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Passenger getting off Air New Zealand plane
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s newly announced Chief Justice along with several other passengers described as VIPs who arrived into Faleolo International Airport on Friday afternoon have been moved to and from three separate hotels in the past 24 hours. According to a staff member of the Ministry of Health...
Samoan Language Week poster
The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week is a perfect fit for helping our Pacific communities cope with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare now for the journey ahead as New Zealand focuses on recovery plans and rebuilding New...
Apia, SAMOA — The mother of a Samoan sailor currently abroad on a cruise ship has expressed concern about her son's welfare and appealed to the Samoa Shipping Services to keep her and other parents updated. Local Moe Lei Sam told Samoa Observer that her son Jerry Ta'avao is one of the many Samoan...
Air New Zealand logo
Apia, SAMOA — The repatriation flight originally announced by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi to be scheduled for the 19th of May, then rescheduled to this Friday 22nd May has once again been postponed by a further seven days to next Friday 29th of May. Potential passengers have been...
Pulemelei Mound
Apia, SAMOA — The pyramid-like Pulemelei Mound in Samoa, identified as the largest ancient structure in Polynesia, is for sale. The structure is located on a piece of land covering more than 1000 acres, the largest freehold property on Samoa, has now been put on the market either as a single block...
 Air New Zealand planes parked up at Auckland Airport
Apia, SAMOA — The Government of Samoa in collaboration with the Government of New Zealand and Air New Zealand will begin repatriation flights out of Auckland for Samoan nationals and residents on Friday 29 May and thereafter on June 12 and 26 as well as July 9 and 23.  The flight on May 22 is still...
Hawaii fishing boats at Pier 22 in Honolulu.
WASHINGTON — For the past three months, much of Hawaii’s longline fishing fleet, the one that normally stocks the state’s markets and restaurants with fresh poke, ruby red ahi and slabs of swordfish, has been tied up in port as the coronavirus ravages the islands’ economy. With tourism all but...
Apia courthouse in August 1914.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government has started the demolition of a more than 100 year old building seen by many as a historical relic worth saving. The old courthouse was built by the German Administration in 1902. It later became the seat of power for the newly established independent Samoa...
Samoa sailor, Puletiu  holds up a paper from his employer
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Shipping Services (SSS) General Manager Lautimuia Afoa Uelese Vaai has responded to a video by a Samoan sailor begging to return home to Samoa. Puletiu Atoa Taulapapa Pa’õ Sa’ale Lauliliu says in a video that has been widely shared on social media, that the coronavirus pandemic...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — As of now THE Government of Samoa has deep reservations in opening the borders for international travels even if it’s only for repatriation purposes, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has indicated in an exclusive interview with a TVNZ News representative Friday afternoon...

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