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Apia, SAMOA — In a public notice released yesterday, signed by the CEO of the Samoa Ministry of Customs &  Revenue, Matafeo Avalisa Viali-Fautua’alii, ‘confidential’ waste is said to have been dug up from a landfill and outed on Facebook, as supposedly confidential documents/ waste found on the...
A Tokelaun woman marching for climate action with a sign
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND  — In New Zealand, youth climate change movement School Strike 4 Climate Auckland has declared itself as racist, and disbanded, but young activists say going silent is not the answer. The group had organised large protests in centres throughout the country, becoming the...
Samoa ballot boxes
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's FAST party has held on to the first of the seats being contested after the April election. The first term elected MP for Gagaifomauga number 2 electoral constituency Vaele Paia'aua Iona Sekuini has secured the seat after the Supreme Court endorsed the withdrawal of an election...
StarKist employees at gate
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Workers at American Samoan tuna cannery StarKist are bracing for a one shift per day operation for the rest of the month. There are normally two shifts per day, but there's been a shortage of fish and employees to process them. Workers have vented on social media...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi and Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Police in Samoa may step in over a contempt of court suit against caretaker prime minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. With the political stand-off now in its 14th week the FAST party, which won a majority of seats in the April election, is waiting on the outcome of a contempt...
Dr. Anna Powles
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi’s refusal to cede to Fiame Naomi Mata'afa in the Samoa election impasse is pure politics, but the solution will need to be indelibly Samoan, according to Dr. Anna Powles, senior lecturer at Massey’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies...
Care taker Prime Minister Tuila’epa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Prime Minister elect Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's caretaker prime minister is one of four top officials served with a motion accusing them of contempt of court. It was filed by the prime minister-elect, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, in the latest twist in a two-month political crisis. Samoa’s caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele...
Prime Minister elect, Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's prime minister elect, the FAST party leader, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, said negotiations remain at an impasse between her party and the rival HRPP. The parties met yesterday in Apia to try and resolve the stalemate resulting from the April 9th election. Fiame issued a statement...
Samoa police beside the rock wall where the accident happened
Apia, SAMOA — A single car accident at Maalauli Vailele last night claimed the life of a driver when his vehicle crashed into a rock wall on the side of the road. Police Commissioner Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil said Police responded to a call at about 10pm Saturday night. “There were no other...
Parakeet eating a mango
Kauai, HAWAII — Thousands of wild rose-ringed parakeets with bright green feathers and brilliant red beaks obliterate hotel parking lots and vehicles daily with their poop. And they are a bane to farmers and backyard growers, decimating corn crops and fruit trees to satisfy a taste for citrus,...

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