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Two decades ago, Eteuati Ete punched his wife Mele Wendt so hard while she was driving that she ended up with a black eye. "There was a violent side to Ete," Wendt says. "But to the rest of the world he was this charming, effervescent person." Ete, now 55, rose to fame as half of the comedy duo the...
'Akilisi Pohiva's Democratic Party has won a resounding election victory in Tonga, with voters seemingly continuing to back political reform. This week's election was brought forward a year, after the King dissolved parliament over concerns about the Pohiva government's conduct. Mr Pohiva's...
Honolulu, HAWAI’I — Hawaiian Airlines this week announced the planned retirement of Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive officer, and the selection of Peter Ingram, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, to replace Dunkerley, effective March 1, 2018. Dunkerley’s departure...
FASHION GIANTS JOIN FORCES FOR CHRISTMAS COLLECTION — In an ever changing and dynamic retail environment, two of Samoa’s high profile and longstanding family businesses, MENA and Eveni- Koko Pacific, have joined forces to give their customers the best Christmas experience.   MENA and Eveni are...
solThe faasamoa (Samoan culture and way of life) has nothing to do with the struggles of today. The problem lies with us – the people. So says 65-year-old Lua Pule, a father and grandfather of Si’ufaga, Savai’i. Lua says we need to do away with the mentality that fa’alavelave contributes to our...
With the Auckland-Faleolo international route generating revenues in the neighborhood of NZ$50-to NZ $60 million a year, government is heedful that Samoa Airways has a fighting chance to survive the grueling dog eat dog international air services competition. The promising lucrative revenues...
APIA, SAMOA — Church ministers who say the government’s move to explain the ramifications of new tax law governing their income is late, and they also have a message for Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s administration — use the church tax money wisely! “There are countless families in...
Splitting international match takings between host and visiting teams could solve the broke Samoa Rugby Union's financial woes, the country's Prime Minister and Rugby Union chair says. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also chairman of the union, said the move could fix its...
Miss American Samoa Matauaina Toomalatai heads to the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in Nadi, Fiji at the end of this month. Prayers and blessings will be offered for Matauaina at a church service at the Onenoa EFKAS which she attends before she leaves for Fiji. Executive Director of the American...
Large black strips of spearhead and turtle shell patterns, parallel lines, waves made out of negative space and other geometric shapes are only a few of the designs that cover the skin of many Pacific Islanders. “The Samoan tatau very intricately describes the philosophy of the Samoan people and...

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