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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...
 Aukuso Sale
Apia, SAMOA — A man who shot his nephew and threatened to sleep with the nephew’s wife on Father’s Day Sunday, 2018 has been sentenced to three years in prison. The defendant, Aukuso Sale, 59 was sentenced to serve three years and 10 months in prison when he appeared before Supreme Court Justice...
Elton John story in banned Rocketman movie
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Censorship Board has banned the screening of Rocketman – a biographical movie about the life of musician Elton John today. “Unfortunately due to censoring issues, we have had to cancel Rocketman,” the Apollo Cinemas Samoa stated during a Facebook update of its movie...
Puna on her flight over to the US.
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — A nine-year-old Cook Islands girl is finally set to return to her parents after enduring an almost two-week detention in the United States. Ngatupuna Raela, known as Puna, was travelling with family friend Marc Pearce, on a holiday that turned into a nightmare once they...
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...
Some of the workers at the Peeq headquarters at Vaivase.
Apia, SAMOA — Hundreds of employment opportunities will be generated when the new Peeq Telecommunications Limited Call Center is launched later this month at the Samoa Technology and Innovation Park in Vaivase. The Australian-owned company Executive Trustee, Graham Liao, said he initially visited...
Pati Chong Nee and Suitupe Fa’amoe Paufa’i
Apia, SAMOA — The Pacific Games organizers are not worried by any danger posed by the escaped prisoners still at large, for this is included in the security details for the regional event. This is the reassurance from the CEO of the Pacific Games Committee Falefata Hele Matatia. Falefata told...

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