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International arrivals line at NZ airport
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Pacific islanders are being encouraged by Immigration New Zealand to register for this year's ballot under the Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category. The ballot, open to citizens of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati and Tuvalu takes place between 1 and 30 April. Each year up...
Hans Christopher Dalton
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — An Auckland man found dead in a water drum in a Samoan prison may have been forced into it, a court has heard. Hans Christopher Dalton was found half-submerged in a 44 gallon drum in his Tafa'igata prison cell on Boxing Day in 2012. Six years later, an inquest to determine...
Apia, SAMOA — The use of Samoan plants as medicinal treatment for non-communicable diseases (NCD) could soon be scientifically proven and accepted for Samoans to use.  This was revealed in an interview with the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Lopao’o Natanielu Mua.  As part of an initiative...
Claremont Lincoln chief operating officer Dr. Joseph Sallustio.
Claremont, CALIFORNIA — Following the announcement that Argosy University is closing its campuses across the nation, online graduate school Claremont Lincoln University, based in Claremont, California, has announced it will work to accept as many Argosy University graduate students as possible....
Chick of the Sea canned tuna
San Diego, CA — Thai Union Group’s US shelf-stable operation has reached an agreement with some of its biggest customers, retailer Target and broadline distributors US Foods and Sysco, resolving lawsuits that had alleged the companies had been damaged by the canner's price-fixing. According to...
Talalelei Pauga and his legal team
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's district court has convicted Talalelei Pauga of making false declaration to his arrival card and ordered him to pay a fine of $US1200. Today's sentencing came after Pauga admitted the offence under Samoa's Immigration Act on Thursday. A police source revealed Pauga had...
Samoa Airways logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's national carrier will not go ahead with the lease of a new Boeing 737 max 9 aircraft according to the prime minister. The Cabinet has decided to look for another Boeing 737-800 to continue its service once the lease of the current 737-800 aircraft from an Italian company...
 Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilapea Sailele Malielegaoi opens the Maoto Fono buidling
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has labelled as stupid, a decision to ban the media from filming Tuesday's parliament sitting. Talamua Media reported a press release, from the Office of the Clerk, informed media all video and still cameras are prohibited inside...
Talalelei Pauga and supporters outside court in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — Talalelei Pauga, who won notoriety for throwing a pig's head at the Samoan prime minister, has pleaded guilty to an immigration offence. He had been accused of making a false declaration on a passenger arrival card when he entered the country in January. Pauga had wrongly claimed he...
 Samoa RSE workers
Apia, SAMOA — Samoans in the New Zealand seasonal workers scheme have been told if they commit adultery they will be brought home. The Minister for Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Selafi Purcell told Newsline Samoa that his intentions are serious. He said the government would not condone...

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