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Salelologa, SAVAII — The Samoa Federated Farmers Incorporated facilitated an awareness campaign in Savaii late last month. They are the recipient of the $200,000 SAT grant by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) fund for NGOs, made available through CSSP. Their project focuses on “...
Samoa’s Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — A 61 year old man from Salani Falealii entered a late guilty plea in Samoa’s Supreme Court on Wednesday before Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren. Fuimaono Tanielu faced 9 charges relating to sexual violation of a girl under 16 years of age. One charge of rape and 8 charges of...
 Apia Samoa LDS Church temple
Madang, PNG — A Samoan and a Tongan missionary at the Lae Mission of the Church of Latter Day Saints, LDS, in Papua New Guinea, are recovering from a recent violent attack on them. The church men were kidnapped and assaulted on Friday 11 October 2019 by a group of people. The violence was confirmed...
 Samoa's Ministry of Education CEO, Afamasaga Dr Karoline Fuata'i
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan government will close all schools in the country because of the current measles epidemic, but not until after exams are complete. The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Education, Afamasaga Dr Karoline Fuata'i made the announcement on Friday. TV1 Samoa reported the...
Taualai Leiloa talking with his lawyer.
Apia, SAMOA — A man who admitted to a charge of conspiracy to kill Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, wants to change his plea to not guilty. Taualai Leiloa, of Laulii and Magiagi villages, through his lawyer told the court that he wants to change to a not guilty plea. The...
Police Commissioner Fuiavailiili Egon Keil
Apia, SAMOA — Police are investigating how a woman with a criminal record ended up working as a police officer in the Ministry of Police. The woman is a former bank teller where she stole a substantial amount of money from her employer. After her recruitment several months ago, she was placed under...
Director General of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri (middle) with two senior doctors involved
Apia, SAMOA — Two babies and an adult are believed to have been killed in the measles epidemic in Samoa. The government has also today ordered all preschools and day care centres closed until further notice. In its latest advisory, the health ministry says there have been 15 confirmed cases in...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — A Methodist church minister in Samoa is facing eight charges, including rape and sexual connection, in relation to a girl under 16 years of age, who was living with his family. The accused's name suppression was lifted by the court today after the prosecution confirmed the victim is...
Taumeasina Island, SAMOA — Taumeasina Island Resort in Samoa will be the site of the first ever Samoa Tatau Festival, dubbed the biggest event of its kind to be hosted in the independent state. It’s all about family, friends, tattoos, and music. The three-day event will feature LIVE tattooing and...
Measles screening  group at Pago Pago International Airport.
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The New Zealand minister responsible for measles says she's very concerned at the spread of the disease to Samoa and Tonga. The associate health minister, Julie Anne Genter, said New Zealand has offered advice and assistance and stands ready to help in any way. "I...

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