Weathering food and nutrition security in the Pacific

Tue 24 Feb 2015 -

APIA, Samoa --- The Regional Expert Roundtable on Climate Services for Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security opened in Samoa today. It brings together a range of experts from the agricultural, climate change and weather sectors to provide guidance on how climate services can effectively contribute to food and nutrition ...

Suspended Savali Editor pleads not guilty to five charges of indecency

Wed 04 Feb 2015 -

APIA, Samoa ---- Savali newspaper Editor, Tupuola Terry Tavita has pleaded not guilty to five counts of indecency before Judge Mata Tuatagaloa of the District Court.

Samoa Air and Coral Sun Airways flights between Samoa and Kiribati

Thu 29 Jan 2015 -

APIA, Samoa ---- Samoa Air and Coral Sun Airways have announced their intentions to provide for Regular weekly Air Transport services between their two countries as well as offering charter services across the Pacific.

Samoan Opposition Leader kicked out of Parliament indefinitely

Wed 28 Jan 2015 -

APIA, Samoa ---- The Leader of the Samoan Parliamentary Opposition Party has been kicked out of parliament indefinitely and stands to lose his perks such as free vehicle, petrol and salary.

Samoan PM tells Associate Minister of Education to resign from party

Tue 27 Jan 2015 -

APIA, Samoa ---- After telling him to stop asking stupid questions, Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told the Associate Minister of Education, Tu’u’u Anasi’i Leota to resign from the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP).

Managing Mercury Waste a Growing Priority in the Pacific islands region

Mon 26 Jan 2015 -

APIA, Samoa ---- The first-ever sub-regional workshop on the Minamata Convention on Mercury was held in Apia, Samoa at the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme SPREP) from 19 to 21 January.

Speculation over changes in Fiji and the Pacific’s banking sector

Dennis Rounds and Samisoni Pareti
Mon 19 Jan 2015 -

Fiji’s business sector is abuzz with speculations about possible major changes on the local and Pacific regional banking scenes.

January 2015

Winners and losers in Big Samoa Tuna Meeting

Samisoni Pareti*

WATCH Pacific island countries enforce their own measures against overfishing of local tuna fishery following the dramatic failure by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to agree to a reduction in fishing efforts at its annual negotiation sessions in Samoa last December. Already the eight island countries that ...

Bit of leisure in business in Apia

Samisoni Pareti

WHEN United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon flew to Apia to attend the UN conference on small island developing states last September, he opted to stay at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel and not in a luxurious suite on board the eleven-deck 1991 built Pacific Jewel P&O cruise-liner berthed on Apia Wharf. The ...

Pacific Sport: The best of 2014

Peter Rees
Tue 09 Dec 2014 -

It was a remarkable year for athletes of Pacific heritage in the international arena.

WCPFC chair makes early exist

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Fri 05 Dec 2014 -

In a yet to be explained move, the chair of the WCPFC Dr Charles Karnell has left Samoa, leaving delegates of the 11th session of the Commission to try and forge some agreements on measures to manage the Pacific’s tuna fishery.

WCPFC Apia Meeting Shut Down

Samisoni Pareti, in Apia, Samoa.
Fri 05 Dec 2014 -

Pacific journalists who have been covering the 11th session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Apia this week have been told they won't be allowed into cover the final session of the meeting scheduled for 3pm today.

Fiji joins body on Pacific Bluefin tuna fishery

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

Fiji has become the 3rd South Pacific island country to join the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

Tackling the tough stuff

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

Its the second last day of the annual tuna fishing negotiations in Samoa today and its still not clear whether delegates will be able to agree on more control measures to avoid the overfishing of the Pacific's depleting tuna stock .

World Soil Day – Where food begins

Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- More attention to the health and management of the planet's soils is needed to meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population while coping with climate change and increased scarcity of natural resources. Soil is a critical natural resource yet until recently it has been largely ...

Greenpeace accuses Philippines of juvenile tuna fishing

Samisoni Pareti* In Apia, Samoa.
Wed 03 Dec 2014 -

The Philippines – a member of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission – currently meeting in Apia this week has been accused of flouting rules against the fishing of juvenile tuna.

Tuvalu ‘son’ secures top WCPFC job

Samisoni Pareti* in Apia, Samoa.
Wed 03 Dec 2014 -

Sitting beside his lead supporter – Tuvalu’s Minister of Fisheries -- during a press conference this morning, Feleti Teo said he was still coming to terms with the enormity of the decision by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to appoint him as their Executive Director.

Tuvalu’s Feleti Teo jostles for top WCPFC job

Samisoni Pareti* In Apia, Samoa.
Tue 02 Dec 2014 -

Will long time Tuvalu and Pacific civil servant Feleti Teo get the nod to become the new executive director of the Secretariat of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission?

Pacific takes on the world fishers in Samoa

Samisoni Pareti* In Apia, Samoa.
Sun 30 Nov 2014 -

Pacific Island nations are going into the 11th session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Samoa from Monday with a clear message to Asian, European and American countries that fish in the Pacific: agree to reduce your fishing effort or be prepared to face tougher actions.

Polynesian Airlines adds US$4 million Twin Otter named Savai’i to its fleet

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- Polynesian Airlines has delivered its third aircraft named Savai’i with a pleading by Samoan Prime Minister to the company to remember Savai’i residents in its air services.

Media remains independent despite Government funding says Samoan Prime Minister

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

API, Samoa --- Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has made it clear in parliament Friday that the media remains independent despite likely Government funding to assist the Council establish itself in its initial phase of its their work.

Trochus - a new coastal fisheries resource for Samoa

Wed 24 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- Samoa is the latest country to successfully develop a new trochus (Tectus niloticus) fishery. On learning of the successful introduction of the species in Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands and French Polynesia, the Government of Samoa began its effort to introduce the species in ...

Bullets found in Samoan journalist bag during SIDS conference

Thu 18 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- Samoa's acting police Commissioner Fauono Talalelei Tapu has confirmed that gun bullets were found in the bag of a young Samoan female journalist during the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) conference.

ILO applauds the work of Samoan Government in hosting S.I.D.S

Mon 15 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- The Third Small Island Developing States Conference has been praised by the Deputy Director General of the International Labour Organization Gilbert Houngbo as a successful accomplishment by the people of Samoa.

Pacific organic growers - strengthening traditional ways and supporting sustainable development

Fri 05 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa -- Dedicated and passionate Pacific organic farmers are working hard to combat challenges such as the effects of climate change, degradation of ecosystems due to unsustainable use of both land and marine resources, and the need to generate livelihoods to maintain island populations.