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Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency for another month, taking the country to an unprecedented four-month lockdown. Samoa Observer reports that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi announced that as long as there is still a threat of the virus reaching Samoa "we...
Samoan man in many layers of clothing because of the cold NZ winter.
Hastings, NEW ZEALAND — Seasonal workers stuck in Hawke's Bay are suffering from depression and anxiety because they don't know when they can return home. More than 1500 workers from the Pacific who were due to return home in May are still in the region, and with the season officially over there is...
Styrofoam cups
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has delayed the ban on Styrofoam products that was due to come into force July 1. A nation-wide ban on the products was supposed to come into effect with businesses who continued to use or sell Styrofoam plates, containers and cups to face up to $US3700 fines or a six month...
Samoa Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — A commercial TV station in Samoa says it will no longer screen sermons by Pastor Willie Papu, the leader of the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church. The pastor is alleged to have made statements, during his paid programme, vilifying other Christian denominations in Samoa...
Faapito Lesatele, Faamuli Salu, Tamasailau Lemuelu with their siapo
Meet three generations of siapo craftswomen in Palauli, Samoa: 48-year-old Faapito Lesatele, 79-year-old Faamuli Salu and 21-year-old Tamasailau Lemuelu. Tamasailau works alongside her two mentors, her mother and grandmother. The family paints siapo cloth with a sharpened pandanus fruit for a brush...
DoH staff at the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs facility in Pago Pago conducting daily testing
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Health Department on Monday issued a public notice explaining “repatriation” as some people from Samoa appear to want to travel to American Samoa for vacations and other purposes. “Repatriation means to return someone to his/ her own country, to return to their home...
Maugaloto Palu
Apia, SAMOA — Former Samoan rugby league international Maugaloto Palu has been arrested for attempted murder. The former prop is in police custody facing four charges including one count of attempted murder, and two of grievous bodily harm and one of armed with a dangerous weapon. Palu appeared...
 Chairman of Moata'a Rugby and former Manu Samoa sevens player, Falepauga Filipo Saena
Apia, SAMOA — Local rugby competitions will get back underway in Samoa this weekend after Covid-19 forced all sporting activities to a standstill in March. Eight sub unions across Apia and Savaii are expected to start domestic competitions in the under 19 and senior age grades which includes...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Twenty-four hours after ASG implemented its repatriation plan to return back to the territory local residents stranded in Samoa after inter-Samoa borders were closed two months ago, the local Attorney General’s Office issued an advisory yesterday morning that “OK Board”...
A Talofa Airways plane on the tarmac at Pago Pago Int'l Airport
Apia, SAMOA — Returning Samoa residents on the repatriation flights between the two Samoas that began Wednesday are not required to go into quarantine once they reach Samoa. Flights operated by Samoa Airways and the privately owned Talofa Airways are being coordinated by Samoa’s Ministry of Foreign...

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