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Traditional storytelling from the Pacific has made its way to New Zealand with a first ever event taking place this week. 'Moana Pacific Storytelling' featured stories from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands and Tuvalu, including the Samoan myth 'Sina and the Eel'. Project manager of the Pacifica...
Leicester Tigers star centre Manu Tuilagi believes his injury nightmare is over - after visiting a witch doctor in Samoa. The explosive England international has hardly played in the last few seasons because of a string of problems. Last week Manu - who grew up in Hinckley - returned to Samoa after...
Samoa's government has rejected conditions set by American Samoa to resume exports of taro to its neighbouring territory. Agriculture minister Lopao'o Natanielu Mua said the government welcomed the territory's decision to lift an export ban, but the conditions demanded of exporters are unnecessary...
New technology developed in Scandinavia is being used to make high quality veneers in the Pacific. The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research saw potential for high returns for Pacific island producers using the system. The centre's chief executive Andrew Campbell said the...
PUBLIC URGED TO HELP 'BROKE' SAMOA RUGBY UNION The Samoan public is being asked to dig deep to bail out the country's rugby union, which has been labeled "bankrupt" by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. Tuilaepa, who is also the chair of the SRU, said the Union cannot afford to pay off...
The head of Hawaii's Retail Association says the canned corned beef product Spam is being used as currency and traded for drugs. Tina Yamaki said thefts of Spam had escalated since a recent law change on the value of stolen goods defining a crime. She said organised criminals appeared to be...
Details from the corporate registries of four Pacific island countries are among millions of leaked files purporting to show the extent of tax avoidance around the world. The leak, dubbed the Paradise Papers, contains more than 13.4 million documents mostly from the offshore law firm Appleby. The...
Three Samoan teachers have admitted in court that they assaulted a student at Faleata College. A district court judge in Samoa issued a stern warning to them after they pleaded guilty to slapping a 14-year-old male student on the cheek for misbehaving. Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papalii has...
Bringing together the circle of fa’afatama (transmen) in Samoa was the goal of the Talanoa session spearheaded by the Samoa Fa’afafine Association.  Held at the Palolo Deep late last month, S.F.A. President, So’oalo Tootooalii Stanley welcomed the participants and applauded their courage to turn up...
He might be a new detector dog but “Flame” is already a hero in the eyes of his new handlers. On his first day at work, Flame the black Labrador sniffed out plastic bags of suspected methamphetamine and utensils suspected for drug use. The Detector dog is in Samoa as part of the Pacific Detector...

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