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Samoa election: Independent MP sides with new FAST party

By RNZ Pacific Samoan Independent MP, Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio, has confirmed he will join the Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party following more than a week of post-election deliberations. The Samoa Observer reports the decision comes hours after the paper revealed that as part of his negotiations with both parties, Tuala had asked […]

Samoa election: Why the results are so close, and what happens next

Samoa's general election has been nail-biting with the two main parties FAST and HRPP tied at 25 seats. Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa from Auckland University gives us insight into what happens next for Samoa.

Final count starts in Samoa election

By RNZ  The final and official count for the Samoa general election 2021 started this morning. By 11pm last night, all special votes had finally been sorted to the electoral constituencies – all done in the presence of official scrutineers. Provisional results over the weekend had the two main political parties, the HRPP, and the […]

SAMOA ELECTIONS: Preliminary results show closest race in decades

Samoa went to the polls yesterday and preliminary results show a hung election. The new FAST party has come in with 25 seats as has the HRPP at 25, with 1 Independent. Political commentator Mata'afa Keni Lesa joins us from Apia to give his take on what this means for Samoa.

Word on the street: Samoa gears up for the 2021 elections

We go to the streets of Apia to ask locals about what they want from this year's elections.

National Party leader Judith Collins calls for immediate Pacific travel bubble

National leader Judith Collins says there’s no reason Pacific nations can’t form part of the new travel bubble now. By RNZ Collins wants the government to move quicker in allowing quarantine-free travel from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. A bubble with Australia had been unnecessarily put off and that shouldn’t now be the repeated with safe […]

Samoa Elections 2021: Former political allies go head to head

After nearly 40 years in power, the Human Rights Protection Party will be facing their biggest challenge yet when they go head to head with newcomers Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (better known as FAST) led by former HRPP member and deputy prime minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa.

Cook Islands ready to welcome Kiwis from 1 May, says Cook Islands PM

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown wrapped up his week-long visit to New Zealand recently by confirming a start date for the much-anticipated travel bubble between the two nations. The Pacific leader told John Pulu his country is ready to welcome kiwi tourists.