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 Samoa RSE workers
Apia, SAMOA — Samoans in the New Zealand seasonal workers scheme have been told if they commit adultery they will be brought home. The Minister for Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Selafi Purcell told Newsline Samoa that his intentions are serious. He said the government would not condone...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The speaker of Samoa's parliament has denied a motion for a minute's silence in honour of the victims of the Christchurch attacks. The member for Aleipata-itupa-i-lalo, Tafua Maluelue Tafua, called for a minute's silence during Tuesday's session alongside the prime minister's speech...
New Samoa Parliament building
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's national media organization has spoken out against new rules banning outside cameras from recording parliament. The Legislative Office informed local media of the new protocols before parliament resumed today. It said the media could have access to video and photos of the...
Performers at an earlier Pasifica Festival
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Auckland’s Pasifika Festival has been cancelled following the terror attack in Christchurch last Friday. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s general manager Steve Armitage decided to cancel the event this weekend so that police could prioritise their...
Tuvalu dancers
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The organizers of one of the largest Pacific cultural festivals, Pasifika, have confirmed it will go ahead this weekend. Stall-holders had feared the Auckland-based event would close over safety concerns following the Christchurch terrorist attack. In a statement this...
who is also Chair of the Samoa Rugby Union with Samoa Rugby logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says World Rugby's proposed Nations Championship is a tournament for the rugby's rich elite. The governing body wants a 12 team global championship to start in 2022, that would feature teams from the Six Nations and Rugby...
nNw Samoa Parliament building
Apia, SAMOA — Two former Speakers of Samoa have marvelled at the country's new parliament building which opened this week at the traditional Tiafau malae in Apia. Like Australia’s own Parliament House, Samoa’s Maoto Fono will be a beacon of democracy. I joined the Chief Justice, Deputy Chair of...
Pacific Islanders at New Zealand climate demonstration
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The threat of sea level rise to Pacific Islands has been highlighted at a large public demonstration on New Zealand's parliament. Thousands of students attended a series of large public demonstrations around the country urging government action on climate change in New...
Person looking at a smart phone
Apia, Samoa — The Samoa Chamber of Commerce (SCOC) has appealed to young people to be smarter when using social media to look for and apply for jobs. The SCOC Chief Executive Officer, Lemauga Hobart Vaai, said the Chamber plans to train its interns and young staff to appreciate the importance of...
The Chief Executive Officer of MWTI Magele Hoe Viali.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government has pulled out from a multilateral air services agreement and now prefers bilateral air services arrangements with trade partners.  Samoa was a member of the  Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalization of International Air Transportation (MALIAT) but exercised...

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