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Tourists rescued from Doubtful Sound after 25m slip cut off road

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 22:23:02 +1300

Four helicopters were used to fly stranded tourists out of Doubtful Sound today after a 25 metre wide slip cut off the Wilmot Pass Road.

The lessons of Gita

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 21:45:34 +1300

First Person - Cyclone Gita left a destructive path across Tonga destroying homes and crops but RNZ Pacific's Koro Vaka'uta found the island nation's people to be remarkably resilient.

Women's War tells lesser known stories of World War I

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 21:01:07 +1300

The experiences of New Zealand women during World War I are portrayed in a powerful new exhibition at the National War Memorial in Wellington.

Collins defends previous govt's bail law changes

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 20:05:53 +1300

An increase in the number of prisoners on remand has come about because family violence is being taken far more seriously than it once was, says former Justice Minister Judith Collins.

Falling rocks kill man on State Highway 4

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 19:29:58 +1300

A man has died after being hit by falling rocks on State Highway 4, near the Ruakawa Falls, between Whanganui and the Tongariro National Park.

Missing hunter found alive and well

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 19:07:46 +1300

A 74-year-old hunter who was reported missing on Stewart Island earlier today has been found alive and well.

Pending Cambodian election a 'sham', says Rainsy

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 19:04:53 +1300

Analysis - "Democracy is now dead in my country" is the blunt assessment from Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who is in New Zealand for talks with officials, writes Graeme Acton.

New allegations over inappropriate sexual conduct at law firm

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:40:10 +1300

Fresh allegations have been made of inappropriate sexual conduct between university students and senior lawyers at the leading law firm Russell McVeagh.

Convoys have smooth journey over Takaka Hill

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:31:25 +1300

About 1000 vehicles made the trip over the re-opened Takaka Hill Road today, the Transport Agency says.

2000 people turn out for first Just So NZ festival

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:00:06 +1300

More than 2000 people were expected to pass through the gates of a children's festival being held just north of Wellington this weekend.

Bollywood superstar dies at 54 of heart attack

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 17:44:47 +1300

Bollywood fans have expressed shock at the sudden death of one of India's biggest film stars Sridevi Kapoor at the age of 54.

Rare feat achieved with Cook Strait swim

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 16:41:55 +1300

A Czech woman has swum across the Cook Strait, despite stormy conditions, to complete the Ocean's Seven challenge.

Obama visit confirmed for March

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 16:23:19 +1300

It has been confirmed that the former US President Barack Obama will visit New Zealand in March.

Water restored to all New Plymouth properties

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:18:47 +1300

Water has now been restored to all properties in New Plymouth affected by Cyclone Gita and the state of emergency has been lifted.

Three week Akl train driver strike starts tomorrow

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:55:46 +1300

Thousands of Auckland commuters will have to wait twice as long for peak train services tomorrow after a reshuffle of the timetable to ensure train drivers don't work overtime.

Police name Tauranga woman who died at city marae

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:37:27 +1300

Police have named the Tauranga woman who died at a city marae after suffering injuries to her neck on Thursday night.

Four-fold increase in stomach bugs in Jan

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:54:10 +1300

The number of people getting stomach bugs is up this year, according to a new report.

Chinese govt offering cash to stamp out strippers at funerals

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 12:10:35 +1300

China has renewed a clampdown on strippers performing at funerals, wedding and temples, calling it "obscene and vulgar".

Put money where mouth is, Salvation Army tells Little

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 11:46:21 +1300

The Justice Minister is on the right track calling for a philosophical shift in criminal justice, and the first step would be to scrap a planned mega-prison, the Salvation Army says.

Court rules detained phosphate may be sold

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:09:01 +1300

A court ruling in South Africa may mean a detained shipment of phosphate never makes it to New Zealand.

PGG Wrightson field rep wins regional young farmer title

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:44:22 +1300

A technical field representative for PGG Wrightson has been named the Taranaki/Manawatu young farmer of the year.

Syria: UN approves 30-day ceasefire

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:28:01 +1300

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria.

Insight: Our noisy world

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:46:35 +1300

Noisy streets, workplaces and classrooms are part of modern life, and it could be causing major problems for our health and wellbeing.

US airlines join other firms in dropping NRA

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:24:54 +1300

United and Delta airlines have joined a growing list of companies to cut ties with the National Rifle Association following the Florida school shooting.

Fletcher out of running on another big-ticket build

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:42:16 +1300

Debt-crippled Fletcher Building is no longer in the running to build a large town centre in southeast Auckland.

Waitakere closure a blow to recreation

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 06:57:44 +1300

Auckland Council's decision to close the Waitakere ranges is a devastating blow for recreation, an industry expert says.

Red Cross reveals staff paid for sexual services

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 06:52:34 +1300

The International Committee of the Red Cross says 21 members of staff have left their jobs for sexual misconduct in the last three years.

Girl injured at Porirua music festival

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:04:08 +1300

A young girl was injured in what the police are calling a "disorder incident" at a music festival in Cannon's Creek near Porirua this afternoon.

School ordered to pay sacked caretaker $4000

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:24:07 +1300

A Rotorua high school has been told to pay an ex-employee $4000 for losing his possessions and underpaying his severance wages after sacking him.

Auckland cat desexing programme proving popular

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:14:30 +1300

The Auckland SPCA is delighted 500 cats have already been booked in to be desexed, since it announced its free programme five days ago.

Govt subsidy for medicinal cannabis firm unlikely - Jones

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:14:29 +1300

The Regional Economic Development Minister says he wouldn't support a government subsidy for a company wanting to grow and sell medicinal cannabis.

Road closures due to Gita causing frustration

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:56:13 +1300

Frustration is growing for people unable to get to work in Nelson due to road closures caused by Cyclone Gita this week.

Crucial UN Syria truce vote delayed

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:16:16 +1300

The UN Security Council is struggling to agree a resolution seeking a ceasefire in Syria and has put back a vote.

Fiji torture victims claim further police intimidation

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:12:07 +1300

The village headman for a group of men in Fiji who say they were tortured by the police says officers threatened to return to the village if they spoke of their ordeal.

Fox Glacier gets to keep its post shop

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:31:02 +1300

The West Coast town of Fox Glacier has come to an agreement with New Zealand Post which means it can keep its post shop.

Power still off in 600 Taranaki properties after Gita

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:31:02 +1300

About 600 properties in Taranaki are still without power following Cyclone Gita, while other Taranaki residents are being warned they will have to boil their water for another week.

Vanuatu teachers union president suspended

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:27:46 +1300

The president of Vanuatu's teachers union has been suspended on half pay for alleged misuse of power and negligence of duty.

Illegal Malaysian workers deported

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:01:19 +1300

Nearly 200 illegal workers from Malaysia have been deported or stopped from entering the country following a six month investigation, Immigration New Zealand says.

Summer hottest on record - and it's not over yet

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:18:10 +1300

It's official - this summer is already the hottest on record, with four days still to go, according to new data from the climate agency Niwa.

ACT leader questions level of regional funding for Northland

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:08:14 +1300

The ACT Party leader has accused the Regional Economic Development Minister of running a fund to benefit his region.

First Young Farmer contest for Wellington city

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:45:10 +1300

A couple of hundred farmers have taken over Crawford Green in Wellington today for a Young Farmer competition, the first to ever be held in the capital.

Fatal accident between car and tractor in Waikato

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:30:01 +1300

A person has died following a crash between a car and a tractor at Horsham Downs, north of Hamilton.

Bail law changes led to prison population increase - Little

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:19:03 +1300

The Justice Minister is looking at changes to the bail laws he says have been a cause of the spiralling prison population.

Teacher in New Caledonia assaulted in class

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:24:39 +1300

A teacher in New Caledonia has been assaulted in class at a vocational school in the territory's north.

Watch out for scammers on social media, Central Bank of Samoa

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:20:45 +1300

The Central Bank of Samoa is warning locals about the dangers of Facebook and other social media networks being used by scammers to take their money.

Sport: Samoa's Lupe Ole Soaga seeking major improvements

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:59:53 +1300

Lupe Ole Soaga believe improvements are needed across the park if they're to progress any further in the OFC Champions League.

Sport: PNG Hunters starting spots up for grabs vs Broncos

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:51:19 +1300

Papua New Guinea Hunters rugby league coach Michael Marum says today's trial match against the Brisbane Broncos is a chance for players to press their claims for selection.

UK Brexit plans 'pure illusion'

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:59:24 +1300

European Council President Donald Tusk has dismissed as "pure illusion" the ideas floated by Britain so far on what sort of relationship it wants with the European Union after it leaves the bloc.

Stolen Degas found on bus

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:34:06 +1300

A Degas painting stolen from a Marseille museum in 2009 has been found on a bus near Paris.

Tests find no toxins in Lake Ōmāpere, Utakura River

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:51:23 +1300

Independent tests have found no toxins in Northland's Lake Ōmāpere and the Utakura River, after a massive algal bloom.

Strike at French Polynesia's La Depeche de Tahiti newspaper

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:32:47 +1300

There is a fresh strike at French Polynesia's La Depeche de Tahiti newspaper.

Takaka resident says Gita should be a wake up call

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:03:19 +1300

A Takaka Hill resident says the storm that brought down slips and completely blocked the road should be a wake up call for many.

School officer might be 'coward' - Trump

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 06:53:30 +1300

An armed officer who stood outside a Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week "certainly did a poor job", US President Donald Trump says.

Super-yacht worthy marina divides Waiheke community

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:42:38 +1300

A super-yacht worthy marina planned for Waiheke Island would be for the super rich - not ordinary people, says the group trying to stop it.

Brethren victims refused to engage with police over fatal crash

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:31:38 +1300

A court has heard that Brethren church members affected by a fatal crash in Northland would not give victim impact statements to police.

Waka fleet opens New Zealand Festival

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:15:30 +1300

A fleet of waka hourua have opened the NZ Festival on Wellington's waterfront tonight, telling the story of the explorer Kupe.

Golden Bay farmers take stock post-Gita

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:14:05 +1300

Golden Bay farmers have begun a massive clean-up in the wake of flooding from Cyclone Gita, which ripped apart fencing and washed away paddocks.

Little benefit from zero-fee policy - universities

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:29:54 +1300

The government's zero-fee policy for new tertiary students has increased administration costs, but is having little impact on enrolments, universities say.

More refugees sent back to Manus Island

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:46:54 +1300

Thirteen more refugees detained in Papua New Guinea by Australia have been returned to Manus Island from Port Moresby.

Fiji unionist claims intimidation, as case against him is dropped

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:38:59 +1300

A prominent trade unionist in Fiji says he's not surprised the public prosecutor has decided not to push ahead with charges against him.

Wanaka buzzing after teens tear up slopes

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:34:03 +1300

The town of Wanaka is buzzing after two of their own became New Zealand's first Winter Olympics medallists in 26 years.

Music teacher jailed for historical sex crimes

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:21:50 +1300

A 72 year-old former music teacher at one of the country's most prestigious schools has been jailed for historic sex offending.

Kiwi Group's profit falls after troubled IT project

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:17:20 +1300

Kiwi Group's half-year profit fell because of costs from a troubled IT project and earthquake costs.

SH1 Kaikōura unlikely to reopen till mid-week

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:17:00 +1300

State Highway 1 north and south of Kaikōura is unlikely to reopen until the middle of next week.

Euthanasia advocate acquitted of aiding woman's suicide

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:02:01 +1300

A Wellington euthanasia advocate has been acquitted of involvement in another woman's suicide, but guilty on two other counts of importing the drug used.

Back on track: Chunk of $60m regional fund goes to rail

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:49:29 +1300

Five regions will receive just over $60 million in the first chunk of money allocated out of the Provincial Growth Fund, with $9.5m going to rail. Here's how the rest of the money will be spent.

School shooting: 'It killed my kid and we're going to make it right'

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:43:44 +1300

The father of a teenaged girl killed in last week's US school massacre says he'll be working with Trump on school safety as a legacy to his daughter to ensure that this school shooting is the last.

Wairarapa social workers diverted from frontline - judge

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:38:08 +1300

Wairarapa social workers are being diverted from frontline work to finish reports, according to a Family Court judge's minute released this afternoon.

Coca-Cola and Santa don't mix - advertising watchdog

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:38:08 +1300

Coca-Cola has been rapped over the knuckles by the Advertising Standards Authority for a sponsorship ad featuring Santa Claus holding two bottles of coke.

Former French PM upsets pro-independence side in New Caledonia

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:21:41 +1300

Pro-independence politicians in New Caledonia are upset at comments by a visiting former French prime minister Manuel Valls who said he was in favour of the territory remaining French.

Wallis and Futuna prosecutor takes up job

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:12:29 +1300

The chief prosecutor in Wallis and Futuna has taken up her job again after a five-month hiatus.

Sport: Lae City coach hopes rival PNG football competitions can combine

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:09:41 +1300

Lae City Dwellers coach Peter Gunemba believes Papua New Guinea's rival football competitions need to come together for the good of the game.

Vanuatu cracks down on overstayers

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:09:41 +1300

Vanuatu's Minister of Labour and Immigration Services has given overstayers three weeks to rectify their documents and abide by the law.

Kylie Jenner 'sooo over' Snapchat, Wall Street panics

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:01:42 +1300

Reality TV star Kylie Jenner wiped $US1.3bn ($NZ1.78b) off the stock market value of Snapchat after tweeting that she no longer used its messaging app.

Tahiti seeks to regain ukulele combo world record

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:58:22 +1300

Tahiti wants to regain the title of assembling the largest band of ukulele players in the world this weekend.

Rising cases of syphilis tip of the iceberg

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:44:16 +1300

A sexual health doctor says a rising number of reported cases of infectious syphilis in this country is likely to be the tip of the iceberg.

Man charged with city marae murder

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:33:05 +1300

A 21-year old man has appeared in the Tauranga District Court charged with the murder of a woman at a city marae overnight.

Law firm to hold external review after harassment claims

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:33:02 +1300

Leading law firm Russell McVeagh has announced it will hold an external review into its handling of sexual harassment claims by students on internships.

Barnaby Joyce steps down as Australia's deputy PM

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:28:48 +1300

Australian deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has stepped down, after a formal complaint of sexual harrassment was laid.

Sport: Solomons club Marist FC fully focused on Team Wellington

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:14:58 +1300

Solomon Islands football club Marist FC are refusing to look beyond a formidable first match in the OFC Champions League.

Kokoda Track reopens after PNG landowners lift blockade

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:12:12 +1300

Protesting landowners in Papua New Guinea have ended their blockade of the famous Kokoda Track.

Earbuds blamed for hearing loss in young adults

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:27:52 +1300

A wave of hearing loss in young people is being predicted as we spend more time listening to devices through headphones and earbuds.

EQC overhaul: 'Being stuck in limbo is unacceptable'

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:15:41 +1300

The chair of the EQC board has resigned, as the government vows to speed up all remaining Canterbury earthquake claims.

Fiji union denied permit to march

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:11:01 +1300

The Fiji Trades Union Congress's permit to have a march in Suva tomorrow has been rejected by police.

CNMI adopts catastrophic typhoon plan

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:07:58 +1300

The Northern Marianas has finally adopted a catastrophic typhoon plan, more than two years after Typhoon Soudelor devastated Saipan in 2015.

Port of Tauranga reports 13 percent net profit rise

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:07:29 +1300

The country's biggest port operator has posted a record half year profit, as it handled a record number of containers.

ADB gives additional $1m to Tonga

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:53:14 +1300

The ADB is providing an additional $US1-million US dollars to Tonga to fund critical, life-saving services following Cyclone Gita, which caused widespread destruction this month.

Schools in American Samoa to run extra week

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:51:37 +1300

Schools in American Samoa will run an extra week this year due to lost time because of Cyclone Gita.

Watch: School shooting survivors confront NRA, politicians

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:29:42 +1300

A public event allowing survivors of the shooting at a Florida school last week to speak their minds to power grew heated, touching on gun control and school safety.

Tasman lifts state of emergency after Gita

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:02:25 +1300

The state of emergency imposed in Nelson and Tasman this week because of Cyclone Gita has been lifted.

Sport: Kiribati sending judo team to Oceania Champs

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:53:26 +1300

The Kiribati Judo Federation is sending ten competitors to the Oceania championships in New Caledonia next month.

NZ Festival: Massive waterfront celebration of Kupe's odyssey

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:32:07 +1300

More than 1000 performers and a fleet of waka hourua will be on Wellington's waterfront this evening telling the story of the explorer Kupe for the opening of the New Zealand Festival.

Sport: Samoa women's rugby league team back on the international stage

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:05:55 +1300

A handful of former New Zealand and Australia internationals have boosted the Samoa women's rugby league team competing at this weekend's Commonwealth Nines Championship Queensland.

Another day, another America's Cup plan

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:47:16 +1300

A fourth option modelling what an America's Cup Village in Auckland might look like has arrived today as a planning deadline nears with no agreement in sight.

Porirua abuse bucks national downwards trend

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:42:22 +1300

Porirua's children are suffering increasing rates of abuse, despite such abuse declining across the rest of the country, a report prepared by the Porirua City Council shows.

Grapes cleared over foam contamination

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:39:49 +1300

Testing of grapes near the Woodbourne airbase has cleared them of any firefighting foam chemical contamination.

Disgust at Australia's "wilful neglect" of refugees medical needs on Nauru

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:37:09 +1300

A doctor, who looked after refugees detained on Nauru, says Australia's wilful neglect of their medical needs is disgusting.

Butcher found guilty of Duckmanton murder

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:14:30 +1300

Sainey Marong has been found guilty of murdering Christchurch sex worker Renee Duckmanton.

Pacific Climate Change conference hears sea level rise of two metres by 2100

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:55:50 +1300

A prominent New Zealand research scientist says sea level rise from the Antarctic ice sheet may be twice that of previous estimates.

Man charged with murder after woman dies at marae

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:22:23 +1300

A 21-year-old man has been charged with murder after the death of a woman in Tauranga overnight.