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Joseph Auga Matamata
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The first person jailed for human trafficking and slavery is appealing his conviction, while the Crown is appealing his sentence. The Hastings-based Samoan chief, Joseph Auga Matamata, was last month sentenced to 11 years in prison for illegally bringing 13 Samoans to New...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's prime minister is considering further Covid-19 restrictions despite the country remaining coronavirus free. Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi told his weekly radio show that extended quarantine for returning citizens was on the cards along with increased social distancing. Tuila'...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's annual Teuila festival showcasing the country's culture, traditions and music will be a digital event this year due to Covid-19, and the government's State of Emergency regulations. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the festival will highlight iconic performances and...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has extended its State of Emergency to 27 September. It was due to end today on Monday but the extension was announced by the government today. Last week the government suspended all international flights and cancelled a repatriation flight from Auckland due to the resurgence of...
Samoa PM, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister has urged local families to stop telling false stories about pandemic hardships to families overseas in order to get money. Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi's comments came after the government decided to halt all international flights because of the Covid-19...
Samoa PM, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — All international air travel to and from Samoa has been temporarily suspended, effective immediately. The amendment to the State of Emergency includes repatriation flights and coincides with an extension of Level 3 Covid-19 Alert Level in the New Zealand city of Auckland. Samoa's...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Government of Samoa on Thursday signed a $1.5 million grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help fund the country’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Samoa’s Minister of Finance and ADB Governor Honorable Sili Epa Tuioti signed the agreement at the...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Government of Samoa this week signed a $1.5 million grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help fund the country’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Samoa’s Minister of Finance and ADB Governor Honorable Sili Epa Tuioti signed the agreement today at...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Director General of Health says the country remains free of Covid-19 so the public shouldn't believe rumors to the contrary. Leausa Dr Take Naseri held his first Covid press conference since March on Tuesday and spent the time highlighting the government's work to prevent the...
One of the quarantine halls at Poutasi village
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is trying to secure the services of a forensic pathologist to ascertain the cause of death of a 27 year old repatriated seasonal worker. The man died almost a month after being released from quarantine. The Director General of Health, Leausa Take Naseri, told TV1...

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