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 A humpback whale diving near an island of Vava'u
Vava'u, TONGA — New research from northern Tonga is showing that tourism is disturbing the natural behavior of Humpback whales. Humpbacks winter-over in Vava'u to give birth and mate before heading back to summer feeding grounds off Antarctica. Auckland University of Technology's Mark Oram said...
 MP Laauli on right (front row) with several matais of Sasina village
Sasina, SAMOA — A village in Samoa says it's reaping the rewards from a land lease deal for a nonu tree farm. Sasina village signed a deal to lease five hundred acres of customary land for 120 years, and has just received its third annual payment of $US120,000 The MP for the constituency that...
Roberta Haynes
Apia, SAMOA — A star of the 1950's Hollywood movie, Return to Paradise, is returning to Samoa next week. Roberta Haynes, who lit up the silver screen opposite Gary Cooper, died in April and her family is having her ashes interred at a chapel overlooking the beach made famous by the movie. A...
Photo of containment of nuclear waste in the Marshall Islands.
Bikini Atoll, MARSHALL ISLANDS — New research suggests the soil on four isles of the Marshall Islands have higher concentrations of nuclear radiation than is found near Chernobyl. The Marshall Islands is where the United States conducted its nuclear testing in the 1940s and '50s. The research,...
Leutogi Te'o (C) and Luse Tauvale (R) talking to their lawyer
Apia, SAMOA — The sentencing of two nurses in Samoa, relating to the deaths of two infants after receiving the MMR vaccine, has again been delayed. The pair pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges last month and were initially due to be sentenced in June. The delays are causing further distress to...
This photo is a screenshot from the video, showing head coach Annie Coffin - who is also a DPS police officer - addressing one of her players, only seconds before she allegedly put her hands on her.
Apia, SAMOA —  The video that has been going viral on Facebook shows the head coach of the American Samoa Women's Rugby Team lunging towards a player’s neck during a heated discussion. This photo is a screenshot from the video, showing head coach Annie Coffin - who is also a DPS police officer -...
Apia, SAMOA — An athletes' lounge and breakout area has been set-up for those competing at the 2019 Pacific Games here as part of the "Voices of the Athletes" (VoA) program launched by the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC). The program, set-up in partnership with selected athletes from...
Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
United Nations, NEW YORK CITY — Samoa's deputy prime minister has told the UN that a quarter of Pacific islanders live below the poverty line, many going without the most basic of needs. Speaking on behalf of the Pacific Islands Forum, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa said that despite sustained growth, many...
Kalo Funganitao during her speech surrounded by supporters
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — The one year reign of a Tongan beauty queen has been wiped from the record books in retaliation for her speech at last week's crowning ceremony. Kalo Funganitao accused organisers of the Miss Heilala beauty pageant of tormenting and bullying her before leaving the stage without...
Able Seaman Boatswains Mate, Natasha Mailei visits her grandfather, Asi Mailei, in the village of Tuana'i in Samoa.
Tuana’i, SAMOA — One sailor on board HMAS Sirius had the unique opportunity to visit her grandfather while in Samoa recently, returning to her home in the small village of Tuana’i for the first time in 12 years.  Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Natasha Mailei is one of the 77 crew members of Sirius who...

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