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June 2018

High school Samoan language relief teachers 'more like babysitters', Auckland student says

Photo of McAuley High School in South Auckland, NZ

The principal of a high achieving South Auckland school has come under fire for not appropriately staffing its Samoan language class. More than 200 parents and students flooded the board of trustees meeting at McAuley High School last night, singing hymns at a sit-in - the latest in peaceful protests at the all-girl decile 1 school in Otahuhu. Teachers with no command of Samoan language had led the language class after its teacher’s sudden absence five weeks ago, the students say.

Polynesian dance troupe coming to Oregon's Riverfront Park June 29

Tasi Keener, a Samoan dancer,

A friend had mentioned World Beat, then in it's third year, to Tasi and Craig Keener knowing they would enjoy it. So, in 2000, they attended the festival for the first time with their family. "We fell in love," Tasi said. “I like the idea of having all the cultures there in one place celebrating each other.” When they moved to Oregon, Tasi and Craig noticed that people did not know much about Samoan arts and culture. Inspired, Tasi and Craig decided to participate the next year with their children in hopes of introducing Oregon to Samoan dance. This year's cultural focus is Mexico, and Fish said that they have been working with Casa de la Cultura Tlanese and a Mexico Cultural Focus Advisory Committee for input on how to showcase the culture. Special performances include singer and songwriter Edna Vazquez, who will perform at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 1. Big Foot Mojo and Mbrascatu will also perform on Friday, June 29.

Samoa PM says his rugby team has 'no guts' after losing streak

photo of Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Lupesoliai Malielegaoi

Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has laid into his national rugby team, saying they have "no guts". Speaking in Parliament as ministers looked to pass the 2018-19 budget, Tuilaepa, who is also the chairman of Samoan Rugby, revealed he was frustrated with the national team's form. Manu Samoa have not won an international rugby match since November 2016, when they edged Canada 25-23 in France.

AS-EPA conducts survey of ASPA’s satellite water system

AS-EPA personnel conducting sanitary survey of Satellite Water System

The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) recently completed a Sanitary Survey of the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) Satellite System as part of AS-EPA’s regulatory programs. Sanitary surveys are required every three years and involve the review of ASPA’s public water system performance, maintenance and upkeep, record keeping, microbiological and chemical analysis, water treatment, and illegal connections. The sanitary surveys also identify any deficiencies with the water production as well as the distribution of the water to ASPA customers.

EPA funds awarded to monitor beach water quality in American Samoa

American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency logo

Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed the availability of $300,000 in federal grant funds for American Samoa from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Federal funding through grants and other sources is essential for our islands to have important services,” said Aumua Amata. “I appreciate this funding to help provide clean, healthy and accessible beach and shoreline recreational areas.” Specifically, the grant was authorized by Congress under the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act and is available to the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA).