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A recently formed rights and activism group says local law is stripping customary land rights away from Samoan families. The Samoa Solidarity International Group said the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 alienates the rights of customary owners. The group's Faleauto Taua said a notice of...
ANZ Bank has reduced its money transfer fees from New Zealand to four more Pacific island countries. The fees for transfers to Fiji, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands and Kiribati have been lowered by 60 percent, from 18 NZ dollars to seven dollars. The ANZ's Paul Goodwin said the bank now knows how...
Samoa Attorney General Lemalu Herman Retzlaff [Samoa Observer]
There have been recent suggestions and questions asked of the Samoa Attorney General’s  office as to the supposed alienation of our customary land under freehold land legislation.  In response I respectfully pose this question: what customary land has been legally converted to freehold land and /...
Tipasa Sagote, Jr. [KITV News]
WAIPAHU, Hawaii — A skateboarder is dead after hitting a vehicle at the intersection of Waipahu Depot Road and Farrington Highway Friday afternoon. He has been identified as Tipasa Sagote, Jr., 40, of Waipahu. He was born in American Samoa, but had been living in Waipahu for over 20 years. Family...
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Samoa's Ministry of Health is rejecting a call for schools to be closed because of an outbreak of dengue fever. On Wednesday opposition MP Olo Fiti Va'ai made the call after visiting a hospital he said was crowded with children infected with the disease. The Ministry of Health's chief executive,...
Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2017 Contestants and reigning Miss Pacific Islands, Anne Dunn with Rev. Dr. Bird and his wife of Council World  Mission who officially opened the Interview presentations with a prayer. [courtesy photo]
The contestants for the 2017 Miss Pacific Islands Pageant continue to prove that the annual event is not just a beauty contest, but a testament to the pivotal role played by Pacific women within their respective communities. The ladies delivered in-depth presentations on their selected interview...
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A recent symposium in New Zealand has provided key research data into how overseas matai, or chiefs, engage with their responsibilities. AUT academic Lealiifano Albert Refiti said the way matai living outside of Samoa operated was changing. He said, for example, there was a desire to lessen the...
The team found that diabetes remission was closely linked with weight loss. (Tsuji/Istock.com via CTV)
A British study has found that type 2 diabetes could potentially be reversed through weight loss and with the long-term support of a medical professional. The initial findings come from an ongoing trial study called DiRECT (Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial), which aims to find an effective...
Miss American Samoa - Matauaina Gwendolyn To’omalatai [courtesy photo]
The 31st Miss Pacific Islands Pageant officially began last night in the friendly Islands of Fiji, with the nine beautiful contestants taking to the stage for their first night of public judging. The first appearance for the contestants was their introduction, where they came out firing with a...
Penelope Iakopo Price with her younger sister, reigning Miss Samoa Alexandra Iakopo in the background. They recently lost their father in the middle of preparations for the Miss Pacific Islands pageant — which has served to strengthen their relationship even more. [courtesy photo]
SHOCKING BREACH OF HUMAN RIGHTS  Pregnant women from Samoa with valid entry permits into American Samoa, who travelled over on MV Lady Naomi, were not allowed to disembark. Instead they were “simply asked to take a return trip of the ship” to Samoa.    The treatment surfaced during the recent inter...

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