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Parliament building of the Cook Islands, located on Rarotonga. It used to be a hotel which later was rebuilt
Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS — There are renewed calls in the Cook Islands for an indigenous Māori name to replace the country's colonial era moniker. Traditional leaders used the recent 30th anniversary of Rarotonga's Tākitimu monarch to push for the name change. Tākitimu's paramount chief herself...
Samoans stranded in New Zealand
Hastings, NEW ZEALAND — Samoa's RSE workers who finished their contracts in May and June will be returned home on chartered flights organized by the New Zealand horticulture industry. The date for the first flight is yet to be finalised but an assistant CEO of Samoa's Ministry of Labour who is the...
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency for another month, taking the country to an unprecedented four-month lockdown. Samoa Observer reports that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi announced that as long as there is still a threat of the virus reaching Samoa "we...
Interactive map showing 1,000 cases in California
Honolulu, HAWAII — Pacific Islanders continue to face high rates of COVID-19 across multiple states, and in some areas the disparities are worsening. The Arkansas consul general for the Republic of the Marshall Islands told Radio New Zealand that the virus has already claimed 30 Marshallese lives...
Samoan man in many layers of clothing because of the cold NZ winter.
Hastings, NEW ZEALAND — Seasonal workers stuck in Hawke's Bay are suffering from depression and anxiety because they don't know when they can return home. More than 1500 workers from the Pacific who were due to return home in May are still in the region, and with the season officially over there is...
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Samoan man who resides in Utah, pled guilty last Thursday at the federal court in Sacramento, California to a conspiracy to commit bank fraud that attempted to defraud financial institutions of more than $1.5 million. As previously reported by Samoa News, Talalima...
Styrofoam cups
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has delayed the ban on Styrofoam products that was due to come into force July 1. A nation-wide ban on the products was supposed to come into effect with businesses who continued to use or sell Styrofoam plates, containers and cups to face up to $US3700 fines or a six month...
Kona, HAWAII — A woman convicted of attempted murder in the 2018 attack of a Kona hotel security guard must spend over three decades behind bars before becoming eligible for parole. Natisha Tautalatasi will not be able to seek freedom until September 2053, or until she’s served at least 35 years of...
Map of Marine Nat’l Monuments of the Pacific.
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concludes its three-day virtual meeting today (Friday, June 26, 2020). Discussion on the first day of the meeting ranged from marine national monuments, COVID-19 impacts, stock assessments, fisheries performance and more....
Samoa Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — A commercial TV station in Samoa says it will no longer screen sermons by Pastor Willie Papu, the leader of the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church. The pastor is alleged to have made statements, during his paid programme, vilifying other Christian denominations in Samoa...

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