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Samoa's Chief Justice, Satiu Simativa Perese
Apia, SAMOA — The next step in attempting to resolve the political stalemate in Samoa is expected to occur today in court. The new FAST party, which has the same number of seats as the caretaker HRPP party, at 26, is seeking to have the Supreme Court overturn the appointment of a sixth woman to...
Earlier repat flight arriving at Faleolo International Airport.
Apia, SAMOA — The repatriation flight that was to bring in 100 Samoans from the United States this week has been cancelled. The Chairman of the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), Agafili Shem Leo has confirmed the flight has been cancelled as the Fiji Airways that was to fly the...
Village with tires protecting coastline from rising ocean tides
Majuro, MARSHALL ISLANDS — The Marshall Islands has issued a plea for help and a call to action at the US Leaders Summit on Climate Change. Addressing the virtual meeting on Friday, President David Kabua laid out the existential threat facing his country and the Pacific. Kabua is the lone Pacific...
Fuimaono Dylan Asafo
Apia, SAMOA — Earlier this week RNZ Pacific carried a viewpoint on the political stalemate in Samoa from law lecturer at Auckland University, Fuimaono Dylan Asafo. Fuimaono has since had a re-think on that piece and has now submitted a different view. I now offer a newly revised legal view on the...
Guam Senate in session
Hagåtña, GUAM — Federal officials did not consult Guam and other territories before designating shallow nearshore areas of Pacific islands as critical coral habits, and now senators are asking that the move be halted until they can have input.  In November, the National Marine Fisheries Service...
Tuilaepa talking with reporters earlier this week
Apia, SAMOA — The lawyers for the FAST Party in Samoa have been forced to withdraw a Supreme Court challenge after discovering they had the wrong information. They had wanted the rival HRPP winning candidate in the Fa'asaleleaga 5 constituency, Peseta Vaifou Tevagaena, declared ineligible to sit in...
Tide waters flooding in Marshall Islands
Majuro, MARSHALL ISLANDS — The Marshall Islands says it will ensure the Pacific voices are heard at today's US Leaders Summit on Climate Change. The Marshalls is the only Pacific nation invited to US President Joe Biden's summit table. President David Kabua, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda...
New sanitary gate at the Faleolo airport
Apia, SAMOA — Sanitary Gates have been installed at the Faleolo International Airport as further protection against COVID 19.As the first and last point of defense, the Samoa Airport Authority (SAA) has developed a Public Health Corridor initiative in its efforts to maintain a high level of...
Demonstrators with signs in Waikiki waving to traffic
Honolulu, HAWAII — Dozens of people gathered in Waikiki on Saturday for a rally organized by Refuse Fascism Hawaii. Demonstrators said they were there to “demand justice” for victims of police brutality, including incidents on the mainland. They also claimed two recent police shootings were acts of...
Soldier taking temperature of a woman in order to screen for COVID.
Suva, FIJI — A protocol breach at an isolation facility has resulted in Fiji's first Covid-19 case outside of border quarantine since March last year. In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said the breach related to an interaction between a soldier working in an isolation...

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