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Seasonal workers
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is earning millions of dollars from its labour force on the New Zealand and Australian seasonal workers schemes. The Labour Minister Lautafi Fio Purcell announced the earnings during his reply on the Supplementary Budget 2020/2021 in Parliament. He said in the 14 years since the...
Marijuana buds, rolling papers and lighter
Maui, HAWAIIAN ISLANDS — Maui County Council members who overwhelmingly passed a resolution earlier this month supporting the legalization and taxation of marijuana see economic hope in a budding cannabis industry. The council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the legalization, regulation...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister has indicated that his government is willing to review the appointment process for Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum. Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi's statement comes after five Micronesian presidents vowed to leave the forum after their candidate...
Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital sign
Apia, SAMOA — Twenty three corpses are still in Samoan government mortuaries awaiting post mortems, with having been there for more than 12 months. TV1Samoa reported the numbers were confirmed by Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, who said the problem was the country did not have a...
Panmure-Otahuhu's Labour MP Jenny Salesa
South Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A government MP in South Auckland is calling on constituents to be kind and compassionate following the latest community outbreak of Covid-19 in the area. Three cases of coronavirus were confirmed over the weekend, plunging Auckland into Level 3 lockdown and the rest...
Samoa coronavirus banner
Apia, SAMOA — On 12th February 2021, a 16 year – old male passenger who arrived with his mother from California, USA on repatriation flight NZ990 tested positive for Covid 19 on arrival in Samoa and again on repetition while in managed isolation at the TTM Isoalation Unit last night.  He is...
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ordered the country's biggest city Auckland to go into lockdown after the discovery of three new local cases of Covid-19. The measures will last three days and require residents to stay at home. Ms Ardern said the country was...
Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church headquarters in Māngere
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A church in Auckland has been struck off the Charities Register after its employees stole millions of dollars in church funds, and poured millions more into dubious investments. It follows a two-year probe into the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church (SISDAC)...
Turned in weapons on display
Apia, SAMOA — Almost 200 illegal guns have been handed in by people in Samoa in a gun amnesty which ended yesterday. A total of 198 weapons were collected. The firearms comprised rifles, pistols, and shotguns. Ammunition totalling 686 for the various firearms were also handed to the Police....
Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Nikolao Pula
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) is announcing the award of $1,033,100 in CARES Act grant funding to help Pacific Islander communities in Hawaii that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be administered by ...

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