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With the New Zealand election being held this weekend political parties have outlined their Pacific-related policies. The major parties are focusing on education, immigration and the relationships with Pacific governments. National's spokesperson for Pacific People's Alfred Ngaro says he is proud...
Fifty-two-year-old Elizabeth Papu has been convicted of stealing $NZ1.6 million dollars from her church to fund her gambling habit.  [photo: 123RF]
THEFT FROM SAMOA CHURCH IN AUCKLAND FUNDED GAMBLING HABIT An employee of the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church in Auckland, who had been convicted of theft, has been jailed for two years and nine months. Fifty-two-year-old Elizabeth Papu had admitted to two charges of 'theft by...
Members of the Commission of Inquiry into family domestic violence in Samoa.  [RNZ Pacific/ Tipi Autagavaia Tipi]
EVIDENCE DISAPPEARS IN POLICE OFFICER TRIAL A gun being used as evidence in the trial of a police officer facing firearm charges in Samoa has disappeared from court. The Observer says the deputy registrar of the court reported the gun missing to police on Monday. The chief executive of the...
 Aucklander Anna Firdousi had to fly home from Samoa to Auckland via Sydney. [Photo/Supplied]
Passengers caught up in Sunday's fuel crisis have described hours-long delays, cancellations and flight switches in their struggle to get to their destinations. Auckland woman Anna Firdousi was among passengers affected over the weekend after a fuel pipeline burst leaving Auckland Airport with only...
Artist Lureen Cascara helps Koa Kaeka Baptista, 9, with his painting while Michelle Florido helps her son Tristan, 3, and Corinne Ebias, 9, with their painting during the Aloha Festival at the Napa Valley Expo on Saturday. [Maria Sestet, Napa Valley Register]
For some, the Napa Valley Aloha Festival is just a fun thing to do over the weekend, but for others, attendance is almost mandatory. “It’s the experience of home,” said Song Pisimata. “To me, it’s like a big family reunion.” Pisimata lives in Concord now, but he grew up in American Samoa....
Thai Union Group, the owner of the Chicken of the Sea US shelf stable seafood brand, confirmed it’s US division is the whistleblower in the probe of price fixing in the tuna sector from the country’s Department of Justice (DOJ). In a Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) notice, Thai Union said it would...
JAILED: Taseni Tarzan Savea. [Samoa Observer]
A man found guilty of raping his girlfriend’s younger sister has been jailed for four years and eight months. The name of the victim and details that could lead to her identification have been suppressed by Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren. Fatumanavaupolu Ofisa Tagaloa appeared on behalf of...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sa’ilele Malielegaoi  [SN file photo]
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is not overly concerned about being ruthlessly attacked online. With Samoa embracing the age of fast internet technology, he knows the transition will bring many benefits, as well as many challenges.  Such challenges include anonymous online bloggers...
Pastor of the Everlasting Gospel Church in Flaxmere, Faaofo Fomai as he drives from Hastings District Court. Fomai and his church each face four charges in a case involving a man that claims the minister treated him like a 'slave'. See Pacific Briefs for details.  [Photo: John Cowpland/ Stuff NZ]
AMATA RELEASES STATEMENT ON STARKIST Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 - Congresswoman Aumua Amata released a statement on the news that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced an agreement with StarKist Co. and its...
McDonald’s Miss Samoa contestants with members of Samoa Events Incorporated, that hosted the pageant.  [Samoa Observer]
A large crowd gathered at Tuanaimato to witness the crowning of Alexandra Iakopo as the new Miss Samoa. The 23-year-old from Sapapali’i, Fusi Safotulafai and Moamoa overcame the challenge from eight other contestants to walk away with the title. Ms. Iakopo is the second youngest in a family of...

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