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Joseph Matamata appearing via videolink
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The jail term given to a man convicted of slavery and trafficking has been called manifestly inadequate. Hastings-based Samoan chief Joseph Auga Matamata was last year given 11 years in prison for bringing 13 Samoans to New Zealand and exploiting them for more than two...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old man from Samoa who was convicted of violating the drug laws of the territory has been ordered to depart the territory and remain outside of its border, as a condition of his 5-year probation sentence. Mati Kolone, who has been in custody since his arrest...
New sanitary gate at the Faleolo airport
Apia, SAMOA — Sanitary Gates have been installed at the Faleolo International Airport as further protection against COVID 19.As the first and last point of defense, the Samoa Airport Authority (SAA) has developed a Public Health Corridor initiative in its efforts to maintain a high level of...
Covid-19 vaccine bottles
Apia, SAMOA — The first batch of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa on Friday (Samoa time). According to the Samoa Observer, over 20,000 vials of the vaccine, sourced under the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility, arrived at the Faleolo International...
Leituala Dr Ben Matalavea
Apia, SAMOA — A senior doctor has revealed that Samoa’s first and so far only official case of Covid-19 who arrived into Samoa with his mother as repatriated citizens in February 2021, had actually travelled from Samoa to the US just two months prior, in December 2020. The Clinical Director of the...
Two election officials and a voter
Apia, SAMOA — After the first day of pre-polling in Samoa's general election, the ruling Human Rights Protection Party leads the preliminary count over new party Faatuatua I le Atua Samoa ua Tasi Party. About 8,000 voters can cast their ballots over four days before Friday's election. The...
Apia, SAMOA — An interdenominational "March for Jesus" was held in front of the Government Building on Saturday uniting churchgoers from different faiths. The event kicked off with a parade starting from the Vaisigano Bridge to the Government Building with the members of the different churches...
Stations of the Cross
Apia, SAMOA — The usual hustle and bustle to end the working week was yesterday morning replaced with a peaceful pause across Samoa, as a nation founded on God paused to commemorate Good Friday.  Good Friday marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, preceding Easter Sunday....
Statement from Japan's ambassador to Samoa & the UNICEF Pacific rep
Apia, SAMOA — Anticipating the arrival of the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, the Government of Japan this past week announced a humanitarian grant of US$140,000 (more than $300,000 tala) to support the Samoa’s efficient deployment of COVID-19 vaccines. The National Emergency Operation Center...
AstraZeneca logo
Apia, SAMOA —  Samoan authorities have laid out their COVID-19 vaccination plans, listing people who will receive the incoming Astra Zeneca vaccine by consent. The Director General of Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri, said the age group of 18 years and older would be vaccinated, but not those aged 85...

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