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(L-R) RN Lautasi Alao, RN        Amanaki Lautusi, Koreta and Visesio with Samoa's New Year baby of 2021. [
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s first born baby for 2021 was born to Koreta Keti and Visesio Roma from Fusi Safotulafai, and Puapua village in the north east coast of Savaii. A baby girl, just under 7 pounds was born at Motootua National Hospital at 2.35am this morning in what was not an easy delivery as...
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Apia, SAMOA — New entry to Samoa rules have come into effect, including a ban on people recovered from COVID-19 and a fresh list of travel bans as a new strain of the virus circulates the globe. Anyone who had COVID-19 in 2020 and wants to get to Samoa now has to wait six months from their first...
Two police officers walking out of police headquarters in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — It is not a happy new year for the families of three men, reported by police to have been victims of two separate alcohol-related homicide incidents in Samoa following the celebrations of New Years Eve 2021. DOUBLE HOMICIDE INCIDENT AT AFEGA An incident that resulted in the death of...
Fireworks at Auckland's waterfront
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand has welcomed in 2021 with a huge firework display after 'eliminating coronavirus'. The stunning display marks one of the world's biggest firework shows of the New Year. Crowds gathered at the waterfront to watch the show as the country entered 2021 11 hours...
Emma Eteru and family home decorated with Christmas lights
Asau, SAVAII—  In the most western end of Samoa, residents of the Itu Asau district participated in the ‘Light Up Da West Coast” Christmas Lights Competition as part of Vaimoana Seaside Lodge’s ‘ Christmas in the Bay’ Event held last week. The Savaii based lights competition coincided with the ‘ Ua...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In consideration for — among other things — refraining from arresting the fishing vessel American Eagle and dismissing a lawsuit pending in the High Court of American Samoa, owners of the American Eagle proposed a “Letter of Undertaking” as security to all claims filed...
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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The New Zealand government has contributed $6.9 million to help businesses in the Pacific recover from the pandemic. Border closures and a loss of trade routes has left many countries struggling, with a recent survey finding just under 50 percent of small to medium...
Rescuers attempting to locate Perez after he dived into the pool at Togitogiga Falls
Apia, SAMOA — Tragedy struck a family’s Christmas holiday tafaoga when a 20-year-old boy named Perez from Malie, did not emerge from making the jump into the popular plunge pool at Togitogiga Falls. The Togitogiga multi-layered Waterfalls in O Le Pupu Pue National Park at Saleilua village is a...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government has banned passengers who originate from or transit through the United Kingdom (U.K.) and South Africa from entering the country effective 27 December 2020. The ban was announced through a Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) document titled “Special Travel Advice and...
Person leans against front of wrecked white car
Apia, SAMOA — A Fasitoo-uta youth who got drunk and took his family car for a joy ride didn’t get far before he crashed into another vehicle, driven by an unlicensed driver. The youth, in his 20s, escaped with minor injuries despite his vehicle ending upside down from the force of the crash, just...

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