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The new Airbus A350 aircraft.
Suva, FIJI — Fiji's government says efforts are being made to repatriate its citizens stranded in the Middle East due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister's Office said while the government had been able to repatriate on family, there are others who remain in the region who want to get home...
Motootua National Hospital.
Apia, SAMOA — A 14 year old boy from Falevao has died from injuries sustained  after his father used a ‘amo’ or tree branch, to beat him. Responding to questions from Samoa Global News, Deputy Police Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Tiai-Keti confirmed that a 62 year old male of Falevao and Falefa has...
Faleolo Airport, Apia, Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The first repatriation flight from the United States to Samoa this month, since the start of Covid-19 travel restrictions, will be bringing back 150 sailors stranded overseas. TV1 Samoa reported most of the sailors had been stranded onboard ships in Europe, the Carribean and US but...
A woman selling fish at the Fagatogo Marketplace in 2016
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Tourism in the South Pacific has been hit hard by COVID-19 border closures with thousands of people out of work. Tourism normally provides one in four jobs in Vanuatu and one in three jobs in Cook Islands. It contributes between 20% and 70% of the GDP of countries spanning...
Cyclone Evan destruction in Samoa in 2012
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment through its meteorological division are predicting a probable six to eight cyclones throughout the Pacific region within the next few months. Naturally for our part of the region, the latter months of the year and continuing to the...
Customs at Faleolo airport in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The 12th repatriation flight into Samoa arrived on Friday with more than 300 passengers from Auckland, New Zealand. TV1Samoa reports the passengers have now all been sent to quarantine at various locations around the country for the next fortnight. Some returning families have been...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sai'lele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa government has announced it is extending the state of emergency orders on the coronavirus pandemic, effectively pushing the restrictions into its eighth month. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sai'lele Malielegaoi, made the announcement during his weekly TV3Samoa briefing Wednesday...
Miriam Fuimaono and her son
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — An Auckland bodybuilder who thought she was too fit and healthy to get sick is warning women, especially Pasifika women, to pay attention to their health after she faced cancer this year. Miriam Fuimaono, 40, describes herself as a gym enthusiast, working out daily without...
 (L-R) Lemauga Lydia Sosene who will have her results by Nov. 6; along with those who won their elections — Tangi Utikere, Terisa Ngobi, Barbara Edmonds, and Dr Anae Neru Leavasa.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — There are four new confirmed Pasifika MPs in New Zealand's Labour Party — which has the largest Pacific caucus in the country's political history. The first Pasifika person to win the Ōtaki seat was Terisa Ngobi, (of Samoan and Scottish descent), who was born and raised in...
Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors
Honolulu, HAWAII — Over the weekend, Hawaii law enforcement officers recovered five minors, ages 16 to 17 years, from sex trafficking, the state attorney general announced Monday. A task force made up of the FBI, AG’s office, the Honolulu Police Department and other federal, state and county...

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