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Mugabe agrees to resign - reports

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:19:20 +1300

An official source says the Zimbabwean leader has agreed to the terms of his resignation and a letter has been drafted, according to reports.

120,000 people check Auckland property revaluations

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:48:37 +1300

Tens of thousands of Auckland home owners have rushed online for their first glimpse of the council's three-yearly property revaluations.

Manus refugees tell Australia to accept NZ offer

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:17:07 +1300

Refugees occupying the former detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have called on Australia to accept New Zealand's resettlement offer.

Bougainvillean to chair Bougainville Copper Ltd

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:09:05 +1300

Bougainville Copper Limited is to have a Bougainvillean chairing the company for the first time from next February.

Two New Caledonia prison escapees still on the run

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:04:22 +1300

Two inmates in New Caledonia remain on the run after a weekend escape of ten prisoners.

Cell camera left obscured before inmate's death

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:00:27 +1300

Prison staff failed to search an inmate's cell and neglected to clean an in-cell camera which had been obscured for 15 days before he died.

Charles Manson dies aged 83

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:18:53 +1300

Charles Manson, the notorious leader of the Manson Family cult that murdered actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, has died.

Waikato DHB chair: I'm not to blame for spending scandal

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:52:30 +1300

Waikato District Health Board's chair says he was unaware of the scale of travel by its former chief executive, and is angry about the spending scandal that's engulfed his DHB.

Germany coalition talks collapse

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:45:42 +1300

Talks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed after the free-market liberal Free Democratic Party pulled out.

Daylight hours only for Kaikōura highway

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:35:19 +1300

The Transport Agency has confirmed the initial hours of operation for the quake-damaged State Highway 1 north of Kaikōura, when it reopens next month.

Moeraki rabbit plague: 'They're cleaning out everything'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:30:39 +1300

Moeraki residents have a battle on their hands as a warm spring and plenty of feed have combined to create what locals describe as a plague of rabbits.

Queen St Work and Income to stay closed due to fire

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:56:56 +1300

Work and Income in Auckland's Queen Street will remain closed tomorrow, after a fire today.

Pike River: Stand-alone agency to plan manned re-entry

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:56:04 +1300

A new stand-alone government agency will be established in January, to start planning for a manned re-entry into the drift of the Pike River Mine.

Health crisis among Manus refugees begins to bite

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:47:05 +1300

A refugee advocate says health problems among the men stuck on Manus Island are coming to a head as the humanitarian crisis there deepens.

Police name man sought over Wellington taxi shooting

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:39:05 +1300

Wellington police have named the man they are seeking over the shooting of a taxi driver on Saturday night.

Kidnapping accused 'highly regarded in community'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:27:31 +1300

A friend of a police officer accused of kidnapping a teenager has told a court the accused is a kind, patient man who would never raise his voice to anyone.

Man dead in train accident

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:10:57 +1300

A man has been killed after being hit by a train in Upper Hutt.

Attack on 6-year-old PNG girl over 'sorcery' condemned

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:54:30 +1300

Papua New Guinea leaders have condemned the torture of a child accused of sorcery in Enga province.

Staff sent home as Nauru refugee detention centre chaos mounts

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:46:42 +1300

Some expatriate staff from the company which runs Australia's offshore refugee detention centre on Nauru have been sent packing from the island.

Two Fiji initiatives pushed through at COP23

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:46:42 +1300

Two climate-related initiatives pushed by Fiji have been agreed on by governments at the just-concluded UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany.

Renters caught out as supply falls

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:41:04 +1300

Too many would-be tenants are chasing too few rental homes, with Wellington renters doing it especially tough, the latest TradeMe figures show.

Lord Tangi to oversee election of Tonga's PM

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:38:42 +1300

Lord Tangi has been appointed interim Speaker of Tonga's Parliament in the first step towards the election of a Prime Minister.

Church minister fined for crayfishing offence

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:31:59 +1300

A church minister is one of two Gisborne men fined more than $10,000 for crayfishing offences.

Little to present Pike River re-entry options

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:15:03 +1300

Video - If there is a manned re-entry to Pike River mine it will be in the second half of next year, Pike River Minister Andrew Little says, and advice on it will be made publicly available.

Indonesian police evacuate residents amid standoff with Papuans

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:56:59 +1300

Indonesian police have been evacuating residents from several villages in the Highlands of Papua province amid a standoff with a pro-independence group.

Cook Islands house fire confirmed as arson

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:56:13 +1300

Two Cook Islands women whose home was burnt to the ground in an arson attack say they were incredibly lucky to escape.

'We're getting slandered for bloody statistics'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:54:24 +1300

The amount of moderate and serious crime being committed by deportees to New Zealand is much less than police warnings suggested, according to official information.

NZ university holds historical British Tongan registers

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:50:26 +1300

The Tongan community in NZ will be able to trace identity records with a university now holding the registers of births, deaths and marriages for people of British descent born in Tonga.

Commonwealth pays tribute to Tongan women MPs

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:48:32 +1300

The head of the Commonwealth Observer Group says having two successful women candidates in last week's Tongan election may be the start of greater representation in the country's politics.

New theatre an opportunity for Hamilton

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:35:54 +1300

A new performing arts centre in Hamilton could revitalise the CBD and creative arts community in the city, according to backers of the plan.

Sport: Pacific nations rewriting league's established world order

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:13:52 +1300

If Fiji and Tonga's success at the Rugby League World Cup sees them promoted to the status of a tier-one nation, they deserve to have the same rights as the bigger countries, say their coaches.

One in three NZ women harrassed online - survey

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:11:04 +1300

One-third of New Zealand women have been subjected to online abuse and harassment, with half of the victims fearing for their personal safety, a new survey says.

Little risk of tsunami danger after large New Caledonia quake

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:10:02 +1300

The risk of danger from a tsunmai has largely passed after a powerful magnitude 7 undersea earthquake struck east of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands.

Luncheon gets the heave-ho

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:03:34 +1300

New Zealanders' changing tastes have bumped the humble luncheon sausage from the food price measure in favour of more epicurean fare.

Sport: Pacific nations still winless at Women's World Cup

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:27:23 +1300

The Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea are still searching for their first victories at the Women's Rugby League World Cup in Sydney.

George Bush Snr accused of groping by eighth woman

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:19:58 +1300

An eighth woman has come forward with claims that former US president George HW Bush groped her.

Rate of cancer in Pacific described as a 'hidden epidemic'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:11:06 +1300

The rate of cancer in the region in the Pacific is being described as a "hidden epidemic" by the authors of new research.

Glass maker's Australian arm counters softer NZ industry

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:55:23 +1300

Australasian glass processor Metro Performance Glass has reported a slight rise in profit despite softer-than-expected conditions in New Zealand.

Manawatū District Council votes in favour of Māori wards

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:53:52 +1300

The Manawatū District Council is the latest council to vote in favour of establishing Māori wards at the next local body elections.

Pair facing meth import charges named

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:59:27 +1300

Two Christchurch men charged after 49kg of methamphetamine was smuggled into the country have been named.

Queenstown bus fares: How do other cities compare?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:56:27 +1300

Queenstown's new $2 bus fare means its public transport is considerably cheaper than in New Zealand's main centres, although central Christchurch fares come close.

Auckland CBD fire: 'I was a little scared'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:34:34 +1300

People have been evacuated from a building on fire off Queen Street in Auckland which had closed a main road in the city centre.

Christchurch council to discuss 'unkempt' homes

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:24:55 +1300

Residential properties in Christchurch could be the next target of a controversial list of buildings the city council believes are hindering the city's rebuild.

Family overdue from hunting trip found

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:04:53 +1300

A man and his three sons who were reported misssing after going on a pig hunting trip in the Far North have been found safe and well.

Kiwi Property half year profit rises 5%

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:03:21 +1300

A rise in rental income has lifted the half year profit for the country's biggest commercial property investor.

Queenstown's $2 bus launch suffers teething problems

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:47:25 +1300

Some buses are not showing up and others are breaking down.

Ohio judge brags of sex conquests

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:42:15 +1300

The judge and Democratic candidate for governor boasted of having been "sexually intimate" with "approximately 50 very attractive females".

Training course targets leptospirosis in the Pacific

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:40:26 +1300

It is hoped a training course this week in Noumea will improve the surveillance and control of leptospirosis in the Pacific.

Website holds up under Auckland revaluation rush

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:29:31 +1300

More than 60,000 Aucklanders have rushed online to check the latest valuation on their property.

'High-value, inexpensive changes' can cut road toll - Minister

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:23:57 +1300

The government is investigating a zero road toll target similar to the Swedish approach, with Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter saying the current death rate is a crisis.

Sport: Solomons football legend Menapi remembered

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:13:48 +1300

A funeral service will be held today in Honiara today to remember the life of former Solomon Islands football international Commins Menapi.

Ex-meth addict: 'I was stealing off my own family'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:51:42 +1300

Methamphetamine is no longer just a big city problem, small Otago communities are also confronting the epidemic.

Low rates, strong markets should continue - banker

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:41:53 +1300

The solid performance of financial markets and low interest rates should continue for several more years, a London-based investment manager says.

Hunt for former American Samoa policeman arrested in drugs raid

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:27:26 +1300

American Samoa's Department of Public Safety is reported to be tracking the whereabouts of a former police officer Steve Tuatoo and has reached out to Samoa for assistance in locating him.

Ardern: 'I think there is a bit of judginess flying around'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:14:11 +1300

Video - Jacinda Ardern reflects on Labour Party leader Kelvin Davis' performance in the House last week while she and Winston Peters were overseas.

English schools fear loss of work visas for students

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:12:36 +1300

The government has indicated it could exempt English language schools from plans to cut work visas for 20-30,000 foreign students.

PNG MP ordered to pay $US50k to former works minister

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:12:01 +1300

A court in Papua New Guinea has ordered a member of parliament, Pila Ninigi, to pay nearly $US50,000 to the former works minister, Francis Awesa.

Four men jailed in New Caledonia for transporting cocaine

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:15:22 +1300

New Caledonia's criminal court has sentenced four men to jail terms for transporting 1.4 tonnes of cocaine on a yacht from South America.

Cook Islands opposition MP promises more for police, justice

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:24:49 +1300

Cook Islands opposition police spokesman, Tamaiva Tuavera, says the Police Department and Ministry of Justice have been badly neglected by successive governments. Mr Tuavera claims both the police and justice...

America's Cup bases short-listed to three

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:10:48 +1300

Government and Auckland Council officials are racing to work out how to meet Team New Zealand's America's Cup hosting requirements and avoid a contentious $190 million wharf extension.

Cop assault: Police call for 'coward' to come forward

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:08:18 +1300

Police are calling the person who knocked an officer unconscious from behind in South Auckland a "coward".

French Polynesia's Tuihani will name new party in 2018

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:44:36 +1300

The president of the French Polynesian assembly Marcel Tuihani says he will announce the name of his new party on 15th January.

Taxi driver: 'I don't want to lose my life'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:05:36 +1300

A Wellington taxi driver has described how he fled for his life after a passenger shot him.

Morocco food stampede 'kills 15 and wounds five'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:56:03 +1300

At least 15 people have been killed in a stampede in Morocco while food aid was being handed out.

New measures for Pacific growth called-on

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:53:18 +1300

The head of the Pacific's NGO body says the region needs to look at new ways to measure a country's growth and development.

Tonga's elections conducted professionally, Commonwealth

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:46:56 +1300

The chair of the Commonwealth observer group says Tonga's elections last week were conducted peacefully and professionally.

Tahiti strike action forces Air France to again use another carrier

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:43:03 +1300

Air France has replaced more of its Tahiti flights with a Portuguese carrier because of strike action.

Norfolk Island's economy in a state of crisis, report

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:36:16 +1300

A new report says Norfolk Island's economy is in a state of crisis and many businesses have suffered since its governance changed in 2016.

Call for more protection for taxi drivers after shooting

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:04:42 +1300

The shooting of a taxi driver in Wellington last night shows the need to urgently toughen the law to give drivers more protection, the Taxi Federation says.

Foreign buyer ban 'not going to be the panacea'

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:06:45 +1300

An economist says it will take much more than a ban on foreign buyers to fix New Zealand's housing market.

Man missing in Rotorua region

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:50:19 +1300

A 33-year-old man is missing in Rotorua.

Missing submarine: Satellite signals detected

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:40:06 +1300

Signals have been detected that are thought to have come from an Argentine submarine that went missing with 44 crew on board, officials say.

Grower loses battle to have seized tobacco returned

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:11:34 +1300

A Motueka grower has lost his lengthy legal battle to have five tonnes of seized tobacco returned to him.

Stranded Norwegian sailor rescued

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:24:53 +1300

A Norwegian sailor who was stranded on his boat in bad weather near New Zealand has been rescued.

Pike River families get keys to mine gate on 7th anniversary

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:04:26 +1300

The minister responsible for Pike River Re-entry, Andrew Little, has handed the key to the main gate on the road leading up to the mine, to the families of those who died.

Public toilet to be equipped for severely disabled

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:27:49 +1300

The country's first public toilet equipped with height-adjustable, adult-sized change table and hoist for users with severe disabilities is to be built in the Hamilton Gardens.

Fatal crash means 2017 road toll now tops last year's total

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:20:56 +1300

The death of a man in a crash in Hawke's Bay today has brought this year's road toll to 329 - which is now one higher than for the whole of last year.

Nearly a third of adult NZers now considered obese

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:41:51 +1300

Obesity is still increasing with nearly a third of New Zealand's adult population now considered obese.

Auckland flights delayed after passenger skips airport security

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:36:10 +1300

An elderly woman turns out to have been responsible for major disruption at Auckland Airport's domestic terminal.

Economist blames cows for state of NZ's rivers and lakes

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:15:35 +1300

Federated Farmers has described as unfairly harsh an article in a major international magazine that finds fault with New Zealand's dairy industry.

Weedkiller chemicals linked to antibiotic resistance

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:06:54 +1300

The use of weedkillers in gardens could be causing bacteria to become more resistant to antibiotics.

Female police officer assaulted in South Auckland

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:10:00 +1300

A female police officer was knocked unconscious by a man in the Ōtāhuhu town centre in South Auckland last night.

Gerry Adams to stand down as Sinn Féin leader

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:52:21 +1300

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has revealed he plans to stand down as leader of the party next year.

Insight: Death on the roads

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:40:05 +1300

The road toll is trending upwards again after years of safety improvements, law changes and public campaigns. Philippa Tolley investigates.

Former foster children demand Royal Commission of Inquiry

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:35:51 +1300

Former foster children are demanding a Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuses in state care, saying the proposed ministerial inquiry could easily turn into a cover up.

Greenpeace issues warning to seismic survey ship

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:28:11 +1300

Greenpeace is warning the seismic survey ship Amazon Warrior will be challenged when it enters New Zealand waters.

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dies at 64

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:46:41 +1300

Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64 after a long battle with dementia.

Party set to sack Mugabe, sources say, as Zimbabweans march

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:36:23 +1300

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe is expected to be dumped by his ruling ZANU-PF party later today.

Second yacht rescue op in 24 hours

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:58:09 +1300

A rescue operation is under way for a second yacht in distress north of New Zealand.

Australian doctors call for access to Manus Island

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:39:19 +1300

Australia's main medical association has called for the government to allow doctors in to Manus Island's detention centre.

Recap: New Zealand vs Fiji

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:31:58 +1300

New Zealand have lost to Fiji in the Rugby League World Cup quarter final in Wellington.

The boss is dead but the mafia lives

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:03:42 +1300

The death of Sicilian Mafia boss Salvatore "Toto'" Riina on Friday does not mark the end of Cosa Nostra.

Internet sensation Gary the goat dies on tour

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:51:45 +1300

Gary the goat, an internet sensation with a Facebook following of more than 1.7 million people, has died on tour in Australia.

Revaluations set to rock Goff's rates rhetoric

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:27:01 +1300

Analysis - A claim about reducing rates rises from Phil Goff appears poorly timed, with revaluations set to shake things up around Auckland, writes Todd Niall.

Ngāpuhi stand-off: Little changes could yield big results

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:27:00 +1300

Analysis - In his approach to the country's largest and poorest iwi, Ngāpuhi, Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little is showing a different style from his predecessor, writes Mihingarangi Forbes.

Tonga 24 Lebanon 22

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:07:41 +1300

Tonga have beaten Lebanon in a thrilling game for a semi-final place in the Rugby League World Cup. Look back on the match.

Dog owners have lower mortality: study

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:21:51 +1300

Dog owners have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, a study of 3.4 million Swedes has found.

Small steps forward as UN climate talks end

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:11:09 +1300

UN climate talks have concluded with progress on technical issues, but with bigger questions about cutting carbon unresolved.

'I've never been contacted by neighbours or the community'

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:40:45 +1300

Claims patients in a respite centre were a risk to neighbours have been denied by the organisation in charge.

NZ yachtsman rescued in rough seas

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:33:10 +1300

A New Zealander has been picked up from his life raft in three metre seas and 30 knot winds after his yacht sunk off the coast of Norfolk Island.