Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Instagram, Thursday, June 21, 2018, Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford pose with their newborn daughter at the Auckland City Hospital, Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Auckland, New Zealand. (Jacinda Ardern via AP)

New Zealand leader welcomes newborn girl 'to our village'

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a daughter Thursday and posted a message welcoming the healthy newborn "to our village." She is the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office after late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who gave birth to daughter Bakhtawar in 1990.

384 Hits

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, addresses Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. Ardern said Monday, June 11, 2018 she plans to remain within driving distance of Auckland for the rest of this week as she prepares to give birth. (AP Photo

New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern in hospital for birth

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived Thursday at the country's largest public hospital as she prepared to give birth to her first child. Her pregnancy has been followed around the world, with many hoping the 37-year-old will become a role model for combining motherhood with political leadership.

491 Hits

Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Emory, center, arrives a surprise ceremony honoring him, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Honolulu. Emory, who served aboard the USS Honolulu during the 1941 attack, is moving back the the mainland and wanted to visit the site where hi

Pearl Harbor survivor says goodbye upon leaving Hawaii

Hundreds of sailors lined ship decks and piers on Tuesday as a Pearl Harbor attack survivor who doggedly pushed the federal bureaucracy to identify the remains of fellow servicemen killed in the bombing visited the storied naval base to say what could be his final goodbyes.

142 Hits

Britain's Prince Harry, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex ride in a carriage to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 9, 2018.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit Australia, Fiji

Kensington Palace says Prince Harry, and his wife, the former actress Meghan Markle, will be touring Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand this fall.

357 Hits

Joyce said Monday, June 4, 2018, that Australia's flag carrier airline was in the process of changing its website to describe Taiwan as a Chinese territory after pressure from Beijing. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Qantas bends to Beijing by describing Taiwan as Chinese

Australia's foreign minister on Tuesday expressed concern at Qantas Airways' decision to describe Taiwan as a Chinese territory after pressure from Beijing.

100 Hits

Hank Arts, publisher of The Fiji Times, poses for a photo Friday, June 1, 2018, in Wellington, New Zealand.

Fiji prosecutors appeal verdicts in newspaper sedition case

Prosecutors in Fiji are appealing a judge's acquittal of a newspaper publisher and an opinion writer on sedition charges.

103 Hits

Dan Ripley, left, and his brother Tom Ripley of the Ripley Family Farm check on a Guernsey calf at their facility in Moravia, N.Y.

Got indigestion? These cows could solve your milk problem

Milk got your stomach feeling sour?

62 Hits

They say it will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and, if successful, would be the first time an infected country has eliminated Mycoplasma bovis. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

New Zealand to kill 150,000 cows to end bacterial disease

New Zealand plans to slaughter about 150,000 cows as it tries to eradicate a strain of disease-causing bacteria from the national herd. Politicians and industry leaders announced the ambitious plan on Monday.

4545 Hits

He said he apologized unreservedly to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for his mistake. He said she declined his offer to resign but chose to transfer his oversight of the Civil Aviation Authority to another minister. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

New Zealand minister's wings clipped for phone call on plane

New Zealand's transport minister will no longer oversee aviation safety after he violated rules by making a cellphone call on a plane. Phil Twyford told reporters Thursday he called a staffer on May 17 while on a flight from Wellington to Auckland.

155 Hits

FILE -This is an undated file photo of a shadowy shape that some people say is a photo of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.

Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples

The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland's Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths.

59 Hits

New Zealand Finance Minister Grant Robertson discusses his budget plan in Wellington.

New Zealand to spend billions on fixing hospitals, schools

New Zealand's government plans to spend billions of dollars rebuilding rotting hospitals and schools and improving other infrastructure as the economy continues to grow at a healthy clip.

179 Hits

In this Nov. 6, 2013 photo, Fiji Times newspaper editor Fred Wesley stands in the newsroom in Suva, Fiji.

Fiji 4 await verdict in case that tests press freedoms

An opinion writer and three newspaper executives in Fiji are awaiting a judge's verdict Friday on sedition charges in a case that has major implications for press freedom in the South Pacific nation.

313 Hits

Rugby test match between Japan and Romania at Egao Kenko Stadium in Kumamoto, Japan.

Romania disqualified from Rugby World Cup, Russia promoted

Romania was disqualified from the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Tuesday after fielding ineligible players in qualifying. Russia took its place.

2439 Hits

FILE - In this July 21, 2015, file photo, Chinese president Xi Jinping, right, speaks during a bilateral meeting with then New Zealand's Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo/AP

New Zealand to boost Pacific aid as China's influence grows

New Zealand announced Tuesday that it plans to significantly boost the amount of aid money it spends in the South Pacific, at a time that international concern is rising about China's growing influence in the region. Foreign Minister Winston Peters said the government plans to spend an extra 714 million New Zealand dollars ($500 million) over four years in international aid, with most of it directed at the Pacific.

348 Hits

104-year-old Australian scientist David Goodall sits in a wheelchair beside Carol O'Neil, an Australian nurse who has been caring for Goodall and who is a volunteer with the nonprofit, right-to-die group Exit International, in Basel.

104-year-old Australian promotes right to assisted suicide

A 104-year-old British-born Australian scientist who is planning to kill himself on Thursday says he doesn't think the drugs used for assisted suicide should be available to just anyone, but that doctors should be able to prescribe them.

181 Hits

Australian Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton, left, and Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Osborne, commander of Operation Sovereign Borders, address reporters at Parliament House in Canberra.

Australia says asylum seekers target New Zealand backdoor

People smugglers are marketing New Zealand as a back door into Australia, an Australian government minister said Monday after Malaysian authorities intercepted a boat carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers.

210 Hits

French President Emmanuel Macron, center left, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, center right, tour HMAS Canberra during a visit at the naval base in Sydney, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. (Brendan Esposito/Pool via AP)

Australian first lady 'flattered' by 'delicious' description

Australia's prime minister said on Thursday his wife was "flattered and charmed" to be described by President Emmanuel Macron as "delicious," a compliment that has sparked lighthearted conjecture during the French leader's first official visit Down Under.

6924 Hits

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric to face sex charges, arrives at court in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, arrived Wednesday fo

Australian cardinal faces 2 trials on sexual abuse charges

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, will face two trials within months on sex crime allegations spanning decades, a court heard on Wednesday.

4199 Hits

Australians and New Zealanders on their way to the commemoration event at the Anzac Cove beach in the Gallipoli peninsula, the site of World War I, landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). (Dilara Erdinc/DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

Bus on way to ANZAC Day catches fire in Turkey; no one hurt

Turkey's state-run news agency says a bus transporting New Zealanders to ANZAC Day ceremonies commemorating the 103rd anniversary of the World War I Gallipoli landings caught fire in northwestern Turkey.

133 Hits

The sun sets as seen from the Anzac Cove beach in Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, the night before Anzac Day commemoration events. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Australians commemorate 103rd anniversary of Turkish battle

Thousands of Australians have gathered at pre-dawn services around the country to commemorate the moment when Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops waded ashore at the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey 103 years ago in their first major battle of World War I.

241 Hits


Members of the Civil Air Patrol load cars with MREs, (Meals Ready To Eat) water and tarps at distribution area in Wilmington, N.C.

'Nightmare that won't end': Storm evacuees can't return yet

Hundreds of people waited in long lines for water and other essentials Tuesday in Wilmington, still mostly cut off by high water days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with more than 10,000 evacuees around the state not to return home yet.

© Samoa Observer 2016

Developed by Samoa Observer in Apia