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Samoa’s Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — The former Methodist Church Minister, Tugia Tuliau pleaded guilty Monday to 10 charges of sexual connection with a minor. The 10 charges include one of rape, seven sexual conduct and two counts of indecent acts on a family member. Judge Leiataualesā Daryl Clarke suggested sentence...
MMR vaccine
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A hospital out of vaccines. Families resisting quarantine. Boatloads of visitors screened for disease. As the Pacific grapples with a deadly measles outbreak originating in New Zealand, some of the region's smallest states are seeing their health systems put under increasing...
Fisherman holding a skipjack tuna
Manila, PHILIPPINES — Tuna industry leaders have different views on the best way to solve the current market crisis. Some of the world's biggest tuna fishing fleets are set to meet "face-to-face" on Nov. 13 in Manila, Philippines, as record low prices are seen as unsustainable for most tuna fleets...
A stray dog looking into the eye of the camera
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Police Service is planning to train impounded stray dogs as police dogs. Deputy Police Commissioner, Papali'i Monalisa Tiai said the discussions were "in the pipeline", according to Samoa Observer. Currently, police dogs and their handlers were trained in New Zealand by police....
Posters warning about measles in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan family of a two-year-old boy, who died of suspected measles a week ago, is now also mourning the death of his one-year-old sister, who is also thought to have died from the virus. The family held a double burial on Saturday for the siblings, who first went to Apia's...
Some of the thousands of marijuana plants confiscated in Samoa late last week.
Apia, SAMOA — Police rounded up the biggest drug bust operation in Samoa with about 10,000 marijuana plants, military firearms, methamphetamine utensils and cash seized at Faleatiu. The operation in the deepwoods of Faleatiu Thursday morning saw six suspects being arrested in relation to the bust...
Fire and Emergency Services Authority attending the injured
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Fire and Emergency Services as well as the Samoa Police responded to a fatal car accident which has claimed the life of a passenger and left 3 more with serious injuries at Motootua hospital. Captain Christian Tooala who had driven past the scene soon after the...
Photo of MMR vaccine and needle
Apia, SAMOA — The Government of Samoa Ministry of Health yesterday issued a followup of their “Measles Prevention” public notice sent out last week, advising that they are continuing to reinforce the immediate closure of all pre-schools and child daycare facilities “to further prevent the spread of...
Anne Fatialofa as she receives the award
Tokyo, JAPAN — If you grew up in Samoa and Auckland rugby circles then the chances are, you’ve visited the home of the late Papaliitele Peter “Fats” Fatialofa and his wife Anne. 21 Kerrs Road, Wiri near Manukau bears many memories of rugby history both on and off the field for Fats and Anne, their...
Stephanie Westberg
Apia, SAMOA — A woman who arrived on an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland on the 11th of April 2019 this year and was caught with drugs has submitted a late application through her lawyer for a discharge without conviction. Stephanie Westberg had entered an early guilty plea after marijuana was...

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