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Hagåtña, GUAM — Guam has passed a law legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed off on bill 32 on Thursday, after it narrowly passed a vote in the legislature. Adults 21 years and older can own up to three mature cannabis plants and possess up to 1 ounce of the...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Airways says its newly leased plane is now in Apia and will begin flying on Saturday 6 April. The airline said the Boeing 737-800NG aircraft has been leased from Malindo Air which is owned by the Indonesian Lion Air Group and based in Malaysia. It has now gained regulatory...
Samoa Tuna Processors plant
UNDERCURRENT NEWS — Italy’s Bolton Group International is set to take full control of US-based processor and trader Tri Marine, formally creating an integrated tuna business with turnover of over $2.5 billion, multiple sources in the sector told Undercurrent News. A deal between Bolton and Tri...
Short list of finalists for 2019 Pacific Music Awards
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The finalists for the 2019 Pacific Music Awards have just been announced and confirm a strong year for Pasifika hip hop, and growth across a range of music genres and cultures. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Pacific Music Awards in Aotearoa, after starting off...
(L-R) Daedae Tekorongo-Waka, Amberley Aumua, Serval Fandango, Joshua Iosefa, Gloriana Meyers, and Zandra Ah Jay-Maepu.
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Six artists from a variety of disciplines have been invited into this year's Creative New Zealand Pasifika Internships Program. The director of Tautai, the organization which runs the Creative New Zealand funded program, Courtney Sina Meredith said the situation was unique...
Samoa EPC logo
Apia, SAMOA — The Electric Power Corporation said the death of one of its employees last Wednesday, Tevita Amituana’i was by electrocution when he accidentally slipped. In a press statement, EPC said the deceased was part of the 5 linesmen team including a Supervisor that attended the upgrade works...
Samoa's Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Service is keeping its options open about arming its patrol boat which is to monitor illegal fishing. The service will take delivery of a new state-of-the-art patrol boat, Nafanua II, in September and the Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil wants to keep an eye...
Aniseko Vaelei
Apia, SAMOA — One of two inmates in Samoa, who escaped from Tafaigata prison for more than a month, has admitted to burglary, theft and robbing a shop at Moamoa village while armed with a machete. The prisoner, Aniseko Vaelei, was handcuffed when he appeared before the chief justice on Monday. He...
Samoa Airlines plane on the tarmac
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Airways is cancelling some flights to Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney in the wake of the global 737 Max grounding. The airline had been leasing an older generation 737 from Europe to perform its flights - but the lease has expired. Samoa Airways was due to lease a new 737 Max 9 in...
generic hospital hallway
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — There are calls for the New Zealand government to uphold Treaty of Waitangi responsibilities and end racism within the health system that is contributing to shorter lives for Māori and Pacific people. Medical researchers have found around half of Māori and Pacific deaths...

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