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Alec Toleafoa, Tigilau Ness, Melani Anae, and Will 'Ilolahia (L-R).
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A Pacific social justice movement is calling on the New Zealand government to formally apologize for the Dawn Raids of the 1970s. The Labour and then National governments of the time authorised police raids on Pasifika homes and work places, to check for overstayers; even...
Judith Collins
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — National is calling on the Government to allow quarantine-free travel from Samoa, Tonga and Fiji into New Zealand, Leader of the Opposition and Nationals Pacific Peoples spokesperson Judith Collins says.  National is calling on the Government to allow quarantine-free...
PFF coordinator, Mrs. Leanne JorarI
Apia, SAMOA — In two more press releases issued on Thursday (Samoa time) through the Samoa Attorney General’s office, the Samoa government reiterates its support for media freedom and notes that the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) made comments in support of the Observer — saying “It...
Samoa's Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister has apologized to families of those who have been kept in morgues, some for more than 12 months, while awaiting post mortems. Speaking on his weekly television program, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said the government had finally secured a pathologist to come...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa continues the month-by-month extension to its State of Emergency status in efforts to protect its borders and remain community Covid-19 free against the global pandemic. Although 80% of infected cases do recover, the pandemic has claimed over 2.6 million lives and there are 21,...
drummer at earlier festival
Honolulu, Hawaii —  The 2021 Honolulu Festival, like so many other events around the globe, was forced to re-invent itself after the coronavirus pandemic. Initially scheduled to take place across Oahu over several days beginning March 12, The Honolulu Festival: Pacific Harmony Through Cultural...
Parker finding his range against Junior Fa
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — International boxing star Joseph Parker can now be named as the high-profile sportsman allegedly connected to a global drug syndicate. Parker was named during the trial of a trio found guilty of importing methamphetamine from California at the High Court in Auckland in 2019...
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Canberra, AUSTRALIA — The telecommunication sector in the Pacific region has experienced growth in the uptake of mobile technology since roughly 2005, fuelled by market liberalisation, network expansion, and products and services tailored for low-income customers. Nonetheless, user uptake remains...
Vials of Covid-19 vaccine
Honolulu, HAWAII — A fully vaccinated health care worker on Oahu contracted COVID-19 a month after receiving the second dose. That’s according to the state Department of Health’s latest COVID cluster report released Thursday. Officials said the health care worker received the final vaccine shot in...
Women fishers in the water
Apia, SAMOA — Pursuing a purpose nearly always leads to having the courage to make a deliberate choice in following the road less travelled, as Samoa’s principal fisheries officer, Su’a Sapeti Tiitii would tell you. When Su’a first entered the Fisheries division in Samoa’s Ministry of Agriculture...

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