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 Sasina village council with church ministers and MP Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Schmidt. [Photo: RNZ Pacific/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Sasina, SAMOA — The Samoan village of Sasina has paid families and church ministers their portion of lease money for land rented to Hong Kong based investors. The 500 acres of customary land is being rented out at US$125,000 a year for nonu tree farming for the export of juice and fruit. The cash...
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Apia, SAMOA — Taro from Samoa may be allowed into American Samoa if stringent control measures being proposed by the Samoa Ministry of Agriculture are accepted. Of major importance to this new proposal is confirmation from Samoan authorities that the taro is pest free. Consignments of taro for...
LUATUANU'U CLASH: Police Commissioner Fuiava Egon Keil and Police officers at Luatuanu'u. (Photo: Misiona Simo / Samoa Observer)
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Service has issued a statement confirming the severity of the attack against Police officers when they were called to Luatuanu’u to resolve a conflict there, last month.  According to a statement issued to the Weekend Observer, the Police estimate that $10,000 is the...
 A forecast of the track Cyclone Kala would take over the weekend. It could be a category three at its closest point to Fiji. [Photo: Fiji Meteorological Service]
Suva, FIJI — People in Fiji's sodden west were being urged to prepare for the worst on Saturday as the country prepared to be hit by the second cyclone in a week. A tropical depression - TD13F - continued to gather strength as it slowly moved east towards Fiji. It would likely be declared category...
SAIPAN – The CNMI's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children on Tuesday launched an electronic benefit transfer system, dubbed eWIC, replacing paper checks with a card. As of Tuesday, the WIC program has distributed 62 eWIC cards to families and will continue to...
Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard  (Hannah Peters/Getty Images via Pink News)
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to compete in the Commonwealth Games – despite Australia and Samoa’s forceful objections. Hubbard, 40, was named to the New Zealand women’s weightlifting team in November, sparking backlash within the sport.  The athlete, who...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Airways is planning to add new dry-leased narrowbody aircraft to replace its sole B737-800 currently wet-leased from Italy's Neos (NO, Milan Malpensa), CEO Seiuli Alvin Tuala has told the Samoa Observer. The replacement, likely to happen in 2019 when the current lease contract...
Iuniarra Sipaia of Samoa competes in the women's +75kg final during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.  [photo: AFP via RNZI]
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan weightlifter Iuniarra Sipaia has been cleared of any wrongdoing after mistakenly taking a banned substance. But the decision by the International Weightlifting Federation has come too late for the 24-year-old to compete at the Commonwealth Games. Iuniarra Sipaia was originally...
 Tuiloma Pula Lameko [on the left] being sworn in as a deputy head of state alongisde Le Mamea Ropati [Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is making preparations for a state funeral for one of the country's two deputy heads of state, Tuiloma Pule Lameko, who died on Monday at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital. The 83 year old was one of Samoa's longest serving politicians and public servants, having entered...
 Tropical Cyclone Josie causes major flooding in Fiji's Ba [Photo: Fiji Village via RNZI]
Suva, FIJI — Tropical Cyclone Josie is moving away from the Fiji group but the category one cyclone has caused severe flooding in parts of the country. Fiji Village online reports four people have died and one person is still missing after being washed away by flood waters. Police have confirmed...

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