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 Catholic Cathedral in Apia in Samoa [Photo: RNZI/ Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia ]
Churches in Samoa are urging the government to exercise caution in taxing direct personal donations to members of the clergy. The Chairman of the Samoa National Council of Churches, Deacon Kasiano Le'aupepe, told the Samoa Observer each church has its own systems and some churches are larger than...
Michael Greenslade [photo: Pacific Island Trade and Invest]
An appetite for pacific products in New Zealand's food and beverage industry is fast on the rise. Pacific Island Trade and Invest's Auckland commissioner says more distributors in the industry are jumping on board to form partnership deals with exporters from the region. The organisation helps...
UCEDD Director, Tafa Tua-Tupuola, (second from left), retired U.S Sen. Tom Harkin (middle), Congresswoman Aumua Amata (fourth from left), and others at Wednesday night’s Association for University Center on Disabilities (AUCD) Gala4All Event in Washington D.C.  [photo: Congresswoman Aumua's office]
WASHINGTON D.C. — Wednesday evening at the Association for University Center on Disabilities (AUCD) Gala4All Event in Washington DC, a Samoan cultural presentation closed the annual event for the evening.  U.S. Congresswoman Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen presented the traditional to’oto’o and fue...
 Cook Islands finance minister Mark Brown [Photo: Cook Islands News via RNZI]
The Cook Islands government has sold another 100 days worth of fishing to US purse seiners. The deal between the two countries struck last month comes on top of the United States' regional arrangement for access to tuna via the vessel day scheme. The Finance Minister Mark Brown said the US firms...
  PITTSBURGH — With BOLD Thai Chili Style, Jalapeño, and Hot Buffalo Style, StarKist Co., proudly announced the launch of its new BOLD product innovations that add to their growing StarKist Tuna & Salmon Creations® line of single-serve pouch products. Each BOLD pouch features a convenient, tear...
Photo: Cyclone Debbie is expected to impact areas from Cardwell to St Lawrence. (Bureau of Meteorology)
Tropical Cyclone Debbie has intensified to category four and is expected to hit the north Queensland coast on Tuesday morning, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned. At 2:00am, the Bureau predicted Cyclone Debbie would make landfall as a category four tropical cyclone between Ayr and Cape...
Reverend Opapo Soana’i Oeti.  [SN file photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Former Reverend Opapo Soana’i Oeti has set the record straight dismissing rumors circulating that funds used for their trip to Rome were from the government of Samoa.  However, he explained that $10,000 was a gift from the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and his family,...
 A photo taken on February 6, 2013 shows a crowd watching as a young mother accused of sorcery, is stripped naked, reportedly tortured with a branding iron, tied up, splashed with fuel and set alight on a pile of rubbish topped with car tyres, in Mount Hagen city in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. [Photo: AFP / Post Courier via RNZI]
A trial has begun in Papua New Guinea of 122 people accused of wilful murder, in what is the country's largest sorcery-related court case. The Post Courier reports that 97 of the "Ramu 122" appeared in court in Madang on Thursday. Twenty-four others, who had been released on bail, failed to show....
[Photo: AAP via RNZI]
An Auckland city councillor is pushing for the city's annual Pasifika festival to be relocated to South Auckland. The Pasifika festival is the largest Pacific Island cultural festival in the world and will run for two days at Western Springs Park. Over the years the festival has boasted attendance...
  HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concluded its three-day meeting in Honolulu Thursday with a suite of recommendations, many of which are focused on keeping US fishing grounds open to sustainably managed US fisheries. The Council includes local fishery department...

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