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A Talamoa Project conversation
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — An artificial intelligent agent named Tala may open the door on a new way of gathering feedback from New Zealand's Samoan community. The Talanoa Project is a pilot project that uses IBM's artificial intelligence virtual agent solution, Watson, to interact in real time in...
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Apia, SAMOA — The repatriation flight originally announced by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi to be scheduled for the 19th of May, then rescheduled to this Friday 22nd May has once again been postponed by a further seven days to next Friday 29th of May. Potential passengers have been...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Four Air New Zealand flights will leave Samoa in May to bring stranded Kiwis home. A spokeswoman from Air New Zealand confirmed the Samoan government had granted permission to the airline to operate four return services from Auckland to Apia this month. "The permission...
Sandra King Young
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A reader inquired of Samoa News: “Would you be able to provide more information on the Medical Referral program? The article from Monday, April 27, 2020 confirms that the program is still sending patients from the territory to New Zealand. New Zealand… accepts them and...
Screen shot of press conference via TVNZ
  Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — At a press conference on Sunday (NZ time) Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield confirmed a woman in her 70s on the West Coast (of New Zealand), who was initially thought to have influenza, had died. The woman died in Grey Base Hospital. The woman, who had...
Yesterday on behalf of the Pacific Leadership Forum I wrote to the Government through Hon. Aupito William Sio Minister of Pacific Peoples in New Zealand to express our deep concern for the Pacific communities across Auckland and wider New Zealand that are not fully engaged and equipped with the...
Matamata's Hastings home
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan chief on trial for slavery says he paid for five of the complainants to come to New Zealand to perform at his mother's birthday party, but they ran away and became overstayers. Hastings resident Joseph Auga Matamata, 65, denies 11 charges of trafficking and 13 charges...
New Zealand All Blacks performing haka in Vancouver
The New Zealand All Blacks 7s perform a haka in celebration of their Cup Final Championship 17-14 win over Australia at the Vancouver 7s, Day 2, BC Place, Vancouver, Canada.  [Photo by Barry Markowitz, Courtesy Bluesky Communications, 3/8/20]
Court House Mulinuu
Mulinuu, Samoa — A district court judge in Samoa has accepted an extradition application for Tulisi Leiataua who is facing 29 sexual charges in New Zealand. The application was filed by the New Zealand Crown Law office on behalf of the government there. Tulisi Leiataua has been charged with nine...
Travellers wearing face masks exit the arrivals hall at Auckland International Airport
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — After a traveller infected with coronavirus flew into New Zealand on Wednesday, February 26, from Tehran, Iran via Bali on Emirates flight EK450, New Zealand health officials have contacted 18 passengers seated near a person infected with coronavirus, but not all have...

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