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Instacharge, the physics defying app, insists it's legitimate

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:20:54 +1300

The creators of Instacharge - the mobile charging app launched in Fiji that defies the laws of thermodynamics - have defended their product, which has been widely dismissed as a con.

Cereal comes out top in Bad Taste Food Awards

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:49:15 +1300

Kellogg's Nutri-Grain cereal has taken out the top spot in Consumer NZ's awards for products that market themselves to be healthier than they are.

$20m McLaren F1 car crashes near Queenstown

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:22:35 +1300

A McLaren F1 car - reported to be worth $20 million - has crashed near Queenstown.

NZer dies following 'thunderstorm asthma' outbreak

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:37:53 +1300

A New Zealander is believed to be among those who have died following a thunderstorm asthma outbreak in Australia.

Trump breaks 37-year-old US stance with direct Taiwan call

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:09:45 +1300

US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken directly with the president of Taiwan - breaking with US policy set in 1979 and risking anger from China.

Four major cities move to ban diesel vehicles

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:09:44 +1300

The mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens have vowed to stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by 2025.

Music legend Ray Columbus farewelled

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:46:31 +1300

More than 1000 people packed an Auckland church to farewell the "modfather" of New Zealand pop music.

Psychiatrist admits making indecent recordings in NZ

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:05:14 +1300

An Australian child psychiatrist has pleaded guilty to making indecent recordings of children in four countries, including New Zealand.

Sport: Manu Samoa hoping new caps will pay off long-term

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:36:27 +1300

Manu Samoa's coach is hopeful the introduction of new talent in 2016 will pay dividends long-term.

PNG court confirms MP's dismissal from office

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:18:32 +1300

The MP for North Fly has had his dismissal from office upheld by Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court.

Attitudes towards mobility parks not changing - survey

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:56:08 +1300

Many able-bodied New Zealanders still aren't getting the message about not using mobility car park, an advocacy group says.

US fugitive, wanted in Tonga, detained without bail

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:28:39 +1300

A federal court in Hawaii has ruled to detain without bail a United States citizen wanted in Tonga for the murder of his wife.

Trump invites Duterte to White House

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:26:09 +1300

US President-elect Donald Trump has invited Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte to the White House next year during an "engaging, animated" talk, an aide to Duterte says.

More police officers in Samoa suspended

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:21:28 +1300

A superintendent, a police corporal and two police constables have been suspended in Samoa.

Prostitute turned killer freed from jail

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:23:54 +1300

A former prostitute at the centre of an elaborate murder plot in Taranaki two decades ago has been freed from prison.

Sport: Fiji unbeaten on day one of Dubai sevens

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:40:24 +1300

The defending World series and Olympic champions Fiji have gone through the first day season open tournament in Dubai, unbeaten.

Irish wasps help to eradicate evil weevil

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:22:27 +1300

An introduced wasp species is being credited with saving the country almost half a billion dollars.

Fire causes structural damage at Wellington hotel

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:22:27 +1300

Crews have been dampening down hot spots after a fire broke out in the restaurant of the luxury Sofitel Wellington hotel.

Wellington's Sofitel Hotel evacuated after kitchen fire

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:33:01 +1300

A fire broke out last night in the restaurant of the luxury Sofitel Wellington, and all guests have been evacuated for the night.

Abseiler sends huge boulders crashing

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:48:45 +1300

Alex Wilmshurst has dislodged boulders as big as cars, as the huge task of clearing SH1 around Kaikōura continues.

Great Barrier Reef could go on UNESCO 'danger' list

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:51:21 +1300

Queensland government wants the reef, home to "catastrophic" coral bleaching, kept off the danger list.

Flag day in Papua takes form of prayer events, petition

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:40:36 +1300

Events held in the cities of West Papua to mark the anniversary of the Papuan nationalist day mainly took the form of prayer events.

Asbestos alert after sportsfield discovery

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:37:44 +1300

Contractors upgrading a Dunedin sports field found material likely to be asbestos.

More mass arrests at Papua rallies in Indonesia

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:34:53 +1300

An Indonesian lawyer says the police continue to make mass arrests on spurious grounds at West Papuan rallies.

Buzz Aldrin made it to South Pole

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:33:59 +1300

The second man to walk on the moon is "recovering well" in Christchurch Hospital after he was evacuated from Antarctica.

'Why is he the only one not there?'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:25:09 +1300

The daughter of the only man missing after the Francie capsized in the Kaipara Harbour just wants her dad home to bury.

Call for tough line on Pacific long liners

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:22:51 +1300

There are calls for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to get tough on longliners fishing for tuna in the Pacific.

Cone catchers strike pay dirt

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:01:30 +1300

From rivers and rooftops to the student area, nearly 4000 wayward Christchurch road cones have found their way home.

Climber seriously injured in fall

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:01:24 +1300

The incident in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park happened the same day another climber died on Mount Harper.

Policeman drowned helping daughter save dog

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:55:18 +1300

Sergeant Mike Toon's courage cost him his life. He died in the Manawatu River helping his daughter rescue a dog, police say.

Standing Rock protests mirror Pacific indigenous rights

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:03:20 +1300

The Pacific should take note of protests against a controversial oil pipeline project in North Dakota to prevent similar projects from occurring elsewhere says a Native American artist.

Slips would 'gloop together' if pushed into sea

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:32:08 +1300

Scientists say pushing the sediment from the Kaikōura coastline into the ocean could hurt anything from paua to seabirds.

Car crashes through train track barrier

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:27:07 +1300

A driver is in a critical condition after a car went through a railway track barrier and down a bank in Wellington.

Trump makes 'Mad-dog' defence secretary

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:42:59 +1300

Donald Trump has named outspoken Obama administration critic General James Mattis as his defence secretary.

Dancers ditch Royal New Zealand Ballet

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:41:38 +1300

A investigation is under way over allegations of conflict between dancers and the Royal New Zealand Ballet's artistic director.

Loan from World Bank for Fiji internet project

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:03:16 +1300

The World Bank is loaning Fiji $US5.95 million dollars for the Fiji Connectivity Project, which aims to improve the country's internet service.

Schools seek derived grades as school exams end

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:57:25 +1300

The last NCEA exams of 2016 were held today, wrapping up the school year for thousands of senior secondary school students.

Tahiti protest against mining of Makatea

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:24:18 +1300

A small group has lodged a protest outside French Polynesia's presidency in Papeete against plans to resume phosphate mining.

PNG police vehicles to get dashboard cameras

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:17:24 +1300

Papua New Guinea's police commissioner says all police vehicles in the capital, Port Moresby, will be installed with dashboard cameras.

Temaru wins Caledonian Union support in presidency quest

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:14:29 +1300

French Polynesia's independence leader Oscar Temaru has won the backing of a New Caledonian pro-independence party in his quest to stand in next year's French presidential election.

Complainant in Fiji says MIDA dismissal of FBC unbelievable

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:14:29 +1300

A complainant in Fiji says he cannot believe a ruling by the Media Industry and Development Authority dismissing a complaint about a television programme and saying the issue won't go to a media tribunal.

Tahiti's Fritch acknowledges Hollande move

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:56:25 +1300

The French Polynesian president Edouard Fritch has praised Francois Hollande for his courage not to seek re-election as France's president next year.

Call for Vanuatu to seek seat on UN committee of 24

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:44:36 +1300

A former Vanuatu prime minister Barak Sope wants Vanuatu to become a member of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation to counter Indonesia's influence.

Fiji MPs accused of abusing parliamentary privilege

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:30:59 +1300

Pardoning MPs under privilege who commit hate speech crimes is an abuse according to the director of Fiji's Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission.

Chch Santa Parade float called 'culturally insensitive'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:39:30 +1300

A Native American float will feature in Christchurch's Santa Parade this weekend, despite a complaint.

Wellington, Hutt latest in combined DHB appointments

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:35:46 +1300

The man in charge of rebuilding Dunedin Hospital, Andrew Blair, will chair Wellington's Capital and Coast and Hutt Valley district health boards.

Vanuatu MPs resign from Ad Hoc committee

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:28:01 +1300

Two Vanuatu opposition MPs have resigned from a committee tasked with making changes to increase political stability.

Dame Fiona Kidman challenges PM over Pike River

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:05:31 +1300

One of New Zealand's most celebrated authors has challenged the Prime Minister to do more to recover the remains of the 29 men killed in the Pike River mine disaster.

Jakarta West Papua demo results in 200 arrests

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:04:12 +1300

Indonesian police arrested 200 people in Jakarta yesterday for participating in a rally to mark the West Papuan nationalist day.

Francois Hollande won't seek second term

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:35:28 +1300

France's president will not seek a second term in next year's election, a surprise move that clears the way for an alternative left-wing candidate.

Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs dies aged 86

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:20:43 +1300

The Fawlty Towers star who played hapless Spanish waiter Manuel in the British sitcom has died, his family has confirmed.

More calls for inquiry into state care abuse

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:15:27 +1300

New Zealanders deserve to know the full extent of the abuse suffered by thousands of children in state care, the Human Rights Commission says.

Mice reveal possible Parkinson's-gut bacteria link

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:15:26 +1300

Changes to gut microbes can influence the development of Parkinson's-like movement disorders, according to a study of mice predisposed to the neurological condition.

Sport: Fiji 7s team embracing the pressure in Dubai

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:59:50 +1300

Fiji are embracing the pressure as they begin their quest for a third consecutive World Sevens Series crown.

Fisheries observers replaced by faulty cameras

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:37:11 +1300

The Ministry for Primary Industries has cut the number of fishery observers on snapper boats, at the same time as cameras in an electronic monitoring trial were failing.

'Pan-Pacific' haka performed for Standing Rock

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:23:21 +1300

Members of Auckland's Pasifika and Maori community are to perform a haka in support of Native Americans protesting against the construction of a controversial pipeline.

Sport: PNG praised for U20 World Cup hosting

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:23:20 +1300

The head of the local organising committee says Papua New Guinea should be very proud of its hosting of the FIFA Women's Under 20 World Cup.

Sport: Pasifka Youth Cup league comp to debut in Auckland

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:23:20 +1300

The inaugural Pasifika Youth Cup rugby league competition will be held in Auckland next month.

PNG village wins case against Govt

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:23:18 +1300

A court in PNG has ordered the Government to pay more than K10 million or $US3.5 million to a tribe whose properties were damaged in a police raid 16 years ago.

Going coastal: Call to shift freight to the sea

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:59:56 +1300

Coastal shipping is the only way to make up for delays to freight after the Kaikōura earthquake, Mainfreight boss Don Braid says.

When quake gives you a lake, name it after yourself

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:20:31 +1300

When a quake leaves a 1km lake in your backyard, why not name it after yourself?

Council charged over river contaminations

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:15:26 +1300

Hawke's Bay Regional Council has laid charges against Central Hawke's Bay District Council for breaches of its wastewater treatment plant consents in Waipukurau and Waipawa.

Police want info on Coromandel kayakers

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:12:19 +1300

Police have suspended a search for two kayakers last seen near Goat Island on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Landslide dams watched closely for flood risk

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:12:18 +1300

Scientists are checking every few days on 11 landslide dams in Kaikōura and Marlborough that may breach.

Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn proclaimed king

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:27:07 +1300

Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 64, has become the country's new king, succeeding his much-revered late father King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Happy 50th to NZ's 'under-nourished Land Rover'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:17:19 +1300

Fifty years ago today the country's first and only mass-produced motor vehicle was rolled out. Todd Niall recounts the Trekka's short but compelling history.

Northland MPs back call for more police

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:45:23 +1300

Two more Northland MPs are backing calls for more police, saying officers in their region are desperate.

NZ Pacific youth award winners give back to community

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:55:41 +1300

Recipients of the New Zealand Prime Minister's Pacific Youth awards are focusing on giving back to the community.

Colombia plane crash: Airline's licence suspended

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:41:31 +1300

Bolivia's aviation authority has suspended the operating licence of LaMia, the charter airline whose plane crashed on Monday killing 71 people.

Cargo delayed as ports under strain

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:09:09 +1300

Importers and exporters around the country are scrambling to keep cargo moving after the 14 November earthquake closed Wellington's container terminal.

Coastal road closure means boom for inland businesses

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:54:17 +1300

Businesses on alternative routes between Blenheim and Christchurch are booming since road closures on Kaikōura's coast forced traffic inland.

Russia 'not seeking conflict with anyone' - Putin

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:52:54 +1300

Russia "needs friends" President Vladimir Putin has said in his annual Kremlin speech to parliament and the nation.

Cooks leaders blocked from telling EU it's not welcome

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:15:49 +1300

Traditional Cook Islands leaders say they've been prevented from expressing their opposition to a fisheries agreement to European Union officials at a public meeting.

Some American Samoa power workers to lose jobs

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:52:57 +1300

Employees of the American Samoa Power Authority have been told to expect significant cuts to jobs and services in February next year.

Mt Roskill by-election campaign enters final day

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:32:16 +1300

Candidates in the Mt Roskill by-election are on their last day of campaigning before voting takes place tomorrow.

Firefighters feared explosion at sulphur blaze

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:32:16 +1300

Firefighters feared a dust explosion while battling a toxic blaze at a fertiliser plant near Napier.

Minister questioned over new CYF law

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:32:15 +1300

The government is pushing ahead with its plans to introduce a bill that could remove more Māori children from their family and wider whānau.

Sport: Tietjens already making his mark with Samoa

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:26:04 +1300

Sir Gordon Tietjens is already making his mark with the Samoan sevens team.

Scientists count 150 landslides into Kaikōura waterways

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:19:35 +1300

Scientists have counted 150 landslides into waterways around Kaikōura, with almost a dozen deemed risky.

Domestic violence victims employment bill drawn from ballot

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:33:09 +1300

A member's bill giving employment protection to victims of domestic violence has been drawn from the ballot today.

Second quake support bill passes in Parliament

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:33:09 +1300

A second bill aimed at helping quake-damaged communities has passed in Parliament today.

Woman rescued from Manawatu River, man still missing

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:31:06 +1300

A woman has been rescued but a man is still missing in the area around Palmerston North, police say.

Kids 'aren't developing problem-solving skills'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:24:53 +1300

Ability grouping - seating children together based on their academic ability - is being blamed for NZ's poor performance in a global maths test.

Train drivers face long delays until Kaikōura tracks reopen

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:21:54 +1300

South Island train drivers might have their roles shaken up after the main rail lines were severely damaged in the Kaikōura earthquake.

New law gives financial assistance to organ donors

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:00:40 +1300

Parliament has passed legislation to give financial assistance to organ donors while they recover.

Kaikōura real estate scene shaken up by quake

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:44:56 +1300

Scores of Kaikōura real estate deals have been thrown into turmoil by the earthquake, with some unable to sell, while some buyers sniff out unexpected opportunities.

Free doctors' visits for Hawke's Bay under-18s

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:29:40 +1300

The Hawke's Bay DHB is making it free for those aged under 18 to visit the doctor at 14 practices in the region.

NZ MPs among those sending message of hope for Papuans

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:23:57 +1300

New Zealand MPs were among those demonstrating today in cities across the country to raise the West Papuan nationalist flag.

Accused officers were left without leader during arrest, court told

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:14:03 +1300

The police officer in charge of four others accused of using excessive force during an arrest was not present for all of it, a court has been told.

Sulphur fire at Hawke's Bay fertiliser plant

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:44:35 +1300

A toxic sulphur blaze that broke out at a Ravensdown fertiliser plant is now out.

8000 vehicles a day could hit highway after quakes

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:35:23 +1300

Thousands of holidaymakers could face a summer of highway misery because of earthquake damage to top-of-the-south roads.

Colombia's Congress ratifies FARC deal

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:29:39 +1300

Colombia's Congress has ratified a revised peace accord between the government and FARC rebels.

Collins disputes officer's 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' claims

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:23:03 +1300

Police Minister Judith Collins is unaware of any evidence officers have been diverted from organised crime to deal with burglaries, she says.

Landcorp farms likely to stay NZ-owned, agent says

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:16:29 +1300

The first of 10 Landcorp farms for sale will probably go to New Zealanders, the real estate company handling the sale says.

NZ freight shipping out

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:11:36 +1300

With key road and rail routes wiped out by the 14 November earthquake, ships are picking up the slack.

Domestic violence alarms deterring offenders

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:45:57 +1300

Special alarms alerted police 25 times in the last year that offenders were trying to break into their victims' homes.

Man jailed for shining laser at planes

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:39:16 +1300

Pilots are welcoming the imprisonment of a Christchurch man who endangered passenger aircraft with a high-powered laser pointer.

Dengue numbers rising in Vanuatu

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:00:55 +1300

Vanuatu's Ministry of Health has confirmed there are now eight cases of dengue in the country.

Le Pen to honour Noumea Accord

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:28:24 +1300

France's National Front says if its candidate Marine Le Pen wins the French presidency next year, she will respect New Caledonia's planned independence referendum.

Four plead guilty over Nauru parliament protest

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:23:43 +1300

Four of the 20 people charged over an anti-government protest outside the Nauru Parliament in June of last year have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.