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A trial has begun in Papua New Guinea of 122 people accused of wilful murder, in what is the country's largest sorcery-related court case. The Post Courier reports that 97 of the "Ramu 122" appeared in court in Madang on Thursday. Twenty-four others, who had been released on bail, failed to show....
An Auckland city councillor is pushing for the city's annual Pasifika festival to be relocated to South Auckland. The Pasifika festival is the largest Pacific Island cultural festival in the world and will run for two days at Western Springs Park. Over the years the festival has boasted attendance...
  HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concluded its three-day meeting in Honolulu Thursday with a suite of recommendations, many of which are focused on keeping US fishing grounds open to sustainably managed US fisheries. The Council includes local fishery department...
Apia, SAMOA — Former Reverend Opapo So’anai Oeti has leveled heavy allegations against Reverend Elder Tautiaga Senara, chairman of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS), after the Elders Committee stripped him (Opapo) of his pastoral titles within the church, last week, after voting...
Apia, SAMOA — “We have seen the danger of Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and the danger of Chlamydia” and it needs to be addressed head on, says Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Director General, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri. During a press conference for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP),...
A plea to the heads of Samoan families or matai to take the lead against domestic violence has come from the lead actor in the critically acclaimed movie One Thousand Ropes. Tuiasau Uelese Petaia, who plays the central character, Maea, has urged matai to speak for "sisters" against the big problem...
Apia, SAMOA — Supreme Court Justice Mata Tuatagaloa has dismissed sex charges against police officer, Leilani Savea. Held last week, Savea was charged with having sexual connection and indecent assault. According to the court’s written decision, testimony by the victim says that on the night of...
Apia, SAMOA — Following his announcement last week about the Overseas Medical Referral Program (OMRP) during his 2AP radio program, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi issued an official statement noting that Samoa’s health services will look to have a massive improvement with the new...
Apia, SAMOA — Peace Corps celebrates 50 years since volunteers from the United States of America first came to Samoa. According to information gathered from the US Embassy, the first Peace Corps came to Samoa in 1967 and one of the first tasks was to assist with recovery efforts in the wake of a...
Samoan students at an Auckland boys school who do not speak the language are using Polyfest to reconnect with their culture. Polyfest - the largest secondary school Māori and Pacific cultural festival - began last week in Auckland. The St Peters College Samoan group were self-tutored last year and...

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