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Samoa sailor, Puletiu  holds up a paper from his employer
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Shipping Services (SSS) General Manager Lautimuia Afoa Uelese Vaai has responded to a video by a Samoan sailor begging to return home to Samoa. Puletiu Atoa Taulapapa Pa’õ Sa’ale Lauliliu says in a video that has been widely shared on social media, that the coronavirus pandemic...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — As of now THE Government of Samoa has deep reservations in opening the borders for international travels even if it’s only for repatriation purposes, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has indicated in an exclusive interview with a TVNZ News representative Friday afternoon...
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...

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