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Suva, FIJI — A church minister in Fiji has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for the rape and sexual assault of three women. Pastor Waisake Tulavu was found guilty last week of raping and sexually assaulting three members of his church. The High Court ruled Tulavu had raped two women and...
Fa’amanu Fa’amanatu in a hospital bed
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — When Fa’amanu Fa’amanatu travelled to Australia seeking employment to provide for a better future for his family in Samoa, he never imagined that he would instead, be hospitalised with life threatening cancer. As reported in an exclusive interview with Mark Riley on 7News in...
James Ferreira and Jay Pagay
Honolulu, HAWAII — Authorities have arrested eight Hawaii residents suspected in an illegal drug ring. Federal prosecutors say the suspects are tied to a Mexican meth ring that smuggled drugs to the islands. Those arrested included 51-year-old James Ferreira, known as “Uncle,” and 54-year-old...
Samoa Police Commissioner along with two other officers in front of guns confiscated.
Apia, SAMOA — Police Commissioner Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil confirmed three have been arrested and face meth-related charges  following a police raid at Faleatiu this week. Methemphetamine, cash, weapons, marijuana plants and a rental car were confiscated by police during an incident at the...
Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa
Apia, SAMOA — Former Deputy Prime Minister, Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa is one of three unopposed candidates when registrations closed on Friday (Samoa time). Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi who was unopposed in 2016, is facing two opponents in the April 9 general elections. The confirmed list...
Tino Tagiilima (centre)
A man killed in a collision between a truck and a van full of seasonal workers on the Napier-Taupō Rd earlier this week has been released. Tino Tagiilima, 37, of Samoa, died on SH5, Tarawera, on Monday as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. Tagiilima was one of the occupants of the van...
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard during 2015 promotion ceremony
Washington, D.C. — Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is no longer a part-time soldier with the Hawaii Army National Guard. Instead, she’s a major in the U.S. Army Reserve at a command post in Silicon Valley. Gabbard, who opted against running for reelection after a failed presidential campaign,...
The truck involved in the crash on the Napier-Taupo highway
Napier-Taupo highway, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan man in his late thirties is dead and 10 others are injured after a horror crash on the Napier-Taupo highway between a van and a truck. Police say the van was carrying RSE workers who were travelling from Hastings to Taupō for a holiday. The man was in...
Samoa coastline
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa this weekend signed a groundbreaking new agreement to conserve 30 per cent of its ocean area and sustain its resources for the long-term. Some 36,000 square kilometres of new fully-protected Marine Protected Areas inside Samoa’s Exclusive Economic Zone is expected to result from...
Esther Tagi outside Court in Mulinuu
Apia, SAMOA — The trial of six people arrested by police at Faatoia in December last year has been adjourned following an unexpected guilty plea by one of the defendants. Pitoitua Aloese of Faatoia may become a police informant, as he changed his plea before Justice Vui Clarence Nelson through his...

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