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Up, up and finally away

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:54:20 +1200

Space agency Nasa has launched a super pressure balloon from Wanaka Airport this morning - with an Anzac poppy on board.

PNG activist claims evidence on police abuses

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:50:36 +1200

A rights activist arrested for allegedly spreading misinformation about abuses by Papua New Guinea police in Enga province says he has evidence to back him up.

7.1-magntiude quake strikes off coast of Chile

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:48:44 +1200

A strong 7.1-magnitude earthquake has struck off the west coast of Chile, but was not expected to cause a tsunami.

One last dawn service for Anzac veteran

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:45:53 +1200

The family of a veteran who died last night was determined that he should still be a part of the dawn service in Auckland this morning.

US doctor who caused fatal crash plans surgeon training fund

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:17:05 +1200

The American surgeon who caused a fatal crash near Nelson plans to set up a fund to support a surgeon exchange training programme between New Zealand and the United States.

Pacific athletes to compete in the World Masters Games

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:06:49 +1200

A Samoan grandmother is among competitors from the Pacific competing at the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland.

Niue "left behind" over huge WW1 contribution

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:58:16 +1200

100 years on from the First World War, the people of Niue are still pushing for 150 of their men to be recognised for their role.

American Samoans told US is committed to regional peace

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:55:43 +1200

The US Vice President has told American Samoans that his country is committed to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

Minister at odds with Immigration over sex offence case

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:21:19 +1200

The Immigration Minister says he would have made a different decision to the Immigration Department, if the case of Sultan Ali Abduri Ali Akbari had been brought to his attention.

Eleven former MPs could face retrial in Vanuatu

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:10:11 +1200

Eleven former MPs in Vanuatu are likely to face a retrial on conspiracy charges.

Afghan defence chiefs quit after deadly attack

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:04:26 +1200

Afghanistan's defence minister and army chief of staff have resigned in the wake of Friday's Taliban attack that left scores of soldiers dead.

Workshop highlights kava's economic potential

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:52:19 +1200

A Tongan kava supplier in New Zealand says kava's potential was still hugely underdeveloped and more can be done to package the crop creatively for a wide range of consumers and markets.

Anzac soldiers remembered at dawn services

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:51:42 +1200

The service and sacrifice of New Zealand and Australian soldiers has been marked this morning at Anzac Day services around the country.

White House calls Senate to North Korea nuclear briefing

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:40:54 +1200

In an unusual move, the entire US Senate is being called to the White House for a briefing on North Korea.

Manawatu Gorge remains closed

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:25:33 +1200

A slip that closed the Manawatu Gorge overnight won't be assessed until later this morning.

LIVE: Crowds gather for Anzac Day services

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:00:07 +1200

From Northland to Scott Base, people have gathered to commemorate Anzac Day. See how RNZ's coverage unfolded here.

Pence to make stop-over in American Samoa

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:54:52 +1200

Security is expected to be tight at Pago Pago international Airport when Vice President Mike Pence arrives in American Samoa this afternoon.

Fiji govt says they were excluded from PACER Plus

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:40:29 +1200

Fiji's Trade Minister Faiyaz Koya says the country didn't pull out of the PACER Plus trade negotiations, it was excluded.

Brownlee faced tough job in Chch - critic

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:36:53 +1200

Gerry Brownlee had a tough job as Christchurch Recovery Minister and it's too early to judge his legacy, a Christchurch Red Zone campaigner says.

Le Pen steps aside as French National Front leader

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:30:10 +1200

Marine Le Pen says she's stepping aside as leader of the far-right National Front party as she seeks the French presidency.

Spotlight on health of Samoan RSE workers

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:18:51 +1200

The death of another Samoan seasonal worker is expected to lead to the launch of a fitness programme and test for potential participants in the scheme.

Brownlee bows out of Christchurch rebuild

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:36:10 +1200

Gerry Brownlee's six-year reign as the minister in charge of the $15.4 billion Christchurch rebuild is coming to an end, following today's Cabinet reshuffle.

Christchurch residents living in midge 'nightmare'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:00:31 +1200

Swarms of midges are making residents near the city's sewage ponds feel like prisoners in their own homes.

Arkansas poised to execute two more convicts

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:55:58 +1200

Arkansas plans to execute two more inmates just days after it was granted the power to do so again, after more than a decade-long legal battle.

'I'm glad that he didn't get a prison sentence'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:45:57 +1200

The widow of one of the two men killed by a US tourist's careless driving near Nelson says it was an accident and she forgives him.

101-year-old claims sprinting gold at Masters Games

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:14:55 +1200

Man Kaur - the only athlete in her category - won gold by simply turning up for the World Masters Games in Auckland.

Deportation power put on hold over sex offence case

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:49:30 +1200

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has temporarily stripped Immigration NZ of its power to decide whether to deport resident immigrants.

NZ Orion joins search for missing Tongan fisherman

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:23:03 +1200

A New Zealand Air Force plane has been deployed to join the search for a fisherman off the coast of Tonga's main island.

3000 disability support workers to strike over pay

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:14:14 +1200

A nation-wide strike of 3000 disability support workers is set to take place on Thursday.

Truck driver dies in Bay of Plenty crash

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:43:32 +1200

A man has died after his truck and trailer, which was transporting hazardous substances, went over a bank on SH36 near Tauranga.

Australia's governor general visits PNG for Anzac Day

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:40:33 +1200

Australia's governor general, Sir Peter Cosgrove, arrived in Papua New Guinea for the 75th anniversay of the New Guinea campaign.

NZ vessel leaves for 6-month patrol mission in Fiji

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:26:10 +1200

The New Zealand navy ship HMNZS Hawea leaves Auckland today for a six month deployment to Fiji where it will help Fiji's navy patrol the country's waters.

High rates of abstention in French Pacific territories

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:19:31 +1200

The French Pacific territories had some of the highest rates of abstention in today's presidential elections.

Vanuatu broadcasting executives suspended

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:15:00 +1200

The general manager and the financial controller of Vanuatu's national broadcaster have been suspended.

Company hopes to start recycling plant in American Samoa

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:01:35 +1200

A Guam based company plans to set up a recycling plant in American Samoa.

'By emptying the dam, you empty the river'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:40:03 +1200

Water flow demands by Otago Regional Council would dry up an iconic river in the Maniototo every summer, a group of local farmers says.

Acupuncturist leaves needle in man's belly

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:26:07 +1200

An acupuncturist who left a needle in a man's belly without telling him has been told off and asked to apologise.

Head Hunters gang members sentenced for P ring

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:22:05 +1200

A Head Hunters gang leader who was the architect of a drug ring has been jailed for at least eight years and four months.

Kiwis rate NZ-owned banks - survey

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:13:58 +1200

New Zealanders rate locally-owned banks the highest when it comes to customer satisfaction, according to a Consumer NZ survey.

Water Fools? - Forestry drives downstream problems in Northland

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:59:33 +1200

Forestry companies are getting away with serious damage to rivers because most of what they do is out of sight, Lois Williams reports in the latest in RNZ's Water Fools? series.

Italy refugee crisis: NGOs accused of colluding with smugglers

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:51:21 +1200

An Italian prosecutor claims some charities saving refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are in direct contact with people-smugglers.

Quiet streets in big cities as workers take four-day weekend

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:14:08 +1200

The CBDs in Wellington and Auckland were quieter than usual this morning as more people sought a longer break from work.

Teacher censured for slapping student across the face

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:11:57 +1200

A teacher who slapped a student, who also happened to be her grandson, is now required to have six months of mentoring.

Porgera rights activist arrested in PNG

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:04:50 +1200

A human rights activist was arrested for allegedly "spreading misinformation" after another attack at the Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea's Enga province.

Nearly half contesting Niue's common roll seats are women

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:00:19 +1200

Nearly half of those hoping to run for common roll seats in Niue's election next month are women.

Chinese investment runs risk of destabilising Pacific - report

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:40:03 +1200

A new report has found aid and investment from China runs the risk of destabilising Pacific island nations.

Kava has 'potential beyond ceremonies and bars'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:11:36 +1200

A Tongan kava supplier and distributor in New Zealand is urging more Pacific people to develop kava's economic potential beyond traditional ceremonies and kava bars.

Tech industry far from the cutting edge on gender

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:56:39 +1200

New Zealand's tech industry needs to work harder to welcome women if it has any hope of achieving gender balance, female entrepreneurs say.

Last-minute info request from seabed miner unfair - opponents

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:42:10 +1200

Opponents of a proposal to mine millions of tonnes of ironsand from the seabed off the Taranaki coast say the hearings process has been biased.

Brownlee to take on Foreign Affairs in ministerial reshuffle

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:33:27 +1200

Gerry Brownlee has been named the new Foreign Affairs minister, with Nikki Kaye to take the Education portfolio in a Cabinet reshuffle announced today.

Brownlee replaces McCully as NZ foreign minister

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:23:07 +1200

Gerry Brownlee has been announced as the replacement for Murray McCully as New Zealand's new foreign minister.

Company threatens workers over plans to strike at West Papua mine

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:08:29 +1200

The global mining giant, Freeport McMoRan, is threatening to punish workers at its Indonesian unit who are threatening to strike over employment conditions.

Academic says kava good for mental health

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:43:56 +1200

A Tongan academic is urging more people to consider kava drinking as a valid means to fight mental illness and stress.

Queenstown man's head stomped on in street attack

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:40:01 +1200

A 24-year-old Queenstown man is in hospital with a suspected skull fracture after his head was stomped on in a street attack.

Samoa-China ties irk American Samoa lawmakers

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:58:32 +1200

Lawmakers in American Samoa have reportedly said Samoa's links with China are unsettling for the territory's security.

Sport: Cash up front if Fury wants re-scheduled title shot

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:34:17 +1200

Boxer Joseph Parker's camp is demanding a large sum of cash before agreeing to re-schedule their WBO heavyweight title fight with Englishman Hughie Fury.

Mother's meth warning: 'It took four years to find out what was happening to my son'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:28:40 +1200

Drug support groups say the government needs to fund public health advertising for P, as it does with tobacco and alcohol, to warn people of the dangers.

Plane makes emergency landing on CNMI golf course

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:26:26 +1200

A sightseeing plane in the Northern Marianas has made an emergency landing at a Saipan golf course.

Body in water: No suspicious circumstances, say police

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:17:18 +1200

There were no suspicious circumstances in the death of a woman whose body was found on the Wellington waterfront last week, say police.

French elections: Macron and Le Pen in second round

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:15:05 +1200

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are leading in the partial vote count in France's presidential election.

Sport: Tahiti tipped as Beach Soccer World Cup contenders

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:10:13 +1200

A former coach is tipping Tahiti to be among the top contenders at the Beach Soccer World Cup, which kicks off in the Bahamas this week.

Fog causes flight delays out of Christchurch

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:03:11 +1200

Heavy fog that disrupted flights out of Christchurch and prompted warnings for motorists is lifting but is forecast to return tomorrow.

Govt defends $53m price tag for Dubai Expo pavilion

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:41:44 +1200

The government is defending its decision to spend $53 million on a world expo in Dubai to promote New Zealand businesses.

Vanuatu anti-corruption advocate says justice has been served

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:28:27 +1200

An anti-corruption advocate in Vanuatu says she feels justice has been served, and has no problem with convicted MPs being released early.

NZ mulls extra checks on Middle East flights

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:23:20 +1200

New Zealand is considering additional security checks on flights from Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, Transport Minister Simon Bridges has told Reuters.

12 countries to send observer missions for PNG election

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:08:18 +1200

Papua New Guinea's elections commissioner says 12 countries and organisations will be sending observer missions for this year's election.

Goff's half year looms with big fiscal hopes still alive

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:52:36 +1200

Auckland's mayor Phil Goff approaches his six-month mark in office saying he believes his two big budget ideas will eventually come through, despite opposition.

Missing 11-year-old found safe and well

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:35:44 +1200

An 11-year-old boy who went missing in Thames overnight after telling family members he would walk to his grandmother's house has been found at a Paeroa address.

Sport: Fijiana 7s finish fourth in Japan

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:26:25 +1200

The Fiji women's sevens team have consolidated fourth place on the Women's World Series after their first semi final finish in four years.

Spectacular Aurora display not over yet

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:19:35 +1200

Aurora hunters who were treated to an unusually intense and widespread display of the Southern Lights over the weekend could strike it lucky again tonight.

High-profile visits 'the best PR' for French Polynesia

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:18:44 +1200

French Polynesia's tourism authority says a recent spate of high-profile visits is some of the best PR they could have wished for.

Swimmable waterways standard 'confusing' - scientist

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:58:41 +1200

The government's proposed standards to make waterways swimmable are too confusing for even an experienced freshwater scientist to understand, he says.

Rush to restore quake-damaged war memorials

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:41:02 +1200

Stonemasons have been working to restore two quake-damaged war memorials in Canterbury's Hurunui District in time for Anzac Day commemorations.

Seven workplace deaths in a fortnight

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:39:46 +1200

Seven people have died in workplace accidents in the past fortnight, and Worksafe says a culture change is needed.

Marshalls pushes for Red Cross membership

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:36:15 +1200

The head of the Marshall Islands Red Cross hopes to fast-track his country's membership of the over-arching international federation.

North Korea: 'A lot of sabre-rattling'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:27:16 +1200

Australia is taking North Korea's threat of launching a nuclear strike against it very seriously, but its capacity to do so may still be years away.

Booze woes hurt Tonga's RSE standing

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:24:57 +1200

The return to Tonga of two workers who left their Recognised Seasonal Employer jobs in New Zealand has again highlighted issues surrounding alcohol.

PM confirms 'Five Eyes' conference in Queenstown

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:23:20 +1200

Prime Minister Bill English has confirmed a meeting of the 'Five Eyes' intelligence group is being held in New Zealand this week.

Defence Minister stays mum over possible Five Eyes meeting in NZ

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:12:02 +1200

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is refusing to say whether or not international defence and intelligence leaders are meeting this week in Queenstown.

Ratana Church needs $500k for repairs

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:46:11 +1200

The historic church's roof is leaking and part of its internal struture needs replacing.

VIDEO: Bill English on Morning Report

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:39:58 +1200

Prime Minister Bill English talks to Susie Ferguson about North Korea's warning Australia could be in range of a nuclear attack.

Mayor: Westland Council still retains ratepayers' confidence

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:17:11 +1200

Multiple investigations and the resignation of the chief executive have not undermined Westland ratepayers' confidence in their council, the district's mayor says.

Airport-level security at Gallipoli for Anzac Day

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:36:58 +1200

New Zealanders attending Anzac commemorations at Gallipoli this year will face "incredibly tight" security after a warning terrorists could target the events.

'Unbelievable' shots fired close to Rotorua playground

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:36:58 +1200

At least a dozen people called 111 during a gang flare-up close to a Rotorua market and playground at the weekend.

Three die in French Polynesia diving accident

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:08:49 +1200

Three divers have died in French Polynesia in an underwater cave at about 60 metres' depth.

North Korea 'detains American citizen'

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:41:17 +1200

An American citizen has been detained in North Korea as he tried to leave the country, South Korean media say.

Armed robbery at Auckland TAB

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:46:05 +1200

Police are on the hunt for two people following an armed robbery at a TAB in the Auckland suburb of Mount Albert.

Police concerned bored teens are turning to arson

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:16:55 +1200

Teenagers bored during their school holidays are turning to lighting fires, police in Upper Hutt say.

Fundraiser after swimmer's death in Auckland Harbour

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:35:14 +1200

The wife of a swimmer who died in Auckland Harbour after possibly being hit by a boat says she has lost her best friend.

Law to regulate video-on-demand likely later this year

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:39:11 +1200

The government says it hopes to introduce legislation to regulate video-on-demand broadcasting later this year.

Search suspended for man missing in Manukau Harbour

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:06:20 +1200

Police believe a 52-year-old man who went missing in the Manukau Harbour four days ago has died.

Govt to spend $53m promoting NZ in Dubai

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:57:41 +1200

New Zealand is to spend more than $50 million building a special pavilion at the World Expo at Dubai in 2020.

Tributes for paraglider killed in Otago crash

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:47:26 +1200

A paraglider who crashed and died in central Queenstown yesterday was a qualified and experienced tandem pilot, his employer says.

McCully travels to Vietnam

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:23:20 +1200

Murray McCully leaves New Zealand today on what is likely to be his last trip as Foreign Minister.

Fatal parapenting crash in Queenstown

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:07:07 +1200

A person has died after crashing while parapenting in Queenstown, police say.

Whakatāne Mayor: 'generosity of NZers' overwhelming

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:42:40 +1200

Whakatāne's Mayor says he's overwhelmed by the donations that have come in for the flood-hit Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe.

What happened to Manus detention staff during Good Friday attack?

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:29:37 +1200

First Person - For the first time, Australian staff were put in the same dangerous position as the refugees, writes Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani.

Manus detention staff traumatised by attack

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:22:17 +1200

First Person - Last Friday, for the first time, Australian staff on PNG's Manus Island were put in the same dangerous position as the refugees, writes Kurdish journalist and detainee Behrouz Boochani.

Senate report scathing of Australian detention centre conditions

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:14:55 +1200

A Senate inquiry has found that Australia must admit it controls detention centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea and has a duty of care to the migrants it detains.

Civil Defence structure to be reviewed

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:02:10 +1200

A former cabinet minister, Roger Sowry, is to chair a group that will review the structure of Civil Defence.