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Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 is Yazaki's last day of operation in Samoa, Its departure puts 700 people out of work. However there are at least two private manufacturing companies getting ready to set up for business in Samoa, which could take on many of the Yazaki out of work people.  (Photo: RNZI/ Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia)
AMATA WELCOMES SIGNING OF VETERANS APPEALS IMPROVEMENT ACT Washington, D.C. – Thursday, August 24, 2017 — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, who serves on the Veterans Affairs Committee, welcomed the signing into law of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2288), which she...
VAB Designz is the brain child of Samoan fashion designer Dee Tuitama. [photo: RNZI]
The Pacific Fusion Fashion show (PFFS) is the first event of its kind to be held in Otara's town centre. South Auckland's culture capital venue stages this year's event, to a backdrop of traditional Pacific clothing stores that surround the complex. Eleven emerging Pacific and Maori fashion...
First Union members - and a giant Easter bunny - picket Auckland councilors before their meeting on Easter Sunday trading.  [Photo: RNZ / Anusha Bradley]
AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES MINISTER RESIGNS FROM CABINET Samoa's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi has tendered his resignation to Cabinet to await the outcome of a charge of deception, which he is facing. At a press conference yesterday afternoon (Samoa...
A breathable wrap that keeps avocado green for four days, rather than it browning straight away was an idea that may have languished, were it not for the intervention of fund helping women entrepreneurs grow their start-ups. [RNZI]
A breathable wrap that keeps avocado green for four days, rather than it browning straight away was an idea that may have languished, were it not for the intervention of fund helping women entrepreneurs grow their start-ups. Established by Toronto-based Vicki Salmon, SheEO venture capital fund uses...
Reg and Carolyne Schwenke, Samoan owners of an Australian company offering two "world firsts".   [photo: courtesy]
Rukutai International Pty Ltd., a Queensland-based China product sourcing company owned by Samoans Carolyne and Reg Schwenke, has just announced two new “world firsts” on its new web site – www.Rukutai.com.au In an exclusive partnership with one of the world’s largest China-based product sourcing...
(L-R) SEI President Laeimau and colleagues in the center receiving the $10,000 corporate sponsorship from SSAB Owner Fiti Leung Wai. [Courtesy photo]
JAWS BACKS END OF POLICE BRIEFINGS The head of the Journalists Association of Samoa, or JAWS, says the end of weekly police press briefings could be a good thing. Last week, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, who is also the police minister, stopped such briefings because he says the...
Owner and Chief Executive of McDonald's Samoa, Tautolo Agaoleatu Charlie Tautolo speaks of his plans for expansion in Samoa. [Courtesy photo]
The McDonald’s Samoa in central downtown Apia is up for an expensive facelift. And it’s the beginning of better things to come for the country as the franchise embarks on a multi-million tala investment in Samoa that will see Ronald and his people expanding to Vaitele, the Faleolo International...
  Samoa’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries [Photo: RNZ Pacific / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Samoa's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and former Parliamentary speaker, Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt, has resigned his portfolios after being charged with obtaining money by decept The minister's wife and another person have also been charged. The Samoa Observer...
Paul Fa’apo, the man behind Waitangirua's Fa’apo Style Cutz.  [Photo: Chev Hassett/The Wireless]
A CUT ABOVE - TUA PENIAMINA (New Zealand) — July 25 2017 — Last year Tua Peniamina won the award for Wellington’s top barber, which sits proudly on his desk, according to Chev Hassett, a visual journalist born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. In Hassett’s Photo essay: “From the garage to the...
Gateway to Tafa’igata Prison in Samoa [SN file photo]
A man in Samoa who's been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder has been recalled to court. Shane Kerisimasi of Luatunuu village was sentenced last month. He'd earlier pleaded guilty to the charge. Kerisimasi was sentenced before the court was aware of new sentencing provisions. The Chief...

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