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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi,
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's caretaker Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, is predicting his ruling Human Rights Protection Party will retain government reins after the 9 April General Elections. He told a radio audience this week that his party will garner no less than 45 of the 49...
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Apia, SAMOA —  Samoan authorities have laid out their COVID-19 vaccination plans, listing people who will receive the incoming Astra Zeneca vaccine by consent. The Director General of Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri, said the age group of 18 years and older would be vaccinated, but not those aged 85...
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THE PACIFIC — A new report has found that tuna fishing companies in the Pacific are doing little to stop slavery on their boats. The canned tuna industry is rife with allegations of modern slavery in its Pacific supply chains, with little protection for workers from forced labor. The Business and...
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Apia, SAMOA — A family who lost their 16 year old son in a sporting accident at a college in Samoa wants answers on how it happened. The Samoa Observer reported the incident happened at St Joseph's College last Friday when David Manuele fell on a concrete floor during a ''sack race'' and hit his...
Covax facility allotment of the AstraZeneca vaccine
Apia, SAMOA — With Samoa's COVID-19 vaccine roll-out slated to start in April, some in the tourism sector aren't sure they'll be in business when borders eventually re-open. While the tragedy of the measles epidemic of 2019 prepared the country to act fast and avert another health crisis, it couldn...
Alec Toleafoa, Tigilau Ness, Melani Anae, and Will 'Ilolahia (L-R).
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A Pacific social justice movement is calling on the New Zealand government to formally apologize for the Dawn Raids of the 1970s. The Labour and then National governments of the time authorised police raids on Pasifika homes and work places, to check for overstayers; even...
Judith Collins
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — National is calling on the Government to allow quarantine-free travel from Samoa, Tonga and Fiji into New Zealand, Leader of the Opposition and Nationals Pacific Peoples spokesperson Judith Collins says.  National is calling on the Government to allow quarantine-free...
PFF coordinator, Mrs. Leanne JorarI
Apia, SAMOA — In two more press releases issued on Thursday (Samoa time) through the Samoa Attorney General’s office, the Samoa government reiterates its support for media freedom and notes that the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) made comments in support of the Observer — saying “It...
Samoa's Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister has apologized to families of those who have been kept in morgues, some for more than 12 months, while awaiting post mortems. Speaking on his weekly television program, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said the government had finally secured a pathologist to come...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa continues the month-by-month extension to its State of Emergency status in efforts to protect its borders and remain community Covid-19 free against the global pandemic. Although 80% of infected cases do recover, the pandemic has claimed over 2.6 million lives and there are 21,...

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