Esther Tofilau-Tevaga, Māori Party Housing Strategy brings HOPE for Pasefika Aiga to Own a Home. A Pasefika Perspective

Māori Party Housing Strategy brings HOPE for Pasefika Aiga to Own a Home. A Pasefika Perspective

‘Pasefika and Māori aiga and whānau have the lowest rates of home ownership; the highest rates of homelessness; and the highest rates of poverty’... according to Esther Tofilau- Tevaga, Māori Party Candidate for Mangere.

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In this Aug. 3, 2017 photo, Willie Bessi Davis, left, Dale W. Ross and his cousin Peggy Ross Freitas pose at the site on Guadalcanal, where Willie found the dog tags of Army Pfc.

Dog tags, possible remains of WWII soldier found on island

A New York military aviation researcher got more than she bargained for on a dream trip to a battle-scarred South Pacific island — the chance to help solve the mystery of an American soldier listed as missing in action from World War II.

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Visitors sit on a tour bus in Tumon, Guam Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.

Guam's tourism popularity unhurt by North Korea threats

Tourists haven't been deterred from visiting the tropical island of Guam even though the U.S. territory has been the target of threats from North Korea during a week of angry words exchanged by Pyongyang and Washington. Chiho Tsuchiya of Japan heard the news, but she decided to come anyway with her husband and two children.

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University of Guam professor found guilty of sexual conduct

A University of Guam professor was convicted of one count of criminal sexual conduct after several female students said he touched them inappropriately at a beach.

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Cardinal George Pell, left, reads a bible during the blessing of a statue of John Paul ll at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia.

Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See.

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Puerto Rico resident Michelle Flandez caresses her two-month-old son, Inti Perez, diagnosed with microcephaly linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Zika birth defects in US territories similar to other places

A report released Thursday shows Zika had about the same impact on birth defects in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories as it did in other places hit by the epidemic.

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Congresswoman Aumua Amata.

Aumua Amata backs fresh climate talks

Congresswoman Aumua Amata says she can understand the disappointment Pacific Islanders feel about the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Pact. 

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull inspects a guard of honor upon his arrival at the Indian presidential palace during his ceremonial reception in New Delhi.

Hostage-taker in Australia had been acquitted of terror plot

A gunman who killed a man and took a woman hostage before dying in a police shootout had been acquitted of plotting a terror attack at a Sydney army base years earlier, police said Tuesday. Three police officers were wounded.

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Former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key waits to address parliament for his valedictory speech in Wellington, New Zealand.

Former New Zealand leader John Key receives knighthood honor

Former Prime Minister John Key and former All Black rugby player Michael Jones received honorary knighthoods Monday for their services to New Zealand.

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This Feb. 16, 2017 photo supplied by Rocket Lab, shows the Electron rocket at the launch site on the Mahia Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. New Zealand has never had a space program but could soon be launching commercial rockets more often th

New Zealand space launch has nation reaching for the stars

New Zealand has never had a space program but could soon be launching commercial rockets more often than the United States. That's if the plans of California-based company Rocket Lab work out.

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This Oct. 3, 2014 photo shows the drilling site of an earthquake fault near Franz Josef Glazier on the South Island in New Zealand.

New Zealand quake scientists discover surprise: Hot water

When researchers in New Zealand drilled deep into an earthquake fault, they stumbled upon a discovery they say could provide a significant new energy source for the South Pacific nation.

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Tourists walk through a shopping district in Tamuning, Guam on the day North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test.

Guam residents cast wary eye at North Korea after launch

While most of the United States is still out of reach of a missile launched by North Korea, the U.S. territory of Guam, a key military hub in the Pacific, could be within range.

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Eminem performs at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

It's a rap: Eminem lawsuit against New Zealand party ends

Turn up the volume, the judge told the lawyers in the Eminem case: "I'm not shy of loud music."

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A tourist films a takahe at Zealandia in Wellington, New Zealand.

New Zealand's ambitious plan to save birds: Kill every rat

New Zealand has set itself an environmental goal so ambitious it's been compared to putting a man on the moon: ridding the entire nation of every last rat, opossum and stoat.

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FS Mistral, a French amphibious assault ship, docks at Naval Base Guam on Thursday, May 11, 2017, near Hagatna, Guam.

US, Japan, France, UK practice amphibious landings on Guam

The U.S., the U.K. and Japan are joining a French-led amphibious exercise at remote U.S. islands in the Pacific over the next week. 

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Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison talks to media as he arrives at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Australia plans major spending plus surplus in 3 years

Australia's government announced Tuesday plans for major infrastructure spending including a new Sydney airport and an inland railway linking two major cities, while sticking to its goal of restoring a budget surplus in three years through higher taxes.

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Vice President Mike Pence, back to camera, greets U.S. service members during a refueling stop in Pago Pago, American Samoa, Monday, April 24, 2017. Pence stopped in American Samoa after leaving Australia en route to Hawaii.

Pence cites 'challenging times' to troops in American Samoa

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has thanked American service members based in American Samoa, citing "challenging times" for the military in the Asia-Pacific.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, right, and Australian Governor General Peter Cosgrove toast during a lunch reception for Australian and U.S. military servicemen and women at Admiralty House in Sydney, Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Pence embraces US-Australia partnership after Trump spat

Pence said that while the Trump administration had pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it still considered its bilateral trade deal with Australia to be a "model" and a "win-win" for both countries.

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Logs and debris from a week of flooding are collected behind boats moored on the Whakatane River, New Zealand.

New Zealanders evacuated from parts of coast as storm hits

Hundreds of people in New Zealand were evacuated from some coastal areas on Thursday as the second major storm in just over a week made landfall near the North Island town of Whakatane.

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Civil defense authorities advised people in low-lying areas on the North Island's Coromandel Peninsula to evacuate to higher ground.

New Zealanders brace for 2nd major storm in just over a week

New Zealanders on Thursday were bracing for a second major storm in just over a week as the remnants of Cyclone Cook bore down on the South Pacific nation.

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This undated photo provided by Robinson Calcagnie, Inc., shows Eva Echevarria.

Record $417M award in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

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