A booming good idea!

Fri 22 Aug 2014 -

A temporary boom has been placed across the mouth of Apia's Vaisigano River.

Cook Islands coastal calculator helps construct new harbour

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
Fri 22 Aug 2014 -

After close to a decade of being without a harbour, the island of Mangaia in the Cook Islands cut the ribbon to a new climate resilient harbour this year, an outcome of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project (PACC).

SIDS conference in Samoa shaping up as a world class innovator, leading the way on climate change

Fri 22 Aug 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- The United Nations is hoping the Small Islands Developing States conference which gets underway in Samoa next week will lead the way for international action on climate change.

Samoa leads offset carbon call for SIDS 2014

Tue 12 Aug 2014 -

Samoa is calling for citizens around the world to help offset carbon emissions as a result of the largest global meeting to be held the Pacific Islands.

Prime Minister challenge Samoan Fathers to become environmentalist

Fri 08 Aug 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- With Samoa hosting the Small Islands Development States (SIDS) conference this year, it was only appropriate for Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi to challenge all fathers of Samoa to join in the world campaign of saving the environment.

Acute fever and rash outbreak declared in Samoa, Two dead

Fri 08 Aug 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- Samoa's Ministry of Health has reported two deaths from acute fever and rash, saying it is now an outbreak.

Pacific leaders push for more funds to combat extreme weather

Thu 07 Aug 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----Pacific leaders have launched a global campaign to improve weather forecasting and climate services for small island nations.

Pacific Media and Climate Change Toolkit available now!

Wed 06 Aug 2014 -

APIA, Samoa -----The Pacific Media and Climate Change Toolkit is a new online resource developed to help journalists in the region report on climate change and environment issues.

Samoa police hire temporary officers for SIDS conference

Tue 05 Aug 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- Samoa police have hired temporary officers to assist during next month's Small Islands Developing States Conference (SIDS).

Emergency Shelter and Evacuation Centre Training for Samoa

Wed 30 Jul 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----Last week, eighteen representatives of Samoa’s Welfare and Internally-Displaced People Sub-Committee of the Disaster Advisory Committee attended a training course in Emergency Shelter Custer and Evacuation Centre Management facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies ...

Frozen Samoan taro soon to be on the overseas market

Thu 24 Jul 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----Frozen fresh taro will soon be on the overseas market once the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS) has finalized its tasting trials.

Plane goes down near American Samoa

Thu 24 Jul 2014 -

PAGOPAGO, America Samoa ----A teenage boy from Indiana who was flying around the world with his father in a single-engine plane was killed when their plane crashed earlier Wednesday near American Samoa. The father is missing at sea.

Samoa on health alert over suspected dengue fever outbreak

Thu 24 Jul 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- Samoa's Ministry of Health (MOH) has put the country “on high alert to prevent the entry of what is suspected as an outbreak of dengue fever in neighbouring American Samoa.”

Pacific needs to unite in eliminating child labour and trafficking

Wed 23 Jul 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---The Pacific countries need to work together in building regional efforts to “eliminate the worst forms of child labour and trafficking in the Pacific island countries” that goes into its second day of a three days forum in Apia, Samoa.

Two Samoas in visa fees stand-off

Tue 22 Jul 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- Samoa and American Samoa appear to be in a stand off to see who blinks first about immigration fees both countries had apparently promised to remove during the recent inter-Samoa talks held in Apia.

Samoa's suspended police given options

Tue 15 Jul 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- A commission of inquiry in Samoa is giving top police officers options to resign or respond to allegations and proceed with the inquiry.

SIDS Conference “There is Hope” theme song launched

Fri 11 Jul 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- The theme song for the highly anticipated United Nations Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference was officially launched in Apia Wednesday by a choir led by music teacher Salā Seutatia Aveau.

Parliamentary Finance Committee asks Samoa Air to pay debt to Polynesian Airlines

Tue 24 Jun 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----One of the recommendations from the Parliamentary Finance Committee in its report discussed in Parliament Friday was for the financially troubled Samoa Air company to pay the debt it owes Polynesia Airlines company.

Changes proposed in Samoa for appointing Head of State

Tue 24 Jun 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----The Samoan government is seeking to change the way heads of state are appointed in a new constitutional amendment bill.

Rebuilding Pacific kava trade will take time

Fri 13 Jun 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---It's estimated it could take at least three years to rebuild the supply of the Pacific kava industry to international export levels.

New Ambassador role about jobs and development: PM Key

Tue 03 Jun 2014 -

APIA, Samoa----- The New Zealand prime minister John Key says New Zealand's new ambassador for economic development in the region will aim to find out the best economic and development opportunities in the region.

$1m tourism aid for Samoa announced

Tue 03 Jun 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced a NZD$1 million package for tourism in Samoa on his Pacific Mission.

SIDS conference put pressure on Samoa's hotel industry

Mon 26 May 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- A report by the Samoa Tourism Authority Committee has revealed that hotels in Samoa cannot cater to the number of people expected to attend this year’s Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference.

When facing apocalypse….plant a tree

Patrick Durst
Tue 20 May 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- The ancient Roman emperor Nero gained eternal notoriety for infamously “fiddling while Rome burned.” In our more modern times, faced with the great impending natural disaster that is climate change, Nero would be just one part of the orchestra.

El Nino likely, Samoa Met office warns

Tue 06 May 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- An El Niño is likely to develop in 2014, the Samoa Meteorology Division (SMD) has warned.