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 File photo of Samoa Airways plane on runway
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A young boy has died on board a flight from Auckland to Samoa, despite attempts by cabin crew to save him. The passenger, who had a pre-existing medical condition, died on Boxing Day on a Samoa Airways flight, the Samoa Observer reported. The airline confirmed the details to...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Technically minded individuals who want a challenging and profitable career are encouraged to consider the Apprenticeship Program, being offered by the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA). The deadline to submit applications is 2 p.m., next Monday, December 31, 2018....
Mr Dalton's mother Christine Wilson
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The family of a New Zealander killed in a Samoan prison is hoping for answers after meeting with Foreign Minister Winston Peters today. Hans Dalton died in Taifagata Prison while holidaying in Samoa in 2012. The 38-year-old had a mental illness and became distressed...
The octopus was captured in Andersons Bay Inlet on New Zealand's South Island
Andersons Bay, NEW ZEALAND — A man has captured two octopuses with his bare hands from waters on New Zealand's South Island.  Samoan tourist Seleselelimalelei Lavea was spending time with his family in Dunedin, when they headed down to Andersons Bay Inlet. It was there the two octopuses were...
Nora Swann and Laura Keil-Hal
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The Samoa Business Awards are being launched by the Samoa Business Network in New Zealand. It’s among Pasifika efforts that support a six year government plan to grow Pacific businesses and increase their access to mentors and other business networks. The strategy also aims...
Artist and signage Specialist Pomare Amosa with one of the caskets he has decorated
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — It was at the funeral of his own mother that inspired an artist's idea to create something special for others - cultural-inspired designs on funeral caskets. Pomare F Uelese Amosa, a sign-writer in Auckland, travelled to Samoa two years ago to farewell his mother, Fa'alua...
South Auckland youth doing a traiditonal dance
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — When kids in South Auckland get together, it's usually adversarial. They compete against each other at the annual ASB Polynesian Schools festival, they're often head to head on the rugby fields or other sporting events and historical school rivalries means passionate school...
graphic saying apply for NZ visas online
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — From 4 July 2018, visa labels will no longer be issued in passports by Immigration New Zealand (INZ).  All applicants of approved visas will be issued with an electronic visa (eVisa) An eVisa approval letter includes all visa details and conditions.  A copy will be printed...
INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL GATE AT AIRORT
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand Immigration has today published results of its Samoan quota ballot, following a record number of registrations. Those whose numbers have been picked are now eligible to go through the process of applying for residency. But one of the ongoing challenges for many...
Arrival area, New Zealand airport
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Immigration New Zealand (INZ) assistant general manager Jeannie Melville says a record 16,500 registrations were received this year for the Samoan Quota, with only 1,100 places available for Samoan nationals.
 Those who are successful in being drawn from the ballot will be...

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