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Dr Viliami Tutone [from hospital website]
More Pacific people are appealing against deportation from New Zealand on humanitarian health grounds. Among them are Tongans requiring life saving medical treatment like dialysis. While kidney disease is a common ailment in Tonga, treatment isn't publicly available there. Renal specialist in...
NPI General Manager, Joanne Rasmussen [middle] with NPI Samoa Managers, Faumuina Faalepo Solofa-Isitolo and Tumua Saueleele T. Ah Wong.  [photo: courtesy]
WHAT FACEBOOK PAGE?  There is no immediate intention by Samoa government to increase the pensions for senior citizens and retirees administered by the Senior Citizens Benefit Fund, (SCBF) under the umbrella of the Samoa National Provident Fund, (SNPF). AND… Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr....
Virgin Islands Flag (image from website)
CHICAGO (CN) – Residents of Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have no right to vote absentee in their former state of residence, the Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday, even though residents of the Northern Mariana Islands and some in American Samoa are granted that privilege. “Absent a...
H-2A & H-2B VISAS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR SAMOA CITIZENS  CBS News confirms that people from Haiti, along with Belize and Samoa, will now no longer be able to apply for H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant status according to new guidance from the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and...
New Zealand heavyweight boxer and WBO world champion Joseph Parker enjoys his life away from the sport's bright lights. [ PHOTOSPORT via Stuff NZ]
New Zealand boxing star Joseph Parker has revealed how eating a raw fish in Samoa left him paralysed and fearing for his fighting future. WBO champion Parker takes on WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua in Cardiff on March 31 as the heavyweight division works towards finding one true ruler. The big...
Samoan police headquarters in Apia [Photo: RNZI/Sally Round]
A man has been charged with the murder of a 15-year-old boy last week at Satapuala village in Samoa. Police are reported in the Samoa Observer as saying a 39-year-old unnamed man, one of five arrested last week, has also been charged with cultivation of narcotics. The other four also face charges...
Epiphany Trust in Auckland during one of their presentations. [photo from Epiphany Trust website]
A course held last week to help people reconnect with Samoan culture in Hawke's Bay has been heralded a success. A week-long Samoan cultural class ended on Saturday with a performance from participants at Peterhead School. Three teachers from Epiphany Trust in Auckland taught the 50 students about...
VAIALA PARAMOUNT CHIEF: Patu Ativalu [Samoa Observer]
A paramount Chief of the village of Vaiala, Patu Ativalu, has deflected criticisms of the way he and another senior matai pushed the appointment of a new Church Minister for the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in the village. “Whatever Tofaeono and Patu say, that is the voice of Vaiala,”...
 Afamasaga Rico Tupa'i [Photo: RNZPac / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavai]
Samoa's change from analogue to digital communications has been delayed another three years because no companies are interested in doing the job. The government initially put the transitition out to tender back in 2016. The original plan was for the country's television services to use digital last...
HAWAIIAN AIR EMPLOYEE FILES SUIT AFTER FINDING NOOSE  A Hawaiian Airlines employee has filed a racial harassment and discrimination suit against the carrier, saying that his life was threatened by colleagues who placed a noose and a lynching rope near his locker. Timothy Degrate, who is black,...

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