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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Travellers arriving in Samoa on planned repatriation flights are being warned to comply with State of Emergency orders or face fines of up to $US700 which is equivalent to $WST2000. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said any passengers intending to travel to Samoa need to...
Samoa's prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's prime minister says he has deep reservations about reopening borders. Samoa was one of the first to lock down because of Covid-19, fearing a repeat of last year's measles epidemic which killed 83 people. The country's tourism industry has been hard hit by the shut down, and...
Samoa Ministry of Health logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government has approved four Air New Zealand flights into the country this month. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told Radio 2AP he knows of more than 900 people who are wanting to return to Samoa, either because they're stranded or because their New Zealand...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government has approved four Air New Zealand flights into the country this month. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told Radio 2AP he knows of more than 900 people who are wanting to return to Samoa, either because they're stranded or because their New Zealand...
Around 100 people protesting
Apia, SAMOA — The leader of the opposition Samoa First Party says she was surprised at the numbers who turned out to protest against three controversial bills before parliament. Unasa Iuni Sapolu said the vehicle-based procession went 30 kilometres from Faleolo Airport to parliament. They were...
Air New Zealand logo
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Four Air New Zealand flights will leave Samoa in May to bring stranded Kiwis home. A spokeswoman from Air New Zealand confirmed the Samoan government had granted permission to the airline to operate four return services from Auckland to Apia this month. "The permission...
A Samoa police vehicle patrolling the highway
Apia, SAMOA — A Methodist minister in Samoa has been removed from a Savaii parish while investigations continue into his apparent involvement in the death of a 16 year-old. The Samoa Observer newspaper reports the suspension was confirmed by the General Secretary of the church, Reverend Dr Eteuati...
Samoa Tupua Tamasese Meaole hospital
Apia, SAMOA — An engineer from LBJ hospital traveled to Samoa this past Friday to repair Samoa’s only C.T. machine.  The Samoa Observer reports that the C.T. has been out of order since at least October. (C. T. or computed tomography is a type of imaging used in hospitals. It uses special x-ray...
Crowded church
Apia, SAMOA — After nearly two months of not hearing church choirs singing hymns due to Covid-19 restrictions, Samoans piled into church buildings Sunday morning in unusually large numbers. The streets were again whitewashed with flashy Sunday best attire. Inside one church in Apia, there was...
I don't speak Samoan, I can't spell ‘faavelevas’, and I don’t know the culture; but I do know what an Economy about to collapse looks like. I know people will go hungry, and some already are. I know distress is coming, and desperation has arrived. Forget the lockdown, this is a tourist based...

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