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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government is shouldering the blame for the three Lands and Titles Court legislative measures under scrutiny, says Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.  “It’s a campaign platform leading up to the General Elections next year,” he continued. In an exclusive...
Samoa's parliament
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa could have a new deputy prime minister by next Tuesday with parliament reconvening earlier than expected. The Samoa Observer newspaper reported the political party whip of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party, Alai'asā Sepulona Moananu, saying caucus members will vote for a...
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan deputy prime minister has quit Cabinet and the country's Human Rights Protection Party, in a defection over controversial proposals to amend the constitution. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, who is also natural resources minister, quit on Friday after meeting with constituents over the...
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan deputy prime minister has quit Cabinet and the country's Human Rights Protection Party, in a defection over controversial proposals to amend the constitution. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, who is also natural resources minister, quit on Friday after meeting with constituents over the...
Air New Zealand plane parked up at Auckland Airport
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoa repatriation flight from New Zealand scheduled for this Friday has been delayed until the 18th of September. The government said the delay had been caused by "flight availability". The flight is designated for returning citizens and seasonal workers. Meanwhile, a repatriation...
Apia, SAMOA —  Last week Samoa launched the process to fulfil its obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – an international treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Third National Communications (3NC) and the first Biennial Update Report (BUR)...
Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili with his son.
Apia, SAMOA — Two men charged over the death of a former Auckland man in Samoa have been acquitted. Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili, a graduate of Auckland’s AUT University, died on December 5, 2018 after an incident outside a Samoan nightclub in the early hours of December 1. Three men were charged in...
Samoa Airways jet on runway
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's next repatriation flight from New Zealand has been scheduled for September 11 with the first flight from Australia scheduled to bring back students from China and Japan as well. Next Friday's flight from New Zealand follows the cancellation of a previous flight on August 28...
Members of the ASG Coronavirus Taskforce
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At Sunday’s government coronavirus task force meeting, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga revealed that at least two more repatriation flights to return to American Samoa local residents stranded in Samoa will be needed, but no information as to when such flights will operate....
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...

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