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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Dylan Mika, who played seven tests for the All Blacks and two for Samoa, has died. He was 45. It is understood Mika, who suffered from diabetes, died from a heart attack. Mika's family have described him as a "warm, wonderful, and caring man". New Zealand Rugby chief...
 Jacinda Ardern visited Fasi Government Primary School to see the destruction caused by cyclone Gita. [Photo: Pool photo / Michael Craig / New Zealand Herald]
There has been outrage among Tongans over an official letter purporting to ban girls at the country's state school from playing rugby and boxing. The letter from the Ministry of Education informed staff at Tonga High School that the girls shouldn't be playing such sports because it goes against...
 The Pasifika Festival is back for another year, celebrating its 26th birthday. [Photo / Gareth Cooke Subzero via NZ Herald]
NEW ZEALAND — The Pasifika Festival may be later than usual this year, but organisers have big plans for the new time slot, in the hopes of attracting even bigger crowds. Next weekend's event will mark the 26th year since it started at Western Springs in 1992. Like always, Pacific culture will be...
 SRCT staff and members after a hard day's work at Goshen Trust in 2012. [Photo: Samoa Returnees Charitable Trust]
Apia, SAMOA — For some of the men aboard this US chartered plane, it would be the first time they have been back to Samoa since they were young. But a new life lays ahead for them now, after they were deported from the United States for crimes ranging from assault to being armed with a dangerous...
Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi [courtesy photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Because of the public interest in the resumption of air services provided by our national carrier, the Samoa Airways – formerly the Polynesian Airlines ‘Savali Newspaper’ requested this Special one-to-one interview with the leader of Government, Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele...
DOI TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR LEGAL TRAINING  WASHINGTON – U.S. Interior Assistant Secretary of Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech has authorized a payment of $653,003 to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council Pacific Islands Committee to provide and oversee legal training for FY2018 in the...
  COURT HOUSE: Details that could lead to revealing the identity of the victim and the defendant have been suppressed. [SN file photo]
  A 36-year-old father has pleaded guilty to 41 charges of sexual connection in an incident involving his biological daughter.  The defendant appeared before Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on 15 March 2018. He is represented by lawyer, Arthur Lesā,...
 Samoa's PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi [Photo: RNZ / Sela Jane Aholelei]
The long, drawn-out taro ban battle between the two Samoas has clearly angered Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. He told KHJ yesterday afternoon that he was not aware of the counter ban by his country's Ministry of Agriculture. American Samoa had suspended the importation of Samoan...
S.P.W.A.N members march to commemorate International Women’s Day. [Samoa Observer]
Apia, SAMOA — More than 50 members of the Samoa Police Women’s Advisory Network (S.P.W.A.N.) yesterday joined the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Press for Progress” and it marks the social, economic cultural and political achievements of women in...
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Apia, SAMOA — Landowners will be prosecuted if they plant trees not less than 10 meters from electricity poles. Law amendments to this effect are now with the Attorney General’s Office, the General Manager of the Electric Power Corporation, (EPC) Tologata Tile Leia Tuimalealiifano told a press...

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