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Nadi, FIJI — Last year it was found that the Pacific has become a lucrative drug corridor, driven by cartels, criminal organizations, and local gangs, according to media reports. Reportedly, the deportation policies of Australia, New Zealand, and the United States are exacerbating crime and...
SAMOA POLICE BUILDING
Apia, SAMOA —  The Samoa Police, Prison and Correctional Services are currently engaged in the pursuit of a male suspect accused of a burglary at the Apia Yacht Club. Deputy Police Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Tiai-Keti confirmed that the Criminal Investigations Division (C.I.D.) is investigating...
Aussie visa
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan family has ended up paying close to US$66,900 (AU$100,000) to a Samoan woman who had promised them residency in Australia but the family now believes they have been scammed. Saivaaia Mauava, 43-years-old, from Faaleasiu shared in an interview with Samoa Observer the deep...
taro growning
Apia, SAMOA — Taro and locally produced vegetables were in short supply causing an increase in prices during the last two months of last year and there is no indication when the local supply will normalize, according to the latest release by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics (SBS). The SBS recorded a...
downed tree
Honolulu, HAWAII — Torrential rains and strong winds from a cold front pounded parts of the state for a second day on Tuesday, flooding roads and closing schools. A flash flood warning for Maui remained in effect until 2:15 p.m. Forecasters said while rain rates decreased, flash flooding was...
SAMOA POLICE BUILDING
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Police Prisons and Corrections has suspended four police officers from the Criminal Investigation Unit pending investigations for their alleged involvement with the use of drugs, the Samoa Observer reported this week. "I confirm that the four officers are suspended due...
The Samoa Ministry of Health COVID LOGO
Apia, SAMOA — The week between December 25 and 31, saw 44 cases of COVID-19 reported in Samoa. The Ministry of Health's surveillance report — dated 1 January but released on Monday — shows the 44 cases were reported over the previous seven days, but none of them from the border. It takes the...
mural
Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS — A plain grey seawall — 560 meters or the length of 6 football fields — has been transformed into the longest mural in the South Pacific. The seawall, which sits next to Rarotonga's airstrip, features legends and animals from each of the 15 islands that make up the Cook...
Sidney Tafokitau
Honolulu, HAWAII — An intense, islandwide manhunt for an armed suspect ended Monday afternoon with a police shootout on a busy Honolulu street that left two officers with serious gunshot wounds. The suspect, 44-year-old Sidney Tafokitau, was also shot, and sources confirmed he died. The incident...
composit of top 2023 Pacific news
RNZ Pacific covered stories on a diverse range of topics last year. Here are the highlights from 2023. CLIMATE CRISIS When Pacific delegates, advocates, regional bodies, scientists, conservationists, NGOs and civil society show up to a Conference of the Parties better known as COP - they are...

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