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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The New Zealand government has contributed $6.9 million to help businesses in the Pacific recover from the pandemic. Border closures and a loss of trade routes has left many countries struggling, with a recent survey finding just under 50 percent of small to medium...
Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The New Zealand government has secured another two vaccines, enough for every New Zealander and its Pacific partners, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced to the media on Thursday (NZ time). $75M IN SUPPORT FOR PACIFIC PARTNERS Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta...
Customs at Faleolo airport in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The 12th repatriation flight into Samoa arrived on Friday with more than 300 passengers from Auckland, New Zealand. TV1Samoa reports the passengers have now all been sent to quarantine at various locations around the country for the next fortnight. Some returning families have been...
Miriam Fuimaono and her son
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — An Auckland bodybuilder who thought she was too fit and healthy to get sick is warning women, especially Pasifika women, to pay attention to their health after she faced cancer this year. Miriam Fuimaono, 40, describes herself as a gym enthusiast, working out daily without...
Tino Tagiilima (centre)
A man killed in a collision between a truck and a van full of seasonal workers on the Napier-Taupō Rd earlier this week has been released. Tino Tagiilima, 37, of Samoa, died on SH5, Tarawera, on Monday as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. Tagiilima was one of the occupants of the van...
RSE worker in a Hawke's Bay orchard.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan government says it is ready to send seasonal workers to New Zealand and Australia as soon as a request is made. The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour's Lemalu Nele Leila said the government is eager to see some of the nearly 3000 workers waiting to be deployed,...
New Zealand prison
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — A convicted rapist is to be deported from New Zealand, despite arguing that sending him back to Samoa would mean “the end of all his dreams”. Matila Ilia-Neemia​ came to New Zealand in 2011 at the age of 13. He became a resident after being adopted by his aunt and uncle,...
Epenesa Line, 11-months-old
New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND — Children were the focus of the Sunday church service at Samoan Assembly of God in New Plymouth. The day marked White Sunday, or Lotu Tamaiti which translates to children’s service, a national holiday in Samoa which falls on the second Sunday of October. More than 20...
Air New Zealand plane parked up at Auckland Airport
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoa repatriation flight from New Zealand scheduled for this Friday has been delayed until the 18th of September. The government said the delay had been caused by "flight availability". The flight is designated for returning citizens and seasonal workers. Meanwhile, a repatriation...
Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili with his son.
Apia, SAMOA — Two men charged over the death of a former Auckland man in Samoa have been acquitted. Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili, a graduate of Auckland’s AUT University, died on December 5, 2018 after an incident outside a Samoan nightclub in the early hours of December 1. Three men were charged in...

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