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Sina Retzlaff

Tuiloma Lemalu Sina Retzlaff is a Certified Accountant and Accredited Mediator by profession. Author of the short story Unborn Child, she is also a Gender Based Violence Research Fellow.

Marist Pago International 7s Heats Up in Day 2

Eight of the 12 teams who travelled to American Samoa for the 4th Vailima Marist Flag Day International 7s made it to the Cup quarterfinal stage after a fantastic Day 1 of matches. The first quarterfinal on Day 2 saw two Marist teams battle it out. Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club from Upolu  edged out […]

Bus and Minivan Collide on Cross Island Road

A bus and a minivan collided on the dangerously winding Siumu-end of the Cross Island Road this afternoon. The bus was coming uphill towards Apia while a rental minivan was heading downhill. The owner of a white Toyota Pickup truck that was following the bus stopped and took most of the passengers from the bus […]

A Look at Samoa’s Parliament after By-Elections and the Requirement for Constitutional Amendments

Lautimuia Uelese Vaai’s solid win of the Vaimauga 3 by-election held Friday 24 February 2023 gives the ruling FAST party a 32 seat majority in Parliament. After 21 years of the Vaimauga 3 seat being held by HRPP through Papalii Niko Lee Hang, Lautimuia secured the seat with a margin of over 449. Samoa’s Legislative […]

Ua Soli e nei Tamā le Va Tapuia ma Fanau Teine – Justice Tafaoimalo Tologata Leilani Tuala-Warren

O loo tula’i mai pea soligatulafono mataga e faatino e tamā o Samoa i totonu o latou aiga, ina ua latou lē tausi i le vā tapuia ma o latou alo ma fanau teine. O le mau lea a le tamaitai faamasino o le Faamasinoga Maualuga, Justice Tafaoimalo Tologata Leilani Tuala-Warren, ina ua tuuina mai […]

Father Sentenced to 18 Years for Raping his 14 Year Old Biological Daughter

"Today the Court will play its role in purging our county of this deplorable behaviour"

“Tourism Provides the Ordinary Local Pacific Islander with a Way to Fend for their Families”

Miss Solomon Islands, Tiare Taisia Haro, says tourism is a gold mine for the ordinary Pacific Islander, as it provides opportunities to earn an income and fend for our families. “Tourism is not just about travelling and seeing places, but it is also about unique experiences,” said Ms Haro to a packed conference room at […]

Miss Nauru Calls for Conversations on ‘Taboo’ Areas of Women’s Health, Being Swept Under the Rug

Miss Nauru 2023, Alexandra Melody Pitcher, has called for a re-focus of health priorities on taboo areas of women’s health, as well as the mental and emotional well being of Pacific people, which she says has had to be placed on the backburner since the Covid-19 pandemic took priority in global healthcare systems. “The covid-19 […]

Family Mourns Death of Police Officer Shot and Killed the Day before Christmas

Updated 5pm Sunday 25 December 2022. Samoa’s latest domestic violence homicide victim is a Police Officer who was shot and killed in the early hours of Saturday morning 24 December 2022. Police confirm they have arrested and charged her de facto partner with murder, however, the family of the victim have disputed the term de […]

Assessors Find Father Guilty of Raping 14 Year Old Daughter

3 December 2022 Apia Samoa. After a two-day hearing in the Supreme Court of Samoa a panel of five assessors found a father in his 40s guilty of raping his 14 year old daughter in February of 2020. The victim was the eldest of the defendant’s three children. He has a younger daughter who was […]

Rape Case of 14 Year Old in Supreme Court as Samoa Rolls Out 16 Days of Activism Campaign

As Samoa commemorates the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign to eradicate violence against women and girls, the case of a father accused of raping his 14-year-old girl is being heard before Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren in the Supreme Court of Samoa. Samoa this week launched its “Maluifale 16 Days of Activism Campaign” with a […]