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Tonga's King Tupou VI  speaking at U.N.
UN Headquarter, NEW YORK — Tonga is one of seven countries to lose their votes at the United Nations General Assembly because it hasn't paid its fees. The United Nations said the seven were so far behind in paying their dues that they are losing their voting privileges in the 193-member General...
 Completed sections of the Manatua Cable.
Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS — Avaroa Cable Ltd has confirmed that the Manatua One Polynesia submarine cable system has successfully been brought ashore in Rutaki village, Rarotonga, Cook Islands. The cable will provide world class international connectivity to Rarotonga and Aitutaki when it goes live...
French flag.
Paris, FRANCE — Fiji, Vanuatu, Guam and the two Samoas have been added to France's blacklist of non-cooperative countries and territories in fiscal matters. Paris updates the list annually and it now comprises 13 countries, including Panama, Oman as well as the British and US Virgin Islands. They...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister has ruled out an amnesty for parents whose children are yet to be fully vaccinated for measles. A law was passed at the height of the ongoing measles epidemic in December, mandating parents to ensure their children are vaccinated and making it a prerequisite for...
Front cover of Islands Business magazine showing Jacinda Ardern — New Zealand Prime Minister
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been named 'Pacific Person of the Year' by regional publication Islands Business magazine. It is only the second time the title has been given to a person of non-Pacific heritage, with former Australian Prime Minister John...
RSE workers from Samoa working in Bostock orchard
Victoria, AUSTRALIA — A Samoan seasonal worker in Australia has died over the Christmas and New Year period. A source said the worker, 23, from Sa'anapu village had spent Christmas with some relatives living in Australia when he drowned. The man worked as a fruit picker in a Victoria farm. The...
Saipan in the Northern Marianas.
Saipan, CNMI — A public health expert is warning that the Northern Marianas is at risk of a measles outbreak. Warren Villagomez, who is the public health and hospital emergency preparedness programme director, said due to its proximity to countries harbouring the disease, the CNMI was vulnerable to...
Samoa 2 tala coins
Apia, SAMOA — The minimum wage increase in Samoa, which came into effect on 1 January, has been welcomed by the local association of manufacturers and exporters. Last year, Cabinet approved an incremental increase from $WST2.30 per hour to $WST3.00 per hour. Association president Tagaloa Eddie...
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa measles epidemic has claimed two more lives, taking the death toll to 83. The latest deaths were confirmed by the Health Emergency Operation Centre in a statement issued on Monday night (Samoa time). The Samoa Ministry of Health confirms a cumulative total of 5,697 measles...
Samoa Airways logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Airways regrets to inform our customers that all flight services from today (Sunday 5th January 2020) through to Wednesday 8th January have been rescheduled due to operational reasons caused by weather related issues in Sydney, Australia. Passengers affected by the disruption to...

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