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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...
The Win Far No.636
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,...
Image from Robert George's short-film I Am the Moment
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...
A view of Waikiki Beach looking toward Hilton Hawaiian Village.
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...
Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga is looking at more repatriation flights to bring nationals home from low risk countries, but the cost of quarantine for repatriated passengers over a three-month period is estimated to be around $1 million pa’anga, the Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola conjected...
Samoa residents sit along the seawall in downtown Apia
Apia, SAMOA — Officers conducting Samoa's national census will be dishing out cash while on the job. Newsline Samoa reports that every citizen whose personal details are collected by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics officers will receive $50 tala (US$18) It is part of the government's second stimulus...
Chris Cocker and Aupito William Sio
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The head of the South Pacific Tourism Organization says any prospect of a tourism rebound this year has been written off. The region's economies are reeling from the loss of tourism - which makes up a majority of their income - because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Chris...
Uiti Lagavale
Apia, SAMOA — The second lot of Recognised Seasonal Employees or RSE workers arrived into Faleolo Airport yesterday afternoon in an all hands-on-deck operation by the Ministry of Health, Samoa Airport Authority and Ministry of Police, to ensure the safe transportation of repatriated citizens to...
In this July 4, 2020, file photo, protesters gather near a fire in downtown Portland, Ore
Portland, OREGON — A 24-year old Samoan, along with six other people, have been arrested and face federal charges for their roles in this past weekend’s riots at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon. Taimane Jame Te’o, 24, of Eugene, Oregon, is charged with assaulting a federal...
Tanumalala high security prison.
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan man was kept in prison for nearly five years longer than he should have been because of an administrative error. Sio Agafili, 45, was meant to have been released in December 2015, but the error was only picked up on by a judge when he appeared in the Supreme Court last week...

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