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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...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The speaker of Samoa's parliament has denied a motion for a minute's silence in honour of the victims of the Christchurch attacks. The member for Aleipata-itupa-i-lalo, Tafua Maluelue Tafua, called for a minute's silence during Tuesday's session alongside the prime minister's speech...
New Samoa Parliament building
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's national media organization has spoken out against new rules banning outside cameras from recording parliament. The Legislative Office informed local media of the new protocols before parliament resumed today. It said the media could have access to video and photos of the...
Performers at an earlier Pasifica Festival
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Auckland’s Pasifika Festival has been cancelled following the terror attack in Christchurch last Friday. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s general manager Steve Armitage decided to cancel the event this weekend so that police could prioritise their...
Tuvalu dancers
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The organizers of one of the largest Pacific cultural festivals, Pasifika, have confirmed it will go ahead this weekend. Stall-holders had feared the Auckland-based event would close over safety concerns following the Christchurch terrorist attack. In a statement this...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says World Rugby's proposed Nations Championship is a tournament for the rugby's rich elite. The governing body wants a 12 team global championship to start in 2022, that would feature teams from the Six Nations and Rugby...
nNw Samoa Parliament building
Apia, SAMOA — Two former Speakers of Samoa have marvelled at the country's new parliament building which opened this week at the traditional Tiafau malae in Apia. Like Australia’s own Parliament House, Samoa’s Maoto Fono will be a beacon of democracy. I joined the Chief Justice, Deputy Chair of...

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