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Samoa court declares FAST party new government

By RNZ Pacific Samoa’s Court of Appeal has ruled that the country has a new government after it judged the impromptu swearing-in by the newcomer FAST party on 24 May was legitimate under the doctrine of necessity. The ceremony came on the 45th day following the general election, the last day allowable under the country’s […]

Abuse in care: Former Wesley College student describes beatings, abuse

By Andrew McRae, Reporter at RNZ A former student of Wesley College has spoken emotionally of physical abuse, including severe beatings, bullying and extreme violence at the boarding school near Pukekohe. William Wilson, who is now 43, and of Scottish and Samoan descent, was at the school in 1991 and 1992. He came forward to the […]

Viral video prompts calls to end referee abuse: “Enough’s enough”

A video posted to social media which shows a young referee in tears has prompted calls to stop referee abuse.

Patrick Tuipulotu signs with All Blacks and Blues until 2025

All Blacks lock and Blues captain Patrick Tuipulotu has inked a long-term deal with New Zealand Rugby and the Blues, which will see him leave for a playing sabbatical in Japan before returning home. 28-year-old Tuipulotu, who has played 38 Tests since making his All Blacks debut in 2014, has signed a long-term contract through to […]

Steven Adams High School Invitational game to have Tongan and Samoan commentary

New Zealand’s best high school basketball players will go head to head this Thursday 22 July at Walter Nash Stadium, Lower Hutt in the 4th Annual Steven Adams High School Invitational (SAHSI). Championed by Kiwi-Tongan basketball legend Steven Adams, the All Star game will be live streamed on the Steven Adams Camps YouTube channel from 3pm […]

Covid-19 in Fiji: 784 new cases as death toll passes 100

By RNZ Pacific Fiji recorded 784 cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours to 8am on Monday. That compares to 1043 cases in the previous 24-hour period. Among these were the first five cases recorded in the country’s eastern division, three from Ovalau and two from Gau. The Health Ministry also confirmed 15 deaths […]