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New Zealand PM acknowledges Samoa’s request for new sports complex

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a press conference at Faleolo International Airport Thursday afternoon that no decision has been made.

“I imagine and anticipate that it will be an ongoing conversation between New Zealand and Samoa and no decisions taken at this time but it was a topic of discussions,” added Prime Minister Ardern.

In general she said that the proposal is but one of the sports-related issues on the table during the bilateral talks with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

NZ joins Samoa campaign to save manumea national bird

Jacinda Ardern joined Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, for the launch in Apia.

It's estimated that there are no more than 200 manumea in the forests of Samoa, the only country where this species of pigeon is found.

Speaking at the launch, Fiame said the manumea had significant value for Samoa's culture and heritage.

Football Ferns striker Hannah Wilkinson completes Sporting Lisbon move

The 27-year-old has signed a one-year contract with Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon and said there are pictures of Ronaldo everywhere she turns.

"That was one thing that kind of gives me chills every time I step into the academy because in the meeting room it's just his face and pictures of him playing at the same place you're training in right now and how he developed through the ages at that very place," she said.

Samoa’s Commerce Minister highlights ‘triple win benefits’ of RSE programme

Samoa’s Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell also pointed out that New Zealand’s horticulture and viniculture industries have benefited thus an increase in the RSE cap was recommended.

Lautafi made the comments at the RSE Conference that was held in Port Vila, Vanuatu from 17-19 July.

He spoke on the RSE from a wider Pacific perspective.

Argentina make All Blacks sweat

After South Africa's earlier resounding victory over Australia, this was a match of a different nature and the All Blacks were clinging on at the end for their success on Saturday.

First-half tries from Ngani Laumape and Brodie Retallick looked to have put the visitors in control, but New Zealand went scoreless in the second 40 minutes.

Emiliano Boffelli pulled a try back and, come the closing stages, Argentina were camped close to the New Zealand line.

Diamonds beat Silver Ferns in cliffhanger

Australia have dominated New Zealand in recent times, winning seven of eight clashes since the start of 2018.

But the Silver Ferns are a new-look unit and refused to give up after being down by as many as nine goals at one point.

Coach Noeline Taurua started with her strongest line-up, with Maria Folau at GS and Ameliaranne Ekenasio at GA.

It was fairly evenly poised early on but the Diamonds ended the first quarter with a burst, leading 13-10 at the first break.

NZ RSE scheme boosting employment in the regions

Business expansion has boosted employment in regional areas, with RSE employers hiring more New Zealanders from the local community, including through Work and Income NZ.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) Pacifica Labour and Skills Manager, George Rarere says the 2019 survey highlights the positive impact of RSE workers on businesses and the local community.

“A stable seasonal workforce has meant more employers have been able to grow their business operations and put more investment into plant equipment and offer job opportunities to locals,” Mr Rarere says.

Samoan short film selected in NZ competition final

The competition is part of the annual New Zealand International Film Festival and this year's finalists have been selected by the Oscar winning film-maker Dame Jane Campion.

Esther Mauga's Our Father - Lo Matou Tamā is among the six finalists chosen.

Dame Jane said she "appreciated the subtle telling of this family drama" and highlighted the performance of Samara Autagavaia as the conflicted elder sister.

Writer/director Esther Mauga says Jane Campion is a huge role model.

Australia, NZ voted onto Pacific Games Council

The Trans Tasman neighbours were first invited to compete in four sports at the 2015 Games in Papua New Guinea, with that number doubling to eight sports for the current Games in Samoa.

But the CEO of the Pacific Games Council, Andrew Minogue said under that arrangement both countries, who also took a limited part in the 2017 Mini Games, had no standing at all in the Council framework and constitution.

"What we did today was we formally admitted both Olympic Committees as associate members of the Council, so they now have a much easier pathway to competing. "

New Zealand stun India to reach World Cup final

India's top order collapsed as the Black Caps reached the showpiece match for the second World Cup running, leaving the dreams of Virat Kohli's side and their army of followers in tatters.

With play having carried into the reserve day after rain on Tuesday, the Black Caps resumed on 211-5 and added another 28 runs for the loss of three wickets in 3.5 overs.