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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.
Apia, SAMOA — An Australian newspaper article that reported plans by the Chinese government to fund the building of a wharf in Savai’i has shocked the Chinese Ambassador, and attracted a strong rebuttal from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. The Australian newspaper on Monday...
Miss Pacific Islands, Leoshina Mercy Kariha
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Leoshina Mercy Kariha from Papua New Guinea has been crowned 2018's Miss Pacific Islands at the Atele Indoor Stadium in Tonga. Matangi Tonga reports the 18 year old, the youngest of six finalists, was a crowd favourite. During the two day pageant Leoshina secured Best Talent,...
Deacon Kasiano Leaupepe.
Apia, SAMOA — The Chairman of the National Council of Churches, Deacon Kasiano Leaupepe, has blamed human rights for the deteriorating statistics on family violence, calling for a national day of repentance. He has also criticised the co-education school system, saying boys and girls should be...
PNG's   Charles Punaha concerned about Facebook–Cambridge Analytica
Apia, SAMOA — Concerns about fake news and the impact of social media in the Pacific Islands are some of the challenges that authorities in the region have to address. Chairman of Policy and Regulation Forum for the Pacific, Charles Punaha, said this recently when discussing issues that will be...
Miss American Samoa Magalita Philomena Johnson in her sarong
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Day 1 of the Miss Pacific Islands pageant - themed: "Pasifiki Masani: The Magnificent Pacific" — included the pre-pageant interviews and competition in three categories this past Thursday, Nov. 29 (Tonga Time).  This year's pageant is being hosted at the Atele Indoor Stadium in...
No Pelestiki fabric bags and 'oa baskets.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A new community group in Tonga is encouraging people to say no to plastic and use fabric bags and baskets woven from coconut fibres as an alternative. The group has launched the 'No Pelesitiki' campaign and says it has received support from the Royal household, nobles,...
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Bisbane, AUSTRALIA — A 41-year-old man has been charged with public nuisance over an incident involving the Samoan Prime Minister at an Australian church. Earlier this month, a group of people arrived at the church, south of Brisbane, and tried to disrupt the gathering, local police said. It is...
Miss Pacific Islands along with the 2018 contestants
Nukuʻalofa, TONGA —  It’s been a busy week for the six beauties who are vying for the coveted Miss Pacific Islands 2018-2019 crown. The highly anticipated pageant, being hosted in the Kingdom of Tonga, is a two-day event that kicked off yesterday morning with the pre-pageant interviews. The six...
Court released the survelliance video of security guard beating in Kona
KONA (KHON2) - The family of the hotel security guard in Kona who was beaten unconscious tells us life will never be the same. We learned the 63-year-old victim has been transferred to an out-of-state facility that specializes in spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. The attack happened in...
Asau, SAMOA — China is negotiating to fund the redevelopment of a coral-choked port in Samoa, in a move seen to have major economic and strat­egic implications for Australia and the US in the South Pacific. Samoa’s Agriculture Minister confirmed that discussions were under way with China to...

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