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RAMSI reaches out to Solomons youths as it prepares to exit

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:13:09 +1300

The Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands is touring schools as it prepares to withdraw from the country.



Fiji sedition case proceeds with adjusted charges

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:13:08 +1300

A major sedition trial in Fiji involving 16 people from Ra province is to proceed with the defendants facing adjusted charges.



Students pay respect to Tongan Queen Mother

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:05:12 +1300

School students sat in a line along nearly 20 kilometres of roadside to pay their respects to Tonga's late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho.



Customs seized record amount of meth last year

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:52:56 +1300

Customs seized over 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine with a street value of more than $1 billion last year.



Tens of thousands drug-tested, hundreds fail

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:49:13 +1300

Government figures show beneficiaries have failed only 466 pre-employment drug tests in the past three years.



Rescuers reach fallen caver at Harwoods Hole

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:44:22 +1300

A team has reached a caver with arm injuries trapped halfway down New Zealand's deepest vertical shaft.



NZ taxpayers pay $80k for Trump party

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:43:03 +1300

Taxpayers spent more than $80,000 to throw a party in Washington to celebrate Donald Trump's inauguration.



Fire-damaged railway line across South Island to reopen early

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:29:39 +1300

The fire-damaged railway line linking Christchurch and Greymouth is to reopen ahead of schedule on 20 March.



Tania Dalton's life support switched off

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:22:57 +1300

Former Silver Fern Tania Dalton is not expected to survive her collapse five days ago, her family says.



Scientists urged to use Samoan for rare deep water finds

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:20:11 +1300

Newly discovered creatures found in the deep waters of American Samoa may be given Samoan names.



Woman finds man in bedroom in Wellington home invasion

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:53:45 +1300

A student in Wellington awoke to find an intruder in her bedroom early on Sunday morning.



Chinese tourist missing from Auckland contacts family

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:51:40 +1300

A Chinese tourist who has been missing for six days has contacted her family to say she is all right, say police.



11-year-old Auckland girl grabbed by man on way to school

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:22:51 +1300

Police are praising the girl, who broke free and ran to tell her teacher what had happened.



Dalton's privacy case investigated by DHB

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:18:22 +1300

A possible privacy breach involving former Silver Fern netballer Tania Dalton, who is fighting for her life in Auckland City Hospital, is being investigated.



Man charged with killing Dunedin sea lion pup

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:03:13 +1300

A man has been charged after a sea lion pup was shot and killed on Otago Peninsula in November.



Nearly $900m boost from proposed disability laws - advocates

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:00:35 +1300

Disability groups are calling for new laws making it easier for disabled people to work and study, saying it would boost the economy by nearly $900 million a year.



Investigations continue into fatal crash near Nelson

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:58:16 +1300

It is too early to say whether charges will be laid over a crash near Nelson that killed two people, police say.



Body found in Marlborough Sounds by police divers

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:44:42 +1300

Police divers searching for a man who went missing on the weekend have recovered a body from the Marlborough Sounds.



Wellington runway safety decision to be reviewed

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:28:15 +1300

The decision to let Wellington Airport build the shortest possible safety area for any runway extension should be revisited, the Court of Appeal has ruled.



Diving into the muddy water of 'swimmable'

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:25:31 +1300

Opinion - Watered-down standards or unfair criticism? Dr Siouxsie Wiles and Dr Jonathan Marshall look at the claims around the government's freshwater plan.



Hopes in Cooks Moana Nui can be refloated

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:04:14 +1300

The owner of an inter-island vessel stuck on a reef on Nassau, in the far north of the Cook Islands, is hoping the boat can be pulled off and repaired.



NZ Refining year profit slashed by two-thirds

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:53:53 +1300

Rising oil prices and shrinking margins have slashed the annual profit of the operator of the Marsden Point oil refinery by more than two-thirds.



Trade deficit widens after surge in oil imports

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:53:26 +1300

The monthly trade deficit has widened, with the recovery in the dairy sector failing to offset a jump in oil imports.



China donates military vehicles to Vanuatu

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:49:33 +1300

China has donated 14 military vehicles to Vanuatu to be used by specialised units in the country's police force.



Mothers paid 17 percent less than fathers

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:36:44 +1300

A new government report shows the gender pay gap increases significantly as soon as women have children.



Sixty anti-loggers arrested in Solomon Islands

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:22:02 +1300

The police in Solomon Islands have arrested more than 60 people involved in a logging dispute in Western Province.



Sport: Clubs in 'must-win' territory at OFC Champs

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:11:33 +1300

Lupe Ole Soaga and Madang FC are already in must-win territory going into tonight's penultimate group match in the OFC Champions League.



NFL sued over early death of American Samoa player

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:08:44 +1300

The widow of former American football player, who was born in American Samoa, has brought a wrongful death suit against the National Football League and the manufacturer of football helmets.



Nauru report: dozens affected by dengue

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:07:30 +1300

While no official figures have been released by the Nauru government on the extent of a dengue outbreak there are reports at least 70 people have been infected.



Queen Mother's body arrives in Tonga

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:53:58 +1300

The body of Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho, who died last weekend at the age of 90 in Auckland, has arrived in Tonga.



Complaints against finance companies surge

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:52:37 +1300

Complaints against finance lenders have risen more than a third since a new legislative crackdown was introduced in 2015.



Witness tells of finding badly injured woman on road

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:44:14 +1300

A witness has described the moment she found a woman the Crown says was kidnapped and left for dead on a rural road north of Auckland.



Police release CCTV footage of quarry attack

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:40:39 +1300

Police have released CCTV footage showing a vehicle in an Auckland quarry where a woman was attacked.



Junior doctors' strike cost $5m

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:34:30 +1300

A bitter industrial dispute between junior doctors and their employers cost at least $5 million.



Regions must face challenge of population decline - report

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:49:23 +1300

A report predicts populations in many regions will drop or stagnate within three decades, posing a challenge for local economies - but mayors are optimistic about the future.



Transport madness marches on Auckland

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:19:02 +1300

Tomorrow heralds March - and with it, Auckland's annual post-holiday traffic hell.



Sport: Fiji 7s welcome back two Olympic gold medalists

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:11:52 +1300

Fiji welcome back two Olympic gold medallists for the upcoming World Sevens Series events in Las Vegas and Vancouver.



SpaceX to fly tourists round the moon

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:08:52 +1300

Two tourists have paid for a flight round the moon with private US company SpaceX.



Sport: Fund launched to reward Samoa's Olympic silver medalist

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:51:35 +1300

The Samoa Observer newspaper has launched a fund to recognise Ele Opeloge's achievement of winning Samoa's first ever Olympic medal.



Vanuatu proud of Tanna despite it missing out on Oscar

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:38:12 +1300

People in Vanuatu remain very proud of the film Tanna despite the disappointment of it missing out at this year's Academy Awards.



'Long overdue' UK child sex-abuse inquiry begins

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:33:19 +1300

A British inquiry has been told of 'the great wrong' done to children sent from the UK to Australian schools where they were sexually abused.



Question financial services providers, FMA urges

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:11:11 +1300

Consumers ask more questions when planning a holiday than they do of their financial service providers, the FMA says.



Rat 'explosion' hits rifleman population

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:10:54 +1300

A plan to relocate New Zealand's smallest bird to Wellington's Zealandia ecosanctuary has been put on hold after a decline in the population.



Vanuatu gets tougher on sex crimes

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:56:17 +1300

The Vanuatu Government has toughened up laws for some sex crimes.



'Falsely accused' jailed in American Samoa

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:44:06 +1300

American Samoa's Public Defender, Douglas Fiaui, says he believes there are inmates wrongly accused in the territory and serving time in jail.



CNMI teachers get a pay rise after ten-year wait

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:34:52 +1300

Public school teachers in the Northern Marianas are to get salary increases for the first time in about ten years.



Fears Planet Key ruling will herald dirty politics

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:31:22 +1300

Opposition parties fear attack advertisements will be a feature of this year's general election campaign.



NZ scientists take on tech giants

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:18:55 +1300

A team of New Zealand researchers are taking on global computer giants with a intelligent computer chip modelled on the human brain.



Safety rules strangling on-the-job learning - truckers

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:10:46 +1300

Work safety rules are strangling the trucking industry and contributing to a huge shortage of drivers, veteran truckers say.



Detention centre mobile ban will 'prevent crime'

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:16:56 +1300

Australia's Border Force Commissioner says the ban will foil drug activities and escape plans.



VIDEO: Andrew Little on Morning Report

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:23:16 +1300

Video - The Prime Minister's comments on drug tests look like an excuse for not doing anything about youth unemployment, Labour Party leader Andrew Little says.



Family want 'legal teeth' added to CYF safety plans

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:21:52 +1300

It is unacceptable that child services could end up policing their own failings without outside scrutiny, advocates say.



PNG group unfairly held by Indonesia last year

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:11:20 +1300

A Papua New Guinea man says he and several countrymen were subject to unfair incarceration in West Papua by Indonesian authorities.



Auditing firm apologies over Oscars blunder

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:07:21 +1300

The firm that supervises the Oscar ballots has apologised for the error which led to the wrong film being named as Best Picture.



Oscars fiasco - there have been a few

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:54:28 +1300

Opinion - The Oscars have have had a few off-script moments but nothing that quite matches the La La Land envelope mix-up, writes Dan Slevin.



Beauty of taro showcased in Cook Islands exhibition

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:47:59 +1300

The beauty of taro is being showcased in an unusual form in a Cook Islands art exhibition aimed at celebrating women.



Trump hikes military spending

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:44:54 +1300

US President Donald Trump has promised what he calls a 'historic increase' in defence spending.



Vanuatu landowner awaits payment years after illegal mining

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:53:01 +1300

The landowner of a former mine in East Efate which stopped operation 39 years ago says he is still waiting to be paid.



UN delegation arrives in New Caledonia

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:48:09 +1300

A United Nations delegation has arrived in New Caledonia as part of a mission to accompany the territory's decolonisation process.



Tonga academic praises MPs for way vote was handled

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:42:56 +1300

A Tongan academic has welcomed the way a vote of no confidence against 'Akilisi Pohiva was handled by MPs yesterday.



NIWA confirms Wellington's no good, very bad summer

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:34:46 +1300

This summer now ranks as Wellington's windiest in 14 years, and one of its cloudiest ever too.



Drug use not the whole worker shortage story - employer

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:23:11 +1300

Drug testing is not the only reason there's a skills shortage in the building industry, the head of a scaffolding company says.



Two injured in Takanini shed fire

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:51:15 +1300

A large shed fire in south Auckland in which two people were injured is now out.



Dome Valley kidnapping trial under way

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:51:14 +1300

The High Court in Auckland has been told a woman was sexually violated, bashed on the head with a hammer and left for dead on a rural road.



'La La Land' wrongly announced as Oscars winner

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:04:32 +1300

Moonlight has won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, after the hosts incorrectly announced La La Land as the winner.



Oscars 2017: Davis and Ali win for Fences, Moonlight

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:58:59 +1300

For the first time in three years, black actors have won Oscars.



Auckland police seek public help after 'disturbing' attack

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:56:28 +1300

Police are asking for help to identify a man who was the last person to be seen with a woman before she was viciously assaulted.



Gynaecologist inserted IUD without patient's consent

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:55:04 +1300

A gynaecologist faces possible legal action for inserting an intrauterine contraceptive device without the patient's consent.



MFAT spent more than $4m negotiating TPP

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:52:24 +1300

Trade Minister Todd McClay says the cost of sending staff around the world to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership was money well spent.



Greymouth rest home to close due to 'sustained risk' issues

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:46:38 +1300

A Greymouth rest home will close next month, due to sustained risk and non-compliance issues, says the Ministry of Health.



Tasman crash: Two dead, others injured

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:44:06 +1300

Two people have died at the scene of a three-vehicle crash between Richmond and Mapua.



Four men in court accused of major pokie fraud

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:44:04 +1300

Four men accused of a multi-million dollar pokie machine fraud have gone on trial in the High Court in Wellington.



Dairy owner incensed at home detention 'joke'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:12:40 +1300

A Northland dairy owner held up nine times in 13 years is in despair over the sentence handed down for a robbery that he says could have killed him.



'It's hard to have data about people you can't find' - PM on social housing

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:48:30 +1300

The government not only used four times its annual budget in three months, but was unable to keep records of how long people waited for social housing.



Calls for independent CYF watchdog

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:30:21 +1300

A family law expert wants an independent authority set up to investigate complaints and failures by Child, Youth and Family, much like the IPCA for police.



'A lot of our younger people can't pass that test'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:18:27 +1300

Employers are still struggling to find enough New Zealanders to fill vacancies, in many cases because they would fail drug tests, Prime Minister Bill English says.



Wanted man's yacht disappears from American Samoa

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:13:06 +1300

The yacht belonging to an American man wanted for murder in Tonga has gone missing.



US miner in West Papua threatens legal action against Indonesia

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:13:04 +1300

A US-based mining giant has warned it could take legal action against Indonesia over a dispute about the Grasberg mine in Papua province.



Tonga's Pohiva survives no confidence vote

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:13:03 +1300

Efforts by Tonga's nobles to remove Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva have failed.



Kiribati sends 'strong message' by rejecting Russian proposal

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:13:03 +1300

An academic specialising in Pacific issues says Kiribati has sent a strong message by rejecting a Russian businessman's investment proposal, which included a demand for sovereign rights to three of its uninhabited islands.



NZer gets life sentence for Gold Coast murder

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:10:36 +1300

A New Zealand man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his former partner on the Gold Coast.



ADB warns Palau facing 'urgent' infrastructure challenges

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:46:57 +1300

The Asian Development Bank says Palau is facing urgent infrastructure and environmental challenges due to its booming tourism industry.



Dengue scare in Nauru

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:26:43 +1300

There has been a dengue outbreak on Nauru but officials are yet to release information on the numbers affected.



Mining minister seen as hindrance to Solomons exploration

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:15:28 +1300

A Solomon Islands mining professional says more government support is needed to unlock the country's significant mining potential.



Turnbull, Abbott in war of words

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:08:43 +1300

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has blamed his predecessor, Tony Abbott, for the government's poor poll ratings, a week after Mr Abbott said it was drifting to defeat.



Fijians warned to combat dengue threat

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:07:26 +1300

Fiji's Ministry of Health is calling on the public to take measures to combat the threat of dengue.



More prisons, more problems

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:04:48 +1300

Opinion - Don't hit snooze on politicians' promises of more cops and prison beds. The cost is higher than you realise, says Toby Morris.



PNG parliament to swear in new governor general

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:01:05 +1300

The Papua New Guinea Parliament will sit tomorrow for the swearing in of the new Governor-General, Bob Dadae.



Oscars 2017: The awards as they happened

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:59:14 +1300

This year's awards ended with an embarrassing mistake, but included wins by black actors for the first time in three years.



Support package extended for Kaikōura businesses

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:34:30 +1300

The government has again extended its wage subsidy package but Wellington and Hutt Valley businesses will no longer be eligible.



Charities deregister over 'jolly complicated' rules

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:10:18 +1300

"Complicated" reporting rules and costly audit fees mean some charities are considering deregistering, a consultant says.



Property values boost Metlifecare profit

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:09:39 +1300

The retirement village operator's first-half profit is up nearly a third, driven by gains in the value of its properies and a solid operating performance.



Australian company sniffs around NZ radio assets

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:09:38 +1300

An Australian radio company has confirmed it is interested in buying the radio assets of local media company NZME.



Tanna seen as boon for struggling Vanuatu tourism

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:47:54 +1300

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation is urging tourism operators in Vanuatu to take advantage of international publicity around the film Tanna.



Police name man shot dead by officer

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:38:48 +1300

Police have named the 44-year-old man shot dead by a police officer north of Wellington yesterday.



Disabled students' post-school transition lacking - advocate

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:21:42 +1300

A researcher has found parents keep their disabled children at school as long as possible to delay the shift into the adult world.



Australia and Indonesia restore military links

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:41:39 +1300

Australia and Indonesia have restored full military ties and agreed to move on from a recent incident related to West Papua.



Drop in American Samoa's WHO funding blamed on past leaders

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:27:56 +1300

American Samoa's health director has blamed previous department heads for the drastic drop in financial assistance from the World Health Organization.



Tributes pour in for American Samoa's Faleomavaega

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:11:30 +1300

Tributes were pouring in from across the Pacific and the United States on Friday following the death of American Samoa's long-serving Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, who died on Thursday in Utah at the age of 73.



Spark partners with Netflix in subscription deal

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:10:13 +1300

Spark is partnering with video streaming service Netflix in the first deal of its kind in New Zealand.