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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...
Hawaii Community Correction Center
Honolulu, HAWAII — A Samoan man is among three former prison guards at the Hawaii Community Correction Center in Hilo, Hawaii that were indictment this past Wednesday at the federal court in Honolulu for the alleged assault of an inmate and attempting to cover up the incident, according to...
Parliament building of the Cook Islands, located on Rarotonga. It used to be a hotel which later was rebuilt
Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS — There are renewed calls in the Cook Islands for an indigenous Māori name to replace the country's colonial era moniker. Traditional leaders used the recent 30th anniversary of Rarotonga's Tākitimu monarch to push for the name change. Tākitimu's paramount chief herself...
Samoans stranded in New Zealand
Hastings, NEW ZEALAND — Samoa's RSE workers who finished their contracts in May and June will be returned home on chartered flights organized by the New Zealand horticulture industry. The date for the first flight is yet to be finalised but an assistant CEO of Samoa's Ministry of Labour who is the...
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency for another month, taking the country to an unprecedented four-month lockdown. Samoa Observer reports that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi announced that as long as there is still a threat of the virus reaching Samoa "we...
Interactive map showing 1,000 cases in California
Honolulu, HAWAII — Pacific Islanders continue to face high rates of COVID-19 across multiple states, and in some areas the disparities are worsening. The Arkansas consul general for the Republic of the Marshall Islands told Radio New Zealand that the virus has already claimed 30 Marshallese lives...

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