Ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases across Pacific Island states

By John Braddock, 23 July 2020

The global health and economic crisis is having a catastrophic impact on the fragile and impoverished former colonies across the Pacific.

Samoan government amends constitution to elevate traditional “custom”

By John Braddock, 21 July 2020

Samoa’s constitutional amendments will strengthen traditional customs and political control within the legal system.

Samoa lifts measles state of emergency

By John Braddock, 6 January 2020

Despite denials by the prime minister, Samoa was warned repeatedly to improve measles vaccination rates months before the arrival of a deadly epidemic.

Samoa: Anger grows over escalating measles toll

By John Braddock, 9 December 2019

The deadly Samoan measles epidemic is worsening amid a global resurgence of the disease.

Samoa: Death toll mounts in devastating measles epidemic

By Tom Peters, 3 December 2019

The entirely preventable outbreak, which has killed 55 people, is an indictment of the governments of Samoa and also New Zealand, where the outbreak originated.

Samoan car component plant to shut, eliminating 740 jobs

By John Braddock, 29 October 2016

Yazaki, with the assistance of the government and unions, has made millions from its 25-year exploitation of Samoan workers.

Panama Papers implicate Pacific Island states

By John Braddock, 23 April 2016

Impoverished countries such as Samoa, Niue and Nauru have been transformed into lucrative tax havens for corporations and wealthy individuals.

After devastating Samoa, Cyclone Evan hits Fiji

By Oliver Campbell, 17 December 2012

The Samoan government has announced a state of disaster after the cyclone left 4 dead, 8 missing and 200 injured.

Pacific tsunami relief efforts grossly inadequate

By Tom Peters, 7 October 2009

In absolute terms the number of people affected by the tsunami in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga is small, but, per capita, the level of destruction is enormous.

Tsunami hits several South Pacific countries

By Frank Gaglioti, 1 October 2009

A six-metre tsunami, followed by several smaller waves, hit the South Pacific islands of American Samoa, Samoa, and Tonga on Tuesday morning. Around 140 people are dead, many more are missing and at least 1,000 people have been displaced.

Two Samoan ministers go to trial for assassinating a fellow cabinet member

By John Braddock, 20 January 2000

Two former ministers in the Samoan government went to trial on Tuesday in the Supreme Court in Apia on charges of murder. Leafa Vitale, 56, and Toi Aukuso, 67, are accused of instigating and planning the assassination of Public Works Minister Luagalau Leavaulu Kamu last July 16. Kamu was shot in the back while presiding at a social function marking the twentieth anniversary of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party.