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'Ave Pa'anga Pau
Canberra, AUSTRALIA — The International Finance Corporation says Australian-based Tongans can now access a digital product that significantly cuts the costs of remitting money. 'Ave Pa'anga Pau cuts the fees that international agencies apply to money transfers and the IFC says Tongans have been...
RSE worker in a Hawke's Bay orchard.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan government says it is ready to send seasonal workers to New Zealand and Australia as soon as a request is made. The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour's Lemalu Nele Leila said the government is eager to see some of the nearly 3000 workers waiting to be deployed,...
Polevia Sioli
Victoria, AUSTRALIA — A fake tax agent ripped off his close-knit community when he secretly filed fake claims on their behalf and kept tens of thousands of dollars for himself. Polevia Sioli was given a two-year good behaviour bond by the County Court of Victoria on Wednesday and told to pay back $...
The first Covid-19 Repatriation Flight from Australia
Apia, SAMOA — Over 300 passengers who arrived on the first Covid-19 repatriation flight from Australia Friday night are now on mandatory quarantine for 21 days. The passengers included returning Samoan scholarship students from China and Japan and Samoan nationals who were stranded in Australia due...
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...
Cessna 402C that crashed near Port Moresby
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Papua New Guinea's record drug seizure means other countries around the Pacific will need to be extra vigilant according to a regional security analyst. Last week PNG police seized over 500 kilogrammes of cocaine valued at $US58-million they believed was destined for...
Staff Sgt. Fautua Thompson
Darwin, AUSTRALIA — U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Fautua Thompson, intermediate supply activity chief, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, is participating in the planning and execution of MRF-D 20.2 on Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, in Darwin, NT, Australia, June 10, 2020. An Aunu’u,...
Ruth Mataafa
Sydney, AUSTRALIA, — Ruth Mataafa was killed by her ex-partner on Saturday afternoon at a home in Bidwell in Western Sydney in front of family members. Police officers found 22-year-old Mataafa outside the home with multiple stab wounds to her chest, side and back. She was treated by NSW Ambulance...
I Love Samoa poster
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The first lineup announcements have been made for a series of concerts in New Zealand, which aim to raise funds for the families of measles victims in Samoa. The 'I Love Samoa 2020' concerts will take place in Auckland, Wellington, and Australia's Gold Coast from the end...
RSE workers from Samoa working in Bostock orchard
Victoria, AUSTRALIA — A Samoan seasonal worker in Australia has died over the Christmas and New Year period. A source said the worker, 23, from Sa'anapu village had spent Christmas with some relatives living in Australia when he drowned. The man worked as a fruit picker in a Victoria farm. The...

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