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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's largest church has been forced to make a public apology after it broadcast a debate that seemed to ridicule members of the fa'afafine community. The Samoa Observer reports the debate by youth groups was on whether fa'afine should become members of parliament has angered the...
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF held its only meeting of 2020 via video teleconference on October 15. Co-chairs Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Deputy...
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Saipan, CNMI — With no flights coming from China, illegal drugs coming into the Northern Marianas are being smuggled via post from the US mainland. In September and October more than 400 grams of crystal meth with a combined street value of US$182,700 have been seized from the post office. The...
A Taro plant.
Canberra, AUSTRALIA — Australian research shows the Covid-19 pandemic could spark a food crisis in the Pacific. The report is the work of CSIRO and the Australian National University. Published this week by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, or ACIAR, the report warns...
V.P. Pence greets American Samoa's US army reserves in Pago Pago
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Congratulatory messages continue to pour in from Pacific leaders to the US president-elect Joe Biden but what does the change of the guard in Washington DC really mean for the Pacific? RNZ Pacific spoke with some political experts and commentators around the region about the...
 ASG tug boat, escorting the container vessel, Fesco Askold, out of Pago Pago
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa govt has confirmed the container ship, Fesco Askold which arrived in American Samoa on Sunday, 8th November (American Samoa time) where three crew members aboard tested positive for COVID had previously docked at Matautu in Samoa for less than 24 hours. According to a Samoa...
Omelette with Baby Pele and a side of fruit
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Team Tonga, Tuiohu Mafi and ‘Amelia Asi were recognized this week for placing second in the regional Pacific Island Food Revolution (PIFR) cooking show competition. New Zealand High Commissioner HE Tiffany Babington and Australian High Commissioner HE Adrian Morrison presented...
Krystal Paco-San Agustin
NORTHERN MARIANAS ISLANDS — US territories in the north-west Pacific are hoping they will have access to a Covid-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of America. Guam and the Northern Marianas have both expressed hope in the incoming administration's Covid-19 policy. RNZ Pacific correspondent in...
Locals at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Funafuti, Tuvalu
United Nationa, NEW YORK CITY — The United Nations says the introduction of a Temporary Basic Income for the world's poorest people including those in the Pacific could help slow the current surge in Covid-19 cases in the region. According to the World Health Organisation, as of 14 October there...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has called on churches and leaders of churches to help ensure the survival of our native Samoan tongue by utilizing the national language in speeches, sermons and when singing hymns.  Tuilaepa issued the call when he spoke on Thursday...

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