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Tsunami Advisory for Samoa Cancelled following 7.6M Earthquake in Tonga Trench

Thurs 11 May 2023 Apia Samoa. A Tsunami Advisory issued by the Samoa Meteorological Services at around 6:00am Thursday morning has been cancelled. The tsunami advisory was issued following an earthquake of Magnitude 7.6M, Depth 210km and Distance of 539km West of Apia was felt at 5am (Samoa Time) this morning. The US Geological Survey […]

Don Opeloge Sets 2 Commonwealth and 2 Oceania Records at Pacific Elite International in Melbourne

Samoa’s golden boy Don Opeloge accomplishes yet another exceptional feat at the Pacific Elite International Tournament in Hawthorn Melbourne this week, breaking two Commonwealth and two Oceania records in the Men’s 102kg weightlifting category. The Commonwealth Games gold medalist also took out the Best Overall Male lifter which came with a prize of $1000 AUD. Don […]

FAST Party Win Vaimauga 3 By-Election

The Faatuatua i Le Atua Samoa ua Tasi party has won the preliminary count for the Vaimauga 3 Constituency. A look at the 13 booths shows the race was close, until it came to Magiagi, where FAST party candidate Lautimuia Uelese Vaai polled 93% of the votes for Booth 1 (Magiagi EFKS) and 91% of […]

Moataa Break Apia Maroon’s Two-Year Winning Streak to Claim the Taula Apia Rugby Union Shield

The Taumeasina Island Resort Moataa Rugby Club have finally broken the two-year Apia Maroon winning streak to take the Taula Apia Rugby Union shield in a tough 24-18 match at Tuanaimato HPU fields this afternoon. TIR Moataa scored three tries. One to Paul Faalogo who led from the front all day. A great team try […]

Moto’otua TTM Hospital’s First Baby of 2023 Born to Liz Hunt

The first baby born in 2023 at Samoa’s National Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital arrived at 5.16am. Liz and Paee Hunt’s baby girl is Samoa’s second born baby, behind Tuasivi Hospital’s baby girl born at 0500, just 16 minutes earlier. Liz Hunt’s baby girl weighed in at 8lbs, said RM Jessie Autagavaia who delivered TTMs first […]

STA’s “Discover Beautiful Sales Mission” in American Samoa a Success

The Samoa Tourism Authority spent four days in American Samoa with a group of hoteliers and tour operators to promote travel between the two Samoas. The initiative which comes off the back of the recent high level government to government talks between the two Samoa’s was declared a success by mission delegates and American Samoa […]

Kolani Junior Lam Challenges Pathologist Report in Court of Appeal

Kolani Junior Lam, serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife, former government CEO Sa’u Justina Sa’u, is challenging the pathologist report that led to his conviction in the Supreme Court. Background The Chief Executive Officer of the Unit Trust of Samoa, Sa’u Justina Sa’u-Lam died tragically on Sunday 21st October 2018. An […]

Tuilaepa says Defamation Claim will Backfire on Minister of Works

Leader of the opposition, Hon Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says the defamation claim filed against him by Works Minister, Olo Fiti Vaai will backfire. Speaking to local media at a press conference following his 2-year suspension from Parliament, Samoa’s former Prime Minister said he is prepared to respond in Court, but feels sorry for Olo because […]

Jailed Hitman Says Australian-Samoan Tala Pauga Ordered Assassination, Sent Money and Organised Weapon

Tala Pauga continues to fight an extradition order issued by Samoa prosecutors in relation to his part of an alleged conspiracy to assassinate former Prime Minister Hon Tuileapa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi. The claim by self-confessed hitman of the conspiracy to murder Tuilaepa was made clear when he was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Justice […]

Auckland Bound Passengers on Air New Zealand Flight from Samoa Exposed to Covid Positive Patient

18 Sept 2022, Apia Samoa.  Auckland bound passengers on NZ999 due to depart Apia at 8:20pm on Saturday night were made to sit inside the aircraft for over two hours while authorities argued over the fate of a Covid-19 positive patient. The covid positive passenger was on the Auckland-Apia Air New Zealand flight that arrived […]