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Kona, HAWAII — A woman convicted of attempted murder in the 2018 attack of a Kona hotel security guard must spend over three decades behind bars before becoming eligible for parole. Natisha Tautalatasi will not be able to seek freedom until September 2053, or until she’s served at least 35 years of...
Map of Marine Nat’l Monuments of the Pacific.
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concludes its three-day virtual meeting today (Friday, June 26, 2020). Discussion on the first day of the meeting ranged from marine national monuments, COVID-19 impacts, stock assessments, fisheries performance and more....
Samoa Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — A commercial TV station in Samoa says it will no longer screen sermons by Pastor Willie Papu, the leader of the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church. The pastor is alleged to have made statements, during his paid programme, vilifying other Christian denominations in Samoa...
Honolulu police officer telling a couple the beach is closed.
Honolulu, HAWAII — Starting Aug. 1, travelers who test negative for coronavirus no more than 72 hours before arriving in Hawaii will be able to avoid the state’s mandatory quarantine. Gov. David Ige said the pre-testing plan will allow the tourism industry to reopen without a significant spike in...
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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — An organization advocating for Pasifika in New Zealand says a border bungle, resulting in the country having two active cases of Covid-19 last week is inexcusable and highlights an unfair system. Two sisters who arrived from the UK on Sunday 7 June were granted a...
Matamata family homes
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — A Hawke's Bay horticultural contractor who became the first person in New Zealand to be convicted of people trafficking and slavery will lose a near half-share in two homes as the courts move towards considering reparation for his victims. The decision was made when 65-year-...
Maugaloto Palu
Apia, SAMOA — Former Samoan rugby league international Maugaloto Palu has been arrested for attempted murder. The former prop is in police custody facing four charges including one count of attempted murder, and two of grievous bodily harm and one of armed with a dangerous weapon. Palu appeared...
Highlighted protected areas
Honolulu, HAWAII — Area-based management has become a an international focal point for fisheries management with the United Nations advocating for some form of protected area in 30% of the ocean by 2030. In response to this initiative and other issues, 34 fishery science and management experts from...
Pulemelei Mound
Apia, SAMOA — The owners behind a controversial land sale in Samoa have announced they will not sell the site where the ancient Pulemelei Mound is situated. For months Nelson Properties have been trying to sell 1150 acres of freehold land in Savai'i, where the pyramid-like mound known as one of the...
An anchorage in Tonga
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — More than 7000 Tongans are thought to be stranded overseas by Covid-19 restrictions. The chief executive of Tonga's Ministry of Information, Paula Ma'u, said a thousand have registered for repatriation, while a thousand stranded seasonal workers are being registered by the...

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