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Leasiosiofaasisina Oscar Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The chief executive of Samoa's Ministry of Finance has resigned. The CEO, Leasiosiofaasisina Oscar Malielegaoi, is the son of the country's former Prime Minister. Leasiosiofaasisina posted a video on social media saying he had been asked by the Minister of Finance, Mulipola Anarosa...
Samoa Airways logo
Apia, SAMOA — The future of a Samoa Airways leased Boeing 737-800, which is yet to touch down in Samoa, is being considered by the new government. The Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, said the previous government did not take the advice from key government stakeholders not to bring in the...
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Apia, SAMOA — The former prime minister of Samoa has accused Jacinda Ardern of being behind the recent political crisis in Samoa, suggesting she had wanted to install a female prime minister. “I am starting to get suspicious maybe New Zealand is behind all of this,” said Tuilaepa Sa’ilele...
Dr Bloomfield
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand's Director General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, said Pasifika peoples account for more than half of the current community cases in NZ's delta outbreak. The outbreak grew to 107 cases today, with 33 community cases reported in Auckland and two in Wellington...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's former prime minister looks set to face additional contempt citations in a Supreme Court hearing against him. The Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) leader and former PM Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi is to appear for his role in preventing parliament from convening on 24...
Whittaker's 'Single Origin Samoan Cacao'
Apia, SAMOA — One of the biggest cocoa producers in Samoa has seen a huge surge in orders and says they're from Samoans abroad wanting a taste of home. Covid-19 travel restrictions have many Samoans living abroad yearning for a taste of home. The managing director of Savai'i Koko, Saleimoa Vaa'i...
Anchorage Federal District Court
Anchorage, ALASKA – An Anchorage man was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason to 50 years in prison for kidnapping and drug trafficking. According to court documents, Macauther Christmas Vaifanua, 35, aka “Mac” and his brother, Faamanu Vaifanua, 31, aka “Junior” distributed...
Samoa's Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, has responded to criticism of her government lifting the Sunday trade ban. All main and small markets can now reopen for business from 4am to 9am in the morning. The prime minister told reporters after a cabinet meeting that the Sunday ban...
Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta
Apia, SAMOA — The New Zealand Government says it has full confidence Samoa's new government and its judiciary will continue to act with integrity. This comes after former prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, claimed that the recent actions of the judiciary had shattered the constitution...
A NMFS scientist (left) and Kim-Dung Nguyen (right)
HONOLULU — The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced last week that the requirement for the Hawai‘i and American Samoa pelagic longline fisheries to electronically report their catch will be effective Sept. 7, 2021. This regulation is intended to reduce human error, improve data...

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