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Gary Juffa
Port Moresby, PNG — A member of Papua New Guinea's parliament says the Pacific Islands should not be lumped in with Asia as a region. Gary Juffa, the Governor of Oro province, said the Asia-Pacific tag was a misnomer as far as Pacific Island countries are concerned. According to him, the Pacific...
Photo of rat
Apia, SAMOA — The increase in the rat population in Samoa is causing concern amongst the business community The Samoa Observer reports that the managing director of Natural Foods International Limited, Papali'i Grant Percival, said rats are a persistent problem on his company's farm. He says they...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Matai titles bestowed outside Samoa without the presence and blessings of the Village Council are “lies.” The description was offered by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Auckland where he attended Waitangi Day celebration with a delegation from Samoa....
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegao
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi is again requesting New Zealand to increase its 11,000 quota on the number of Pacific Island employees hired under that country’s Recognized Seasonal Employees Program also known as the RSE. The 11,000 quota includes all RSE...
Samoa Shipping Corporation ferry
Apia, SAMOA — Hundreds of inter-island travellers in Samoa are stranded after Samoa's Shipping Corporation cancelled services for the second day. The service between Upolu and Savaii islands has been suspended due to bad weather. The corporation says safety is a priority and it won't open its...
Lani Wendt Young
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Two writers making waves on the international scene have been awarded Waitiangi Day Literary Honours by the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc). This year's recipients are Samoan/Maori writer Lani Wendt Young, and Scottish-born crime writer Liam McIlvanney who now...
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard officially kicking off her 2020 presidential campaign
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In front of scores of supporters in Waikiki on Saturday and with hundreds more watching online, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard officially kicked off her 2020 presidential campaign, saying that she wants to “build a movement of peace at home and abroad that will fulfill the...
Motootua National Hospital.
Apia, SAMOA — A 14-year-old girl who died last month suffered from typhoid fever. This was confirmed by Tagaloa Dr. Robert Thomsen, the A.C.E.O. of Samoa's Health Service Performance and Quality Assurance – Medical and Allied Division.  The deceased was suspected to have been killed by dengue fever...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has welcomed the American Samoa Government’s decision to reactivate the guest worker permit program.  He said the relationship between Samoa and the American territory is mutual and the partnership between the two governments will always...
Samoa Court building
Apia, SAMOA —  The Samoa Supreme Court has condemned the actions of a man, who sexually assaulted his 12-year-old daughter, on three separate occasions.  “This is a gross breach of trust by the accused,” said Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren in her sentencing remarks. “The victim is his...

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