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This week many across New Zealand have joined the Tuvalu community in celebrating Tuvalu language week. But the celebrations have reflected an urgency among Tuvaluans who are trying to keep their culture alive and strong, while their small island nation is sinking. The Pacific island nation sits...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is seeing an increase of visitors, this is according to Samoa Tourism Authorities (STA) statistics where year-to-date numbers stand at 65,274 (compared to 58,559 in 2015). “In June alone, 12,773 visitor arrivals were recorded, representing growth of 10% versus the same period...
Apia, SAMOA — 41-year-old man from Faleula who was convicted of attempted murder after assaulting his partner with a machete has been sentenced to 11 months in jail. Uso Taumata Bragovits also known as Auvale Taumata, brutally assaulted his female partner with a machete and the end results left her...
Apia, SAMOA —The Samoa Government has moved forward on their own with their application to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) enabling the export of meat and meat products to American Samoa. This is according to Samoa’s Government newspaper Savali this week. Savall reports that it’s...
Apia, SAMOA-- A young man who raped his five-year-old cousin on four separate occasions was sentenced to 35 years for the four counts of rape. “The victim was only five years’ old. She was just a child. A child who was sexually violated at that age or younger is a heinous offending," said Supreme...
Samoan actors and singers are set to take to the stage in Melbourne, with one of the biggest shows from the Pacific Islander theatre community in Australia. The play, "Amataga O Le Alofa" or "The Beginning of Love", is an original take on the Samoan creation myth. Rita Seumanutafa, founder of the...
Apia, SAMOA — The separate criminal matters involving Samoa’s suspended Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil and suspended Director of the National Prosecution Office, Mauga Precious Chang have both been postponed. In the meantime, Mauga has entered a plea of not guilty to the two traffic...
An academic with over 20 years of engagement in the arts, culture and education conversation has applauded the National University of Samoa’s own initiatives that have contributed to safeguarding the Samoan language. In her keynote address on the second day of the Second Pacific Islands University...
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa’s Police Service is currently investigating six deaths that happened last week, including a man who was electrocuted in Siumu, this is according to the Police spokesperson, Superintendent Su’a Lemalu Tiumalu during the weekly press conference last week. He said the man was...
STEPFATHER SENTENCED FOR 15 SEX CHARGES Apia, SAMOA — “Sexual offending between father’s (step or biological) against their daughters is becoming prevalent. For a country that is professed to be “founded on God,” it’s churches filled every Sunday and whose culture is all about family yet the core...

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