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Samoa Airways jet on runway
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's next repatriation flight from New Zealand has been scheduled for September 11 with the first flight from Australia scheduled to bring back students from China and Japan as well. Next Friday's flight from New Zealand follows the cancellation of a previous flight on August 28...
Joseph Auga Matamata
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The first person jailed for human trafficking and slavery is appealing his conviction, while the Crown is appealing his sentence. The Hastings-based Samoan chief, Joseph Auga Matamata, was last month sentenced to 11 years in prison for illegally bringing 13 Samoans to New...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With only two land surveyors on island, the American Samoa Power Authority has included in it’s apprenticeship program in New Zealand — a land surveyor apprenticeship, says ASPA acting executive director Wallon Young at last week’s cabinet meeting. Young provided brief...
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. Ardern said Auckland, the...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Air New Zealand’s first flight to Tonga since the Covid-19 lockdown has taken off on Tuesday morning. Flight NZ970 was due to land at Fua’amotu International Airport at 1.30pm local time. It is the first Air NZ repatriation flight of Tongans since border restrictions were...
Image from Robert George's short-film I Am the Moment
New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND — Pasifika directors will be looking to make their mark when the Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival gets underway next week. For the first time, a Pacific person is selecting the finalists for the festival's NZ short film competition, and there's a...
Samoan man in many layers of clothing because of the cold NZ winter.
Hastings, NEW ZEALAND — Seasonal workers stuck in Hawke's Bay are suffering from depression and anxiety because they don't know when they can return home. More than 1500 workers from the Pacific who were due to return home in May are still in the region, and with the season officially over there is...
Jawsh 685 at RNZ
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — South Auckland teenager Jawsh 685 - whose tune inspired Jason Derulo's new worldwide smash 'Savage Love' - says it all started in his tiny bedroom and his music is made to "blast on sirens". Manurewa High School student Joshua Stylah's viral hit 'Laxed (Siren Beat)' ended up...
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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — An organization advocating for Pasifika in New Zealand says a border bungle, resulting in the country having two active cases of Covid-19 last week is inexcusable and highlights an unfair system. Two sisters who arrived from the UK on Sunday 7 June were granted a...
Rugby match in New Zealand with fans in the stands
DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — They call one section of the stadium The Zoo, and it’s easy to see why: thousands of university students in team colors standing on their seats, steadying trays of beer, swaying to music and erupting with joy when their team scores. “Craziness,” is how 20-year-old...

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