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B.J. Lejjena before he was adopted
Honolulu, HAWAII — A Texas lawyer is arranging adoptions that involve birth mothers flown from the Marshall Islands to the U.S. in defiance of a treaty between the two nations,  and has told U.S. clients she has done it repeatedly. “Yes, it’s legal to pay for tickets,” Jody Hall, who runs a Dallas...
Sign at the Papahanaumokuakea fishing Means Food rally.  It says, "Papahanaumokuakea Birthplace of My Kupuna"
Honolulu, HAWAII — In part 1 of their investigation of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, Civil Beat Hawaii looked at the history of the Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund and how the money spent is rarely discussed openly at full meetings of the 16-member council. In...
 NZ Deputy PM Winston Peters in Vanuatu
Apia, SAMOA — Have to hand it to NZ Deputy PM Winston Peters for standing up to a manipulating media over plans by Samoa to build a new wharf at Vaiusu Bay. 'We don't tell them what to do', Winston Peters told off the NZ media who were obviously trying to stir up reaction to the “ multi-million...
ECPAT International logo
Suva, FIJI —The initial results of a survey by ECPAT International to gather the perceptions of frontline welfare workers on the sexual exploitation of children (SEC) in the Pacific was launched in Suva over the week.  The survey was carried for welfare workers in seven Pacific countries including...
Photo of wrecked bus
Apia, SAMOA — At least 40 students at a Samoa college were injured when a bus they were travelling on rolled at Auala village while allegedly trying to overtake a car on the road. According to Newsline Samoa, the bus was travelling east from the villages of Falelima, Tufutafoe and Neiafu to take...
Taron Egerton portraying Elton John
Apia, SAMOA — LGBTI rights advocates in Samoa are protesting against the censoring of the Elton John biopic Rocketman. Samoa's only cinema revealed the ban on Friday on its Facebook page and employees told local media it was due to the portrayal of gay sex in the film. In conservative Samoa - where...
Kona crab drawing.
Honolulu, HAWAII — Renowned scientists from throughout the Pacific will meet June 18-20 in Honolulu to consider a range of issues facing the offshore fisheries of Hawai'i and the US Territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Recommendations from this...
Kitty Simonds testifing
Honolulu, HAWAII — In the past 10 years, millions of dollars have flowed through an obscure federal fund aimed at supporting commercial tuna fishermen in Hawaii and three U.S. Pacific island territories. But limited oversight, a process of awarding contracts mostly behind closed doors and a...
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Air New Zealand is expected to announce changes to its strict tattoo policy later this month. The national carrier has a long-standing policy of not permitting visible tattoos for staff wearing its "koru uniforms" and applicants must disclose if they have body art anywhere...
Typical family pigs foraging around the home
Apia, SAMOA — A woman is hobbling on a fractured leg she suffered when a bolting pig bowled her over on Monday at Safune, Savai’i. Pora Mathew was walking along in a group when the speeding pig burst straight at her. “We were on our way to the store and out of nowhere a huge pig burst straight at...

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