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NEW ZELAND

Joseph Auga Matamata pictured in front of his house.
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — The jury in the trial of a Samoan chief accused of slavery has retired to consider their verdict. Joseph Auga Matamata, 65, denies 11 charges of human trafficking and 13 charges of slavery relating to 13 Samoan nationals between 1995 and April last year. Summing up the case...
I Love Samoa poster
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The first lineup announcements have been made for a series of concerts in New Zealand, which aim to raise funds for the families of measles victims in Samoa. The 'I Love Samoa 2020' concerts will take place in Auckland, Wellington, and Australia's Gold Coast from the end...
Tourists on a boat look at the eruption of the volcano
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Officials say 47 people from New Zealand, United States, Australia, Germany, Britain, China and Malaysia were on a New Zealand volcanic island when it suddenly erupted. Of those, dozens were killed, injured or are missing. Details are scarce because conditions on the...
Alosio Taimo on trial in the Auckland High Court.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND —  Alosio Taimo, the Auckland rugby coach on trial for sexually abusing boys, has been found guilty of most of the 106 charges laid against him. The 55-year-old has been on trial in the High Court at Auckland for nine weeks. This morning, after 17 hours of deliberations the...