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Traffic in Auckland has eased as Cyclone Cook heads towards the Central Plateau but the wild weather continues to disrupt flights in many parts of the North Island. The weather system bore down on New Zealand just as the Easter weekend travel rush kicked off. MetService predicted downpours and...
Tongan, Samoan and Māori are among 11 new language courses to be offered at a university in Beijing. The Beijing Foreign Studies University said the new programmes were to boost support for China's ties with Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean, Africa and eastern Europe. China has ties with these regions...
KAHULUI — Maui veterans are calling for improvements to the Veterans Choice Program, an option that allows those who live far from Veterans Affairs medical facilities to seek care with civilian doctors. It’s an option veterans said they’re glad to have, but the relatively new program has bugs, they...
DRIVER IN FATAL ACCIDENT PLEADS NOT GUILTY The driver of a vehicle, which slammed into a bus and exploded, killing an elderly man in the process has pleaded not guilty to charges against him, according to reports in the Samoa Observer. Keiji Li appeared before the Samoa Chief Justice yesterday. Li...
Apia, SAMOA — The fatal accident in Tiavi that took the life of a bus passenger could have been avoided, had the accused obeyed government rules, “if you don’t have a valid drivers license, don’t drive,” said Supreme Court Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa who presided over the criminal matter. Bus...
Another move is afoot in the US Congress that would give residents of the US territories, including American Samoa, the right to vote for the President of the United States in national elections held every four years. The latest action is through federal legislation, H.J. Res. 91, sponsored and...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has dismissed comments by the public that the taxing of Church Ministers is ‘double taxing’ on the working population of Samoa. His comments on the issue were aired on his radio program with SamoaFM last week, following the two-day...
Kalilimoku Hunt, an American Samoan, has created the ultimate survival guide for stay-at-home parents — a book for dads approved by moms. It started when “Kalili” decided to stay at home and go to school; he started documenting all the things his kids started doing that were making life difficult....
Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS — During the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) 21st AGM and Tradeshow 2017, held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Huawei, as an exclusive network provider for Bluesky, announced its partnership with the operator to deploy a 4.5G LTE-Advanced network solution,...
Advocate Ipu Avegalio Lefiti offered a keynote presentation at the closing ceremonies of the 15th Hawai’i International Summit: Preventing, Assessing and Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan last Thursday, in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Her workshop exploring violence and healing for victims of sexual...

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