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The Matamata family property
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A cold slap of winter air snaps Junior* out of his sleepiness as he steps off the plane from Apia. It's just after 1am but he's grateful to finally be in Auckland where two years of work and good wages await. It's 30 July 2015. Junior is 53 years old and today his dream...
COVID-19 vaccine viles
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Dept. of Health reported at 11:59 Friday and released Saturday that on March 18, 2022, 795 tests were conducted with 151 individuals testing positive.  In the past 24 hours ending midnight Friday, 20 previous positive cases recovered and there was 1 new...
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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — People from Nauru, Tuvalu and American Samoa will soon be able to enter New Zealand without going into quarantine or self-isolation, Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio announced on Friday. The move is part of the government’s staged border reopening to...
Faleolo Airport
Apia, SAMOA — The 272 passengers who arrived from New Zealand on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 all tested negative for COVID. This repatriation flight was scheduled to arrive last month but was postponed due to the nationwide lockdown following the flight on Jan. 19, 2022. All 272 passengers were swabbed...
 Malia Su-emalo Lui, a receiving a covid-19 vaccination
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Pacific Island New Zealanders are now 90 percent fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and a public health expert is urging them to keep up that momentum in the New Year. In yesterday's daily briefing, the Ministry of Health said 90 percent of eligible Pacific people in New...
 Samoa prime minister Fiamē Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa has hinted that her Cabinet will consider a recommendation from the National Emergency Operations Committee to delay some of the planned repatriation flights from New Zealand and Australia. "This request came in after the Cabinet meeting and...
Pacific islanders showing off their vax
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — More Pasifika teenagers in Aotearoa New Zealand are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 than teenagers in other ethnic groups. The latest figures from the Ministry of Health show 15 percent of Pasifika 12-to-19 year olds are fully vaccinated, compared with eight percent of...
Video of ceremonial announcement of AUKUS
Canberra, AUSTRALIA — It has been announced the US, Australia and the UK are forming a new security partnership to be known as AUKUS. This alliance, announced by the leaders of the three countries, throws an entirely different light on the recent 70th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty and indeed key...
Suli Tuitaupe dancing
Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND — A Christchurch-based Samoan nurse is bringing a bit of island style beats to people during lockdown. And he's garnered quite the following. It's not hard to see what makes Suli Tuitaupe stand out. "He's got a happy vibe all the time and he shows it. It rubs off on...
David Letele, right, and his food bank workers
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Every day, David Letele and the workers at his Brown Buttabean food bank are run off their feet. From morning until well into the night, they're busy packing parcels by the hundreds to meet an unprecedented demand. Letele's central Manukau foodbank is one of many across...

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