Pacific Islands

Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has been in Honiara marking the departure of the Regional Assistance Mission.

NZ Government putting $6m into mulitpurpose hall to help keep Solomon Islands youth off the streets

Nearly 70 per cent of the population is aged between 15-25 with more than half unemployed.

'A really good time to laugh' - Australian TV series featuring dysfunctional Tongan gets positive reaction from some

The Tongan community has differing opinions on the series featuring white comedian Chris Lilley.

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The regional intervention force is being withdrawn after 14 years.

Former rebel commander giving ex-criminals a second chance with jobs in Solomon Islands

Jimmy Lusibaea is now a member of parliament and a leading businessman.

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Paula Bennett is visiting the capital Honiara and will join Pacific leaders to mark the end of RAMSI.

Opinion: Time for RAMSI to leave Solomons - but it leaves behind uncertainty

Ask the general population about the task force and most will tell you how they value it and the fear they hold for when it withdraws this week.

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Paula Bennett is visiting the capital Honiara and will join Pacific leaders to mark the end of RAMSI.

Paula Bennett is visiting the capital Honiara and will join Pacific leaders to mark the end of RAMSI.

Fears as regional defence intervention ends in the Solomon Islands

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Paula Bennett is visiting the capital Honiara and will join Pacific leaders to mark the end of RAMSI.

Fears as regional defence intervention ends in the Solomon Islands

After 14 years the Pacific's biggest regional defence intervention is withdrawing.

Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge continues fundraising for Samoan hospital which saved his life

Strawbridge and his family are grateful to Samoa's Moto'otua National Hospital.

Wellington businessmen stranded in damaged yacht off Fijian coast found safe

A NZ Defence Force Orion aircraft has located the four stranded sailors alive and safe, beached on an atoll.

Defence Force searching for New Zealand-owned yacht in distress off Fiji with four people onboard

The 18-metre yacht put out an emergency call 425km southeast off the coast of Suva.

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Tongans on a special seasonal work scheme allegedly plied underage girls with drugs and alcohol before sex.

Tongans on a special seasonal work scheme allegedly plied underage girls with drugs and alcohol before sex.

Exclusive: Tongan seasonal workers plied underage girls in NZ with drugs, booze before sex

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Tongans on a special seasonal work scheme allegedly plied underage girls with drugs and alcohol before sex.

Tongans on a special seasonal work scheme allegedly plied underage girls with drugs and alcohol before sex.

Exclusive: Tongan seasonal workers plied underage girls in NZ with drugs, booze before sex

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Tongans on a special seasonal work scheme allegedly plied underage girls with drugs and alcohol before sex.

Tongans on a special seasonal work scheme allegedly plied underage girls with drugs and alcohol before sex.

Exclusive: Tongan seasonal workers plied underage girls in NZ with drugs, booze before sex

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Bill English is on a tour of the Pacific and he hasn't come empty handed.

Cook Islands in line for better internet after $20 million injection from New Zealand

Bill English is on a tour of the Pacific and he hasn’t come empty handed.

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The dead man's family believe his death wasn't properly investigated because he was gay, and are calling for the diplomat to return to Fiji.

Sister of a man who died after falling from balcony of NZ diplomat's apartment in Fiji is pleading for answers

The family believe his death wasn't properly investigated because he was gay, and are calling for the diplomat to return to Fiji.

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It is 30 years since New Zealand became nuclear free, the first country to do so.

Today marks 30 years since New Zealand became nuclear free thanks to 'courageous grassroots work'

The campaigning was in response to years of French nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean.

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Samoa is about to amend its constitution declaring itself a Christian country and there are fears this may lead to persecution.

Pacific Muslims say discrimination increasing in wake of global terror attacks

Samoa is about to amend its constitution - declaring itself a Christian country.

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Blues CEO Michael Redman is adamant the Blues weren't distracted by their upcoming Lions tour game, this Wednesday at Eden Park

Watch: Blues CEO on last night's win in Apia - 'We focused on Super Rugby, not Lions'

Blues CEO Michael Redman is adamant the Blues weren't distracted by their upcoming Lions tour game, this Wednesday at Eden Park.

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Bill English showed us his Samoan dance moves today - how does his effort compare to John Key and Helen Clark?

English, Key or Clark: Which PM has the smoothest Pasifika dance moves?

Bill English showed us his Samoan dance moves today - how does his effort compare to John Key and Helen Clark?

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The Prime Minister can add Leuluaialiiotumua to his list of titles after being granted the honour by the village of Faleula.

The Prime Minister can add Leuluaialiiotumua to his list of titles after being granted the honour by the village of Faleula.

Watch: PM Bill English mistaken for John Key ...then shows off awkward dance moves after receiving Samoan title

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It's fair to say the PM’s strong suit isn’t dancing - but he can now add a Matai title to his name.

It's fair to say the PM’s strong suit isn’t dancing - but he can now add a Matai title to his name.

Watch: PM Bill English mistaken for John Key ...then shows off awkward dance moves after receiving Samoan title

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It's fair to say the PM’s strong suit isn’t dancing - but he can now add a Matai title to his name.

Watch: PM Bill English mistaken for John Key ...then shows off awkward dance moves after receiving Samoan title

The prime minister was given the Leuluaialiiotumua matai title in the village of Faleula where his wife Mary hails from.

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Every year 1100 Samoans are drawn from a ballot to apply to live in New Zealand, but the quota is rarely filled as people must be offered a job first.

Samoa celebrates independence, but immigration to NZ remains a sore point

Every year 1100 Samoans are drawn from a ballot to apply to live in New Zealand.

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Thousands turned out to march in the official ceremony which the prime minister attended this morning.

Opinion: 'Something needs to change' - Samoans wanting to move to NZ sold short by tough immigration policy

The current rules for Samoans wanting to shift here don't work, writes Barbara Dreaver.

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The group says the church should be given freedom to decide on the future of the building.

Watch: Maori 'diminished' by Universal Studios' Polynesian water park 'tiki lounge' attraction

Tina Ngata, a cultural commentator, views the involvement of Maori in the Florida venture as corporate exploitation.

Credit card and online ticket sales a roadblock for Manu Samoa fans wanting to attend Eden Park clash with All Blacks

"Many of these families are cash families, that’s what they use," said Mangere's MP.

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