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Pacific Island groups at apology
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given a formal and unreserved apology on behalf of the government for the Dawn Raids which she said left Pacific communities feeling "targeted and terrorized." Ardern delivered the speech as part of a three and a half hour ceremony in front...
Screenshot from Samoa Global News graphic of activities now allowed again
Apia, SAMOA — The new FAST Cabinet have moved to ease State of Emergency restrictions including the call to begin negotiations with the New Zealand government for the possibility of a travel bubble with Samoa. “Feutagai ma le Malo o Niu Sila mo le faamautuina o aiaiga talafeagai uma e ao ona...
Convoy of cars for demonstration against judiciary.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's court houses in Apia closed on Friday (Samoa time) in anticipation of a convoy of protest against the country's judiciary. Our correspondent in Apia says hearings scheduled for the afternoon were moved to Monday to avoid any disruption. The protests are in support of the...
Students and teacher at Bayview school
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — When the fall 2021-22 semester begins on Aug. 16, 2021, the Leola M. Havard Early Education School in the Bayview Hunters Point — a California Bay area community — will offer for the first time a new dual language program. The San Francisco Unified School District is set...
Samoa's new FAST party cabinet
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's first woman prime minister, Fiamē Naomi Mata'afa, held the first cabinet meeting of the country's new government on Tuesday (Samoa time). Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga told a cabinet meeting yesterday, Monday, July 26, 2021, of communication earlier in the day with Samoa’s new...
Samoa parliament building
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s new Prime Minister, Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa has announced that Parliament will reconvene as early Wednesday after Cabinet Ministers moved into their offices on Tuesday (Samoa time). Samoa's newly appointed Speaker of Parliament, Papali'i Li'o Ta'eu-Masipau was officially welcomed...
Vaccine site in Honolulu Hawaii
Honolulu, HAWAII — As the number of new COVID infections surge in Hawaii, daily vaccination numbers are going in the opposite direction. On Friday, two of Oahu’s largest vaccination sites were mostly empty. There were no lines at the Queen’s Medical Center’s Blaisdell Center vaccination clinic. The...
Fiame Naomi Mataafa and Laauli Leuatea Schmidt
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's new FAST Party government has got down to work this morning, meeting with the heads of government departments, more than 100 days after it had won the election. FAST MPs were forced to swear themselves in because the Head of State had barred them from entering Parliament. The...
Demonstrators in Apia this week
Apia, SAMOA — More than 500 people are estimated to have taken part in a march in support of the Samoan Judiciary and calling for an end to the current political stand-off between two political parties. The Samoa Observer reports the march was organized by So'o'au Va'a and Maylynn Brown and...
Director General of Health Leausa Take Naseri
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is looking at lowering the minimum age of people eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. Director General of Health Leausa Take Naseri said a surplus of vaccines has led the Ministry to consider a minimum age of 12 to get vaccinated. The New Zealand government has offered to supply...

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