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KAVA and kava bowl
Suva, FIJI — Kava exports from Fiji have temporarily stopped following the discovery of illicit drugs in kava packs this month. Green Gold Kava producer and exporter Praveen Narayan told RNZ Pacific he was informed by his agents about the ban on Monday. He said they tried to send kava out of Nadi...
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A senior bank official the National Reserve Bank of Tonga (NRBT) and his sister have been charged after being caught with 15 kilograms methamphetamine over the weekend. Tēvita Nonu Kolokihakaufisi, 39, and 'Ana Longolongo Kolokihakaufisi, 37, appeared at the Magistrate's Court...
Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Samoa's former attorney general Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff is to become New Zealand's Public Defender. In this role, he will oversee the legal management of the ten public defender offices around the country and the about one hundred and sixty lawyers who work as counsel for...
Samuelu Su’a,
Apia, SAMOA — Samuelu Su’a, a police informant and eyewitness in a hit-and-run case faces threats from fellow inmates at Tanumalala prison in Samoa. In response, District Court Judge Leota Raymond Shuster has ordered a secure, self-contained cell for him. This comes as part of a string of events...
Tuilaepa  and Lealailepule
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Appeal Court has dismissed an appeal by Speaker Papali'i Ta'eu Masipa'u against a Supreme Court decision to reinstate two MPs. The Appeal Court however allowed the cross appeal of Samoa Opposition leader Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and HRPP secretary Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi...
ANZ bank in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — ANZ bank in Samoa waives fees for local Visa Debit Card payments under WST15, promoting a cashless economy and providing affordable access to digital banking services. In a move that has been hailed as progressive, ANZ, a local bank in Samoa, has announced its decision to waive...
Pacific map from Joint Typoon Center
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Rainbands from Tropical Depression 98P (now called TC 11P) associated with the South Pacific Convergence Zone is moving northeast of the Manu'a Island group. Damaging winds and flooding are possible for the Islands, mainly over Manu'a and Rose Atoll, while Tropical...
sea sponge
Perth, AUSTRALIA — A study of marine sponges has found global temperature rises may have already exceeded 1.5 degrees. The University of Western Australia-led research extracted 300 years of ocean temperature records preserved in ancient sea sponges. Lead author Emeritus Professor Malcolm McCulloch...
Man with legs bandaged from pig attack
Apia, SAMOA — In a bizarre and horrific incident that happened two weeks ago, a pig attacked three men who received serious injuries needing hospitalization and terrorized a village on the outskirts of Apia. The incident has left many in the village claiming that the pig was possessed and rumours...
Tricia Emberson drawing a bowl of kava
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A Nuku'alofa business has started to sell 'sparkling kava' on tap for those interested in tasting the traditional brew. Tricia Emberson and her family owned Pacific Brewing Tonga business launched the initiative at their Reload Bar in Nuku'alofa last week. The project has been a...

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