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Five killed in Malta plane crash

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:58:05 +1300

A light aircraft has crashed shortly after take-off from Malta, killing at least five people in the island nation's worst peacetime air accident, airport sources and witnesses say.

Fonterra investigates after China milk powder arrests

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:30:27 +1300

Fonterra will investigate how 276 tonnes of its expired milk powder was apparently repackaged and resold in China, after police made 19 arrests, it says.

Concern over medicine costs under RCEP

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:56:39 +1300

The Asian version of the TPP must not be allowed to make life-saving medicines more expensive in poor countries, the Public Health Association says.

Technical difficulties ground PM's Air Force plane

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:52:26 +1300

A second air force plane is being sent to Australia after the one carrying the Prime Minister broke down.

PNG political parties ignoring election guidelines again

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:47:03 +1300

PNG political parties have been warned not to undertake "roadshows" throughout the country before the election campaign period official begins.

PNG PM says he will deliver 'measured' budget

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:47:02 +1300

PNG's Prime Minister says his government will deliver a 'measured' and 'cautious' 2017 budget next week.

Fiji Media regulator urged to act without favour

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:40:52 +1300

Concerned citizens in Fiji are calling on the Media Industry Development Authority to act swiftly and without favour, and investigate complaints about an FBC TV programme.

Vanuatu appeal lawyers look to timing issue

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:38:38 +1300

Lawyers appealing the corruption convictions of 14 former Vanuatu MPs will tomorrow try to show the Supreme Court that parliament was in session at the time of their prosecution.

Tokelauan leader asks parents to use language more in homes

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:31:38 +1300

A community leader in New Zealand is appealing to Tokelauans to speak their language in the home all year round and not just during their language week.

'No excuses' policy trial for lifejackets

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:03:32 +1300

Maritime New Zealand is trialling a 'no excuses' policy for boaties speeding or not wearing lifejackets.

Plastic bag charge could backfire, retailers say

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:03:31 +1300

Proposed plans to make supermarkets charge for plastic bags could have a negative impact on the environment, a retailers' association says.

Indonesian military and Papuan separatists exchange gunfire

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:51:20 +1300

An Indonesian military officer has been shot in an exchange of gunfire with separatists in Papua.

Fire at Hamilton tyre company building

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:37:49 +1300

A large blaze at a tyre company in Hamilton is the second at the building in less than 24 hours.

Aussie syndicate beats Rinehart to cattle empire

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:34:53 +1300

An all-Australian syndicate has made a $386 million bid for the Kidman cattle empire, trumping that of mining magnate Gina Rinehart and her Chinese joint venture partner.

Vanuatu appeal in kidnap and assault case

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:26:01 +1300

Four bus and taxi drivers found guilty of kidnapping and assaulting a woman in Vanuatu have appealed against their sentences.

British banks plan an exit ahead of Brexit

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:19:26 +1300

Large banks are preparing to leave the UK next year over fears around Brexit, the British Bankers' Association has warned.

Australian kidneys could help eight immediately

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:19:19 +1300

Plans to join up with Australian's kidney exchange will boost the chances of New Zealand patients finding a match, a specialist says.

PNG to bring in cruise ships for beds during 2018 APEC

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:08:08 +1300

As Papua New Guinea prepares to host the APEC in 2018, it has announced it will accommodate visitors on three large cruise liners.

Southland crash brings holiday road toll to three

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:07:30 +1300

A woman has died after a motorcycle and a ute crashed on State Highway 99, near the Southland town of Wallacetown.

Dairy struck again by masked assailants

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:57:35 +1300

Police have released CCTV images after a Christchurch dairy was robbed for the third time in three months.

Freed Somali pirate hostages prepare to head home

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:40:58 +1300

A group of 26 hostages held for nearly five years by Somali pirates has arrived in Nairobi after being freed.

Australians deeply ashamed of Nauru

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:18:17 +1300

Many Australians are deeply ashamed of how their government treats asylum seekers, a social agency says.

Fiji firefighters 'coerced' into union

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:49:54 +1300

The Fiji Public Service Association says fire-fighters have been coerced into joining an 'in-house' union by the National Fire Authority.

Key shrugs off Fiji-Russia relations

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:48:46 +1300

New Zealand's Prime Minister is "not concerned" about Fiji forging stronger ties with Russia after Fijian leader Frank Bainimarama's visit.

'Youth Bulge' a threat to stability

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:38:05 +1300

The Pacific could be gripped by civil unrest unless more is done to occupy the region's growing youth population, academics warn.

'No competitive harm' in AT&T, Time Warner merger

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:30:32 +1300

US telecoms giant AT&T's deal to buy entertainment group Time Warner for nearly $US86 billion has drawn concern from both main US presidential candidates.

Quad bike deaths at record high

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:23:02 +1300

The number of deaths from quad bike accidents has reached a record annual high, and an agriculture experts says the rate is predicted to rise.

Fiji's ties with Russia 'not unreasonable' - NZ PM

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:16:26 +1300

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key says Fiji's relationship with Russia is not unreasonable given Fiji's peacekeeping activity.

Tamaki Drive crash leaves three injured

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:57:10 +1300

Tamaki Drive has now reopened following the crash earlier today but one east-bound lane remains closed.

Push against phosphate mining in French Polynesia

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:55:34 +1300

A petition has been launched in a bid to halt the planned resumption of phosphate mining on French Polynesia's Makatea atoll.

Solomons parliament to convene next week

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:53:36 +1300

The Solomon Islands National Parliament will hold its final meeting for this year on 1st November.

Fatal street race: Organisers 'adhered to every safety code'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:29:30 +1300

All safety precautions were taken at a Greymouth street race where a motorcyclist died in a crash, the Grey District mayor says.

Proposed Motueka-Nelson ferry causes concern for wildlife

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:29:30 +1300

A proposed ferry service to Port Motueka has raised fears for protected native birds.

Sport: Barramundis go top of the World Cricket League

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:49:19 +1300

Papua New Guinea have gone to the top of the World Cricket League Championship after beating Namibia by six wickets in Port Moresby.

Sport: Fiji trim sevens squad

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:49:19 +1300

Fiji have refined their sevens training squad to prepare for next month's Oceania Championship and the first round of the World Series in December.

Sport: Niue depart for African rugby league tour

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:49:19 +1300

The Niue rugby league team fly out today for a two-week tour of South Africa as they continue their development on the international stage.

Blitz on Lake Karapiro water weed

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:25:31 +1300

The government has committed to tackling an invasive weed that is clogging up Lake Karapiro, site of world rowing championship events.

Parliament in Tonga looks at process of no confidence motions

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:41:12 +1300

Tonga's parliament has reportedly been rehearsing how to present and process a vote of no confidence.

Woman in SH1 crash dies in hospital

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:26:05 +1300

A 79-year-old woman critically injured in a car crash on the Kapiti Coast yesterday has died in hospital.

Fiji sugar head should be investigated - Prasad

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:28:25 +1300

An opposition politician in Fiji wants the resigning head of the sugar corporation to face an investigation into his management practices.

Local paper asks for directions

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:02:01 +1300

The Marlborough Express is considering new ideas to keep afloat, including reports sponsored by readers and printing on fewer days. Could other local papers face a similar fate?

First three-way kidney transplants completed in NZ

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:02:01 +1300

The success of the country's first three-way kidney transplant matches has raised hopes that more, and quicker, transplants can now be done.

FBC faces complaint by indigenous Fijians

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:54:41 +1300

Fiji citizens have lodged a complaint with the Media Industry Development Authority over an FBC TV programme deemed to be offensive.

NZ PM keen to keep Fiji in PACER talks

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:25:10 +1300

New Zealand's Prime Minister says he is very keen to keep Fiji in the PACER plus trade agreement talks, after Frank Bainimarama said it was still too one-sided.

Detention healthcare needs oversight - AMA

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:25:10 +1300

The Australian Medical Association is calling for independent oversight of healthcare provided to detainees on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and Nauru.

Mosul offensive: Turkish and Kurdish forces closing in on IS

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:06:59 +1300

Kurdish Peshmerga forces are within 9km of the Iraqi city of Mosul, in the seventh day of the campaign to wrest it back from Islamic State.

Comic book artist Steve Dillon dies

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:26:34 +1300

Steve Dillon, the legendary British comic book artist, known for his work on Preacher, Punisher, and Judge Dredd has died aged 54.

Japan blasts: One dead in Utsunomiya city

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:50:09 +1300

Multiple blasts in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya have killed one person and injured at three, emergency services say.

Ombudsman critical of mental health and prison facilities

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:25:32 +1300

Inadequate facilities for people with high mental health needs have been highlighted by the Chief Ombudsman, who says the issue needs to be addressed.

CNMI tourist arrivals breach half million mark

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:10:02 +1300

Tourist numbers in the Northern Marianas have continued to revive and breached the half-a-million mark in fiscal year 2016.

Rassemblement opposes New Caledonia referendum

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:10:02 +1300

New Caledonia's anti-independence Rassemblement says it is opposed to a referendum to be held as outlined in the 1998 Noumea Accord.

Aleppo ceasefire ends with clashes

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:00:22 +1300

Heavy clashes have been reported in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo after a three-day ceasefire ended.

Drivers cut free after Hawke's Bay car crash

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:56:04 +1300

Two people who were cut from their cars following a crash in Hawke's Bay have been taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Young people wait months for mental health appointments

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:10:47 +1300

Thousands of young people struggling with mental health problems have to wait for months for follow-up appointments, official figures show.

Haitian prisoners on the run after prison break

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:42:44 +1300

More than 170 inmates from a Haitian prison have escaped after killing a guard and stealing firearms.

Doing the business in the digital age

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:55:42 +1300

Shows devoted to business news vanished from our TV screens years ago, because people can get it online anytime. In a digital age, what is the future of business broadcasting?

Person jumps from burning Dunedin house

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:47:26 +1300

One person was forced to leap from the second storey of a Dunedin house after the building went up in flames today.

Motorcyclist killed in Greymouth street races

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:55:19 +1300

A motorcyclist has died following a crash at an organised street racing event in Greymouth.

Govt told to reject funding request for Parker's fight

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:45:16 +1300

The government shouldn't help foot the bill for Joseph Parker's bid for the world boxing title in Auckland in December, Labour says.

Man charged over Whanganui hit-and-run

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:54:59 +1300

A man has been charged over a hit-and-run outside a pub in Whanganui yesterday.

Driver critically injured in head-on SH1 crash

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:33:16 +1300

Two people have been taken to hospital after a head-on crash that closed part of State Highway 1 near Paekakariki north of Wellington for more than three hours.

Lawyers optimistic over steel mesh class action

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:25:18 +1300

More than a hundred applications have been made to a proposed class action targeting the makers of faulty steel mesh in concrete floors.

Start planning now for new Auckland stadium - Goff

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:55:20 +1300

Auckland needs to starting planning now for a new stadium on the waterfront rather than spending $250m upgrading Eden Park, mayor Phil Goff says.

Woman dies in quad bike accident

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:32:53 +1300

A woman died when the quad bike crash she was riding with two other people it rolled down a bank into a stream.

Wildlife vs humans: India's elephant in the room

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:10:42 +1300

Insight - In India, some villagers pay a high price for living next to protected wildlife. Is conflict inevitable and is it getting worse? Lynn Freeman reports.

Dylan rude and arrogant - Nobel cttee member

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:53:43 +1300

Bob Dylan's snub of his Nobel Prize in literature is "impolite and arrogant", according to a member of the Swedish academy that awards it.

Ferns need to turn the promise into tangible gains

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:53:43 +1300

Sports Call: The Silver Ferns' international season has offered some glimpses of hope but it has also been an uncomfortable reminder that arch-rivals Australia continue to assume the role of big sister.

Donald Trump outlines 100-day plan

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:11:14 +1300

Donald Trump has outlined a raft of drastic measures should he become president including moves to start deporting "two million illegal immigrants."

Dozens of lost Lindauer paintings emerge

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:32:53 +1300

Forty-five paintings have turned up in a quest for works by 19th century artist Gottfried Lindauer and Auckland Art Gallery believes dozens more could surface.

More schools on NZQA watchlist

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:53:40 +1300

The number of schools on the Qualifications Authority's watchlist for problems with NCEA assessments has trebled in two years.

Iraqi troops drive IS from region near Mosul

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:37:14 +1300

Iraqi army troops have stormed into a Christian region that has been under Islamic State control since 2014, as part of US-backed operations to clear the entrances to Mosul.

Christchurch stabbing: Victim and suspect in hospital

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:47:21 +1300

Two people are in hospital with injuries after a stabbing in New Brighton in Christchurch.

Child found dead at Auckland's Piha Beach

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:27:12 +1300

A child reported missing at Piha Beach has been found dead, in what police say appears to be a tragic accident.

Man drowns in Taranaki, diver missing in Canterbury

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:23:15 +1300

A man has drowned in Taranaki and, separately, a diver is missing off Banks Peninsula in Canterbury.

Cyber attacks disrupt well-known websites

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:42:55 +1300

Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, Soundcloud, PayPal and several other well-known sites have been briefly hit by web attacks.

Syria accused of third chemical attack

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:58:36 +1300

A third toxic gas attack was carried out by Syrian government forces in March last year, an international inquiry is reported to have concluded.

Dunedin schools notified about child sex offender move

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:44:22 +1300

Three schools in Dunedin have been told a child sex offender has been moved into the suburb of City Rise, Corrections has confirmed.

Stranded tramper given a lift off Mt Taranaki

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:29:09 +1300

A Dutch tramper stranded for two nights on Mount Taranaki by heavy snow has been rescued.

Man arrested over Whanganui hit-and-run

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:49:28 +1300

A 61-year-old man has been arrested over an early morning hit-and-run that left a 24-year-old with serious head injuries.

Otago's first marine reserve in the works

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:38:38 +1300

The public is being asked to share its views on increasing marine protection along the South Island's southeast coast.

No combat role for NZ troops in Iraq - PM

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:26:36 +1300

Prime Minister John Key is denying New Zealand is involved in a combat role in Iraq, saying a media report suggesting otherwise is just plain wrong.

Time to take NZ-Fiji relationship to 'another level' - Bainimarama

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:00:35 +1300

Fiji's Prime Minister says it is time to let bygones be bygones, after his first formal diplomatic talks in NZ in 10 years.

Escapee youths talked down from roof

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:16:33 +1300

A group of boys had to be talked down from the roof of a youth justice facility in Auckland after overpowering staff and stealing their keys.

Māori Battalion's Nolan Raihania dies

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:23:49 +1300

Nolan Raihania, one of the last surviving veterans of the 28th Māori Battalion, was 17 when he enlisted and was sent to Italy in 1944.

Calais migrant camp to close on Monday

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:42:13 +1300

A migrant camp in the French port of Calais, which has strained relations between France and Britain, will be closed on Monday.

Schiaparelli probe crash-landed on Mars

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:42:12 +1300

A probe that should have landed on Mars was destroyed when it crashed into it at high speed, the European space agency has acknowledged.

Fiji PM seeks better ties with New Zealand

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:37:00 +1300

The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key officially met his Fiji counterpart Frank Bainimarama for what they say were productive talks.

Two appeals in Tahiti chinaware theft case

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:15:09 +1300

There have been two appeals in the case of a former French Polynesian president Gaston Flosse fined for taking chinaware from the presidential palace.

Arrest after man stabbed in fight at home

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:44:46 +1300

A 28-year-old man has been charged after a repeated stabbing put another man in a critical condition Paeroa last night.

David Jones buy-out could save Pumpkin Patch - analyst

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:05:40 +1300

Finding a buyer for Pumpkin Patch would be the best option to save the troubled company, a retail analyst says.

Sport: Pacific league teams not kept in Women's World Cup loop

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:31:36 +1300

Pacific rugby league bosses say they were not kept in the loop about plans for the Women's World Cup, which ultimately forced many to pull the plug on their qualifying hopes.

Bid for govt funding launched for Joseph Parker fight

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:25:39 +1300

The government may help fund Joseph Parker's world boxing title challenge to be held in Auckland in December.

Mosul assault leads IS to counterattack against Kirkuk

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:18:09 +1300

Islamic State has launched a major attack on Kirkuk as forces push in around Mosul, preparing to attack the jihadists' last major Iraq stronghold.

Charges laid over red Mini road rage

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:15:13 +1300

A man at the centre of a road rage incident in Wellington yesterday has been charged with reckless driving and assault with intent to injure.

Bank froze accounts, no interest for 'decade'

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:06:32 +1300

The Development Bank of American Samoa is investigating the recent disclosure of customer information.

American Samoa bank to probe disclosure of customer information

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:02:19 +1300

Development Bank of American Samoa is investigating the recent disclosure of customer information.

Sport: PNG cricketers beat Namibia by five wickets

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:01:30 +1300

Papua New Guinea's middle order delivered as the Barramundis chased down 274 runs to beat Namibia by five wickets in the first of two one day matches in Port Moresby.

Buckle up and be safe this long weekend - police

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:51:08 +1300

Buckling up and driving to the conditions are the main messages from the police for this Labour weekend.

Cable deal signed in Samoa

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:34:47 +1300

A private company Samoa Submarine Cable Company Limited and Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks have signed a contract to roll out a new submarine cable system named Tui-Samoa Cable.

Vanuatu Christian Council to march for Jesus

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:33:41 +1300

The Vanuatu Christian Council has organised a three-kilometre march through the capital Port Vila to proclaim the country for God.