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SAMOA JOINS FORCES WITH FIJI AIRWAYS — Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has confirmed his country has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fiji's national airline as it prepares to resume flights between Samoa, New Zealand and Australia. Tuilaepa didn't give any details...
Target Corporation is the latest US retailer to accuse the “big three” US canned tuna suppliers of price fixing, following guilty pleas from Bumble Bee Foods, two of its executives and the former senior vice president of sales of Starkist. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based retail giant, which has 1,...
It's official: Samoa's new Head of State is Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II. It was announced in parliament, yesterday morning, July 5th, Samoa Time, according to the Samoa Observer and other news outlets in the country. Rumors of the possibility of a new head of state, replacing Tui Atua...
A 29-year-old male accused of pouring hot water on 58-year-old-man has asked the Court for legal aid to help with his case. Junior Vai appeared in Supreme Court for mention before Chief Justice, His Honor Patu Tiavasue Falefatu Sapolu. Lucy Sio is the prosecutor. “You’re Honor, this matter is for...
More than 15,000 Samoans registered for New Zealand's annual immigration quota this year, a record number. Under the system 1100 places are offered to Samoans to migrate to New Zealand annually with the successful applicants drawn by ballot. Immigration New Zealand assistant general manager, Geoff...
Four Pacific women have been given Queen's Young Leader awards for their work dealing with social issues in their countries. The awards, now in their third year, celebrate exceptional people aged 18 to 29 from across the Commonwealth. Climate change in Carteret Islands in Papua New Guinea is the...
The state of Hawaii has gone to the federal court to challenge aspects of the Trump administration's travel ban. US President Donald Trump's order institutes a partial ban on travel to the US for nationals of six Muslim majority countries for 90 days. The Supreme Court ruled travellers could be...
Visitor numbers to Samoa in 2016 reached their highest level in five years. The Samoa Tourism Authority says last year there were 145,740 visitors, a 4.8 percent increase on the previous year. It says there was a 7.04 percent growth in earnings from tourism to $US155 million dollars. The Authority...
Two men aged 42 and 45 have been arrested and kept in custody in connection to the possession of methamphetamine found at the Fagali’i Airport this week. The incident was confirmed by the Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sala’a, who said the Police were alerted by the staff at...
New Zealand Labour Party MP Carmel Sepuloni has concerns over Māori Television choosing to air the controversial Australian TV comedy series Jonah from Tonga. Minister for Pacific Peoples Alfred Ngaro has criticised the decision by the network to air the show, saying it perpetuated negative...

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