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Melanesian states urged to move towards 'blue economy'

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:45:29 +1300

Governments of Melanesia are being urged to move towards a "blue economy" approach on protecting their marine assets.

Customs officers get high-tech drug detection tool

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:41:24 +1300

Customs officers are now equipped with a new tool that identifies methamphetamine and other illegal drugs on the spot in seconds.

Dunedin police on hunt for 28 stolen guns

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:41:24 +1300

Police in Dunedin are appealing for information after a large number of military-style semi-automatic guns and ammunition were stolen in a burglary.

Murder-accused could have run - police officer

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:34:04 +1300

A man accused of a fatal Auckland stabbing could have run away when he was confronted at the end of a cul-de-sac, a police officer says.

Fiji opposition leader calls for CEO of FBC to resign

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:20:20 +1300

Fiji's opposition leader has called for the resignation of the CEO of the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

Family waiting for Cooks murder victim's body

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:20:20 +1300

The family of a woman who was shot dead by an escaped prisoner in the Cook Islands are still waiting for her body to be released.

Police use of taser on Hokitika man 'unjustified'

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:19:51 +1300

A police officer who tasered a man in Hokitika twice in 2015 used unjustified force and another officer failed to call a doctor, a police watchdog has found.

Third runway at London's Heathrow Airport given go ahead

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:55:36 +1300

Britain has backed an £18 billion expansion of London's Heathrow Airport, ending 25 years of indecision but putting Prime Minister Theresa May at odds with some within her party.

Filipo should have been jailed, court told

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:52:36 +1300

A court has been told rugby player Losi Filipo should have been sent to jail for three-and-a-half years for assaulting people on a Wellington street.

Kanak rally over New Caledonia roll

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:40:33 +1300

A rally has been called by New Caledonia's indigenous Kanaks to denounce what they call electoral fraud committed by the French state.

Vanuatu judge storms out after chief reappears in traditional garb

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:35:52 +1300

Vanuatu's Supreme Court Judge has stormed out of the court after a chief and some of his men again turned up in traditional dress.

US writer's satire on race wins Man Booker Prize

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:01:58 +1300

American author Paul Beatty has won the 2016 Man Booker Prize with his novel The Sellout.

Girls' escape a 'miracle' - Queensland police

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:01:57 +1300

It was "almost a miracle" that two young girls escaped unharmed from the Dreamworld ride that killed four adults, Queensland police say.

PNG gets worst human trafficking ranking

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:00:54 +1300

The United States has criticised Papua New Guinea for not doing enough to fight human trafficking.

Immigrant says he paid for NZ job, then was exploited

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:57:05 +1300

An Indian immigrant who said he paid thousands of dollars to secure jobs, only to be forced to work like a slave, is accusing labour inspectors of not properly investigating his claims.

Taxpayers foot $700k bill for ex-MPs' travel

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:17:15 +1300

Former MPs and their partners have spent just over $700,000 of taxpayer money on travel in the previous year, Parliamentary Service figures reveal.

Junior doctors and DHB talk

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:12:41 +1300

A third attempt will be made to resolve differences between junior doctors and their employers over rosters.

'Laggards' to blame for calf mistreatment - MPI minister

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:12:39 +1300

The latest revelations of bobby-calf abuse are not a true picture of the whole dairy sector, the Minister for Primary Industries says.

Dreamworld 'told of safety concerns last year'

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:12:39 +1300

An Australian union expressed safety concerns last year about the Gold Coast theme park where four people died yesterday.

New Zealander one of four Dreamworld victims

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:56:33 +1300

One of the four people killed at Dreamworld on Australia's Gold Coast was a New Zealander, officials have confirmed.

Prince's estate to become permanent museum

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:50:52 +1300

The late musician Prince's estate and studio, Paisley Park, is to become a permanent museum.

Video: Andrew Little on Iraq

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:24:07 +1300

In Focus - Labour Party leader Andrew Little tells Morning Report he would not renew any New Zealand commitment to training Iraqi troops but there may be a useful role in other areas.

NZ troops role in Iraq to change - Brownlee

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:50:44 +1300

The New Zealand contingent in Iraq will eventually switch from training Iraqi troops to training local police, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

Family Court delays at tipping point, lawyers say

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:42:01 +1300

Long delays in the Family Court are evident at every court in the country and the government can no longer ignore the problem, lawyers say.

Corrections ranks Serco-run prison among NZ's worst

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:49:06 +1300

The first report on the performance of the country's prisons released in more than a year puts the only privately-run jail in a group at the bottom of the rankings.

Fulton Hogan help Fiji community into new hall

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:22:48 +1300

Vatukalo Village on Fiji's Ovalau Island has a new communal centre, built to replace the one wrecked earlier this year by Cyclone Winston.

Brazil man found after 20 years 'in captivity'

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:17:08 +1300

Brazilian police have rescued a man who neighbours said had been held in captivity by his own family for more than 20 years.

Canadian nurse charged with eight murders

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:48:21 +1300

A 49-year-old nursing home worker in Ontario has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder spanning several years.

Tūhoe woman says iwi affiliation stopped police career

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:21:14 +1300

A Whakatane woman who failed to get into Police College says she was told it was because she was from Tūhoe and knew too many locals.

NZ fallout likely if EU-Canada trade talks collapse

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:03:49 +1300

New Zealand could be a casualty if the European Union's trade pact with Canada collapses, a dairy industry lobby group says.

'Everyone was screaming': Four dead at Gold Coast Dreamworld

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:49:40 +1300

Two men and two women have been killed on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast.

PM's journey to India drags on

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:29:59 +1300

Prime Minister John Key is still en route to India after unexpectedly having to spend the night in Queensland when a RNZAF aircraft broke down.

Taranaki named among world's top tourism spots

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:22:35 +1300

Lonely Planet has named Taranaki the second-best region in the world to visit in 2017.

100 grants given to leave Auckland - Bennett

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:36:33 +1300

About 100 families and individuals have taken up the government's offer of financial help to move out of Auckland.

Charges laid over 2011 death earlier ruled an accident

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:35:28 +1300

A person has been charged over a man's death five years ago, which the coroner had ruled was an accident.

Auckland schools will 'keep losing teachers'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:30:13 +1300

Auckland will keep losing teachers over housing costs until there is a financial incentive to stay, says a science teacher joining the exodus.

Only one third of EQC claimants satisfied, survey finds

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:01:29 +1300

Customer satisfaction with the Earthquake Commission's handling of claims has dropped, with just a third happy with their experience.

Pakistan: Dozens killed in attack on police college

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:59:14 +1300

Militants have stormed a Pakistani police training college, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 100, officials say.

Population growth driven by Kiwis staying home - English

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:54:14 +1300

New Zealand's population growth is being driven largely by Kiwis staying put, rather than those arriving, the Finance Minister has told business leaders.

Samoa-China direct flight to open more doors to tourists

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:40:26 +1300

Samoa and China have signed an agreement opening the way for direct flights between the two countries.

New research sheds more light on ancient Pacific site

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:40:25 +1300

New research has pinpointed the date construction started on an ancient abandoned city in the Federated States of Micronesia and could eventually help shed light on other societies in the region.

PNG's first VR film looks at sustaining peace after conflict

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:40:25 +1300

Papua New Guinea's first virtual reality film highlights the importance of supporting post-conflict societies say its producers.

Fiji parties eye coalition to tackle Fiji First

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:40:24 +1300

A grand coalition of political parties could oppose the governing Fiji First party in the 2018 General Election in Fiji.

Students' safety at seclusion room schools questioned

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:19:24 +1300

The Disability Rights Commissioner is questioning whether two schools under investigation for seclusion rooms can guarantee students' safety.

New footage shows bobby calves thrown, dragged

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:01:51 +1300

Activist group Farmwatch has released hidden-camera footage of bobby calves being thrown onto trucks, dropped to the ground and dragged by their limbs.

Murder-accused was angry at neighbours - Crown

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:57:56 +1300

A man's frustration at his neighbours' noisy parties boiled over into anger and ended in a murder on an Auckland street, says the Crown.

Boaties urged to check vessels after thousands of distress calls

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:55:34 +1300

Boaties are being urged to check their vessels are in tip-top shape, after thousands of distress calls to the coastguard over the long weekend.

Navigating between Pākehā and Māori worlds

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:25:31 +1300

Ko wai tātou? Ko wai rātou? What's it like to grow up having both Pākehā and Māori heritage, asks Māni Dunlop for The Wireless.

Tahoeraa's Sarkozy deal queried

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:46:18 +1300

Doubt has been cast on the reported link-up of French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party with France's Republicans.

Local laws deprive Solomons of billions

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:33:15 +1300

Local laws have deprived the islands of billions of dollars worth of export earnings the Solomon Islands People's Alliance Party says.

Niue pension increases

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:17:30 +1300

The premier of Niue has told the islanders that their country is debt free and this is why pensions are getting a nearly ten percent lift.

Queenstown mayor appoints deputy, reinstates abolished committees

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:00:55 +1300

Queenstown's new mayor has chosen a Wanaka representative as his deputy and reinstated four committees abolished by his predecessor.

Man convicted of indecent assault seeks name supression

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:55:14 +1300

A professional who has been convicted of indecent assault is seeking permanent name suppression.

Locals picture Whangarei harbourside in a whole new way

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:49:33 +1300

Three Whangarei women plan to crowd fund to have a sculpture incorporating ancient camera technology built on Whangarei's harbourside.

Appeal over Rugby World Cup ticket fraud dismissed

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:48:26 +1300

An appeal by two taxi drivers found guilty of a Rugby World Cup ticket scam worth more than $500,000 has been dismissed.

Bougainville referendum needs full PNG support

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:46:10 +1300

Port Moresby has to do more to help prepare Bougainville for its referendum on independence says a former Papua New Guinea Minister.

New Caledonia blog wins defamation case

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:55:37 +1300

A New Caledonian blog says it has won a defamation case brought against it by a former vice president Gilbert Tyuienon and a top official Jean-Raymond Postic.

Fiji student debtors should 'pay later'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:53:38 +1300

Students at the University of the South Pacific facing deregistration are under stress and the university should help them out says Fiji's shadow education minister.

Quad bike death count higher than reported - victim's mother

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:47:03 +1300

The mother of a teen who died on a quad bike says official figures on deaths caused by the vehicles are wrong, and lax safety standards have almost led to an epidemic of lives being lost.

Jackson's new fantasy series to film in NZ

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:21:28 +1300

Film-maker Peter Jackson has unveiled plans for a new fantasy epic, which will begin filming in New Zealand next year.

Govt nowhere near meeting reoffender reduction target

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:07:48 +1300

The government concedes it is unlikely to meet its five-year target for reducing prisoner reoffending by 25 percent, with a new report showing the reduction sits at 6 percent.

Contamination concern in French Polynesia

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:49:37 +1300

A French Polynesian nuclear test veterans group has raised its concern that contaminated gravel is about to be used for road construction on Mangareva.

Canadians warned of downside to Pharmac-style system

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:35:27 +1300

A suggested New Zealand style drug-buying system in Canada is aimed at keeping down the cost of medicines, a researcher says.

Marlowe to be co-credited for some of Shakespeare's plays

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:33:34 +1300

A new edition of William Shakespeare's complete works will name Christopher Marlowe as co-author of three plays.

'Don't wait till language week' - Tokelau leader

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:30:03 +1300

The home and church are being promoted as places to help the endangered Tokelauan language survive.

Sport: former Tonga prop Taione Vea forced to retire

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:24:38 +1300

Former Tonga international Taione Vea has retired from rugby because of a spinal injury.

Sport: Flying Fijian coach welcomes back seasoned pros

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:24:38 +1300

Fiji rugby coach John McKee is grateful to have some experienced heads back on board for next month's European tour.

Wynyard Group in voluntary administration

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:17:11 +1300

New Zealand software company Wynyard Group has been put in voluntary administration.

2200 migrants rescued from Mediterranean in one day

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:08:51 +1300

About 2200 migrants were plucked to safety and 16 bodies were recovered from the Mediterranean Sea on Monday, the Italian Coast Guard said.

Mystery of 40-year-old murder case continues

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:24:35 +1300

Earlier this year, police re-opened the cold case over the death of Auckland teenager Tracey Ann Patient. Hundreds of interviews later they have again been unable to solve the mystery.

Hundreds moved from Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:30:19 +1300

Almost 2000 refugees and migrants have been bussed away from the "Jungle" in Calais as French authorities clear the camp.

Heading a football causes 'changes in brain function'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:10:05 +1300

Heading a football can significantly affect a player's brain function and memory for 24 hours, a study has found.

Video: Bill English on the PM's delayed India visit

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:34:56 +1300

In Focus - Deputy Prime Minister Bill English on the Prime Minister's plane-delayed trip to India, arrests over repackaged Fonterra milk powder in China and his cancelled meeting with pro-democracy activists.

Fonterra launches review after China milk powder arrests

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:34:46 +1300

Fonterra has launched a review after 19 people in China were arrested for selling milk powder that should have been destroyed.

Taratahi look to partner with Chinese dairy company

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:01:10 +1300

Agricultural training school Taratahi is in talks to partner with Chinese dairy firm, Mengniu Dairy Company.

'I'd never had someone to talk to like that before'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:55:44 +1300

As a programme reducing domestic violence is nominated for an international award, one man tells how it helped him tame his violent temper.

Punjabi student alleges racism at Auckland college

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:49:39 +1300

A student at an Auckland international college has made a complaint with the Human Rights Commission, accusing his teacher of taunting him because he is Punjabi.

All Blacks 'cleared of hotel bugging'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:43:29 +1300

The All Blacks have been cleared by NSW police of bugging their own hotel room in Sydney in August, an Australian newspaper reports.

Hungarians commemorate first chink in Iron Curtain

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:39:09 +1300

Hungarian New Zealanders have commemorated the 60th anniversary of the 1956 uprising.

What happened to the battle for the 8-hour working day?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:44:57 +1300

Yesterday New Zealand marked Labour Day, but what's happened to the battle for an eight-hour working day that started it all?

Goff cuts councillors from Auckland Transport board

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:35:06 +1300

Auckland mayor Phil Goff's decision to remove councillors from the Auckland Transport board is being slammed as undemocratic.

Tonga govt continues focus on cyber safety

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:24:58 +1300

Tonga has marked international cyber safety week with the launch of a website designed to address the problems of misuse and abuse of computers and the internet.

Somali priates' hostages 'ate rats' to survive

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:14:11 +1300

A group of sailors who were held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years survived in part by eating rats, one survivor says.

Webcams used in cyber attacks on websites recalled

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:59:10 +1300

Home webcams that were hijacked to help knock popular websites offline last week are being recalled in the United States.

Hemp industry ready for law change

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:56:23 +1300

The hemp industry is ready to cash in if New Zealand and Australian food regulators decide to allow the sale of hemp seed food products.

US election: Polling stations open in must-win state of Florida

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:56:22 +1300

Polling stations in the key battleground state of Florida have opened for early voting, where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump remain in a tight race.

Tahiti thanks for French education

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:44:28 +1300

The French Polynesian president has thanked the visiting French education minister and the French state for the financial assistance towards sustaining the territory's education sector.

Tokelauan leader asks parents to use language more in homes

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:41:18 +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.

New court to hear sexual violence cases

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:04:11 +1300

A new sexual violence court may mean more people are willing to lay complaints, victim advocates say.

Rich investors seeking social housing projects

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:43:11 +1300

Wealthy investors are meeting with social housing providers from across the country in a bid to find urgent solutions to the housing shortage.

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.

'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.