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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?...
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan couple say Oranga Tamariki gave them less than 48 hours' notice their foster daughter of almost a year would be taken away. They had repeatedly tried to apply to be the permanent foster parents for their 6-year-old foster daughter, Sarah*, who is Pākehā and has...
 NZ Deputy PM Winston Peters in Vanuatu
Apia, SAMOA — Have to hand it to NZ Deputy PM Winston Peters for standing up to a manipulating media over plans by Samoa to build a new wharf at Vaiusu Bay. 'We don't tell them what to do', Winston Peters told off the NZ media who were obviously trying to stir up reaction to the “ multi-million...
Samoan language poster
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Samoa Language Week in New Zealand is an opportunity for everyone to come together to help protect the stories, cultures and traditions our Pacific languages hold, for the benefit of future generations. “Language is the lens through which we understand and explain our...
Brown Boys director, writer and actor Hans Masoe
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A self-funded feature film by Pacific filmmakers about six Samoan men growing up in South Auckland is being premiered on Thursday night.  Brown Boys director, writer and actor Hans Masoe told TVNZ1's Breakfast that "I wanted to tell a story that I knew and something that...

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