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Tourism is synonymous with small islands and big business for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) accounting for 25% of gross domestic product (GDP). Tourism and travel is the largest industry and job provider in the world. Although small islands benefit from a minuscule slice of the US$7.6...
Kanihi hapū chair Daisy Nobel said there was a spiritual element to Mount Taranaki.  [Photo: Supplied / Jeremy Becker]
AMATA MEETS WITH ALASKA’S SAMOAN COMMUNITY  Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata was privileged to meet late Monday with some of the Samoan and Polynesian community in Alaska, hosted by the Polynesian Association of Alaska, and discussed issues such as access to healthcare on the islands,...
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O le ala ile pule, o le tautua - The Pathway to leadership is to serve. Born and raised in New Zealand, Lui has big dreams for his future that don't involve his Samoan roots. But Lui's father has hopes for his son that are steeped deeply in tradition. Matai is the debut work of Pasifka theatre...
 A box of tacopuas, a blend of Hawaiian and Samoan food, at Taste of Samoa Manapua Bakery in Parkland. [Sue Kidd skidd@thenewstribune.com]
In my continuing quest looking at merge foods — when two foods make a third hybrid food — I stumbled on yet another taco mashup. Earlier this month, I told you about pizzacos. Those pizza-taco hybrids are offered only on Tuesdays at the Defiant Goldfish near Point Defiance Park. Today’s hybrid...
Managing Director and Owner of S.S.A.B, Fiti Leung Wai (right) is seen with Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa (center) during the event that launched “Palemia”, a book narrated by the PM to Dr. Peter Swain, in NZ last week.  The book is only available at S.S.A.B branches: in Samoa: Megastore, Lotemau, Salelologa, Vaivase; in New Zealand: S.S.A.B Auckland Sei – Oriana; and, in American Samoa: S.S.A.B Pago.   [Courtesy photo]
SAMOA’S PM TUILAEPA BOOK LAUNCH OF “PALEMIA”  On Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, Prime Minister, Susuga Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi launched his book, “Palemia” — written by Dr. Peter Swain, as narrated by the PM — in New Zealand during a well-attended event at Samoa House in Auckland, NZ. The prime...
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An Auckland family is demanding answers from the Samoan Government five years after their son and brother died while being held at Tafai-Ngata prison near Apia. Hans Dalton suffered from a mental illness and was found dead upside down in a water drum in 2012. Time hasn't healed the pain for Hans...
Noumea, New Caledonia – Pacific Island countries and territories at the Pacific Community’s (SPC) 10th governing body conference in Noumea have called for the establishment of a Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science. The centre, to be hosted at SPC, will draw on the scientific and technical...
 Fiji Airways plane at Nadi International Airport [Photo: Alex Perrottet/RNZ]
Fiji Airways is already expanding on its newly-formed alliance with Samoa's renamed international airline, Samoa Airways. It has announced additional flights into Samoa from November this year. The Samoa Tourism Authority newsletter reported a Fiji Airways official, John Nickel, made the...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. [SN file photo]]
Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has been accused of stalling the progress of an investigation into a complaint by a group of matai fighting to stop government-initiated projects they claim will “alienate customary lands.” The group’s spokesperson, Fiu Mataese Elisara,...
New parking meters bound for Apia town. [courtesy photo]
2018: PARKING METERS WILL BE A PERMANENT FIXTURE IN APIA TOWN AREA — Come 2018 parking meters will be a permanent fixture in the Apia town area. Cabinet recently has given the green light for Land Transport Authority to proceed with their long awaited plans to install parking meters starting in...

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