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Linesmen repair damage caused
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's power supply, international flights as well as inter-island ferry sailings were disrupted over the weekend because of bad weather brought by Cyclone Tino. Hundreds of passengers and vehicles were stranded on Mulifanua and Salelologa wharves on Saturday when the Samoa Shipping...
 Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi receives his measles vaccination.
As a new decade dawns much of the Pacific is grappling with major upheavals from climate and health crises to political disruption and self-determination struggles. RNZ Pacific's Jamie Tahana and Johnny Blades look at the state of play across the region's countries and territories and what's on the...
Flooding in Ha'apai group in Tonga from Cyclone Tino
Ha'apai group, TONGA — Top officials from Tonga's Ha'apai group say infrastructure is in urgent need of repair in the islands after Cyclone Tino swept past overnight. The storm brought winds of up to 180 km/hr and torrential rain but it had weakened and moved out of the area and cyclone warnings...
Pictured, debris swept in by the lagoon on Tuvalu's main island, Funafuti.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's main island of Tongatapu has been spared the full force of Tropical Cyclone Tino. The storm was expected to pass directly over Tongatapu overnight with the capital, Nuku'alofa on track to take a direct hit, instead the cyclone just passed to the North of Tongatapu...
ocky "Soul Man" Johnson, left, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Hollywood, CALIFORNIA — Samoan megastar Seiuli Dwayne Johnson has broken his silence following the death of his father this week, speaking of his immense pain but also the pride he had for a man he remembers as a pioneer but also his most important role model.  Seiuli’s father, wrestling legend...
 Tongan dancers ready to go on stage
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Proceeds from this weekend's Pasifika festival in New Zealand's capital will go to the Samoa Measles Response Fund. About 15,000 people attend the Wellington event each year and this year festival workshops are asking for donations to help Samoa recover from the measles...
Girl on her laptop computer
Apia, SAMOA — Melbourne-based Girl Geek Academy has launched in Samoa, further extending its mission to inspire women to develop skills in technology. The launch in Samoa is the first Pacific program for the Australian educators and saw nearly 50 women and girls learn how to code. Dubbed #...
Red wine glass and glass of light beer
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is looking to place controls on alcohol advertising in a bill to be introduced to Parliament this year. The chair of the Liquor Board, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, confirmed the Bill was being drafted and would include "criteria for the advertisement of alcohol," the...
Nadi, FIJI — People on Tonga's main islands are being told to stay home and secure their properties, as Cyclone Tino moves closer to the country. The storm was upgraded to a category three on Saturday morning as it continued to intensify in the waters near Fiji's Lau group, with sustained winds...
Apia, SAMOA — The proposed ban on styrofoam products in Samoa has been deferred for six months. The ban, which was to start 30 January, has been put back to 30 June. A senior officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment confirmed the ban had been postponed to allow local companies...

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