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Apia, SAMOA — Manu Samoa 7s is dedicating the Hong Kong IRB 7s leg next week to the late La’auli Alan Grey. They will be wearing black armbands to honor La’auli celebrated as the man responsible for propelling Manu Samoa to the world stage single handedly. “He’s an exemplary man,” are the...
A United Airlines employee checks in two Pacsafe rolling duffels at Vancouver International Airport for Cool Stuff’s journey back to the islands, after coverage of the 2018 Canada 7s.  The blue Pacsafe backpack has two pro bodies, lenses, flash, memory cards, batteries and MacBook Pro laptop... all compressed to fit properly in the overhead.  [photo: Barry Markowitz]
Honolulu, Hawai'i — Sometimes you gotta keep raving about the solid gear that keeps you going, and keeps dynamic images in the Samoa News. Pacsafe, as the name clearly implies, keeps your gear secure from vandals and the goofy TSA inspectors at LAX that are professional zipper busters. Pacsafe’s...
Apia, SAMOA — The China Navigation Company (CNCo) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment (SPREP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to address critical waste management issue in the Pacific islands. Known as the “Moana Taka Partnership”, this MOU allows for CNCo...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's President of Lands and Titles court Fepulea'i Attila Ropati has pleaded guilty to assaulting the night-watchman of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration. Through his lawyer, Fepulea'i pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting the complainant at a function in...
 La’auli Alan Grey (R) with his wife Marina (L) at the opening of the Sheraton Aggie Greys in 2016. [Photo: Samoa Observer]
Apia, SAMOA — Prominent Samoan businessman La'auli Alan Grey has passed away at the age of 82. The Samoa Observer says La'auli, the hotelier who played an instrumental role in the development of Samoan rugby and tourism in Samoa, passed away peacefully at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital Saturday...
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Maliegaoi [SN file photo]
Apia, SAMOA —  Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has challenged Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Maliegaoi, to take him to Court to prove if he is indeed Samoa’s most wanted blogger, known as O.L.P. Olo issued the challenge in Parliament yesterday. In doing so, Olo again denied that he is...
Samoa's historic Aggie Grey's Hotel which was badly damaged by Cyclone Gita is set to reopen in July.[photo: Loop Samoa ]
Apia, SAMOA — Mandatory voting for all registered voters in Samoa will be a must in the upcoming 2021 General Elections, subject to approval of the Electoral Bill 2018 now before parliament. The 2018 Bill will repeal the 55-year old Electoral Act 1963 and contains close to 80 amendments. One the...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Dylan Mika, who played seven tests for the All Blacks and two for Samoa, has died. He was 45. It is understood Mika, who suffered from diabetes, died from a heart attack. Mika's family have described him as a "warm, wonderful, and caring man". New Zealand Rugby chief...
 Jacinda Ardern visited Fasi Government Primary School to see the destruction caused by cyclone Gita. [Photo: Pool photo / Michael Craig / New Zealand Herald]
There has been outrage among Tongans over an official letter purporting to ban girls at the country's state school from playing rugby and boxing. The letter from the Ministry of Education informed staff at Tonga High School that the girls shouldn't be playing such sports because it goes against...
 The Pasifika Festival is back for another year, celebrating its 26th birthday. [Photo / Gareth Cooke Subzero via NZ Herald]
NEW ZEALAND — The Pasifika Festival may be later than usual this year, but organisers have big plans for the new time slot, in the hopes of attracting even bigger crowds. Next weekend's event will mark the 26th year since it started at Western Springs in 1992. Like always, Pacific culture will be...

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