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Samoa Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — Two men have appeared in the Samoan Supreme Court on a joint charge of conspiring to murder relating to the alleged plot against the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. The pair, Malele Atofu Paulo also known as King Faipopo and Lema'i Faioso Sione, who is a teacher, did...
Lani Wendt Young
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Lani Wendt Young is one of New Zealand's most successful writers - and like many popular figures, she's been the victim of serious online abuse. The Samoan-Maori author has written 11 books, including the bestselling young adult series, Telesā.  Out of any Pasifika author...
Zita Martel captaining her longboat inside the reef in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The popular fautasi or traditional longboat racing is being revived for the Teuila Festival next year, but crews must take competition seriously.  No more token entries to make up the numbers and arriving at the finishing line in comfort to collect on the prize money for taking part....
 A screenshot from a video explaining early European exploration of the Pacific documented māhū (gender diversity) in Tahiti and Hawaii.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Over the past few years, there has been greater recognition of gender diversity in mainstream Western popular culture. From shows such as Ru Paul's Drag Race or Pose, to the prominence of trans figures such Hawaiian-American writer Janet Mock, talk of gender diversity has...
The General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church, Reverend Vavatau Taufao and the CEO of the Ministry of Revenue, and Matafeo Avalisa Fautuaalii
Apia, SAMOA — The minsters of the Congregational Christian church who had tax evasion charges withdrawn in court this week, expect to face similar charges to be filed against them soon. The CEO of the Ministry of Revenue confirmed in a media release last night that the Court was advised of future...
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San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — Renato Curto, the long-time CEO of Tri Marine, could wind up testifying at the trial of Chris Lischewski about an email he sent in 2012 which, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) alleges, implicates the long-time Bumble Bee Foods top executive in price-fixing canned tuna...
Samoan PM, Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi is continuing his campaign to reduce the cost of traditional gift giving at official events. At his weekly media conference, Tuila'epa announced that cartons of canned mackerel and corned beef had been reduced in size, meaning a...
Samoa Courthouse
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Revenue in Samoa has withdrawn tax charges against a further 19 ministers from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa. The ministers appeared in the District Court this week with the church General Secretary Vavatau Taufao confirming the withdrawals. In July a...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — There are fresh warnings in Auckland today after a passenger on a flight from Samoa to Auckland tested positive for measles. Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) says the passenger wasn't aware they had measles at the time of travelling and went into isolation...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — A police constable in Samoa, Lefiu Aiga Fono, has appeared in court on charges of murder and manslaughter following the death of man in a stone throwing incident at Faleasi'u village early this year. Another man, who is a relative of the accused, has also been charged. The policeman...

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