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 Tonga's flagbearer Pita Taufatofua leads his country's delegation. [Photo: AFP via RNZI]
Tonga's bare-chested flagbearer for its one-man Winter Olympics team was given a warm reception by the opening ceremony crowd in sub-zero temperatures. Pita Taufatofua emerged from the tunnel covered in his trademark body oil and wearing a grass skirt, sandals and a huge smile as he led the Tongan...
Flooding in Samoa from Cyclone Gita [Samoa Observer]
Category 2 winds of 55 to 72mph brought by Cyclone Gita Saturday morning (yesterday Samoa time) have been cancelled. The cancellation came from the latest Samoa Met Office special weather bulletin issued yesterday afternoon as the nation recovered from the devastation caused by the Cyclone...
It was a busy day in Samoa for U.S. Ambassador and Gail Brown when they officially opened the doors to Safata College’s newly constructed multistory classroom block, and then onto Sataoa Primary School to celebrate the completion of renovation work. Both of these projects were the result of discussions between US Embassy Samoa and the US Government of Samoa as to how the US Embassy could assist in the aftermath of Cyclone Evan.  [photo: U.S. Embassy]
THREE SAMOA MEN IN CUSTODY ON MURDER CHARGES  Samoa police have charged three men with murder following the death of a 43-year-old man at a village east of the Faleolo International Airport last weekend. TV1 Samoa reported police as saying the victim was drinking alcohol with the three accused men...
WASHINGTON –  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced on Monday the signing of Secretarial Order #3361, expanding the functions and responsibilities of the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Doug Domenech to include the Office of International Affairs and the Ocean, Great Lakes, and...
The Chui Zai Fa No. 1, the Taiwanese longliner that went aground in American Samoa on Monday, has broken up in the surf zone off Leone Bay, Tutuila.  The Coast Guard estimates that the 88-foot fishing vessel had as much as 30,000 gallons of diesel on board at the time it went onto the reef, based...
Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi  [SN file photo]
FORMER HEAD OF STATE TO ADDRESS AUCKLAND CONFERENCE  Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi will be speaking on a panel for the first of a three-part Pacific Law, Custom & Constitutionalism Conference series at the University of Auckland, next week. In light of Samoa’s...
 Apia, the capital of Samoa. [Photo: RNZI/Koroi Hawkins]
The Samoan government is putting into practice a 25 year old law which requires newspapers and printing firms to register with the Justice Ministry. The Samoa Observer reports, CEO of the Justice Ministry, Papali'i John Taimalelagi, saying a "lapse" had been uncovered during a routine review of...
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AMERICAN SAMOA LANDFILL GETS AN EXTENSION  The American Samoa Power Authority had estimated that the territory's only landfill would be full in two years. but they have found a way to extend its life.An era of ocean voyaging in Samoa has ended with the Samoa Shipping Corporation putting the Lady...
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Real Tonga Airlines is preparing to start direct flights between Tonga and Samoa this month. The airline's owner Tevita Palu said it will fly its SAAB 340 which seats thirty passengers from Tongatapu to Faleolo Airport outside Apia, via Vavau, in Tonga's northern island group. Real Tonga Airlines...
Kava bowl and kava [Photo: RNZ / Daniela Maoate-Cox]
The government of Samoa is looking to revive what used to be a $US7.8 million export market for kava. Kava was a significant export commodity until a ban imposed by European countries in 2001 caused many farmers to quit the industry. Consequently when the ban was lifted in 2015, demand could not be...

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