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 From left: PNG's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and Chinese President Xi Jinping
PACIFIC ISLAND — It was a busy year for the countries of the Pacific, which had more global spotlight than usual as it found itself in the middle of feuding great powers. That brought a slew of new deals and partnerships, but also pressures. RNZ Pacific's Johnny Blades and Jamie Tahana look back on...
 Fuamatu Kosetatino and his father Fuamatu Samoa Oloaga Asuelu.
Apia, SAMOA — A village council has moved to address the increasing use of Facebook to incite violence, by penalizing families whose family members recently posted derogatory and threatening comments. The Lauli’i village council has penalized five families in their village and slapped each one of...
Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A clothing manufacturing business and a commercial dry-cleaning service are among initiatives for development that the Lolo Administration is looking at for an economic boost — providing new jobs in American Samoa. These initiatives were shared during the American Samoa...
Viliamu Samu
Welington, NEW ZEALAND —  A 64-year-old man has been arrested for human trafficking and slavery after allegedly bringing Samoa nationals to New Zealand to work for him illegally. It is alleged that the man has been regularly bringing the Samoa nationals to work for him in the horticultural industry...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Pacific Islands fisheries leaders expressed satisfaction with the actions taken last week by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to support sustainability of the fishery, minimum labor standards for fishing crews, and expanded participation of Small...
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
Honolulu, HAWAII — Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was born a U.S. citizen and served two tours of duty in the Middle East as a member of the Army National Guard. She’s served in elective office — as a member of the Hawaii Legislature, Honolulu City Council and U.S. House of Representatives — for a...
March organizer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu
Apia, SAMOA — Members of the Samoa Solidarity International Group held a peaceful protest march Friday to call on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi and his Government to repeal the Land Titles Registration Act 2008. They also used the occasion to commemorate Black Saturday, a dark day...
Big eye tuna
Honolulu, HAWAII — Pacific Islands fisheries leaders are satisfied with the outcomes of the just completed meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, or Tuna Commission, in Hawaii. There have been agreements to maintain the current limits on the tuna catch, minimum labour...
The nightclub, NXT
Apia, SAMOA — The Chairman of the Liquor Board, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, yesterday clarified that the nightclub, NXT, on the Marina has been closed with its liquor license removed. The Restaurant and Bar called The Edge Marina View remains opened. Tialavea, who is the Minister of Revenue, also...
Samoa Congregational Christian Church ministers
Apia, SAMOA — The first hearing of a tax-evasion case against church ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has been adjourned until February 5 next year to allow counsel to take instructions. Nine ministers, including the chairman Elder Tauti'aga Senara, appeared in the District...

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