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graphic saying apply for NZ visas online
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — From 4 July 2018, visa labels will no longer be issued in passports by Immigration New Zealand (INZ).  All applicants of approved visas will be issued with an electronic visa (eVisa) An eVisa approval letter includes all visa details and conditions.  A copy will be printed...
Apia, SAMOA — The Government will seize church ministers’ personal assets prior to taking them to Court if they continue to defy the new tax law.  The warning comes from the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, during an interview with Samoa Observer on the taxing of the alofa (offering)...
INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL GATE AT AIRORT
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand Immigration has today published results of its Samoan quota ballot, following a record number of registrations. Those whose numbers have been picked are now eligible to go through the process of applying for residency. But one of the ongoing challenges for many...
Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Taiopo Faumuina
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s population did not increase in the last five years and is less than 200,000. This was revealed in the final phase of the census 2016 brief reports released recently by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics, which had statistics on the country’s education and economic characteristics...
screen shot of firearms being destroyed
Apia, SAMOA — Police in Samoa have been filmed destroying almost 300 confiscated firearms by crushing them with a road roller. The video, taken by Samoa Planet this morning, shows the roller moving slowly over the long line of 285 guns.
 Earlier, Commissioner Fuiavailiili Egon Keil invited media to...
 Samoa's Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil
Apia, SAMOA — A gun used as evidence in a Samoan Police case, that was stolen from a lock up more than six years ago has resurfaced. Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil has confirmed that the gun was discovered during investigations into a different matter, but he did not say where it...
Bitcoin displayed in front of a price chart on the website of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase earlier this year.
Apia, SAMOA — Cabinet is not asleep at the wheel.  In fact, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has reassured that if “Samoa’s boat sinks,” as the “Captain of the boat,” he will be the first one to know. The Prime Minister made the point in Parliament last week when he was responding...
Cruise ship docked
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's capital has a newly upgraded port facility at Matautu. The US$30-million project to improve safety and efficiency at Apia's main port has taken two years and was opened this week by the Japanese ambassador to Samoa, Shinya Aioki. The Samoa Observer reports that the project is...
Arrival area, New Zealand airport
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Immigration New Zealand (INZ) assistant general manager Jeannie Melville says a record 16,500 registrations were received this year for the Samoan Quota, with only 1,100 places available for Samoan nationals.
 Those who are successful in being drawn from the ballot will be...
Congregational Christian Church parishioners
Apia, SAMOA — The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa says their defiant stance against the government's taxing of ministers won't change in the near future. The church has responded to a letter from the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi telling them the law will stand by saying if "...

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