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The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has shared with the federal government their concerns on the impact of Pacific fisheries with a proposed amendment to the federal Billfish Conservation Act (BCA). The proposed amendment, through federal legislation, was introduced last month...
 NZ is funding Samoa's dog control program.  [Photo: supplied]
Samoa has a new facility to shelter and train stray dogs. The shelter, at Tafaigata, is the first of its kind for Samoa and replaces a temporary shelter at Vaitele that was established in June 2014. It was opened by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, last week. Our correspondent,...
Fekita ‘Utoikamanu of Tonga has been appointed the United Nations High Representative for the Least Developed Countries.  [courtesy photo]
Noumea, NEW CALEDONIA — The Pacific Community (SPC) offers its congratulations on the appointment of the Kingdom of Tonga’s Fekita ‘Utoikamanu to the esteemed position of United Nations High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island...
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ANN ARBOR. Michigan — A survey of two groups of Pacific Islanders draws comparisons between the health of two populations of Pacific Islanders residing in California, revealing they lag behind the state in several key areas of health. Led by Sela Panapasa, a scientist in the University of Michigan...
HAPPY EASTER SAMOA: Tupetoa Ronji and Bena Tanielu are happy to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world – including some of the most dangerous places for Christians. (Photo: Misiona Simo)
As Samoa pauses today to remember the suffering of Jesus Christ the Saviour, two passionate Samoan Christians whose mission is to tell the world about that love, will join them in thanksgiving. This Good Friday, Tupetoa Ronji and Rebena Tanielu, will join their families in Samoa for a time of...
American Samoa is again back in federal court, this time at the federal appeals level over a lower court’s decision last year dismissing a voting right lawsuit, which sought to give former residents of Illinois, who are active military personnel residing in Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin...
 Auckland Airport (file photo): Air New Zealand says the weather is expected to cause "significant disruption" to its services. [Photo: RNZ / Teresa Cowie]
Traffic in Auckland has eased as Cyclone Cook heads towards the Central Plateau but the wild weather continues to disrupt flights in many parts of the North Island. The weather system bore down on New Zealand just as the Easter weekend travel rush kicked off. MetService predicted downpours and...
 Samoan language picture book created by A'oga Fa'asamoa. [Photo: RNZI]
Tongan, Samoan and Māori are among 11 new language courses to be offered at a university in Beijing. The Beijing Foreign Studies University said the new programmes were to boost support for China's ties with Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean, Africa and eastern Europe. China has ties with these regions...
Dr. Tonia Bagby, associate director Veterans Affairs Pacific Island Healthcare System, answers questions during a town hall meeting for veterans at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Tuesday. [The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER]
KAHULUI — Maui veterans are calling for improvements to the Veterans Choice Program, an option that allows those who live far from Veterans Affairs medical facilities to seek care with civilian doctors. It’s an option veterans said they’re glad to have, but the relatively new program has bugs, they...
DRIVER IN FATAL ACCIDENT PLEADS NOT GUILTY The driver of a vehicle, which slammed into a bus and exploded, killing an elderly man in the process has pleaded not guilty to charges against him, according to reports in the Samoa Observer. Keiji Li appeared before the Samoa Chief Justice yesterday. Li...

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