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who is also Chair of the Samoa Rugby Union with Samoa Rugby logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says World Rugby's proposed Nations Championship is a tournament for the rugby's rich elite. The governing body wants a 12 team global championship to start in 2022, that would feature teams from the Six Nations and Rugby...
nNw Samoa Parliament building
Apia, SAMOA — Two former Speakers of Samoa have marvelled at the country's new parliament building which opened this week at the traditional Tiafau malae in Apia. Like Australia’s own Parliament House, Samoa’s Maoto Fono will be a beacon of democracy. I joined the Chief Justice, Deputy Chair of...
Pacific Islanders at New Zealand climate demonstration
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The threat of sea level rise to Pacific Islands has been highlighted at a large public demonstration on New Zealand's parliament. Thousands of students attended a series of large public demonstrations around the country urging government action on climate change in New...
Person looking at a smart phone
Apia, Samoa — The Samoa Chamber of Commerce (SCOC) has appealed to young people to be smarter when using social media to look for and apply for jobs. The SCOC Chief Executive Officer, Lemauga Hobart Vaai, said the Chamber plans to train its interns and young staff to appreciate the importance of...
The Chief Executive Officer of MWTI Magele Hoe Viali.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government has pulled out from a multilateral air services agreement and now prefers bilateral air services arrangements with trade partners.  Samoa was a member of the  Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalization of International Air Transportation (MALIAT) but exercised...
Police stand outside a mosque in Linwood, Christchurch NZ
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers on what the prime minister called “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.” One man was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully...
Central Pacific Herbicide Relief Act.
Tampa, FLORIDA — Just days after the VA awarded Navy veteran Lonnie Kilpatrick disability benefits for his exposure to toxic herbicides, Lonnie passed away. Over the course of a decade, the VA refused to approve his benefits, claiming that because he was stationed on Guam and not in Vietnam, he was...
 Talalelei Pauga and supporters outside court in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — The man who threw a pig's head at Samoa's prime minister has entered a not guilty plea on a charge over an alleged immigration offence. Talalelei Pauga is accused of making a false declaration on a passenger arrival card when he entered the country in January The Samoa Observer said...
An artist impression of the Samoa Airways Boeing 737 Max 9
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government has expressed safety concerns around the Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft ahead of the national airline receiving the plane. Samoa Airways is scheduled to take deliver of the Max 9 in April. However, the Minister of Public Enterprises Lautafi Selafi Purcell has told...
Oldest tattoo tools know, found at Tongatapu.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Through radiocarbon dating, the pictured tattoo tools date back 2,700 years and makes them the oldest tattooing tools ever found. The tools, which are thought to be made of the bones of birds and possibly also humans, still have tiny bits of ink embedded in them, leaving no...

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