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Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi and Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's FAST party leader, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa has urged the caretaker prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, to concede defeat. She told Samoa media at the weekend that he should recognise the recent election result in which her party won 26 seats against 25 seats won by HRPP...
Unloading yellowfin from a longliner  in Tonga
Waiheke Island , NEW ZEALAND — Recent years have seen a power shift, with Pacific Islands Nations gaining greater control and revenue returns from their Tuna fisheries. This has been the result of cooperation and hard work. This article will show that the Pacific Tuna fisheries are arguably the...
Care taker Prime Minister Tuila’epa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — In his first post-election interview with Radio 2AP this week Prime Minister Tuila’epa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi revealed the possibilities to determine the next government to lead the country for the next five years. Mindful of the pending petition before the Courts challenging the...
Joseph Matamata appearing via videolink
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The jail term given to a man convicted of slavery and trafficking has been called manifestly inadequate. Hastings-based Samoan chief Joseph Auga Matamata was last year given 11 years in prison for bringing 13 Samoans to New Zealand and exploiting them for more than two...
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Fiame Naomi Mataafa
Apia, SAMOA — It will now be Wednesday next week before the Samoa Supreme Court considers the legality of the appointment of a 6th woman MP to parliament. This comes as two parties, tied at 26 seats each, battle to become the new Samoa government. The Supreme Court today dismissed a request from...
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...

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