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Sharon Toetu with her fine mat and grandmother Telesia Televave (right) and mother Rosa Toetu
Apia, SAMOA— An 11 year old school girl of Nofoalii village, was the youngest to display the fine mat she worked on for 8 months at yesterday’s National & Exhibition of Fine Mats that kicked off the official activities to celebrate the national Mother’s Day. Sharon Toetu – a shy Year 7 student...
Peace Corps volunteers infron of Poutasi Village sign
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has sent a 13-member contingent to provide dental care in Samoa over the next two weeks. Major Philip Worthington, who is leading the NZDF contingent, said the programme, run in collaboration with Samoas Ministry …The New Zealand...
Alatise Leafa Vitale (left) with Talalelei Pauga
Apia, SAMOA — Police have arrested the man who killed the late Cabinet Minister, Luagalau Levaula Kamu for breaching his parole conditions. Alatise Leafa was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2000 for killing the late Cabinet Minister during a Human Rights Protection Party celebration in 1999. He...
Canberra, AUSTRALIA — A former Australian rugby international says anyone who believes Israel Folau has a right to publicly express his views on sexuality has no place in the sport. The Wallabies fullback Folau has been found guilty by Rugby Australia of committing a high-level breach of their code...
Sooau Vaa Brown and his wife Maylynn Brown
Apia, SAMOA —The father of a teenager in police custody at the Tafaigata prison is appealing to the Ombudsman’s Office to transfer his son from prison to the police holding cells in the Apia to await his appearance in Court. In a letter to the Ombudsman dated 3 May 2019, So’oau Va’a Brown said he...
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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — In a Facebook statement on May 2, a New Zealand church denied the accusation of collusion with a cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme to perform an illegal activity. One of two places of worship indicted, the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church (SISDAC), came out...
Samoa acting chief justice, Vui Clarence Nelson
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's acting chief justice has highlighted the need for people charged with serious crimes to be informed of their right to legal aid. Vui Clarence Nelson declared a mistrial in the case of a woman who tried to defend herself because she could not afford a lawyer. Newsline Samoa...
Father and son sitting in the courtroom
Apia, SAMOA — A nine-year-old boy was in tears when he testified in court to seeing his uncle shoot his dad on Father’s Day Sunday, 2018 at Lepea. The boy’s father is the victim in the case against Aukuso Sale, who police say, shot his relative L. Gabriel on Father’s Day last year after the victim...
Moli Kolio Su’a
Gagaifo, SAMOA — Gagaifo village in Lefaga is taking a step further in the fight against domestic violence, by also imposing a $1,000 fine on women who beat up on their husbands. The ‘fono a le nu’u’ or council of chiefs recent meeting made the decision, after it emerged that there are wives...
Samoan PM Tuilaepa Sailele receiving a textbook from Applied Scholastics ambassador Warren Meyer
Apia, SAMOA — In February last year, Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele was photographed alongside Warren Meyer, the "humanitarian ambassador" for a group called Applied Scholastics. The two were holding a textbook titled Learning How To Learn — one of 10,000 copies gifted to the small Pacific...

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