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Air New Zealand plane parked up at Auckland Airport
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoa repatriation flight from New Zealand scheduled for this Friday has been delayed until the 18th of September. The government said the delay had been caused by "flight availability". The flight is designated for returning citizens and seasonal workers. Meanwhile, a repatriation...
Apia, SAMOA —  Last week Samoa launched the process to fulfil its obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – an international treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Third National Communications (3NC) and the first Biennial Update Report (BUR)...
Tulsi Gabbard at a town hall meeting
Honolulu, HAWAII — What do an American Kremlin sympathizer, a doctor with ties to Hindu nationalists and George Clooney’s neighbor have in common? They’re all bankrolling U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s attempt to pay down her legal debt from an ill-fated lawsuit against Hillary Clinton. Gabbard, who...
President Tommy Remengesau
Ngerulmud, PALAU — Palau has urged the United States military to build bases there - in a region where Washington is pushing back against growing Chinese influence. US Defence Secretary Mark Esper visited the island nation last week and accused Beijing of "ongoing destabilising activities" in the...
Dept of Justice logo
St Louis, MISSOURI — Two men and a woman have been indicted in St. Louis, Mo. , for an alleged Romance scam, and some of the victims are from Hawaii. The feds announced Saturday the group conned hundreds of thousands of dollars from women in the past year. They pretended to be high-ranking...
Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili with his son.
Apia, SAMOA — Two men charged over the death of a former Auckland man in Samoa have been acquitted. Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili, a graduate of Auckland’s AUT University, died on December 5, 2018 after an incident outside a Samoan nightclub in the early hours of December 1. Three men were charged in...
Surge testing site on Oahu where medical personnel are beside a car
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaii reported four new COVID-19 fatalities on Thursday, pushing the death toll from the virus in the islands since the pandemic began to 79. All of the deaths — two men and two women — were on Oahu. Officials said all of those who died were elderly, with the youngest in the...
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...
Joseph Auga Matamata
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The first person jailed for human trafficking and slavery is appealing his conviction, while the Crown is appealing his sentence. The Hastings-based Samoan chief, Joseph Auga Matamata, was last month sentenced to 11 years in prison for illegally bringing 13 Samoans to New...
A fisherman releases a tagged yellowfin tuna
Honolulu, HAWAII  — More than 100 people participated in the Western Pacific Regional  Fishery Management Council's first virtual Fishers Forum and review of Hawaiʻi small-boat fisheries management Aug. 27, 2020. The theme for the forum was fishermen, particularly non-commercial fishermen,...

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