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Roadblock back in April, 2018
Apia, SAMOA — The Luatuanu’u village council has asked the Government to lift the ban on its people accessing employment opportunities abroad and playing in rugby tournaments. In April this year a fight erupted during a rugby match at Saoluafata between Luatuanu’u and Falefa and this led to the...
Porita Taisia of Sapapalii, Savaii
Apia, SAMOA — Women have lost confidence in the Samoa public health system following the deaths of two toddlers in Savai’i last week. A mother and grandmother, Lipena Heremoni of Tulaele spoke to the Weekend Observer saying she has lost confidence in the services offered by the hospital.  “I have...
photo of a child being vaccinated
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Attorney General says efforts are being made to return the bodies of two babies who died suddenly last week to their families. The childrens' deaths soon after receiving the common MMR vaccine prompted the government to temporarily call off vaccination programmes. Lemalu...
 Faulalo Leti
Apia, SAMOA — The Methodist Church of Samoa says it fully supports a new law requiring church ministers to pay tax. The church's general secretary, Faulalo Leti, said its General Conference had opted to support the law. Reverend Leti said the church understands the taxes will be used to develop...
child receiving a vaccination
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has issued an immediate recall of the vaccine for mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) following the deaths of two infants who reportedly passed away just hours after receiving their shots. It’s reported by ABC Pacific Beat that the two children, boy and girl, were both aged about...
Prime Minister  Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA —Claims that government deliberately passed a new amendment in the tax  laws giving government the authority to seize the personal assets and bank accounts from EFKS reverends, who will not be paying taxes are absolutly far from the truth, says Prime Minister  Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr....
vaccination for rubella, measles and mumps
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's health officials have issued an immediate recall of a vaccination for rubella, measles and mumps, after two babies died just hours after being vaccinated. The Director General of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri says different nurses administered the vaccine to the infants at a...
Samoa Airways logo
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government is looking at purchasing a Twin Otter aircraft from China to expand the Samoa Airways fleet.   Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi travelled on a Samoa Airways-owned Twin Otter to the recent Polynesian Leaders Summit in Tuvalu, but it was a two-hour...
General Secretary Reverend Vavatau Taufao
Apia, SAMOA — The E.F.K.S. Church and the Government are on a collision course with General Secretary Reverend Vavatau Taufao declaring they are ready to face the “fury” of the Government.  The General Secretary said the E.F.K.S., with a membership of 56,818 people, made its decision at the end of...
South Auckland youth doing a traiditonal dance
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — When kids in South Auckland get together, it's usually adversarial. They compete against each other at the annual ASB Polynesian Schools festival, they're often head to head on the rugby fields or other sporting events and historical school rivalries means passionate school...

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