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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ordered the country's biggest city Auckland to go into lockdown after the discovery of three new local cases of Covid-19. The measures will last three days and require residents to stay at home. Ms Ardern said the country was...
Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church headquarters in Māngere
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A church in Auckland has been struck off the Charities Register after its employees stole millions of dollars in church funds, and poured millions more into dubious investments. It follows a two-year probe into the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church (SISDAC)...
Turned in weapons on display
Apia, SAMOA — Almost 200 illegal guns have been handed in by people in Samoa in a gun amnesty which ended yesterday. A total of 198 weapons were collected. The firearms comprised rifles, pistols, and shotguns. Ammunition totalling 686 for the various firearms were also handed to the Police....
Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Nikolao Pula
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) is announcing the award of $1,033,100 in CARES Act grant funding to help Pacific Islander communities in Hawaii that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be administered by ...
Samoa court building
Apia, SAMOA — A 69-year-old man in Samoa has pleaded not guilty on two counts of murder and one count each of possession of unlawful weapon and armed with a dangerous weapon. The two victims in Afega village were attacked in the early hours of last month's New Year celebrations. The accused, Vaotu'...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government says it's considering increasing criminal penalties for drug trafficking following a recent spate of intercepted drugs at the border. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said on TV3 Samoa that there was a need to reconsider penalties of drug convictions. His...
Proud Boys Nick Ochs, left, and Nicholas DeCarlo pose
WASHINGTON — Hawaii Proud Boy Nicholas Ochs faces a series of new criminal charges related to storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 with a pro-Trump mob intent on stopping Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department unsealed an...
Healthcare worker with COVID-19 test kit
Honolulu, HAWAII — A highly contagious COVID-19 variant first detected in southeast England may be present in Hawaii, state health officials said Tuesday. Test specimens from four people in Hawaii contained a molecular signal associated with the U.K. variant. Now, the state’s public health...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa will receive its first shipment of Pfizer vaccine by the end of March with the Ministry of Health looking at legal options for people who would not want to be immunized. The Director-General of Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri, said in times of a pandemic everyone needed to support...
Samoa coronavirus banner
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa raised its alert level of COVID-19 on Thursday after finding a patient suspected to be potentially infected with the virus. According to the Samoa Observer, Samoa's director general of health Leausa Take Naseri confirmed at a press conference on Thursday that the 23-year-old...

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