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Okeanos Marianas, a 15 metre, double-hulled Polynesian canoe built in New Zealand, completed its delivery voyage to Saipan in the Northern Marianas this week. Built at a cost of over $US500,000 by Okeanos Sustainable Sea Transport Ltd, the vessel is being eyed for commercial transport between...
Workers in Otara's town centre are expecting more violence on the streets tonight. Last night six people were arrested, after 200 Samoan and Tongan rugby league supporters clashed in a carpark in Otara. Businesses that border the carpark here say they will probably close early today. They say staff...
The newly introduced income tax on Samoan church ministers and pastors continues to cause ripples in Samoa. The mayor of the Savai'i village of Fagasa, Fa'itau Tuitama'i, told the Samoa Observer the government had misled the public over the tax. The mayor said they were told only 'alofa' or members...
Samoa's Ministry of Health says there is an outbreak of dengue fever type two in the country and people need to be vigilant. The ministry's chief executive, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, said the public shouldn't panic but must take immediate action to eliminate mosquito-breeding places. He said while...
When Tulsi Gabbard arrived at Lihue Airport, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, she was greeted with a lei made of vibrant plumeria flowers, a small bottle of coconut water, a bagful of mangoes, and a profusion of alerts on her phone. It was Memorial Day, and Gabbard had agreed to speak at a ceremony...
At the reception to acknowledge the arrival of the Tui-Samoa Cable to the country, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi served notice to the ICT service providers in the country. He challenged the ICT service providers to prioritize affordable retail broadband internet for the...
‘Flame’ the black Labrador arrived in her new home Samoa on October 18th and has this week begun her new role as a Pacific Detector Dog. The Pacific Detector Dog Programme (PDDP), managed by the Police Dog Section and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has been running for 10...
Virgin Australia has made press statements regarding the decision of the Samoa Government to decline an Auckland - Apia air service under the operating licenses sought by Virgin Australia International (VAI). This decision should not have come as a surprise to VAI, as the previous license was...
A priest shouted "f... Trump" at a Peace Corps celebration party in Samoa after being rudely "shushed" by United States Ambassador Scott Brown, an attendee claims. The clash is alleged to have occurred at the July event that sparked a State Department investigation, to which Brown referred as a "...
A Tongan-born artist who has won this year's contemporary Pacific artist award in New Zealand says he almost gave up his passion for art. Kalisolaite 'Uhila said he felt humbled and overwhelmed at the award for an art project on homelessness. He produced it after spending three months living on...

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