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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Samoan man, who claimed to have been born in Los Angeles, California, has pled not guilty to providing false statement on an application for a U.S. passport, according to filings with the federal court in Honolulu. According to the one-count federal grand jury...
Polevia Sioli
Victoria, AUSTRALIA — A fake tax agent ripped off his close-knit community when he secretly filed fake claims on their behalf and kept tens of thousands of dollars for himself. Polevia Sioli was given a two-year good behaviour bond by the County Court of Victoria on Wednesday and told to pay back $...
Joseph Auga Matamata pictured in front of his house.
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — The jury in the trial of a Samoan chief accused of slavery has retired to consider their verdict. Joseph Auga Matamata, 65, denies 11 charges of human trafficking and 13 charges of slavery relating to 13 Samoan nationals between 1995 and April last year. Summing up the case...
Three of the American Samoa supporters of Tulsi Gabbard.
(AP) — The Democratic National Committee has ratcheted up the threshold to qualify for its next presidential debate, requiring candidates to have picked up at least 20% of convention delegates allocated in state primary contests. The new rules announced Friday for the March 15 debate in Arizona...
RSE workers from Samoa working in Bostock orchard
Victoria, AUSTRALIA — A Samoan seasonal worker in Australia has died over the Christmas and New Year period. A source said the worker, 23, from Sa'anapu village had spent Christmas with some relatives living in Australia when he drowned. The man worked as a fruit picker in a Victoria farm. The...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A ground-breaking study which looks at how Māori and Samoan peoples describe their experience of youth justice across three different but comparable countries is calling for participants. Led by Dr Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni and Dr Robert Webb of the University of Auckland and...
Siasau Matagiese in restaurant
Honolulu, HAWAII — Part Hawaiian, part Samoan, Siasau Matagiese learned to swim before he could walk. Growing up in Kauai, his dad—having learned from his own father—would take him spear-fishing every day, catching species like kalas (bluespine unicorn fish) and small uluas (trevally) for dinner....
Dwayne Johnson
Hollywood, CALIFORNIA — The Hollywood star and former WWE champion responded to a social media debate between wrestling fans regarding his ethnicity and how he was portrayed on screen, with one arguing that Johnson - whose father Rocky was Black Canadian and whose mother Ata came from a Samoan...
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — A driver in a stolen ute who mowed down seven children and a mum waiting to cross a busy Victorian intersection has been labelled a danger to the community. Melbourne man Zhane Su'a, 22, was jailed on Friday after he pleaded guilty to 10 charges including five counts of...
Lani Wendt Young
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Facebook’s community standards allow women to be abused and threatened, especially when that abuse is not in English.  This is according to Lani Wendt Young, a Samoan writer, editor, publisher and journalist, who was invited by Netsafe NZ to speak at the 2018 Trans-Tasman...

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