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The late Tongan prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Pacific leaders are paying tribute to the late Tongan prime minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva, who died on Thursday. The 78-year-old died in an Auckland hospital having been evacuated from Tonga on Wednesday with pneumonia. 'A beacon of democracy': RNZ's obituary for Mr Pohiva, who...
 Jose Sousa-Santos, third from left, with Papua New Guinea, Australian and New Zealand police advisors
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Police forces around the Pacific have been caught off guard by the growth of the methamphetamine trade in the region. That's the view of a specialist in transnational crime and drug trafficking in the Asia-Pacific. The deportation policies of Australia, New Zealand and the...
Police car at Tafaigata Prison gate.
Apia, SAMOA  — The Samoan woman who dumped her new born baby in a restroom rubbish bin in Kuala Lumpur, has been returned home to face charges. She was accompanied by Samoa’s Consul General in Canberra, Australia. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told Talamua that negotiations between...
Prescription bottle of Oxycodone
Washington, D.C. — A US federal agency has directed nearly $US2 million in funding to three Pacific states to fight an opioid crisis. The money is part of a $US932 million government package given to US states and territories to combat drugs. Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia and American...
Gov. Tali Peter T. Coleman with a 48-star U.S. flag
Washington, D.C. — Aumua Amata announced she is co-sponsoring the effort to protect the U.S. flag through a Constitutional amendment. “In American Samoa, we have a very high rate of military service, and we all have friends and family serving under the flag somewhere,” said Aumua Amata. “We also...
 AS-EPA deputy director William Sili and AS-EPA finance and special projects manager, Victor Tuiasosopo next to a plant with a photo of the American Samoa flag.
APIA, SAMOA —The long awaited Centre of Excellence, more formally known as the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC), was officially opened today in Apia, Samoa during the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)’s 29th Meeting of officials. The PCCC is a partnership between...
Photo of Mulifanua wharf
Apia, SAMOA — Police in Samoa are reviewing CCTV footage to try and find how a baby's body came to be dumped in a rubbish bin in Apia. The body was discovered a week ago at Mulifanua wharf, and a forensic examination of the scene has been carried out. It comes less than a month after another baby's...
Samoa Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — Siaosi Sooa of Faatoia, Samoa has been found guilty of raping his nephew’s 20 year-old wife. A panel of assessors returned with a guilty verdict after a 2 day hearing in Samoa’s Supreme Court this week. The Court heard that the offending took place in 2016 at Faatoia where the accused...
Photo of unfinished house
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Building your own home is a dream come true for most families – especially when you've saved up and worked hard to afford to do so. But for one Samoan family, who chose not to reveal their surname, their hopes of dream home renovation has turned to devastation. In 2017,...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Passengers aboard a flight to Samoa have been returned to Auckland after the plane developed engineering issues. Flight NZ992 departed from Auckland at 3.40pm today and was expected in Apia about 8pm, but returned to Auckland International Airport. A spokeswoman for the...

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