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Sandra King Young, director of the American Samoa Medicaid Office
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Medicaid Office has stopped paying for escorts for patients that are referred to New Zealand except in certain cases. The move comes because of incidents involving escorts and some patients which have put the referral programme in jeopardy. Sandra King...
 Director General of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri (middle) with two senior doctors
Apia, SAMOA — Health officials in Samoa are waiting for confirmation of a suspected measles case thought to have been transmitted from the Auckland outbreak. The Ministry of Health held a news conference in Apia on Wednesday and said if lab results sent to Melbourne were positive, an outbreak would...
Mary Moeono-Kolio marching for the climate
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Mary Moeono-Kolio was up past midnight on Thursday, painting banners and stapling flags to poles. Writing chants and rallying her community. For two years now, she's been the coordinator of the Wellington branch of a group that call themselves the Pacific Climate Warriors...
The vehicle in which the pregnant Samoa woman was riding.
Papatoetoe Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A crash on Papatoetoe’s Kolmar Rd involving three vehicles has left a Samoan couple expecting their first child in hospital with injuries. The crash left two cars badly damaged and it’s passengers transferred to Middlemore hospital, while the third vehicle is said...
Lawyer Olinda Woodroffe
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The lawyer for the family of a New Zealand man found hanging upside down in a drum of water at a Samoan prison strongly disagrees with a coroner's finding and says there was enough evidence to determine he was forced into it. Coroner Ryan, in a report released last week,...
Hans Dalton
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A coroner has been unable to determine how New Zealand man Hans Dalton came to drown in a Samoan prison six and a half years ago. Mr Dalton - a 38-year-old psychiatric patient - had been holidaying with family when Cyclone Evan struck and he lost his medication. He was put...
People file through the replica 1970s lounge at the exhibition
Porirua, NEW ZEALAND — More than 40 years after the infamous dawn raids on Pacific islanders, those who were there are being asked to tell their story for a new generation hungry to know about the raids. That was one of the messages conveyed to about 100 people who braved a frigid Thursday evening...
Dunedin High And District Court
Otago, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan national who groped a 12-year-old girl while on a religious camp in Central Otago will be sent home. Ulimasao Meka (27) was sentenced in the Dunedin District Court this week to nine months' jail after pleading guilty to assaulting a child. Because he had been in...
 Pacific Islander diong seasonal work in Hawke's Bay
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan officials say the expulsion of misbehaving seasonal workers from New Zealand, and the blacklisting of their villages in Samoa, is a one-off. The Samoan government said this week 10 workers had been sent back for various reasons including theft, adultery and smoking marijuana....
 Maxin who was lucky in the ballot
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Thousands of Pacific Islanders - including a quarter of Samoa’s population - are hoping for a new life through the annual visa lotteries. They are ready to wrench themselves from home for a New Zealand residence visa. But is the better life the ballot promises a reality?...

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