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Samoa Minister for Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt
Apia, SAMOA — A senior Cabinet Minister has expressed grave concerns about the growing presence of hard drugs in Samoa, especially methamphetamine, which is commonly referred to as “ice.” The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, is even more alarmed about how the drugs are being brought...
Ben Togiai, 30 shown in a Facebook photo with his young daughter.
Kensington, AUSTRALIA — Two Australian men have been arrested in relation to the fatal shooting of a Kiwi man outside a boxing match in Melbourne. Ben Togiai, was believed to have been caught in the "wrong place at the wrong time" when he was shot dead outside the Melbourne Pavilion in Kensington...
A set of tātatau tools and instruments
South East Queensland, AUSTRALIA — Scientists in Australia have dated a set of ancient tattoo chisels to the dawn of Polynesian culture, 2,700 years ago. The tools were found in Tonga Tapu, and the scientists say that suggests that tattooing began in Tonga and Samoa, and then spread to the rest of...
Samoa demolished Argentina in the semi-final match at the 2019 HSBC Sevens in Las Vegas. Final score: Samoa 33 - Argentina 19. They advanced to the final against USA that beat  New Zealand 24-19. [Photo by Allan Hamilton / Courtesy Barry Markowitz]
The Fagali'i Airport owned
Apia, SAMOA — The Fagali’i Airport will be handed over to the Samoa Airport Authority (S.A.A.) to operate.  It is currently owned and run by the Polynesian Airlines (Investment). But the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, said the Government has finalised the...
Joss Stone
Apia, SAMOA — A Grammy Award winning Soul sensation, Joscelyn Eve Stoker, better known by her stage name Joss Stone is expected to perform live in Samoa on March 7 for the first time. Ms. Stone is an English singer, songwriter and actress and she rose to fame in late 2003 with her multi-platinum...
The Samoan team perform the haka before taking on New Zealand in 2017.
Surrey, ENGLAND — Leading players from Tonga, Samoa and Fiji will vote on a decision to boycott the 2019 World Cup in response to World Rugby's controversial proposal to omit the Pacific Island nations from its planned 'World League' competition. In a move that could throw this year's World Cup...
Tuiloma Sina Retzlaff
Apia, SAMOA — Horrific examples of violence inflicted on Tongan women have been shared at a panel discussion in Samoa. It was part of the United Nations' Spotlight Initiative To Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls. The scary words of Ofa Kilevuka Guttenbeil Likiliki, the Director of the...
 Fishing nets for trawling.
Suva, FIJI — The Fiji government is considering banning fishing nets, particularly drift nets which are being blamed for threatening numerous marine species. Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau said the nets inadvertently entangle and kill scores of other marine animals, including endangered...
Toaipuapuagā Opapo-Ah Chong shows the signs of “stigmata”
Apia, SAMOA — The hearing of a $700,000 lawsuit brought by Reverend Opapo Soanai Oeti and his daughter, Toaipupuaga, against the Samoa Observer was held in the Supreme Court yesterday. Supreme Court Judge, Justice Mata Tuatagaloa, presided. Rev. Opapo and his daughter, who maintained she is...

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