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By Loabay Admin1, Jul 10 2018 11:11AM

This Thursday (12 July, 6pm kick-off) the NZ Resident 16s go head-to-head with the Toa Resident 16s at Puketawhero Park, Rotorua.

Eight players from the Counties Manukau 16s team that took out the National Talent Development Final in March and seven players from the runners-up Northern side will be putting their best foot forward in the black and white jersey.

The side will look to bag their second win in as many years after the cliffhanger against the New Zealand Maori 17s which they narrowly won 32-28.

Catch the livestream for this game on the NZRL Facebook page.

Note: There will be no gate charge for any spectators who wish to attend.

New Zealand Resident 16s v Toa Resident 16s

Thursday, 12 July – 6pm

Puketawhero Park, Rotorua

2018 New Zealand Resident 16s listed by Zone/District:

Akarana: Asolelei Fretton, Lani Graham-Taufa, Lleyton Finau, Luani Tavake Naufahu Whyte, Samuel McIntyre, T.J. Devery, Moala Graham-Taufa; Counties Manukau: Quinnlan Tupou, Sione Moala, Mase Carson, Jarney Proctor-Harwood, Jeremiah Margraff, Otukinekina Kepu, Taniela Otukolo, Valingi Kepu; Bay of Plenty (Upper Central Zone): Dayna Bidois, Legacy Katene; Wellington: Blaine Betham-Taape.

Head Coach: Bejay Hewitt

Assistant Coach: Chris Langley

Assistant Coach: Eugene Davis

Manager: Wayne Boyes

Trainer: Sean Witanga

Source : NZ Rugby League

By Loabay Admin1, Jul 10 2018 10:55AM

Domata Peko welcomed at the airport. Photo: Monica Miller
Domata Peko welcomed at the airport. Photo: Monica Miller

An American Samoan playing for the Denver Broncos American football team has pledged $US640 thousand US to fund a new health centre in Tafuna.

Domata Peko and his wife Anna were welcomed to the territory last week when Mr Peko was given the honorary matai title Toomata.

The Hope Mission health clinic is planned for Lions Park.

Bishop Vaifanua Mulitauaopele said construction of the health center is expected to begin in the early part of next month

Hope Mission founder Stuart Hamilton told KHJ News last week, that medical personnel who work at the mission's centres in South Carolina would come to American Samoa as part of their rotation.

He said this would ensure that the Tafuna centre was staffed by US certified doctors and nurses.

Source : RNZI

By Loabay Admin1, Jul 10 2018 10:52AM

Samoan infants died after MMR vaccine. Here's why an expert says Kiwis shouldn't fear for their kids

Vaccinations used in NZ and Samoa are safe, Dr Helen Petousis-Harris says
Vaccinations used in NZ and Samoa are safe, Dr Helen Petousis-Harris says

Samoa's Government has seized supplies of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, following the deaths of two infants - but Kiwi parents should not panic, an expert says.

A one-year-old girl died within a few minutes of being given the vaccine on Friday. Two hours later, another one-year-old died.

Dr Helen Petousis-Harris, the University of Auckland's Director of Research at the Immunisation Advisory Centre, told Stuff deaths associated with vaccines were extremely rare.

"This is an exceptional event ... we shouldn't fly into a panic," she said.

"It's never happened in New Zealand."

She said there were rare examples of vaccine-associated deaths around the world.

Examples of that included an incident in Syria in 2014, where 15 children died after mistakenly being given a muscle relaxant.

Generally, there were two main reasons why vaccine-related deaths occurred, Petousis-Harris explained. Those reasons were down to medical errors or contamination.

It's early days and hard to say what the cause of the deaths in Samoa would likely have been, she said.

"Until we have more information about the events we cannot speculate about what might have happened, but we are endeavouring to get more details," Petousis-Harris said in a statement.

"We first need to understand what happened, then what can be done to ensure it doesn't happen again."

Stuff has contacted Samoa's Ministry of Health for comment.


There were 14,709 children who reached the 12-month-old milestone from January 1 to March 31 this year, Ministry of Health figures show.

Of those, 93.6 per cent (or 13,764) were fully immunised for their age.

"MMR vaccines have been used for decades all over the world including New Zealand and there is a long track record of safety," Petousis-Harris said.

"The vaccine used in New Zealand and Samoa is extremely safe."

Source : Stuff NZ

By Loabay Admin1, Jul 10 2018 10:46AM

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Whangarei Police have this morning arrested two people in connection to the aggravated robbery at the ANZ bank in March.

A 23-year-old and a 25 year-old male from Whangarei have both been charged with aggravated robbery and are due to appear in the Whangarei District Court on 11/07/2018.

Acting Detective Inspector Aaron Proctor says these arrests are a great result which follows a determined effort by staff over several months into this investigation.

“We want the public to be assured that we will go to every length to hold offenders to account.

“This was a frightening incident for staff and witnesses at the scene and we hope these arrests will provide some reassurance to the community.

“We also want to thank the members of the public who assisted our investigation by providing information which helped in identifying the alleged offenders.”

Acting Detective Inspector Proctor says Police will continue to make enquiries into this incident and we cannot rule out the possibility of further arrests.

Anyone who has information about this case but has yet to speak to Police is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Dave Wilkinson on 09 430 4500 or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

By : Loabay NewsLine


By Loabay Admin1, Jul 10 2018 10:38AM

Police dog (image file)
Police dog (image file)

New Plymouth Police are appealing for information following an incident in which a man bit a Police dog.

The 33-year-old man was due to appear in New Plymouth District Court today on a number of driving, dishonesty and violence charges.

Between 9.30pm and 10.30pm yesterday, the man allegedly crashed his vehicle into several parked cars and other structures in the suburb of Bell Block.

When that vehicle became inoperable, he broke into a residential property and demanded the occupant’s car keys. He took the vehicle and again drove recklessly, crashing into parked cars.

After abandoning the second vehicle, Police believe the man has approached the occupants of two addresses on Parklands Avenue and demanded keys to their vehicles.

Detective Sergeant Gerard Bouterey says the man was located by Police a short time later but he fled the scene.

“A Police dog was used to track him down but the man has fought with the dog, slamming it into the ground and a concrete wall, and biting its head.

“The dog is recovering well, he’s now at home with his handler and is not expected to suffer any long-term side effects.”

The man was also injured and taken to hospital.

“There were a number of people who contacted Police at the time of these events, but any further witnesses are urged to come forward,” Detective Sergeant Bouterey says.

“Also, anyone who may have found discarded items on their property or had their vehicle damaged should contact New Plymouth Police on 06 759 5500.”

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

By : Loabay NewsLine


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