Samoa reports second suspected Covid-19 case after repatriation flight from NZ

The 70-year-old arrived on the same flight to Apia as the country’s first suspected case.


Border exemption for Pacific workers 'a really good start', growers say

Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi told Breakfast today the Government was careful not to create a logjam at MIQ facilities ahead of Christmas.


Up to 2000 workers from the Pacific allowed into NZ to fill horticulture, wine industry jobs

The border exemption will see workers arrive early next year, the Government announced this morning.

Pacific Islands workers flown to Australia to ease agriculture labour shortage

Over 150 workers from the Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu are urgently needed to help pick tomato crop in NSW.

Samoan PM says nation's first Covid-19 case continues to return positive and negative results

The man arrived in the Pacific nation earlier this month on a repatriation flight from New Zealand.


'A good mix' - Salesi Rayasi proud to bring Samoan, Fijian heritage to Pasifika Moana

The Hurricanes star says next month's match will be about giving back to the communities who helped him get to where he is.


First Moana Pasifika squad 'the start of something bigger', Tana Umaga says

Umaga named the first squad for the Pacific franchise which is set to join Super Rugby in 2022.


Tana Umaga reveals Moana Pasifika squad for historic clash with Māori All Blacks

The 26-man squad coached by Fa'alogo Tana Umaga contains players from Samoa, Tonga and Fiji who play both in New Zealand and abroad.

Samoan-born Kiwi airman's pandemic response, Pacific aid work recognised

Dennis Tommy has been named airman of the year by the Air Force.


Tongan mum closer to reuniting with her kids after she's finally granted access to NZ

Louena Tupa has been stuck in Japan without her two young children for nine months.


Labour's largest ever Pacific caucus prepares for term ahead

With Labour’s large Pacific caucus, one Minister says there's pressure to deliver.

'We must not repeat the mistakes of history,' Ardern says in APEC opening remarks

Ardern said all APEC leaders will be focused on having a plan for the health response to the pandemic and driving the economic recovery.

Former Samoan international creates documentary on treatment of Pacific Island rugby players

It is produced and narrated by former Samoa international representative Dan Leo.

Diabetes treatment in NZ racist, claims group of medical experts

Rawiri Jansen says the disease affecting Māori and Pasifika communities is an epidemic.


Pacific Update: Mammoth 474kg blue marlin hooked in Rarotonga, hail hits PNG

Welcome to our weekly wrap of news from the Pacific region.

Samoa's PM calls for 'calm' after country's first Covid-19 case

A sailor who had flown from NZ on a repatriation flight on November 13, last night tested positive for coronavirus.


Reports Samoa has its first case of Covid-19

The Pacific nation had been one of few to have escaped a positive case of the virus.

Fiji rugby squad ravaged by Covid-19, 29 infections reported as Italy match cancelled

Just three people in the 32-strong touring party are yet to be infected.


NZ's first female Pasifika MP Dame Winnie Laban recognised with lifetime achievement award

Dame Winnie said she was humbled by the award and paid tribute to every woman who works "tirelessly for the wellbeing of our peoples".

Solomon Islands vote to ban the use of Facebook in the country

A report says the supposedly temporary move was agreed to because of abuse against members of government including the PM.


Three passengers on Air NZ flight to Cook Islands in Covid-19 quarantine

1 NEWS understands two of the passengers had been to AUT in central Auckland where a woman with the coronarvirus had visited.

Teen girl wins last-minute reprieve after being told she was in NZ illegally

The case has been hanging over the family since the girl was told she was unlawfully in the country in 2016.

Trump skips online Southeast Asian summit, with China’s regional sway set to expand with free trade agreement

An adviser said Trump regretted he was unable to attend the online summit, the third year in a row he’s missed it.

NZ officials to assess Cook Islands travel bubble

While reluctant to put a time frame on it, this week Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a bubble could be in place a couple of weeks after officials have given the green light.

Vanuatu's first Covid-19 case confirmed as person arrives in country via Auckland

The infected man travelled from the US and passed through Auckland on the way.

School in Covid-free Samoa closes after student's family member has contact with infected ship

Samoa has strict measures in place after last year's measles epidemic.


Pacific leaders tip hat to US President-Elect Joe Biden

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown said as he watched the polls unfold that he admired Biden's patience.

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