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Washington, D.C. — The US Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General (DOI-OIG) has found that the Office of Insular Affairs (DOI-OIG took “prompt and immediate action in its allocation” of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to Insular Area government. This is...
Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu
Apia, SAMOA — With countries in lockdown due to Covid-19 and strict travel restrictions in place across the Pacific, the reigning Miss Samoa and Miss Pacific Islands, Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu, has confirmed that she will continue her reign for a second term. This is the first time in the...
Hawaiian plane on reef runway at HNL with Diamondhead in the background
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaiian Airlines has further extended its flight suspensions on long-haul routes. This comes as Hawaii has delayed its reopening for mainland tourists amid a surge in coronavirus cases. In turn, the move has pushed the state’s leading airline to push its flight resumptions....
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Apia, SAMOA — A report by TV1Samoa details Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi saying that many people had complained about the popular social media platform and how it was being used to hurt people. "I am thinking about this a lot especially how it is being used to make defamatory...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — An Auckland immigration advisor was dishonest, negligent and unprofessional in his dealings with two Samoan brothers, a tribunal has found. Salesa (Charles) Aioloupotea was paid thousands of dollars by the brothers in early 2018 to prepare and submit an application for New...
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Salt Lake City, UTAH — There has been an upswing in Covid-19 infections among Pacific Islanders in the American state of Utah. The state is home to the largest Pacific Island community on the United States mainland - it is made up mostly of Polynesians but also includes a significant number of...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has confirmed he will be running in the 2021 General Elections. The announcement pours cold water on recent rumours he will be retiring from political life. The 74 year-old leader made the announcement soon after his ruling Human...
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New York, NEW YORK — The suspected murder of an I-Kiribati fisheries observer in March of this year demands UN intervention to ensure effective and thorough investigation, according to a formal complaint by Greenpeace USA and the Association for Professional Observers (APO). The complaint,...
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New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND — Pasifika directors will be looking to make their mark when the Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival gets underway next week. For the first time, a Pacific person is selecting the finalists for the festival's NZ short film competition, and there's a...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — In a major blow to the tourism industry, the governor has announced plans to delay until Sept. 1 a program that would allow trans-Pacific travelers to skip quarantine in Hawaii if they test negative for COVID-19. Gov. David Ige said he delayed the launch of traveler pre-testing...

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