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The American Samoa calendar cover
Honolulu, HAWAII — In celebration of the lunar new year, which begins Friday/Saturday, January 25/26, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is pleased to announce the availability of the 2020 traditional lunar calendars for Hawaiʻi, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of...
Children in a classroom.
Apia, SAMOA — In a historic first, Samoa will host the 84th Extraordinary Outreach Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child from 2-6 March.  It will be the first time any of the United Nations (UN) human rights treaty body committees formally meet outside its Geneva and New York...
Examples of healthy eating options in the FAO program
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's main markets in Apia will soon have vendors selling nutritious food as part of an initiative to introduce healthy eating. The Savalalo market has been selected for the first phase of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) project because of the popularity of stalls...
Nurse Fa'atafa Tavita (R) speaking with a father holding his child at the Apia Town Clinic in Samoa's capital city Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — For the first time in months, Samoa's hospitals are empty of measles patients. The last two patients, an 11-month-old and a one-year-old, were discharged last week from the main hospital in Apia, the Samoa Observer reports. The Health Ministry's Deputy Director of Public Health,...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Endorsing the recommendations from the Ministry of Health, Cabinet at a Special Meeting today approved initial measures to ensure that the Coronavirus does not infiltrate Samoa.While the virus, which originated from Wuhan Province in China and has so far claimed 17 lives in the People...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
Apia, SAMOA — In an effort to reduce the cost of traditional cultural offerings at community functions, Samoa's government has ordered the size of cartons containing some canned meats be reduced. Currently cartons of canned fish contain 12 cans, while cartons of corned beef contain four three-pound...
Kingdom of Tonga logo
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A New Zealand-based Tongan lawyer, Nalesoni Tupou, is questioning China's claim it could speak for or represent Tonga at the United Nations (UN). That comes after Tonga lost its right to vote because of outstanding fees. Those fees have since been repaid with Tonga's chief...
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...

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