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Suva, FIJI — Fijian authorities have warned that illicit drugs more lethal than methamphetamine are being produced across the country. The warning comes following discoveries of clandestine laboratories by police in the Western and Eastern divisions. The head of the police drug unit, Assistant...
Tasi and Ioana Parker with their dog
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The family of a Kiwi woman, who recently found out she was dying of cancer, say the process of trying to get her Samoan parents an emergency allocation in a managed isolation facility has been frustrating. Tasi and Ioana Parker, New Zealand citizens who retired to Samoa...
Vials of Covid-19 vaccine
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Ministry of Health is moving to ensure all nurses are ready to administer the Covid-19 vaccine when it arrives. The Director General of Health said they want to make sure that every registered nurse is able to administer the vaccine to allow more people to be immunised. Leausa...
Gerald Zackios and David Kabua
Majuro, MARSHALL ISLANDS — The man at the center of Micronesia's departure from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) says the move puts them in a good position to help shape the architecture of a rejuvenated regional body. Earlier this month the Marshall Islands' diplomat Gerald Zackios was passed-over...
Seasonal workers
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is earning millions of dollars from its labour force on the New Zealand and Australian seasonal workers schemes. The Labour Minister Lautafi Fio Purcell announced the earnings during his reply on the Supplementary Budget 2020/2021 in Parliament. He said in the 14 years since the...
Marijuana buds, rolling papers and lighter
Maui, HAWAIIAN ISLANDS — Maui County Council members who overwhelmingly passed a resolution earlier this month supporting the legalization and taxation of marijuana see economic hope in a budding cannabis industry. The council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the legalization, regulation...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister has indicated that his government is willing to review the appointment process for Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum. Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi's statement comes after five Micronesian presidents vowed to leave the forum after their candidate...
Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital sign
Apia, SAMOA — Twenty three corpses are still in Samoan government mortuaries awaiting post mortems, with having been there for more than 12 months. TV1Samoa reported the numbers were confirmed by Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, who said the problem was the country did not have a...
Panmure-Otahuhu's Labour MP Jenny Salesa
South Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A government MP in South Auckland is calling on constituents to be kind and compassionate following the latest community outbreak of Covid-19 in the area. Three cases of coronavirus were confirmed over the weekend, plunging Auckland into Level 3 lockdown and the rest...
Samoa coronavirus banner
Apia, SAMOA — On 12th February 2021, a 16 year – old male passenger who arrived with his mother from California, USA on repatriation flight NZ990 tested positive for Covid 19 on arrival in Samoa and again on repetition while in managed isolation at the TTM Isoalation Unit last night.  He is...

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