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V.P. Pence greets American Samoa's US army reserves in Pago Pago
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Congratulatory messages continue to pour in from Pacific leaders to the US president-elect Joe Biden but what does the change of the guard in Washington DC really mean for the Pacific? RNZ Pacific spoke with some political experts and commentators around the region about the...
 ASG tug boat, escorting the container vessel, Fesco Askold, out of Pago Pago
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa govt has confirmed the container ship, Fesco Askold which arrived in American Samoa on Sunday, 8th November (American Samoa time) where three crew members aboard tested positive for COVID had previously docked at Matautu in Samoa for less than 24 hours. According to a Samoa...
Omelette with Baby Pele and a side of fruit
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Team Tonga, Tuiohu Mafi and ‘Amelia Asi were recognized this week for placing second in the regional Pacific Island Food Revolution (PIFR) cooking show competition. New Zealand High Commissioner HE Tiffany Babington and Australian High Commissioner HE Adrian Morrison presented...
Krystal Paco-San Agustin
NORTHERN MARIANAS ISLANDS — US territories in the north-west Pacific are hoping they will have access to a Covid-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of America. Guam and the Northern Marianas have both expressed hope in the incoming administration's Covid-19 policy. RNZ Pacific correspondent in...
Locals at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Funafuti, Tuvalu
United Nationa, NEW YORK CITY — The United Nations says the introduction of a Temporary Basic Income for the world's poorest people including those in the Pacific could help slow the current surge in Covid-19 cases in the region. According to the World Health Organisation, as of 14 October there...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has called on churches and leaders of churches to help ensure the survival of our native Samoan tongue by utilizing the national language in speeches, sermons and when singing hymns.  Tuilaepa issued the call when he spoke on Thursday...
'Ave Pa'anga Pau
Canberra, AUSTRALIA — The International Finance Corporation says Australian-based Tongans can now access a digital product that significantly cuts the costs of remitting money. 'Ave Pa'anga Pau cuts the fees that international agencies apply to money transfers and the IFC says Tongans have been...
Samoa students and Jonathan Yoo at U.S. Embassy
Apia, SAMOA — The U.S. Embassy in Apia held an educational program on the U.S. presidential elections for sixty-five students from four different schools including Pesega College, Robert Louis Stevenson School, Leififi College and Vaiala Beach School. The event was a three-hour program introducing...
Rover Vodka. No alcohol volume. No percentage alcohol displayed.
Apia, SAMOA — Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren has highlighted the dangers of a locally produced vodka, calling for authorities to take tighter controls and raise public awareness of its impacts. In handing down the sentence of four youth for causing the death of a 38 year old father after a...
Two men in small boat waving overhead at airplane unseen in photo
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The crew on a New Zealand Air force Orion have helped find two boats missing off Kiribati. The two boats, which had been reported as missing separately, were found in quick succession. There were four survivors but one person had died. The search and rescue operation was...

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