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 Australia's opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten. [Photo: AFP via RNZI]
Canberra, AUSTRALIA — The Australian opposition leader, Bill Shorten, has accused the government of a strategic blunder in the Pacific. The Australian newspaper quoted Mr Shorten saying the Turnbull government's approach towards Australia's friends in the Pacific had been found wanting. He said it...
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — There have been a range of reactions from New Zealand's Pacific community over anti-gay comments made Australia's highest-profile rugby player, Israel Folau. The former Mormon-turned fundamentalist Christian, who is of of Tongan descent, ignited intense debate after a social...
 Former Head of State, His Highness Le Afioga a le Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta'isi Efi [Photo: RNZ Pacific / Sela Jane Hopgood]
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's former head of state has publicly voiced his concerns about the alienation of customary lands. Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi has confirmed claims that customary lands are being alienated as a result of a law passed during his tenure. The former head of state reminded people...
 Pacific leaders at talks with the head of Britain's Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Simon McDonald. [Photo: Government of the Kingdom of Tonga]
London, ENGLAND — An academic says it remains to be seen what the impacts of the United Kingdom's attempts to reconnect with the Pacific will be after a signifcant period of being less engaged. Britain has just announce its plans to open new diplomatic posts in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu at the...
 Hawaii flash flood [Photo: Crossroads Christian Fellowship via RNZI]
Kaua'i County, HAWAII — Hundreds of people in Hawaii have had to be airlifted after floods devastated Kaua'i County on the island of Kauai. It has also caused damage to parts of neighbouring Oahu. The state's Red Cross is busy delivering emergency aid to people, many of whom are in evacuation...
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Maliegaoi [SN file photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi appears to have shut the door on the Samoa Observer from asking him questions directly during his weekly media programmes. He certainly did last Thursday during a scheduled media programme allocated for the Samoa Observer and Radio 2AP...
AN ICONIC RACE: The fautasi race was once a key feature of the celebration of Samoa’s independence day. [Samoa Observer]
Apia, SAMOA — The cancellation of the fautasi race for this year’s Independence Celebration has once again raised eye brows, with fears being expressed that one of Samoa’s most popular traditional regatta may soon be a thing of the past. This is the third consecutive year that the fautasi regatta...
 59 Samoan sailors with acting PM Papalii Niko Lee Hang [Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Apia, SAMOA — In Samoa 59 sailors preparing to leave for employment on board cargo and cruise ships in Europe have been warned not to breach their work conditions by drinking alcohol. During a farewell ceremony the acting Prime Minister, Papalii Niko Lee Hang said this is the main challenge faced...
The body of the man found at Savalalo. [Photo: Facebook]
Apia, SAMOA — A man in his 40s was found dead behind the Savalalo fish market on Saturday morning.  Witnesses told the Samoa Observer the man was found with only his under garments.  One of them, Sina Ulugia, said there were no visible injuries.  They suspect that the man drowned. Phone calls and...
 Sanele Mao won a gold medal in weightlifting for Samoa. [Photo: AFP or licensors via RNZI]
Apia, SAMOA — Team Samoa Chef de Mission Nynette Sass says the 2018 Commonwealth Games can be a launching pad for sport in the country after the team finished highest of the Pacific nations competing at the games. Samoa finished in 17th place on the overall medal tally on the Gold Coast, winning...

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