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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa government has cut the number of weekly international flights from New Zealand in reaction to its first case of Covid-19 (the form coronavirus that is currently spreading around the world). On Friday, a New Zealander in their 60s tested positive for the coronavirus in...
So'omalo Iteni Schwalger in Samoa with others after his tatau was done.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A New Zealand-based Pasifika group has created a guide for those undergoing the traditional tatau, which outlines safe, hygienic practices while also incorporating both the cultural and spiritual aspects. The tatau is a process rich in ritual using traditional techniques but...
Joseph Auga Matamata.
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan man the Crown says was trafficked to New Zealand and used as a slave says he was put to work within hours getting off the plane and was constantly beaten for working too slowly. He is one of 13 complainants to give evidence at the trial of Joseph Auga Matamata, 65, at...
Samoan national Joseph Matamata
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand's first court trial involving slavery and human trafficking charges has ended its first week in the High Court in Napier and will resume today (New Zealand time). The trial before Justice Helen Cull and a jury started on Monday last week with horticultural and...
Samoan national Joseph Matamata,
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — A teenage Samoan girl promised schooling in New Zealand was instead allegedly made to cook and clean and got beatings, the High Court in Napier has heard. The woman, who was a 15-year-old at the time of the alleged offending in 1994-95, is one of several complainants who will...
Air New Zealand's flight NZ1942 touches down on kiwi soil.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Thirty Pacific islanders are being quarantined at a New Zealand military base, following their evacuation from China. They are among 193 evacuees who arrived in Auckland from the Chinese city at the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak, Wuhan, on Wednesday night. The...
New Years fireworks at Sydney Opera House 2020
(AP) — Revelers around the globe are bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump. A look at how the world is ushering in 2020 so far: SAMOA In Samoa, New Year’s Eve was more somber...
 A protest over the cartoon in Dunedin with people holding flags.
Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND — Leaders from Dunedin's Samoan community have met with management of the local paper to express the hurt and harm caused by a cartoon making light of the Samoa measles epidemic. They said they were pleased the Otago Daily Times acknowledged the racism of the cartoon - but ODT...
Posters warning about measles in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan family of a two-year-old boy, who died of suspected measles a week ago, is now also mourning the death of his one-year-old sister, who is also thought to have died from the virus. The family held a double burial on Saturday for the siblings, who first went to Apia's...
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The New Zealand Royal Commission investigating abuse in care has heard a former gang member lost the ability to love because of the time he spent as a child of the state. The inquiry into abuse in state and faith-based care has entered the second week of its hearing in...

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