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Miss Pacific Islands Leoshina Kariha with other performers
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Miss Pacific Islands Leoshina Kariha has added her voice to the global climate change campaign - this week addressing participants from around the world at the South Pacific Tourism Exchange event in Auckland. Ms Kariha, of Papua New Guinea, said more needs to be done - from...
Pua Magasiva
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Pua Magasiva isbeing remembered for his humour, kindness and talent by friends, colleagues and stars from around the world.  The former Shortland Street actor was found dead in Wellington on Saturday morning. There were no suspicious circumstances, police said.  ​A...
Nicholas Payne and Chu Lun Aiona were both indicted for the 2018 beating death of Joey Nguyen
Honolulu, HAWAII — A third person was indicted Wednesday in the brutal beating death of a homeless man on Oahu, Honolulu police said. The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Catherine Laumea. Laumea was arrested around 1:30 p.m. at the Women’s Community Correctional Center, where she was already...
Samoa Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — A 31-year-old man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and two lesser charges in connection with the August 2018 death of volunteer teacher Charles Chao, who moved to Samoa from China. The defendant, Tauinaola Luapua, of Salelavalu, Gataivai and Vaitele-fou, appeared before Supreme...
Sharon Toetu with her fine mat and grandmother Telesia Televave (right) and mother Rosa Toetu
Apia, SAMOA— An 11 year old school girl of Nofoalii village, was the youngest to display the fine mat she worked on for 8 months at yesterday’s National & Exhibition of Fine Mats that kicked off the official activities to celebrate the national Mother’s Day. Sharon Toetu – a shy Year 7 student...
Peace Corps volunteers infron of Poutasi Village sign
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has sent a 13-member contingent to provide dental care in Samoa over the next two weeks. Major Philip Worthington, who is leading the NZDF contingent, said the programme, run in collaboration with Samoas Ministry …The New Zealand...
Alatise Leafa Vitale (left) with Talalelei Pauga
Apia, SAMOA — Police have arrested the man who killed the late Cabinet Minister, Luagalau Levaula Kamu for breaching his parole conditions. Alatise Leafa was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2000 for killing the late Cabinet Minister during a Human Rights Protection Party celebration in 1999. He...
Canberra, AUSTRALIA — A former Australian rugby international says anyone who believes Israel Folau has a right to publicly express his views on sexuality has no place in the sport. The Wallabies fullback Folau has been found guilty by Rugby Australia of committing a high-level breach of their code...
Sooau Vaa Brown and his wife Maylynn Brown
Apia, SAMOA —The father of a teenager in police custody at the Tafaigata prison is appealing to the Ombudsman’s Office to transfer his son from prison to the police holding cells in the Apia to await his appearance in Court. In a letter to the Ombudsman dated 3 May 2019, So’oau Va’a Brown said he...
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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — In a Facebook statement on May 2, a New Zealand church denied the accusation of collusion with a cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme to perform an illegal activity. One of two places of worship indicted, the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church (SISDAC), came out...

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