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Members of the Paradise of Samoa community dance group. (Photo: CRAIG KEENER / Special to the Statesman Journal)
Paradise of Samoa, a Polynesian dance and culture nonprofit group based in Salem, began in 2006 with a question: Why didn’t something like it already exist? “We were looking for a Polynesian group for our own children, and then we couldn’t find one,” said Tasi Keener, a co-founder. “So we created...
WE NEED OUR SAMOAN LANGUAGE: Rev. Lavilavi Soloi, Rev. Vaiao Alailima Eteuati and Makerita Asiata. (Photo: Aruna Lolani/ Samoa Observer))
We should value our Samoan language and do the best we can to strengthen how it is used. That is the message from the Chairperson of the Samoan Language Commission; Reverend Vaiao Alailima Eteuati. He was speaking during a press conference to highlight the work of the Commission, especially in...
National GOP leaders repudiated the unequal citizenship of Americans living in the country’s territories during a meeting of the Republican National Committee on Friday in Nashville. The Republican National Committee did so with the passage of a resolution entitled “Affirming the Equal Citizenship...
Tonga's Parliament building. [Photo: RNZ Pacific/Koro Vaka'uta]
On Thursday afternoon, a short one-page notice was published that caught many in Tonga off guard. King Tupou VI had dissolved parliament, effective from 5pm. Months of frustrations with the government of Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva had come to a head, and the Speaker of Parliament, Lord Tu'...
Samoa's new international airline, Samoa Airways, will fly between Auckland and Apia six times per week. The airline launches its service on November 14 from its hub at Faleolo International Airport. Samoa Airways will fly from Auckland to Apia on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and...
 Tonga's King Tupou VI [Photo: RNZI/Indira Moala]
Tonga's King has dissolved the country's parliament and called for fresh elections. The decision marks the downfall of 'Akilisi Pohiva, the first commoner to be elected prime minister in 2014. His government has been marred by controversy and allegations of incompetence, but he survived a motion of...
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 is Yazaki's last day of operation in Samoa, Its departure puts 700 people out of work. However there are at least two private manufacturing companies getting ready to set up for business in Samoa, which could take on many of the Yazaki out of work people.  (Photo: RNZI/ Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia)
AMATA WELCOMES SIGNING OF VETERANS APPEALS IMPROVEMENT ACT Washington, D.C. – Thursday, August 24, 2017 — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, who serves on the Veterans Affairs Committee, welcomed the signing into law of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2288), which she...
VAB Designz is the brain child of Samoan fashion designer Dee Tuitama. [photo: RNZI]
The Pacific Fusion Fashion show (PFFS) is the first event of its kind to be held in Otara's town centre. South Auckland's culture capital venue stages this year's event, to a backdrop of traditional Pacific clothing stores that surround the complex. Eleven emerging Pacific and Maori fashion...
First Union members - and a giant Easter bunny - picket Auckland councilors before their meeting on Easter Sunday trading.  [Photo: RNZ / Anusha Bradley]
AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES MINISTER RESIGNS FROM CABINET Samoa's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi has tendered his resignation to Cabinet to await the outcome of a charge of deception, which he is facing. At a press conference yesterday afternoon (Samoa...
A breathable wrap that keeps avocado green for four days, rather than it browning straight away was an idea that may have languished, were it not for the intervention of fund helping women entrepreneurs grow their start-ups. [RNZI]
A breathable wrap that keeps avocado green for four days, rather than it browning straight away was an idea that may have languished, were it not for the intervention of fund helping women entrepreneurs grow their start-ups. Established by Toronto-based Vicki Salmon, SheEO venture capital fund uses...

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