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The Matamata family property
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A cold slap of winter air snaps Junior* out of his sleepiness as he steps off the plane from Apia. It's just after 1am but he's grateful to finally be in Auckland where two years of work and good wages await. It's 30 July 2015. Junior is 53 years old and today his dream...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government has extended a state of emergency through to 8th May. It had been due to finish on Monday. In the three weeks since Samoa recorded its first community case there have been more than 3,000 confirmed Covid cases, with 263 in the last 24 hour reporting period. There...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A group of former heads of state and regional leaders want the Our Oceans Conference in Palau to result in "meaningful outcomes" to safeguard the future of Pacific peoples. A group of former heads of state and regional leaders want the 7th Our Oceans Conference in Palau to...
Fiji's Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
Suva, FIJI — Fiji's Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the nation's prison laws allow the chief of the Corrections Services to let serving inmates participate in sporting activities. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed this in parliament after opposition MP Lenora Qereqeretabua asked for the policy...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An 87-year-old woman died Sunday morning from COVID-19 in Savai'i, Samoa media is reporting. Samoa Observer quoted the Ministry of Health statement on Sunday night as saying that the deceased, who was unvaccinated, was hospitalized on March 31 with severe respiratory...
Nauru President Lionel Aingimea
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Samoa's Ministry of Health has confirmed 245 new community cases in a 24 hour period. The Ministry said 583 people have recovered and 1,493 remain active cases. Upolu island still has the majority of cases with 97 percent. The Ministry also said that Covid-19 infections are...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Observer is reporting Samoa’s first COVID-related death. An elderly man from the Lalomanu district, with a pre-existing medical condition passed away on Wednesday, the Lalomanu district hospital confirmed to the Samoa Observer. A senior member of staff at the Lalomanu...
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WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday announced the intent to nominate Carmen G. Cantor to be Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs at the Department of the Interior. The nomination will now be considered by the U.S. Senate. "The territories are an integral part of the fabric...
Dr Saia Piukala
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — The Tonga Government has reported three COVID deaths and a total of 2,620 active cases in the Kingdom. Health Minister Saia Piukala announced the new figures in a media update. Mr Piukala said six people who had recently died had been tested positive for covid, but they consider...
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi,
Apia, SAMOA — Leader of the Samoa's Human Rights Protection party, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has been found guilty of contempt of court. The ruling was handed down on Wednesday, 23 March, by overseas Justices Robert Fisher and Raynor Asher. Others found guilty of contempt include HRPP...

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