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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...
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...
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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