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Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Congregational Christian Church (EFKS) has told the FAST party government it must make good on its campaign promise to repeal a law requiring all church ministers to pay income tax. The Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa announced last week that the Ministry of Revenue has...
A fishing observer in Marshall Islands
Glasgow, SCOTLAND — The COP26 climate talks have heard that the Pacific Island region will need to contend with the loss of Pacific tuna stocks which are under threat from climate change. The abundance and distribution of the four economically important tuna in the western and central Pacific —...
TechCamp graphic
Washington, DC — The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Cultural Vistas, is pleased to announce it will host TechCamp Young Pacific Leaders for Climate Action in 2022 in Auckland, New Zealand. The U.S. Department of State is investing $315,000 USD in this TechCamp.  TechCamp Young...
Samoa parliament building
Apia, SAMOA — The nominations have closed for candidates to contest by-elections in seven electoral constituencies for the Parliament of Samoa. The date for the seven by-elections will be November 26, and pre-polling will be held two days earlier on November 24. TV1Samoa reports that at 4pm on...
The Samoan medicinal plant garden
Apia, SAMOA — A team of researchers from Samoa, New Zealand and the U.S. has found that the leaves of the Samoan tree, matalafi, are as good at relieving inflammation as ibuprofen. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes how they first...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has been urged by the international community to do more to counter domestic and gender-based violence. It was a recurring theme as the country fronted up for its Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights council this week. Diplomats from dozens of countries...
Child vendor on a street in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — Children in Samoa are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, and governments have been doing little to eliminate it. The United States Department of Labor's latest report also says children engage in dangerous tasks in street vending...
Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan government will consider a constitutional change to allow the Head of State to be appointed for life. Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa said this was included in the FAST manifesto for the 2021 General Election. Parliament has approved 250,000 tālā to fund a review of the...
Washington, D.C. —  Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata took part with the president of the Republic of Palau Surangel Whipps and a delegation from Belau last week in a meeting that highlighted issues concerning the renegotiation of the Compact of Free Association between the United States and the...
EuroMillions website on phone screen
Tahiti, FRENCH POLYNESIA — A woman in French Polynesia has won a record $US254 million in the EuroMillions lottery. The woman has chosen to remain anonymous, and was given the cheque by representatives of France's lottery games operator FDJ after they arrived from Paris. The organisation said it...

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