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RULES CHANGED FOR MISS SAMOA PAGEANT The rules have changed. The Miss Samoa Pageant is now open to any female of Samoan descent. Chairperson of Samoa Events Incorporated (S.E.I), Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa confirmed the change.  “This year the government has instructed S.E.I. that part of the...
The University of Hawaii is one of 22 colleges and universities to receive funding under the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) 2017 University Center Economic Development Program Competition. The grant to UH’s Pacific Business Center Program (PBCP) at Manoa was announced by U.S....
Dwayne Johnson, the former WWE superstar known as “The Rock" [photo Quartz Media]
Dwayne Johnson, the former WWE superstar known as “The Rock,” should run for president of the United States of America. No, really. A few years ago, no one would have guessed a reality-TV tabloid star like The Donald could become the ruler of the free world. So why not professional wrestler The...
American Samoa's Fuao III prior to the 2017 Flag Day races. [SN file photo]
CANCELLATION COULD SPELL SLOW DEATH OF FAUTASI RACING The decision to cancel one of the main attractions of the Teuila Festival, the Fautasi Regatta, has attracted strong criticism from interested sectors of the community.   The lack of interest from participating fautasi crews has forced the...
 The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Secretary-General, Dame Meg Taylor. [Photo: RNZI]
The secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum says Pacific countries need to realise they make up an ocean continent. Speaking ahead of the 48th Pacific leaders meeting in Samoa next week, Dame Meg Taylor said island countries needed to be more aware of their collective size and strength and...
 'Akilisi Pohiva [Photo: RNZ/Koro Vaka'uta]
The interim Prime Minister of Tonga, 'Akilisi Pohiva, has welcomed the reasons given for the Kings decision to dissolve parliament and to call an early election King Tupou VI made the decision last week without giving reasons after the Speaker of the House, Lord Tu'ivakano, approached him with...
Jane Stevens, who lost her son to suicide, says the latest suicide statistics show the system is failing.  [Photo: Supplied to RNZ]
A mother who lost a child to suicide is calling for urgent change after it was revealed more than 600 New Zealanders took their own lives in the year to June. Figures released today by Chief Coroner Deborah Marshall show the highest annual number of suicide deaths since the statistics were first...
 The speaker of Tonga's Parliament Lord Tuʻivakanō. [Photo: RNZ/Daniela Maoate-Cox]
The speaker of Tonga's parliament says he had to ask the King to dissolve parliament as the government was working to concentrate power within cabinet. Lord Tu'ivakano approached King Tupou last week, who called a snap election. In a four page statement, Lord Tu'ivakano said he had been concerned...
The director general of the Forum Fisheries Agency has called for continued unity in managing the Pacific's tuna industry. ames Movick's call follows some countries in the region questioning future management of the fishery given the inclusion of French Pacific territories in the Pacific Islands...
A rare skink thought to be extinct in Niue has been found again, alive and well on the island. Called the Olive Tree skink, the reptile is endemic to Niue and American Samoa.  [Photo: 123rf via RNZI]
REPORT OWNS UP TO EXISTENCE OF SAMOA’S SEX WORKERS The Ministry of Health has made it a priority to educate and counsel “commercial sex workers” despite the government downplaying their existence. The decision is revealed in a 98-page National HIV, AIDS, and STI Policy 2017-2022 report obtained by...

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