Samoa: Manslaughter Charge for Nurse Related to Infants Deaths

A senior Samoan nurse has been charged with manslaughter in relation to the deaths of two one-year-old babies who died soon after receiving the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine at Safotu district hospital in Savaii last month. She has also reportedly been charged with perverting the course of justice and negligence causing death. Samoa’s Attorney […]

NZ Pacific Students Encouraged to Study Climate Change

The director of climate change resilience for the Pacific region’s environment organisation working for 14 Pacific governments, along with American and French territories, is encouraging New Zealand Pacific students to consider climate change work. “Whether they serve the Pacific region here or in New Zealand, for me personally it would be satisfying if the passion […]

Samoa: Nurse Charged in Infant MMR Vaccine Related Deaths

Samoa’s Attorney General Lemalu Herman Retzlaff has issued a statement this evening reporting that one of the nurses involved with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination of two babies who died in Savaii a month ago, has been charged by police. No information as yet on what the charges are, however, the Attorney General said the charges […]

NZ “Deeply Concerned” by Finding that Russia Shot Down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

 The New Zealand Government is deeply concerned at the finding announced two days ago by the intergovernmental Joint Investigative Team that the missile which brought down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in July 2014 originated from the 53rd brigade of the armed forces of the Russian Federation. “Two-hundred and ninety-eight people died on 17 July 2014 in […]

New Zealand to Join New Nuclear Disarmament Treaty

In a media statement issued this afternoon, Disarmament Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand will join a new international treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. “Cabinet agreed today that New Zealand will ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,” Mr Peters said. “The treaty is the first international treaty formally outlawing nuclear weapons […]

Ground Broken for Pacific Climate Change Centre

At the groundbreaking ceremony in Samoa on Friday 11 May, from left to right : Hon. Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa; Leota Kosi Latu, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP); His Excellency Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki, Ambassador of Japan to Samoa;  and Project Manager for Konoike, the international Japanese […]

Changes and New Strategic Direction at Pacific Business Trust

Pacific Business Trust (PBT) is undergoing a major refocus and embarking on a new strategic direction that will allow the Trust to provide better services and more investment for Pacific businesses, says PBT Chair Fa’amatuainu Tino Pereira. The Trust’s mission is addressing economic disparity in Pacific communities through enterprise. Its last strategic refresh was in 2016. […]

North-South Korea Pledge End to War & Nuclear Armament

Photo – AP: Korea Summit Press Pool, Friday 27 April 2018 A day of historic firsts for North and South Korea. One people. That’s what Korea once was. It was divided into two nations at the end of the Second World War. So today’s historic events are significant and if it is lasting, it will […]

Kiwibank Takes Stand Against Predatory Financial Lenders

Denying predatory lenders banking services will help put dodgy operators out of business, says Kiwibank. Since 2011, Kiwibank has been working to support New Zealanders who have been victims of the extortionate interest rates and unfair sales practices. “There are payday lenders and truck shops in particular preying on the most vulnerable people in our […]

New Migrants Encouraged to Participate in ANZAC Services

Published 23 April 2018 – New Zealand Anzac Dawn Service at Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension 2018 attended by Her Excellency Mrs Jane Coombs and CDRE Ross Smith MNZM. Photo credit: New Zealand Defence Force. Anzac Day on the 25 April marks the day that New Zealanders remember those who served and died in war. […]

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