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Pusi Urale.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan artist in her eighties, who is currently exhibiting in Auckland, hopes to encourage more Pasifika to explore their creative talents. Pusi Urale, 81, is celebrating the female form in her exhibition Mafine being held at Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery in West...
A flooded road in Samoa's Pesega
Apia, SAMOA — A storm system west of Samoa could turn into a cyclone in the next 24 hours, Samoa's weather service says. At five o'clock on Wednesday evening (Samoa time) the tropical disturbance was about 260 kilometres west of Apia. The service said the system, which was moving southeast, had a...
Tugia Tuliau
Apia, SAMOA — A former Samoa Methodist church minister has been jailed for four years and ten months for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Togia Tuliau pleaded guilty last year to eight charges of sexual connection and one charge of indecent assault. The victim, a member of Tuliau's church,...
The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tuscon
Honolulu, HAWAII — As disputes over incursions by fishing fleets spread south through the Pacific Ocean, so too the face of maritime patrols is changing. Cook Islands News editor Jonathan Milne reports from Pearl Harbor, Hawai'i. I lower myself through the black hatch on the top of the USS Tucson...
Samoan national Joseph Matamata
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand's first court trial involving slavery and human trafficking charges has ended its first week in the High Court in Napier and will resume today (New Zealand time). The trial before Justice Helen Cull and a jury started on Monday last week with horticultural and...
A hospital waiting room in Apia.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — An Auckland family has filed a complaint with a hospital in Samoa over its treatment of their late mother. The Aloese family was in Samoa last month for a family reunion, when the mother had a seizure. The woman's daughter, Grace Aloese, said an ambulance was called but...
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has accepted Attorney General Lemalu Herman Retzlaff’s resignation. Lemalu’s resignation was tendered in person to the Prime Minister on Thursday (Samoa time). After being informed by the outgoing AG of the circumstances surrounding his...
Miss Pacific Islands  with babies
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The reigning Miss Pacific Islands, Fonoifafo Macfarland Seumanu is using her time and energy to serve the people of Samoa. A nurse by profession, Fonoifafo had requested to the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) and Samoa’s Ministry of Health if she could work in her capacity...
A NOAA vessel conducting ocean ecosystem studies
Washington, D.C. — NOAA is in the process of acquiring two new oceanographic ships as part of the agency’s fleet rebuilding effort. Once in service, the new ships will support a wide variety of missions, ranging from general oceanographic research and exploration to marine life, climate and ocean...
The marijuana raided from Faleatiu
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan man has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing 46 marijuana plants from a police station evidence holding room. Police say Pa'uvi Limu used a hammer to break a window to get into the room before walking out the front door. An officer saw Pa'uvi walk out and thought...

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