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Nuku'alofa, TONGA – Tonga will soon be the first country in the Pacific to have a legal aid centre specifically dedicated to helping people who are survivors of domestic violence. The Family Protection Legal Aid Centre will be opening its doors on Monday 12 March 2018. The Centre was established by...
  COURT HOUSE: Details that could lead to revealing the identity of the victim and the defendant have been suppressed. [SN file photo]
  A 36-year-old father has pleaded guilty to 41 charges of sexual connection in an incident involving his biological daughter.  The defendant appeared before Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on 15 March 2018. He is represented by lawyer, Arthur Lesā,...
Samoa voters will cast their ballots in the next General Elections electronically removing the current time consuming manual voting process. [Courtesy photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Voters will cast their ballots in the next General Elections electronically removing the current time consuming manual voting process. But while electronic changes looms, some things will remain the same when Samoa return to the polls in 2021. For instance, the new electronic system...
One of Cecilia Keil's garments featuring in the parade: "Drowning Paradise"The bare centre piece in the middle representing Land and everything else is ocean. [Samoa Observer]
Apia, SAMOA — Local fashion designers are heading to Auckland, New Zealand, this weekend to participate in the Inaugural Skycity Pasifika Parade Fashion show.  Cecilia Keil of Cecilia’s Fashion House, Dane Fabricious of D.M.F. and Natalya Ah Him from Pele Creations, will be showcasing their...
 Samoa's PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi [Photo: RNZ / Sela Jane Aholelei]
The long, drawn-out taro ban battle between the two Samoas has clearly angered Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. He told KHJ yesterday afternoon that he was not aware of the counter ban by his country's Ministry of Agriculture. American Samoa had suspended the importation of Samoan...
S.P.W.A.N members march to commemorate International Women’s Day. [Samoa Observer]
Apia, SAMOA — More than 50 members of the Samoa Police Women’s Advisory Network (S.P.W.A.N.) yesterday joined the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Press for Progress” and it marks the social, economic cultural and political achievements of women in...
 Samoa's Minister of the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa, Lopao'o Natanielu Mu'a  [Photo: RNZ Pacific /Tipi Autagavaia]
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Scientific Research Organisation has successfully produced whisky from talo. It is seen as another step in a government plan to develop potential export products from local agricultural crops.. The research agency's minister, Lopao'o Natanielu Mu'a, said scientists at the...
Vailima, brewed on Samoa, will be available in several west coast markets in the US. [photo via JustDrinks.com]
Coca-Cola Amatil's Fijian division, Paradise Beverages, has lined up a limited US roll-out for Samoa Breweries' Vailima beer brand. The lager, which is brewed on the island of Samoa, will start to hit the shelves in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho this month, the company said this week....
[Photo: 123RF via RNZI]
Apia, SAMOA — Families refusing to relocate to allow for an extension to Samoa's Faleolo International Airport may be charged with trespass. The Samoa Observer reported Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi saying his government would not bow to demands by families from Satapuala village for...
Three years ago, the Samoa Returnees Organisation was specifically set up and is now working with the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration providing support and rehabilitation for the deportees or returnees, adjust to life in Samoa.
APIA, SAMOA — The Samoan Government has been informed by the United States government that nine people who have had trouble with the law there are to be deported back to Samoa. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi told Talamua that they have been informed by the US State...

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