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Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said the Samoa government had approved five repatriation flights from Los Angeles starting later this month. Samoans in the US and Europe will have to make their own way to Los Angeles or New Zealand to board repatriation flights to Apia,...
 From left, Richard Pamatatau, Dr Huhana Hickey, Dr Kelly Feng, Dr Collin Tukuitonga
Manukau, NEW ZEALAND — Voters need to enter the booth having done their research, say health, ethics and disability specialists at the RNZ-Pacific Media Network debate on the End of Life Choice Bill. Distilling a law that can determine life or death to a 'yes' or 'no' vote is a heavy burden, one...
Flowchart showing decision process for determining La Niña
Apia, SAMOA — The La Niña weather pattern is officially underway in the Pacific, according to the Pacific Meteorological Desk Partnership at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). As a result, Pacific islands in the central Pacific region such as Kiribati, Nauru and...
New Zealand prison
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — A convicted rapist is to be deported from New Zealand, despite arguing that sending him back to Samoa would mean “the end of all his dreams”. Matila Ilia-Neemia​ came to New Zealand in 2011 at the age of 13. He became a resident after being adopted by his aunt and uncle,...
SS Talune
Seattle, WASHINGTON — Wireless ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communications were already established, but they expanded rapidly during World War I. The Naval training station at the University of Washington trained cadets in many aspects of service — including a large class in radio communications...
Village leaders at low tide among mangroves
Apia, SAMOA — Leaders of the villages of Faleaseela, Lefaga and Siufaga, Falelatai came together today to share their experiences and knowledge on ecosystem-based solutions to combat climate change impacts faced by low-lying coastal communities like theirs, on the south west coast of Upolu....
Hawaiian Airlines logo
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaiian Airlines says it will suspend ‘Ohana by Hawaiian passenger flights between Honolulu and Molokai and Lanai starting Nov. 1, as well as cargo-only service within the Hawaiian Islands. Service between Honolulu and Kapalua in West Maui was suspended in March. In a statement...
Samoa Police, Fire and Emergency Services treating people during voter registration in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — The scene was chaotic as thousands of people flocked to the EFKS Youth Hall at Mulinuu in the hope to process last-minute voter registrations before the official closure of electoral rolls, six months out from next year’s April 2021 general elections. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'...
Polevia Sioli
Victoria, AUSTRALIA — A fake tax agent ripped off his close-knit community when he secretly filed fake claims on their behalf and kept tens of thousands of dollars for himself. Polevia Sioli was given a two-year good behaviour bond by the County Court of Victoria on Wednesday and told to pay back $...
Edwin Tamasese
Apia, SAMOA — A man on trial in Samoa for posting comments online last year attacking the government's measles vaccination program is seeking the recusal of yet another judge presiding over his case. Edwin Tamasese's defense lawyer has applied for recusal of Justice Alalatoa Rosella Papalii because...

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