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 Joey Mataele, a long-time activist for the rights of transgender women in Tonga. [Photo: Supplied]
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — The struggle for more acceptance and tolerance of transgender and LGBT communities within largely religious and conservative Pacific communities has been highlighted in a new film winning the hearts of global audiences. Leiti is short for the term fakaleiti, a term that...
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Apia, SAMOA  — The national carrier is now offering international cargo on all its flights between Apia, Auckland and Sydney. This is the latest addition to Samoa Airways’ range of services in a bid to ensure that its customers enjoy the full benefits of supporting the airline. “Cargo is an...
Washington, D.C. — A federal grand jury returned an indictment against Christopher Lischewski, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bumble Bee Foods LLC, for participating in a conspiracy to fix prices for packaged seafood sold in the United States, the Department of Justice announced today...
 Marijuana plant [Photo: Esteban Lopez via unsplash.com]
Saipan, CNMI — The Northern Marianas Senate has passed a bill decriminalizing the use and possession of marijuana. Having been passed in the nine-seat senate with six yes votes and three abstentions, the bill now advances to the House of Representatives for approval. It would allow the use of...
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. [photo from website]
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Hawaii Department of Transportation has decided to rename and renumber all the gates and all the baggage claim areas at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.  The project, to prepare for the expansion of the airport, will require the manufacture of 3,100 signs; the...
Professor David Tombs ... “churches are going to have to be a part of the solution." [Image: Sri Krishnamurthi/NZIPR]
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Globally, roughly one in three women experience violence, but in Samoa it is “probably” two out of three women, according to Professor David Tombs, principal investigator of the research project to strengthen the role of the church as an actor in the prevention of gender-...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has downplayed questions raised about the advertisement of the post of Police Commissioner.  [SN file photo]
SAMOAN POET HIGHLIGHTS MOTHER'S TREATMENT A Samoan poet has published a heartfelt piece of poetry in motion on social media in response to her mother's residential care home subsidy application being declined in New Zealand. Titled Dear Loyal New Zealand Citizen, Grace Taylor reads a letter...
In this May 13, 2018 photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey, gases rise from a fissure near Pahoa, Hawaii. The new fissure in Hawaii’s Puna District sent gases and lava exploding into the air, spurring officials to call for more evacuations as residents waited for a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcano’s summit. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A new volcanic fissure on Hawaii’s Big Island sent gases and lava exploding into the air, prompting officials to issue calls for more evacuations as residents awaited a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcano’s summit. Hawaii County Civil Defense issued an emergency...
This Saturday, May 12, 2018, image released by the Hawi’i County Fire Department, shows an aerial view of fissure 16, on the Big Island of Hawaii. The fissure is located 500 m northeast of the Puna Geothermal Venture site. Warnings that Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could shoot boulders and ash out of its summit crater are prompting people to rethink their plans to visit the Big Island. But most of the rest of the island is free of volcanic hazards, and local tourism officials are hoping travelers will recognize
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii (all times local): 6:55 a.m. Officials say a new lava fissure has been reported and are ordering more evacuations on Hawaii’s Big Island. The Hawaii County Civil Defense issued an alert Sunday morning that steam and lava...
 Some of the seven survivors shortly after being rescued [Photo: Facebook/ @RadioKiribati]
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand Defence Force aircraft are spending hundreds of expensive hours every year looking for missing fishing boats and ferries in the Pacific. While there are moves afoot to improve maritime safety in the region, some say it's time for a total rethink on where aid...

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