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Fire near Tiwai Smelter grows to cover 100ha

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:47:37 +1300

Four helicopters have been battle the uncontained blaze near the aluminium smelter in Southland.



Australian govt unveils reef protection plan

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:22:05 +1300

The Australian government has announced a $A60m plan to help improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef.



Volcano alert raised again in Philippines

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:53:10 +1300

The Philippines has raised the alert level at its Mayon volcano to indicate a possible "hazardous eruption" after a loud explosion.



Titewhai Harawira to escort PM on Waitangi marae

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:23:57 +1300

Veteran activist and Ngāpuhi kuia Titewhai Harawira will once again receive the country's Prime Minister and next month escort Jacinda Ardern on to the Waitangi marae.



Gamers battle nausea as VR takes off

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:15:21 +1300

Virtual Reality is gaining traction in New Zealand's gaming community, but some are finding the out-of-body experience can be stomach-churning.



Drought-hit farmers urged to stick together

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:10:41 +1300

The rural support trust is urging farmers affected by drought to stick together and not to be afraid of getting help.



Regional-rural training aims to lure long-term GPs

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:03:09 +1300

Health authorities are hoping the expansion of a medical training programme in Taranaki could form part of a long-term solution to doctor shortages.



Fonterra 'extremely disappointed' over Beingmate losses

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:57:18 +1300

A large Chinese dairy company in which Fonterra has a stake expects to make a bigger full-year loss.



Cyber security message pushed in Vanuatu

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:51:34 +1300

The Australian and Vanuatu police have teamed up to push the message of safety around the use of the internet and social media.



Shakespeare director scorns reo Māori objectors

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:29:47 +1300

The director of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Auckland's Pop Up Globe theatre has rubbished claims that te reo "bastardises" Shakespeare.



Unpaid rates case to go to High Court

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:04:52 +1300

The Auckland Council will take its case against a woman who refused to pay rates to the High Court.



Thirty-five surf rescues in two days

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:53:06 +1300

Swimmers and surfers heading to Auckland's notoriously dangerous West Coast beaches are being urged to take care.



Tough summer for rare fairy tern

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:53:06 +1300

It's been a tougher-than-usual summer for New Zealand's rarest native bird.



100 feared dead in Papua measles outbreak

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:39:14 +1300

A measles outbreak in Indonesia's Papua province may have killed about 100 people.



Kapa haka star launches smear test campaign

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:30:54 +1300

A kapa haka star has started a campaign encouraging women to get a smear test.



Seafest Kaikōura canned as locals spurn it as 'menace'

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:58:22 +1300

Kaikōura's flagship event Seafest is being cancelled after 23 years.



Arson suspected in high-rise incident

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:46:49 +1300

Police and a fire investigator are assessing an apartment building under construction in Auckland's CBD after five suspicious fires.



Man attacked after denouncing racist abuse - police

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:46:47 +1300

Police in Wanaka are calling for witnesses to an attack at a local tourist attraction.



Vanuatu prepares for plastic bag ban

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:17:10 +1300

Retailers in Vanuatu are slowly preparing for a plastic bag ban which comes into force at the end of the month.



Fiji airport workers file back after tribunal ruling

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:17:09 +1300

Suspended air terminal workers in Fiji have been filing back to work this morning after a tribunal order on Saturday.



PM denies accidentally revealing baby's gender

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:15:38 +1300

The Prime Minister has denied accidentally revealing the sex of her baby in a radio interview.



PM outlines priorities for coming days

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:15:38 +1300

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has outlined her short-term schedule saying she expects to make announcements about a mental health enquiry and employment law in the coming days.



Careful with those cows

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:08:43 +1300

AgResearch is warning farmers to look after animal welfare and make sure cows have enough shade during hot weather.



Watch live: Checkpoint with John Campbell

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:58:05 +1300

Checkpoint - The biggest stories of the day, on 101FM, online, Freeview 50 and Channel 83 on Sky.



Sulphuric petrol sabotaging car gauges - fuel companies

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:58:04 +1300

Elevated levels of sulphur in petrol sold in Auckland has led to inaccurate dashboard readings, fuel companies say.



Torres concerned for employees over shutdown

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:55:06 +1300

Northern Marianas Governor Ralph Torres says he hopes the US government shutdown is resolved soon as he's genuinely concerned about its effects on employees in the territory as well as all over the country.



Vanuatu land purchase priority for airports

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:29:13 +1300

The head of Airports Vanuatu Limited says Vanuatu's future depends on the government acquiring land to support infrastructure development.



Govt urged to fund more gastric bypass surgeries

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:23:39 +1300

Māori Party founder Dame Tariana Turia is calling for the government to fund more gastric bypass surgeries.



Betel nut ban on the cards again for PNG capital

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:04:19 +1300

The governor of Papua New Guinea's National Capital District has warned he may re-introduce a ban on the public sale and consumption of betel nut.



Only two candidates for Coast by-election

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:34:55 +1300

Demands on councillors may be why a forthcoming by-election has attracted just two candidates, the mayor of Buller District says.



Man hit by car during street brawl in stable condition

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:27:30 +1300

A man who was critically injured after being hit by a car in South East Auckland is now in a stable condition.



Kaikohe man's charge upgraded to manslaughter

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:24:51 +1300

A Kaikohe man is now facing a manslaughter charge over the death of another man in the Northland town.



Vanuatu free education under scrutiny

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:08:36 +1300

The Vanuatu government's free education policy is coming under increased scrutiny, with parents in the country facing a raft of extra fees this years.



Solomons PM rejects proposed renovation of official residence

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:59:43 +1300

The Solomon Islands' leader Rick Hou has rejected a proposed renovation of the former official prime minister's residence.



Another step for NZ's trail-blazing women in leadership

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:59:16 +1300

Analysis: While there will be inevitable worries that Jacinda Ardern can juggle running the country with a pregnancy, two former PMs say it's just another part of the job, writes Tim Watkin.



Am Samoa shuts down non-essential local government operations

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:42:22 +1300

American Samoa's governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has ordered the shutdown of all non-essential local government operations which are federally funded.



'Horrifying' Sydney train crash sends passengers flying

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:30:55 +1300

More than a dozen passengers have been injured after a train crashed in Sydney's north-west.



'Why was everybody so sure it was botulism?'

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:30:18 +1300

The lawyer for a family struck down with a mystery illness after eating wild boar in November have raised concerns about communication at Waikato hospital.



Power cut to thousands in Christchurch

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:10:36 +1300

More than 4000 homes are without power around Christchurch due to an outage this afternoon.



Survey sheds light on NZers' internet use

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:07:05 +1300

More people in Porirua used the internet last month in than any other part of the country, while Dunedin had the fastest average speed.



Small PNG volcano could partially collapse

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:54:43 +1300

Papua New Guinea's Kadovar volcano continues to emit ash amid signs that the island may partially collapse.



Auckland transport fare rise hits children and students

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:45:50 +1300

Tertiary students and those taking shorter trips are to bear the brunt of fare rises on Auckland's public transport networks.



Fatal Dunedin blaze cause unknown

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:41:25 +1300

The blaze which killed two people in South Dunedin started in the rear flat of the property, a fire investigator says.



Sport: Tonga's Pita Taufatofua qualifies for Winter Olympics

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:26:41 +1300

Pita Taufatofua has become just the second Tongan athlete ever to qualify for the Winter Olympics.



Tropic thunder: Balmy temperatures brew up storms

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:18:39 +1300

New Zealanders can expect warm, tropical conditions to continue with a good chance of thunderstorms for the North Island, the MetService says.



Vocus contracted for Melanesia undersea cable

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:14:08 +1300

The Australian telecommunications company Vocus has secured a contract to lay an internet submarine cable to link Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Australia.



CNMI extension introduced to US Senate

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:04:34 +1300

A bill calling for an extension of the Transitional Worker program in the Northern Marianas, has been introduced in the US Senate.



Foreigners targeted in Kabul hotel attack

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:03:14 +1300

At least 18 people have died in a Taliban attack on a hotel in Kabul, and a witness says foreigners were specifically targetted.



Sport: PNG's Wellington Albert gets UK green light

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:54:45 +1300

Papua New Guinea rugby league international Wellington Albert is free to make his Widnes Vikings debut after being granted a UK work visa.



Fiji airport workers due to return after month locked out

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:20:46 +1300

About 200 service and maintenance workers are expected to return to their jobs at Fiji's main airport this morning, after a judge ordered an end to their month-long lockout.



Hundreds to be relocated for Vanuatu airport upgrade

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:10:23 +1300

Hundreds of residents are to be relocated due to plans by Vanuatu's government to extend Santo's Pakoa International Airport.



Tonga's Cabinet posts finally confirmed

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:05:13 +1300

The final two cabinet positions in Tonga have been announced, with Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva being confirmed as Minister for Foreign Affairs.



New technique could turn the tide for dying corals

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:58:53 +1300

The developers of a new restoration method for corals are hoping it will help reverse the alarming rate at which coral reefs around the world are dying.



US Senate meets as shutdown enters day two

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:57:05 +1300

US senators are attempting to agree on a bill to fund the government, which is in its second day of shutdown.



Sport: Tupapa Maraerenga start strong at the OFC Qualifiers

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:42:16 +1300

Cook Islands football champions Tupapa Maraerenga have made a winning start at the OFC Champions League Qualifiers, beating Samoa's Lupe Ole Soaga 1-0 in Pago Pago.



Conquering Antarctica's Mount Spectre: 'A bit cool'

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:15:04 +1300

A Kiwi adventurer has returned home after the trip to Antarctica that was not without a few "hairy moments".



Karen Aim: Family mark ten years without their daughter

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:05:57 +1300

On the 10-year anniversary of the death a Scottish backpacker, her father says he doesn't want her killer to be released when he's eligible in 2020.



Vanuatu High Commissioner to NZ commissioned by president

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:00:50 +1300

Vanuatu's first High Commissioner to New Zealand has been commissioned by the president, Tallis Obed Moses.



Govt kept mum on settlement announcement due to Xmas

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:35:32 +1300

The government delayed its announcement of a big payment to two iwi because it did not want to be accused of burying it before Christmas, Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says.



Concerns in Samoa as Pacific's dengue challenge grows

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:32:50 +1300

The Pacific Community says it's concerned about outbreaks of dengue fever in the region becoming harder to combat.



Jail for cocaine three in New Caledonia

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:27:50 +1300

Three men have been sentenced to prison in New Caledonia for smuggling 578 kilogrammes of cocaine on board their yacht.



Cooks infrastructure threatened under tourism pressure - report

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:20:26 +1300

A government report says the standard of infrastructure in the Cook Islands is not up to the task of handling the number of visitors to the country.



Hopes a new prison in Samoa will stop escapes

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:39:38 +1300

Samoa's prime minister is hoping a new prison complex will go a long way to stopping prison escapes.



Call for a release of ethnic data from Fiji census

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:29:30 +1300

A former Speaker of Parliament in Fiji says the refusal to release ethnic data from last year's census is concerning.



One percent of the population, 30 percent of the wealth

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:10:25 +1300

New Oxfam research shows the richest one percent of New Zealanders earned nearly 30 percent of all the wealth created last year.



PM broke news to Peters over tea and sammies

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:36:59 +1300

Jacinda Ardern says assumptions about her deputy's prime ministerial ambitions are wrong, as she prepares to hand over the reins for six weeks.



Militants, Turkish troops clash over Syria stronghold

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:11:04 +1300

US-backed Kurdish militants say they have beaten back Turkish troops who have crossed into northern Syria to expel the fighters.



Tauranga, Auckland 'way above' severely unaffordable

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:32:26 +1300

Auckland has been ranked the ninth most unaffordable city in a survey of more than 400 cities in nine countries, with Tauranga ranked even worse.



'Without a doubt' road toll linked to cuts

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:16:52 +1300

Nearly 100 dedicated road police positions have been cut in the past five years, while the road toll rose 50 percent in the same period.



French overseas territories minister visits Tahiti

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:15:28 +1300

The French overseas minister Annick Girardin today begins a five-day official visit to French Polynesia - her first since assuming office.



ATS workers could return after Fiji magistrate ruling

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:09:09 +1300

A spokesman for 220 Air Terminal Services workers locked out of their headquarters in Fiji says he's hopeful they could return to work by the end of the month.



Mongrel mob app 'totally unhelpful and totally stupid'

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:44:18 +1300

Gang violence mediators say a Mongrel Mob-themed game is 'bloody stupid', but its maker says he was just taking advantage of a gap in the market.



Dozens of rescues in Akl over weekend

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:23:46 +1300

Thirty five people had to be rescued on Auckland beaches this weekend, with 14 people plucked to safety in a 45-minute period at Bethells beach on Saturday.



Afghan forces end 12-hour hotel siege

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:49:33 +1300

Some 160 people have been rescued but at least six civilians died after gunmen attacked a luxury hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul.



Recent spate of quakes in Canterbury 'normal'

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:42:01 +1300

A seismologist says the spate of earthquakes in Canterbury over the past two days is completely normal.



Tourism infrastructure funding system 'unfair' - mayor

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:41:59 +1300

The system for allocating government infrastructure funds to councils is unfair and should be reviewed, the Clutha District mayor says.



Rocket launch 'marks new era of access to space'

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:32:48 +1300

Rocket Lab has successfully launched its second flight as well as launching three mini-satellites into a low Earth orbit.



Govt still to put in place some first 100-day goals

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:05:41 +1300

The mood is buoyant at Labour's first caucus meeting of the year in the Wairarapa.



No risk of TB spread in Kāwhia

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:45:41 +1300

Waikato medical officials says there's no risk of tuberculosis spreading in Kāwhia.



Gang-violence game a "comical time-waster" - makers

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:27:54 +1300

A new gang-violence game is being described as a "comical time-waster" by its makers, but others don't think it's so funny.



Man, 60, latest killed in Honduras protests - NGO

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:27:54 +1300

Clashes between riot police and political protesters in Honduras have led to another death, with some reports claiming that brings the toll to 31.



Child hospitalised after being clipped by train

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:15:53 +1300

A child hit by a train in Auckland this afternoon is in a stable condition in Starship Hospital.



Govt pays extra $370m in treaty settlements

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:33:27 +1300

The government has paid an additional $370 million in Treaty of Waitangi settlements to Tainui and Ngāi Tahu.



Auckland stabbing 'revenge attack', say police

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:28:29 +1300

A brawl in the Auckland suburb of Panmure last night where two people were stabbed was a revenge attack, police say.



Dotcom seeks millions in damages

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:52:40 +1300

A lawyer for the internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom says he has filed papers seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from the government over an erroneous arrest warrant.



Turkey carries out airstrikes in northern Syria

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:37:33 +1300

Turkey has carried out airstrikes in northern Syria against targets belonging to Kurdish militants, as it opens a new front in the Syrian conflict.



Pioneer of 'nouvelle cuisine' dies

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:36:07 +1300

France's most-celebrated chef Paul Bocuse has died at the age of 91, after suffering from Parkinson's disease for several years.



US shutdown: Trump and Democrats blame each other

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:04:14 +1300

Recriminations have begun over the failure of the US Senate to pass a new budget and prevent the shutdown of many federal services.



Spate of suspicious fires in Canterbury

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:01:43 +1300

A former church is destroyed and firefighters are continuing to battle a hedge blaze after a spate of suspicious fires in Canterbury overnight.



Olympics 2018: North Korea to send 22 athletes

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:31:51 +1300

North Korea will send 22 athletes to compete in three sports at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.



Did the PM just win the next election?

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:12:10 +1300

Opinion - Babies symbolise new beginnings, love and hope - all on brand for Jacinda Ardern. But is the Prime Minister's pregnancy good news for Labour and National asks Brigitte Morten.



MPI prosecutions against fishers takes a dive

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:04:27 +1300

The number of prosecutions taken against commercial and recreational fishers has fallen dramatically.



Queenstown woman petitions mayor

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:38:41 +1300

A Queenstown woman is petitioning the mayor to take action on campers leaving rubbish and faeces behind at popular holiday spots.



Early morning blaze destroys Wellsford home

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:05:33 +1300

Fire is believed to have destroyed a house north of Auckland early this morning.



Twitter reacts to Ardern baby news: 'Such a great role model'

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:16:55 +1300

Social media users and politicians have congratulated the PM, with many of them saying that it is "wonderful news for Ardern, women and New Zealand".



Night closures for Auckland motorway

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:16:42 +1300

A major Auckland motorway is to be closed most nights for the next four months, starting today.



Auckland charity wins world-class environmental award

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:39:42 +1300

The recently completed Flagship Education Centre on Auckland's waterfront has earned its makers a world-class environmental award.



Bushfires in national park south of Sydney

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:19:25 +1300

Two out-of-control blazes burning through the Royal National Park in Sydney's south have been downgraded to Watch and Act status, although thick plumes of smoke are still drifting across the city.



Māori football teams win indigenous clash

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:13:43 +1300

Football, passion and culture took centre stage at the inaugural Trans-Tasman Clash of Culture series held in Auckland.



US government shuts down after Senate vote

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:54:48 +1300

The US government has begun a federal shutdown after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget.