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Car pulled from Auckland harbour

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:43:27 +1200

Police and emergency rescue crews have pulled a car with a body inside from under Auckland Harbour Bridge.



Why the NZ history we're teaching matters

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:26:19 +1200

Opinion - History teaching methods have come a long way, but old approaches, and subject matter, are still too common, writes Jim Hay-Mackenzie.



Protesters don't understand the plan - Fish and Game

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:44:01 +1200

Hundreds of protesters on tractors rolled into a small town in Hawke's Bay today to object to proposed water conservation orders.



Kiribati MP exposes careless payment

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:41:38 +1200

An MP in Kiribati says he is appalled by the payment procedure used by the finance ministry after an open cheque for about $US9000 was given to the wrong person.



Vanuatu chief calls for return of air service

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:58:23 +1200

A high chief from the isolated west coast of Vanuatu's Santo island has repeated his call for the government to resume air services to Lajmoli airfield.



Protests continue as Manus detainees go to work

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:56:18 +1200

The Papua New Guinea government says 31 detainees from the Manus Island detention centre are being employed in PNG.



Goroka show death prompts safety concerns

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:52:24 +1200

A young man in Papua New Guinea, competing for a prize by climbing a greasy pole at the Goroka Show, fell to his death on Saturday.



Rotorua whānau go without food to pay bills

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:35:58 +1200

Rotorua locals say whoever is voted into government this weekend needs to address the fact so many families are struggling to put food on the table.



Hurricane Maria 'devastates' Dominica: PM

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:29:37 +1200

Dominica has suffered "widespread damage" from Hurricane Maria, its Prime Minister says.



Leaders continue campaigning as early votes flood in

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:19:17 +1200

Some public servants around the country may have been grounded to save aviation fuel, but election campaigning is continuing unabated.



Fuel crisis: Thousands more affected by flight cancellations

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:41:36 +1200

Another 3000 travellers heading out of Auckland will have their flights cancelled tomorrow and ticket sales will be restricted, as the airline deals with the ongoing fuel shortage.



Dunedin families 'up in arms' as school bus routes cut

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:31:12 +1200

Parents and schools in Dunedin are angry four school bus routes are being ended and say they have not been consulted.



Myanmar 'does not fear' scrutiny over Rohingya - Suu Kyi

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:29:25 +1200

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi says her country is committed to a sustainable peace, despite widespread denunciation of violence in the restive Rakhine state.



Timaru residents heckle minister over log burner ban

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:45:23 +1200

Angry Timaru residents have heckled the Environment Minister at a meeting about the city's looming log burner ban this morning.



Postie quit after supervisor made death threats - union

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:32:37 +1200

A Hamilton former postie was expected to continue working with her supervisor despite eight months of bullying that included threats on her life, she says.



Kaikōura seabed shows sign of recovery

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:16:06 +1200

Organisms living on the seabed wiped out by huge mudslides from November's earthquakes are showing early signs of recovery, researchers looking at Kaikōura's sea canyon say.



Farmer out to hunt down cow killer on social media

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:06:59 +1200

A Northland beef farmer has taken to social media with gruesome photos of one of his cows he found slaughtered in a paddock, in a bid to try and find the offender.



Marchers mark 124 years since NZ women's suffrage

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:05:57 +1200

Women and men have gathered around the country to mark 124 years since New Zealand women won the right to vote.



Kiribati launches anti-corruption strategy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:55:47 +1200

The Kiribati government has launched its first ever National Anti-Corruption Strategy.



Second sea lion shot dead on Otago beach

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:45:38 +1200

The Department of Conservation is appealing for information after a critically endangered sea lion was shot dead on a Catlins beach in Southland.



Consumer confidence edges lower

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:43:48 +1200

Consumer confidence has eased slightly but people remain relatively upbeat about their personal and broader economic outlooks, a new survey says.



Chronic needs 'fall between the cracks' in mental health

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:30:37 +1200

Community care is failing those with chronic needs, a woman calling for a return to a more institutional approach - whose adult son suffers paranoid schizophrenia - says.



Fmr Samoan cabinet minister ordered to surrender passport

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:25:18 +1200

The District Court in Samoa has ordered the former cabinet minister, La'aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, to hand over his passport.



Robotics competition engaging Māori students

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:20:51 +1200

A new regional robotics competition is looking to boost science and technology participation rates among Māori children.



Solomons govt promises to bring back anti-corruption bill

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:06:53 +1200

Solomon Islands' acting prime minister has promised protesters the government will bring back its anti-corruption bill when parliament resumes next month.



Hampered flights refuel in Fiji

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:01:19 +1200

Fiji's Nadi airport is being used as a stopover to refuel longhaul flights from New Zealand to the US, as a ruptured pipeline is causing fuel shortages at Auckland airport.



Man granted work visa after fraught asylum battle

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:27 +1200

A man at the centre of a long-running immigration case - which includes three asylum appeals and two failed residence bids - has been granted a work visa.



US memo recommends changes to marine monuments

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:46:42 +1200

The US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending changes to 10 national monuments, including two in the Pacific.



Early childhood education focus at Fiji meeting

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:36:42 +1200

Health and social welfare officials from 15 Pacific nations are meeting in Fiji to improve access to early childhood education.



Gunshots fired at Hanmer Springs home with kids inside

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:31:05 +1200

Several shots were fired at a house that had children inside during a home invasion in Hanmer Springs last night.



Infant formula pushes up Synlait profit

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:19:57 +1200

Canterbury-based dairy company Synlait Milk has made a strong full year result, helped by big increases in profit margins and sales growth.



VIDEO: Ardern 'holding firm' on water tax despite protest

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:10:19 +1200

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern is defending her party's plan for a commercial water use levy, despite yesterday's farmers' protest.



Solomons' PM wants to apply for PNG citizenship

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:53:11 +1200

The Solomon Islands' prime minister has declared his intention to apply for Papua New Guinea citizenship and settle in PNG when he retires.



Marshalls women recruited for illegal US adoptions

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:43:59 +1200

Officials are concerned about an increase in the number of Marshall Islands women illegally adopting out their babies to families in the United States.



Fuel crisis: 13 petrol stations now without 95-octane

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:41:13 +1200

Thirteen Auckland petrol stations have sold out of the premium product, but suppliers say the city will not run out of fuel.



Dive Squad joins West Coast search for fishermen

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:30:59 +1200

The Police National Dive Squad has joined the search for two boaties missing since last week.



Vanuatu craft sellers told to focus on local

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:25:23 +1200

Vanuatu`s Department of Tourism has told stall holders on Mystery Island to prepare to start selling only local products to tourists from next year.



Toby & Toby's definitive guide to the next government

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:03:28 +1200

Opinion - As the two-horse neck-and-neck drag race on a knife edge comes to an end, Toby Manhire and Toby Morris take a look at the possible results.



Sport: PNG cricketers chalk up first SACA League win

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:40:07 +1200

The PNG cricketers have claimed their first win in the South Australian Premier League in Darwin thanks to an incredible century by Mahuru Dai against the Western Grit.



Sport: Drama at Parker-Fury press conference

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:38:51 +1200

The first sparks have flown ahead of the Joseph Parker-Hughie Fury boxing fight in Manchester this weekend.



Sport: Tafua vows to restore trust within Samoan rugby

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:26:42 +1200

Returning Manu Samoa rugby coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua says his immediate focus will be on re-establishing the trust between the players and coaching staff.



Environment officials talk sustainable tourism in Samoa

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:19:42 +1200

Environment officials are in Apia to begin talks starting with a focus on sustainable eco tourism.



Ryanair could face €20m bill over flight cancellations

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:03:46 +1200

Ryanair could face up to €20 million in compensation claims after cancelling thousands of flights due to a shortage of pilots, it has warned.



English defends immigration rules after suicide claim

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:56:54 +1200

The National Party leader has defended changes to immigration rules after an international student said they contributed to her friend's suicide.



Auckland Harbour Bridge crash cleared

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:47:24 +1200

A multi-vehicle crash that blocked two lanes, causing traffic delays, has been cleared.



Meet Auckland's likely new MPs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:44:59 +1200

The retirements of long-serving MPs mean there will be a host of new faces representing Auckland in Parliament after 23 September. They went for lunch with RNZ's Sarah Robson.



Scary clowns no laughing matter

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:35:27 +1200

Clowns who make a living entertaining youngsters are unamused by the hit horror movie It.



Companies 'will benefit' from unique identifier

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:31:22 +1200

Tens of thousands of businesses around the country will in time be able to benefit from a unique number that identifies them, a not for-profit standards body says.



Kidnapping case exposes VTNZ privacy breach

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:30:11 +1200

The Privacy Commissioner is looking into how a gang member got a police informant's details from a Vehicle Testing NZ staff member.



PNG Election success hailed as firm show of democracy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:18:00 +1200

PNG's Prime Minister says the recent general election was challenging but clearly demonstrated the strength of democracy .



Sprinting to the polls: Suffrage Day's 124th anniversary

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:10:58 +1200

Opinion - Women literally raced each other to the polling booths after they won the right to vote, writes Charlotte MacDonald.



Solomons police call for calm as they investigate cult shooting

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:00:43 +1200

Police in Solomon Islands are calling for calm as investigations into the shooting of a Melanesian Brother continue.



Govt not to blame for 'terrible' Southern DHB delays - Coleman

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:48:50 +1200

Cancer treatment delays at Dunedin Hospital are a tragedy but not caused by a lack of funding, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.



Cooks medical referrals back on after budget boost

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:42:27 +1200

The Cook Islands Ministry of Health says its patient referral scheme ran out of money last year but is now operating again.



Solomons police to arrest parents for allowing daughter to live with logger

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:28:25 +1200

A Solomon Islands prosecutor has told a local court that police will arrest and charge the parents of a 13-year girl for allegedly forcing her to live with a Malaysian logger.



The more things change, the more they stay the same

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:23:55 +1200

Opinion - We thought we were in for a classic tight All Blacks versus Springbok test - and then the game started, writes Jamie Wall.



Virtual reality news: Tech gimmick or tool of the trade?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:23:54 +1200

Mediawatch - Got your Viewmaster? Two recent New Zealand news projects have sought to use virtual reality and 360° video to immerse viewers in their stories.



NZ course for Pacific Youth startups

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:04:36 +1200

Young Pacific people in New Zealand are being encouraged to apply for a new programme to support entrepreneurs.



Coal plant proposal for PNG city a poor option - NGO

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:55:41 +1200

A proposal for a coal-fired power plant in Lae is a poor economic and environmental option, according to an anti-coal group in PNG.



March in Solomons to petition PM on anti-corruption

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:19:40 +1200

A public march is planned in the Solomon Islands capital to petition the prime minister to bring his government's anti-corruption bill back to parliament.



Cook Islands Solicitor General to appeal JP decision

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:01:22 +1200

The Cook Islands Solicitor General is expected to lodge an appeal today in the High Court over a Justice of the Peace decision.



Critical injury in alternative highway truck crash

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:59:40 +1200

Two trucks have crashed near O'Sullivans Bridge, critically injuring one person and blocking the route between Picton and Christchurch.



Thousands face long wait for eye clinic appointments

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:20:12 +1200

More than 9500 people are having to wait significantly longer than intended for follow-up eye care, with fears some could lose their vision.



'Weird' election advertising rules challenged

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:48:09 +1200

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders are now choosing advance voting, raising questions about the effectiveness of the polling day blackout.



Leaky homes leading to 'pure desperation'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:17:41 +1200

The lack of government or council help for owners of leaky homes is shameful, two Auckland businessmen say.



Highlight on importance of Pacific agriculture in Vanuatu

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:13:39 +1200

Agriculture is the backbone of the economies of many Pacific nations, but it often does not get a lot of focus.



Territory-wide fire ban declared in New Caledonia

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:13:39 +1200

An extreme fire risk in New Caledonia has prompted the Civil Security organisation to declare a territory-wide fire ban.



Tanker to help shift fuel after pipe ruptures

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:14:50 +1200

The navy is stepping in to help manage a fuel shortage at Auckland Airport, which has disrupted dozens of flights.



Early votes point to a swift election night result

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:08:22 +1200

Advance votes could point to an early result on Election Night, but special votes mean the drama might not be over for weeks, writes law professor Andrew Geddis.



No choice: When a legal abortion is denied

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:42:15 +1200

A woman who was denied a second trimester abortion says it's outrageous that New Zealand's inconsistent application of the law is "allowed to mess people's lives up".



Greens confirm they will charge polluters

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:38:47 +1200

The Green Party is reaffirming its commitment to tax polluters, and to bringing in a capital gains tax.



Fake psychiatrist sentenced to more than four years prison

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:37:56 +1200

A man who worked as a psychiatrist using false qualifications has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison.



NZQA shuts down private institution

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:27:03 +1200

A Christchurch business school has lost its registration after repeated interventions by the Qualifications Authority.



Equipment unloaded in Vanuatu despite disease fear

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:42:43 +1200

The Vanuatu opposition claims the government bowed to pressure from China despite fears foot and mouth disease could be introduced.



West Papuan independence founder dies

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:37:42 +1200

One of the founders of the West Papuan independence movement, Nicolaas Jouwe, has died in Jakarta at the age of 93.



Indonesia offers increased assistance to Samoa and Pacific

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:16:35 +1200

Samoa and other Pacific countries are being offered increased technical assistance and capacity building programmes by Indonesia.



VIDEO: Winston Peters on Checkpoint

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:51:44 +1200

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters sits down with John Campbell for the second of Checkpoint's leader interviews in the lead-up to the election.



Tests show no poison in stream - Nelson wildlife sanctuary

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:28:19 +1200

A Nelson wildlife sanctuary that has been under fire for dropping poison as part of a pest removal programme says no residual poison has been detected in nearby waterways.



Govt 'short-sighted' to ignore officials over pipeline

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:28:17 +1200

There are "serious questions" over why the government did not act when it was first made aware of the risks to jet fuel supply, Labour's leader says.



Six men sentenced over Auckland car boot death

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:26:47 +1200

The man who at one time called Jindarat Prutsiriporn 'Mum' was today jailed for orchestrating the kidnapping that left her dead.



Southern DHB's life-shortening failure

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:26:46 +1200

Several men have had their lives shortened by "unreasonable" delays in prostate cancer treatment at Dunedin Hospital - and many more will be in the same position, says the Southern DHB.



Nearly half a million NZers have cast their vote

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:04:18 +1200

The latest advance voting numbers are out - bringing the total to nearly half a million people.



Surface flooding near Dunedin

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:03:10 +1200

Sandbags are being given out in Mosgiel, near Dunedin, as residents deal with surface flooding from a day of steady rain.



Podiatric surgeon told he needed to 'prove his competence'

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:21:42 +1200

A foot surgeon faces possible legal action over the poor care he provided to an airport security officer.



France acid attack: US tourists assaulted in Marseille

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:21:40 +1200

Two US tourists have had hydrochloric acid thrown in their faces at a Marseille train station, French media say.



Extra $4 million paid to farmers for value-added meat

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:55:55 +1200

Farmers supplying Silver Fern Farms value-added programmes have been paid an extra $4 million in premiums in the past year, as a million stock units have been processed.



Farmers protest in Ardern's hometown

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:55:40 +1200

About 500 people attended a farmers' protest in Morrinsville - Labour leader Jacinda Ardern's hometown.



CNMI group pushing for Earhart statue

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:49:33 +1200

A group in the Northern Marianas wants a statue of Amelia Earhart built on Saipan to acknowledge what they say is the famous aviatrix's connection to the island.



Chimbu man pushes for PNG to get electronic voting system

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:47:55 +1200

A man who stood in Papua New Guinea's recent election says the country needs to establish an electronic voting system.



Samoa court upholds strike out on appeal by NZ lawyer

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:43:49 +1200

A New Zealand-based Samoan lawyer, Leulua'ialii Olinda Woodroffe, has failed to overturn a Supreme Court decision in a suit she brought against judge Lloyd Fisher.



Marshalls still to decide on UN nuke ban treaty

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:37:22 +1200

Six Pacific nations are expected to sign a United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons when it opens for signature later this week, but the Marshall Islands won't be one of them.



Women supported to campaign in Tonga

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:25:47 +1200

The head of Tonga's Civil Society Forum says getting more women into parliament is everyone's responsibility and its time for more gender balance in Tongan politics.



Visitor experience 'destroyed' at iconic Tekapo church

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:51:29 +1200

The Mackenzie District Council is applying for government funding to improve facilities at one of the country's most visited churches.



Fuel shortage strands thousands

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:48:19 +1200

Thousands of passengers have been left in the lurch after a jet fuel shortage grounded dozens of domestic and international flights at Auckland Airport.



Do anything to 'mitigate this constant flooding' - Chch resident

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:35:56 +1200

A possible buy out of flood affected homes in Christchurch is being greeted with caution by at least one resident.



'Handmaid's Tale', 'Veep' top winners at Emmys

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:27:17 +1200

The Handmaid's Tale and political comedy Veep have won the top prizes at the Emmy awards today.



American Samoan police chief in trouble over car buy

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:06:13 +1200

Lawmakers in American Samoa have admonished the police commissioner for buying police vehicles without getting Fono approval of the financing.



NZ Tongan leader concerned about royal backing of Maori Party

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:53:29 +1200

A Tongan community leader in New Zealand is upset the Tongan king was apparently approached to endorse the Maori Party before this week's election.



More funding needed for Kaikōura container mall

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:46:39 +1200

A plan to get a temporary container mall up and running in earthquake-affected Kaikōura needs money urgently.



Nuke waste shipments in Pacific a worry for SPREP

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:33:52 +1200

Concern over ocean pollution is likely to dominate a key meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme starting in Apia tomorrow.