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  Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. [Samoa Observer]
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi led a group of Cabinet Ministers that visited some of the villages that were badly affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita last week Friday and Saturday. This is one of the four tours that will be conducted by the Ministers this week. This is also part of...
Taufatofua completed five races during qualifying and was confident of producing his best performance in Korea.[RNZI]
PITA TAUFATOFUA CONFIDENT IN PYEONGCHANG  Tonga's Pita Taufatofua will make his Winter Olympics debut later today in Pyeongchang. The 34-year-old, who represented Tonga in taekwondo at the 2016 Summer Olympics, will compete in the men's 15km freestyle event, little over a year after attempting...
One of many homes destroyed by Cyclone Gita in Tonga  [Photo: Ke Leka / RNZI]
CYCLONE GITA: EMERGENCY SHELTERS REACH TONGAN VILLAGES Tonga's disaster authorities say good progress is being made getting emergency shelter out to the remote villages lashed by Cyclone Gita. Over 1000 homes were damaged or destroyed when the category 4 cyclone hit Tonga's main island of Tongatapu...
 view of the eye of TC #Gita as it passes by to the south of Fiji. sourced from Himawari-8 at http://himawari8.nict.go.jp . For our info on Gita go to http://bit.ly/TropicalCycloneInfo {NZ Met Service]
A community leader on the Fiji island of Ono-i-lau says the damaging winds from yesterday's cyclone Gita were the most frightening and dangerous on living memory on the island. Ono-i-Lau and Vatoa, in the Southern Lau island group between Fiji's main islands and Tonga suffered from gales, heavy...
Cyclone destroys Parliament House, homes on Tonga, Fiji next [photo: AP]
Habitat for Humanity, a not-for profit organisation focused on shelter, is preparing a response to Tropical Cyclone Gita, which struck Tonga as a Category 4 storm overnight after passing through Samoa. Habitat for Humanity NZ CEO Claire Szabó said the low lying topography of Tonga's main island...
Memories: Mailo Ben Vai (second from left) with Fiji and other artists. (See video at bottom of page.)  [photo: Samoa Observer]
Tributes are flowing in from around the world on social media at the news that the man dubbed the king of reggae in Samoa, Mailo Ben Vai, has passed away. His death was announced by the “We are Samoa Facebook page.” “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of beloved Samoan musician...
In Hawkes Bay last week, Minister of Labor Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell (atop the ladder) with government officials during their weeklong visit to Mr Apple.  [Courtesy photo]
POWER TO BE FULLY RESTORED BY SATURDAY IN SAMOA  By Monday morning, the Electric Power Corporation, (EPC) had restored 98% of the high voltage distribution line around Upolu almost 48 hours after Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated the Samoan group. And by Tuesday morning, EPC should have the high...
 Red Cross staff checking on people flooded out in Samoa. [Photo: Twitter @IFRCAsiaPacific]
Families in Samoa who have had their houses severely affected by the flash floods says building materials is a huge demand post Cyclone Gita. More than 200 people needed emergency shelter. RNZ Pacific's correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, noticed most businesses have returned back...
Tonga shoreline as Gita approached yesterday. [NZ High Commission website]
Thousands of people hunkered down in Tonga are being badly battered by Tropical Cyclone Gita. Fiji's Met Service said the category four storm was very close to being upgraded to the highest category, five. It has already washed out building and equipment of Tonga's met office, and Fiji weather...
Prime Minster Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi  [SN file photo]
Prime Minster Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has downplayed a mass prison break plot, which the Police foiled on Friday, as Cyclone Gita was speeding towards Samoa. While the nation was being warned to prepare for the cyclone, some 90 Police officers were called to Tafa’igata Prison to calm the...

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