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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...
Mr Lin of Peta Lin Store holds bag of chicken
Apia, SAMOA — A disparity in the price of chicken between stores was felt by consumers this past weekend with some shops selling at $4.20, while another store set the price at $5.80 per kilogram. As many in Samoa lost their jobs and sources of income due to the necessary COVID-19 state of emergency...
Iraqi money, illegal guns and ammunition, as well as a hardcover book with descriptions of various guns
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two senior Department of Public Safety police officials have rejected claims from Samoa that Iraqi currency and prohibited weapons found in a police raid at Faleatiu village in Samoa last week came from American Samoa. Responding to these “strong suspicious and...
Faleolo International Airport
Apia, SAMOA — The matai council of Ti'avea village on the eastern end of Upolu in Samoa, has consented to a government request to relocate homes and graves to facilitate the construction of a $US5 million airstrip. The Samoa Observer newspaper reported a senior matai, Tolu Iona Maiava, said the...
A car part and the baggie of cocaine found in it
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Service (SPS) has confirmed that 200 grams of cocaine was found hidden in a car part that was sent as a mail package from Mexico, after multiple news agencies in Samoa broke the story overnight. In a press release SPS says it was notified by the Ministry of Customs...

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