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A Tongan-born artist who has won this year's contemporary Pacific artist award in New Zealand says he almost gave up his passion for art. Kalisolaite 'Uhila said he felt humbled and overwhelmed at the award for an art project on homelessness. He produced it after spending three months living on...
Health officials in Samoa say a huge increase in the numbers undergoing dialysis treatment is alarming and should be a wake up call for the country. The manager of Renal Services, Christina Poloai, told the Samoa Observer that when dialysis started in Samoa in 2005 there were five patients, but now...
It was a balmy day when the US ambassador to New Zealand, Scott Brown, touched down in Apia, the capital of the South Pacific island nation of Samoa. Brown had flown in with his wife, Gail Huff, in July for a party to celebrate 50 years of the peace corps in the country. It was his inaugural visit...
A church minister in Samoa faces jail after admitting to raping his niece five times. The victim was living with the defendant and his wife and attended a church college in Apia where the first offence took place. The police said other offences took place in a village on Savaii Island where the...
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, is back to work after being away for nearly three weeks in New Zealand for medical treatment. The prime minister met with his ruling HRPP caucus on Tuesday and afterwards he dismissed reports of a rift within the party. Tui'laepa vehemently...
GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE Otto Felise Wulf is “grateful” to be alive. The man whose wife poured boiling water on his head two weeks ago is finally out of the hospital. Mr. Wulf, a 37-year-old, was hospitalized for eight days at the Surgical Ward in Moto’otua. He spent three days in the Intensive Care...
SAMOA PRIME MINISTER RETURNS HOME AFTER NZ HOSPITAL MEDICAL CHECKS — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi arrived home safely from New Zealand Sunday evening after completion of his medical checks. He was accompanied by Mrs. Gillian Malielegaoi, Director General of Health,...
Former Cabinet Minister and senior Member of Parliament, FaumuinaTiatiaLiuga, has rejected claimsthat he isthe leader of a group campaigning for votes should the Prime Ministership role be up for grabs. “There is no such thing and it’s not me,” Faumuina said emphatically when he was approached by...
Hawaiian Republican Party Gubernatorial candidate Andria Tupuola, husband Tavo and daughters Tabitha and Cumorah were blessed by Hawaii Kahu Kalehua Featheran at the opening of a campaign fundraising event at a Portlock residence in Hawaii Kai, Hawaii, on Saturday, Oct. 21.  [Photo: Barry Markowitz]
CANNABIS REFERENDUM PART OF GREENS' DEAL New Zealand will have a referendum on legalizing marijuana for personal use as part of the Greens deal with Labor. An email to party members sets out policies the Greens secured in their confidence and supply agreement. Drug use will be treated as a health...

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