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Fallout from stormy summer continues

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:28:59 +1300

Hundreds of Auckland homes are still without power, heavy rain is closing roads in Southland and another active front is on its way, as New Zealand's summer weather woes continue.

Man assaulted after picking up hitch-hiker

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:25:14 +1300

Police are investigating after a man was assaulted and left injured by a hitch-hiker he picked up in Hawke's Bay last night.

'Plan B' TPP on the cards - PM

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:57:17 +1300

The government's attempts to keep the Trans Pacific Partnership alive have been described as a political own goal and a commercial disaster.

Use of police cells to hold young people criticised

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:52:59 +1300

The chief youth court judge says the number of teenage offenders forced to spend the night in police cells is unacceptable, as they're no place for young people to spend the night.

Ancestral Taranaki land chained off to freedom campers

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:52:56 +1300

Fed up with their ancestral lands being strewn with rubbish, the trustees of a Māori reserve in Taranaki have put a chain across a road at a site popular with freedom campers.

One dead, one missing after boat capsizes

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:27:17 +1300

A man has died and another person is missing after a boat capsized off Otaki Beach.

Five murder charges laid over deadly Melbourne crash

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:12:41 +1300

The man accused of killing five people and injuring dozens of pedestrians by driving into a crowd in central Melbourne has been charged with five counts of murder.

ACT wants incentive for councils to approve new homes

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:30:14 +1300

The government needs to accept that New Zealand's housing market is dysfunctional, says ACT Party leader David Seymour.

Glass deck for railway building gets developer's support

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:29:59 +1300

A hearing over plans to add a glass deck to one side of the Dunedin Railway Station has been told it is a courageous move to revive the building.

Body found in Taranaki river search

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:14:14 +1300

Police have found a body in their search for a male who was swept away while crossing Waiwhakaiho River near New Plymouth.

MPI investigating claims of animal abuse at rodeo

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:46:06 +1300

The Ministry for Primary Industries is investigating alleged breaches of the Rodeo Code of Welfare at a Northland rodeo, after footage emerged of calves being electric shocked.

Concern for missing Auckland man

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:12:50 +1300

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of a 19-year-old Auckland man who has been missing since Saturday.

Council forks out millions for carpark owned by high-flyer

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:00:40 +1300

The Christchurch City Council has contributed $28 million towards a carpark owned by a major property developer.

Prime Minister schools Ngāpuhi on 'tikanga'

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:37:49 +1300

Prime Minister Bill English has paid tribute to Ratana Pā by acknowledging their Māori protocols and customs.

State of natural disaster in Tahiti

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:11:31 +1300

A state of natural disaster has been declared in French Polynesia after heavy rain hit Tahiti and Moorea.

Search for missing woman called off

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:01:42 +1300

The search for a 73-year-old Auckland woman who has been missing for a week has ended.

Battery defect caused Note 7 fires - Samsung

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:54:32 +1300

The world's biggest smartphone maker, Samsung, says faulty batteries were the cause of some of its devices catching fire.

Invercargill man arrested after AOS incident

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:25:26 +1300

An Invercargill man has been arrested after a stand-off with armed police.

Valls tops Socialist primary in New Caledonia

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:11:11 +1300

Former French prime minister Manuel Valls has won the first round of the Socialist party's presidential primaries in New Caledonia.

Historical Christchurch building recommissioned

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:05:28 +1300

A popular heritage building in Christchurch's Port Hills has re-opened today, nearly six years after the Christchurch earthquake forced its closure.

'We've just got to reinvent"

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:02:44 +1300

Businesses in Kaikōura are considering their options as summer spending in the quake-hit town lags.

Protesters chain themselves to Fonterra factory gate

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:28:20 +1300

A handful of people have chained themselves to a South Canterbury Fonterra factory, to protest against the organisation's burning of coal to power its processing plants.

FFA to look at tackling Pacific's "blue boat" problem

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:13:57 +1300

Illegal unregulated and unreported fishing by so called Vietnamese "blue boats" in the Pacific will be the subject of a regional meeting to be hosted by the Forum Fisheries Agency in the first or second quarter of this year.

PNG electoral chief can't stop illegal campaigning

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:46:34 +1300

Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commissioner says it is beyond his control to stop politicians from premature campaigning for this year's general elections.

Vanuatu PM in Brussels for talks with EU

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:46:33 +1300

Vanuatu's Prime Minister has arrived in Brussels for talks with the European Union.

Two escape landslide after 7.9 Bougainville quake

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:16:11 +1300

Reports emerging from Bougainville indicate a number of landslides after yesterday's magnitude 7.9 earthquake.

Fiji's Draunidalo quits parliament and party

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:53:52 +1300

Suspended MP of Fiji's National Federation Party Roko Tupou Draunidalo has resigned from parliament and the party.

Spy agency: situations vacant

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:46:48 +1300

It's shrouded in mystery and liberal amounts of white plastic, but now two new spooks will get to lift the veil on the Waihopai spybase.

Auckland residents oppose iwi housing plan

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:43:39 +1300

An Auckland iwi's plan to build 300 houses on a Point England reserve is facing growing anger from residents who want it stopped.

Buoy will stay on beach for another day

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:43:38 +1300

A 250 tonne buoy which dragged its moorings and was washed up on a New Plymouth beach won't be floated before tomorrow.

Solomon Islands no longer safe for children - report

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:32:03 +1300

A study carried out by the Solomon Islands Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs claims the country is no longer a safe place for children.

Work begins to develop open-ocean marine farms

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:19:47 +1300

Two sites off the New Zealand east coast have been earmarked as research areas for development of an open-ocean aquaculture industry.

Housing in many NZ cities 'severely unaffordable'

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:09:24 +1300

Auckland has held onto its spot as one of the most expensive cities in the world to buy a house, and another New Zealand city is quickly rising through the ranks to join it.

Honey crop beleaguered by bad weather

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:00:19 +1300

A Hawke's Bay beekeeper says it is the worst season for honey production that he has seen in over 20 years.

Sport: Tongan football champs Veitongo FC expect improved showing

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:30:23 +1300

Tongan football champions Veitongo FC are confident of a much better showing at this year's OFC Champions League Preliminary in Nuku'alofa.

Sport: Baber excited to get Fiji 7s tenure underway

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:30:22 +1300

Fiji sevens coach Gareth Baber says he can't wait to finally get his tenure underway this weekend.

Samoa bank employee jailed for theft

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:17:47 +1300

A 38-year old former supervisor of the Samoa Commercial Bank, Rosalina Metala Ioka, has been served a three-year jail sentence after she had admitted stealing $US60,000 from the bank's vault last July.

Water pipe leak highlights need for stockpiled supplies

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:04:42 +1300

The leak in a crucial Wellington water pipe shows why residents should stockpile water in case of an emergency, says the company looking after the city's supply.

New Caledonia shootings worry residents

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:01:01 +1300

A residents' group in New Caledonia has again called on the French authorities to ensure that travellers in the St Louis area are safe.

How to detect fake news

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:47:34 +1300

Many have been sucked in by fake news stories - sometimes with dire consequences. Here's how it can happen and how to make sure it doesn't happen to you.

PNG security callout: a holiday for Hela's warlords?

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:36:00 +1300

There are warnings that a major security forces callout to Papua New Guinea's Hela province will not provide a long-term solution to ongoing tribal fighting.

400kgs of cocaine seized on yacht in French Polynesia

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:11:23 +1300

The French navy has seized more than 400 kilograms of cocaine on a yacht near French Polynesia's Marquesas islands.

SH2 still blocked after fatal truck crash

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:26:19 +1300

State Highway 2 between Norsewood and Waipukurau is still closed after a fatal truck crash overnight, with traffic building up on the sides of the road.

Inflation expected to be back within target

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:24:56 +1300

The Reserve Bank could finally get what it has been looking for when fresh inflation data is released this week.

"Floating city" expected to be sited in Tahiti lagoon

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:22:04 +1300

The creators of a floating community planned for French Polynesia hope to set up platforms to house just a few dozen people in the lagoon near Tahiti.

Magnitude 5.0 earthquake shakes Bay of Plenty

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:16:30 +1300

A magnitude-5.0 shake has been felt by hundreds of people in the Bay of Plenty area this morning.

Tahiti floating village to test technology for a better ocean

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:03:51 +1300

The creators of a floating community planned for French Polynesia hope the project will eventually lead to hundreds of new islands for people at risk from rising seas.

World markets wait for detail on US law changes

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:01:49 +1300

Global markets are expected to remain cautious following the inauguration of US president Donald Trump, who campaigned on protecting the world's largest economy from other countries.

New key to help identify disease carrying mosquitos

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:32:03 +1300

The publication of a new key could help health officials identify mosquitos carrying Zika and dengue.

Flooding closes Tahiti airport

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:27:22 +1300

Flooding at French Polynesia's international airport has forced an Air France plane from Los Angeles to divert to the Cook Islands.

PNG leader says HIV/AIDS remains a stigma with churches

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:12:16 +1300

A Christian leader in Papua New Guinea says the country's churches need to overcome discrimination and stigma to make a real difference in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Claim Guam Catholic Church rewarded priest who protected Apuron

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:09:39 +1300

The Catholic Church in Guam is being accused of rewarding a priest who shielded its Archbishop from abuse allegations.

Samoan parish and Congregational Christian Church at odds

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:02:52 +1300

In Samoa, the parish of Si'ufaga has rejected a decision by the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa to remove their minister's pastoral position.

Archives NZ re-opens after quake

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:56:24 +1300

The government archives will re-open tomorrow, allowing employees to resume work stalled since the November earthquake.

Restoring highway north of Kaikōura like moving mountains

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:53:40 +1300

The wheels are beginning to turn to get State Highway 1 and the main trunk rail line south of Blenheim open again.

NZ wool brokers worried the worst is yet to come

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:23:27 +1300

The New Zealand wool market has limped along this season and, with Donald Trump now officially US president, wool brokers are worried the worst is yet to come.

Vigil for Melbourne car rampage victims

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:18:49 +1300

A vigil will be held in Melbourne tonight for the victims of a car rampage which killed five people - including two children.

Green Party lines up for Māori seats

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:58:56 +1300

Ratana celebrations which begin today take on extra political significance given the seven Māori seats are shaping up as key battlegrounds in this year's election.

Cultural practices could influence sugar intake

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:37:52 +1300

Weddings, birthdays and funerals could be helping Pacific people claim the title as the highest consumers of sugary drinks in New Zealand.

Italy avalanche survivor ate snow

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:35:59 +1300

One of the survivors of the avalanche at Rigopiano hotel in central Italy says she ate ice and snow to quench her thirst during a 58-hour ordeal. Georgia Galassi, 22,...

Labour and Greens gear up for Mt Albert by-election

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:31:33 +1300

The Mt Albert by-election campaign will be a chance for Labour and the Greens to show they can work together, says Labour's candidate for the seat, Jacinda Ardern.

Pupils due back but Akl schools still scrambling to find teachers

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:23:16 +1300

School principals in Auckland say they are struggling to find enough teachers before classes start next week.

Film industry brought in $US20 million to Fiji

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:20:01 +1300

The film industry brought an estimated $US20 million into Fiji's economy last year.

Trump team stand by their 'alternative facts'

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:17:31 +1300

False claims about the number of people attending President Donald Trump's inauguration were "alternative facts", according to a key figure in his administration.

No reports of damage from Bougainville quake

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:10:54 +1300

People in coastal parts of Papua New Guinea's Islands region fled inland amid a tsunami warning following a 7.9 earthquake yesterday.

Pope warns against populism as Trump takes power

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:08:28 +1300

Pope Francis has warned against a rise in populism and the dangers of allowing political crises to usher in dictators like Hitler.

Summer storm brings snow, wild weather

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:02:52 +1300

Hundreds of homes in Auckland are still without power, and 30cm of snow has fallen at Cardrona Skifield, as New Zealand counts the cost of a severe summer storm.

Israel approves delayed settlement homes

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:50:54 +1300

"Now we can build," a Jerusalem official says, as Donald Trump - a staunch Israel supporter - takes office in the White House.

Transparency Vanuatu says past year has been good for politics

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:49:50 +1300

Transparency Vanuatu says the past year has been a relatively settled one for the country's politics, which could be a good omen.

Marshalls secures funding for major solar energy project

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:44:30 +1300

The Marshall Islands looks set to cut its dependence on diesel following the approval of funding for a major solar energy project.

Trump battles media over inauguration crowd size

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:28:21 +1300

President Donald Trump has accused the media of dishonesty over the number of people attending his inauguration.

Crews bring Hawke's Bay scrub fire under control

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:32:49 +1300

] A grass and scrub fire in Hawke's Bay that threatened several homes is now out.

Dusky Sound artwork to be showcased nationwide

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:30:39 +1300

An art exhibition which showcases the beauty and fragility of Dusky Sound is set to tour the country.

Electroplating building faces tests after toxin cleanup

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:24:28 +1300

A building in Timaru and the land it sits on will be tested for contamination after the removal of 133,000 litres of toxic chemicals.

India train crash kills dozens

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:17:29 +1300

Nine train coaches and the engine left the tracks in a deadly crash in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, officials say.

Major Wellington water leak fixed

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:40:09 +1300

A critical leak in the capital's water pipes has been fixed after contractors worked through dismal weather.

Tsunami warning after magnitude 7.8 quake off Bougainville.

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:51:03 +1300

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake has struck in the autonomous Papua New Guinea region of Bougainville, prompting a regional tsunami warning.

Magnitude 7.9 earthquake near Papua New Guinea

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:33:13 +1300

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake has struck Papua New Guinea, but has not caused any tsunami threat for New Zealand.

Meth use drives up demand for rehab

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:15:54 +1300

The Salvation Army says demand for its drug rehabilitation services is growing year on year.

Millions walk in worldwide women's marches

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:03:56 +1300

More than 4.5 million people are estimated to have taken part in women's marches around the world, with hundreds sharing their experiences on social media.

French Socialist primaries heat up

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:27:17 +1300

Former French prime minister Manuel Valls faces an outside chance of failing to make it to the Socialist party runoff in party primaries ahead of the country's Presidential elections.

Climate change fear for burial sites

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:28:09 +1300

Climate change could be affecting sacred Māori burial sites, iwi and a Department of Conservation historic adviser fear.

Ousted Gambian leader goes into exile

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:27:10 +1300

Gambia's former President Yahya Jammeh has left the country in the wake of elections that ousted him after 22 years in power.

Hope for missing woman dwindles

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:06:08 +1300

Police say they no longer expect to find a missing 73-year-old Auckland woman alive.

Trump makes official visit to CIA

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:38:57 +1300

In his first full day as US President, Donald Trump has made an official visit to the CIA, and spoken with the leaders of Canada and Mexico.

Super-expensive super prompts call for budgeting policy

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:14:19 +1300

Politicians need to explain how superannuation will continue to be funded when costs are expected to triple in 20 years to $90 million a day, the retirement commissioner says.

Hungarian school group bus crash kills 16 in Italy

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:37:39 +1300

A bus carrying teenage schoolboys has crashed and caught fire in northern Italy, killing at least 16 people.

Lawyer urges transparency on board diversity

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:48:36 +1300

Companies should be more transparent when it comes to cultural diversity at the highest level, a prominent employment lawyer says.

Inquiry calls for compensation for Irish children sent to Aus

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:48:30 +1300

An inquiry into historical institutional abuse in Ireland has recommended children who were transported to Australia in the 1940s and '50s be given compensation for the trauma they suffered.

Baby's death brings Melbourne crash toll to 5

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:48:29 +1300

A three-month-old baby boy has died following the deadly car rampage that took place in Melbourne's CBD on Friday, bringing the death toll of the attack to five.

Auckland homes lose power as storm hits

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:32:31 +1300

Wild weather in Auckland has cut power to thousands of Auckland homes as a major storm approaches the South Island.

Trump to withdraw from TPP amid new trade strategy

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:57:39 +1300

The new US administration of President Donald Trump says its trade strategy to protect American jobs will start with withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Auckland iwi renew peace pact

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:25:52 +1300

Two Auckland iwi that have been at loggerheads because of overlapping land claims have renewed their peace pact at Ōrākei marae today.

Quake-hit homeowners: 'There's this feeling of real exhaustion'

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:02:47 +1300

Tony Guthrie believes red-zoning his Kaikōura property is his only hope of moving on. He is not alone.

Police chief backs officers over Melbourne incident

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:28:19 +1300

Victoria's chief of police has defended the force's handling of a car pursuit which ended with a man driving into a Melbourne mall yesterday, killing four people and injuring 30 others.

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' pleads not guilty in US

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:40:42 +1300

Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has appeared in a US court and pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran the world's largest drug-trafficking organisation.

Struggling pipes push call for water tanks in Fiji

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:52:31 +1300

Fiji's water authority is urging people in the Rewa Delta area to take advantage of government water tank subsidies.

Guam governor vetoes minimum wage raise

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:52:31 +1300

Guam's governor has vetoed legislation that would have incrementally raised the territory's minimum wage over the next two years.

Police seek Hamilton teens following burglaries

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:06:39 +1300

Police in Hamilton are looking to speak to three teenagers about several aggravated robberies in the city over the past two months.

Auckland trials electric buses

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:52:54 +1300

Electric buses will be hitting Auckland streets this year after Auckland Transport received a $500,000 government grant.