commission meeting, the Worldwide Fund for Nature says. The Commission, officially called the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, meets in Honolulu. The fund's tuna programme...
Pictured l-r: Miss Cook Islands, Lydia Simonis; Miss Tuvalu Emeli Pelesa Panapa; Miss Pacific Islands 2017-2018 Matau'aina Gwendolyn Toomalatai; newly crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2018-2019 Miss Papua New Guinea Leishina Mercy Kariha; Miss Tonga Kalolaine Talia Fanganitau; Miss American Samoa Magalita Philomena Johnson; and Miss Samoa Sonia Piva.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Winner of the 2018-2019 Miss Pacific Islands title is Miss Papua New Guinea (center). The official announcement was made during the second and final night of competition in the Kingdom of Tonga on Friday, Nov. 30 (Tonga Time). At 18-year-old, Leishina Mercy Kariha, was the...
Courthouse in Apia Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — The lawyer representing murder suspect Kolani Junior Lam has argued his client should be given bail as the Police only have “circumstantial evidence”. Appearing in the Supreme Court last Thursday before the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu, defense lawyer...
 Visitors use an escalator past a poster featuring the Fiji Islands on the opening day of the COP 23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, Germany
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Climate negotiators are facing an uphill battle heading into the latest United Nations climate talks in Poland next week. Pledges from countries to meet the 2015 Paris Climate target, which is to keep the global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius...
Hawaiian Airlines logo
HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA), announced it will open a technology center in the Phoenix area in the first quarter of 2019. When fully operational, the center will allow the airline to act nimbly in the rapidly changing IT space and provide...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — Allegations that an Australian tourist was raped has led to the arrest and charging of a man. This was confirmed in a statement by the Ministry of Police.  The 30-year-old tourist lodged a complaint on Wednesday against a 32-year-old male of Sinamoga. This is in connection to an...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.
Apia, SAMOA — An Australian newspaper article that reported plans by the Chinese government to fund the building of a wharf in Savai’i has shocked the Chinese Ambassador, and attracted a strong rebuttal from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. The Australian newspaper on Monday...
Miss Pacific Islands, Leoshina Mercy Kariha
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Leoshina Mercy Kariha from Papua New Guinea has been crowned 2018's Miss Pacific Islands at the Atele Indoor Stadium in Tonga. Matangi Tonga reports the 18 year old, the youngest of six finalists, was a crowd favourite. During the two day pageant Leoshina secured Best Talent,...

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