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Apia, SAMOA — A group of talented dancers from around the country will represent Samoa at the Hip Hop International South Pacific dance competition in New Zealand this week. The four dance groups from Samoa competing are United Uso, Matastic, Army of Kin and AIGA. For the AIGA dance group, Captain...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — When students of Manurewa High School in South Auckland were told earlier this year the school would participate in this week's international hip hop dance championships, more than 100 children signed up for the auditions. Only 40 made the final cut and they agreed their...
19-year-old Alexandrina Etelei
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A teenager who recently arrived in the country from Samoa has been reported missing by her family. Counties Manukau Police said on its Facebook page that 19-year-old Alexandrina Etelei was reported missing from her home in Kelston, West Auckland on March 27. Police said it...
Dear Editor, I am writing this ‘open letter appreciation’ to tell your readers a little bit about our ‘off-island referral’ program. Several months ago I was given the great good fortune of being sent to Auckland, NZ to have major surgery through our wonderful referral program. In a word, the whole...
The Walking Samoans
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The Walking Samoans is a fitness initiative spreading across the Auckland region with aims to help improve the health and wellbeing of Samoan communities. Local boards are supporting these groups as needed, often in the form of grants towards uniforms and sports shoes.  ...
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — New Zealand’s official privacy watchdog on Monday described Facebook as “morally bankrupt” and suggested his country follow neighboring Australia’s lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch mosque shootings. Privacy...
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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — There are calls for the New Zealand government to uphold Treaty of Waitangi responsibilities and end racism within the health system that is contributing to shorter lives for Māori and Pacific people. Medical researchers have found around half of Māori and Pacific deaths...
Two Dollar Beach in American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A tourist from the cruise ship that was in port Saturday, the Celebrity Solstice, died while swimming at Two Dollar Beach in America Samoa. It's believed that he died from natural causes. The man, who was travelling with his wife, was 78 years old. The couple's children...
Viliamu Samu, also known as Joe Matamata
Hawkes Bay, NEW ZEALAND — The identity of a man accused of slavery and trafficking in Hawke's Bay can now be revealed. Samoan national Viliamu Samu, known locally as Joe Matamata, has been charged with human trafficking and slavery after he allegedly brought Samoans to New Zealand to work illegally...
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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Pacific islanders are being encouraged by Immigration New Zealand to register for this year's ballot under the Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category. The ballot, open to citizens of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati and Tuvalu takes place between 1 and 30 April. Each year up...

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