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South Korea accuses north of violating armistice

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:37:55 +1300

North Korea violated the armistice agreement when border guards pursued a soldier who defected to the South over a week ago, the US-led UN Command in South Korea says.

Victoria one step away from legalising euthanasia

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:36:33 +1300

Historic voluntary euthanasia laws have passed in the Australian state of Victoria's Upper House after a 28-hour marathon sitting.

Christchurch woman's death 'not suspicious' - police

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:19:56 +1300

Police say a woman's death in Christchurch overnight is being treated as not suspicious, after the completion of a post-mortem.

Treatment upgrade restricts Wellington water use

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:18:50 +1300

E coli detected in Lower Hutt's water supply following last year's earthquake is behind a warning for Wellingtonians to conserve water.

Activist Pete Bethune stabbed in Brazil

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:16:42 +1300

Conservationist Pete Bethune has been stabbed in the chest after being attacked by two men in Santander, Brazil.

In search of Nigel Murray's glowing referees

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:59:59 +1300

The former Waikato DHB chief executive was hired after suddenly quitting a Canadian health authority facing a government-ordered review over finance and overcrowding problems.

Yoga a-go-go for Hutt schools

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:56:00 +1300

A yoga pilot programme at an intermediate school in Lower Hutt has proved so successful the local council is now funding yoga classes for 10 more schools in the area.

NY truck attack suspect indicted on terrorism, murder charges

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:49:12 +1300

A jury has indicted Sayfullo Saipov on terrorism and murder charges stemming from last month's truck attack in Lower Manhattan in which eight people were killed.

UN urges Australia to solve Manus Island crisis

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:29:26 +1300

A United Nations representative on Manus Island says Australia has created and then abandoned a humanitarian crisis on the doorstep of the international community.

Rise in number of farms for sale

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:26:30 +1300

There has been a surge in the number of cropping farms and orchards up for sale, according to the Real Estate Institute.

Fifth birthday school starts back on table

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:06:41 +1300

Children will not be able to start school before their fifth birthday under changes proposed by the new government.

Explicit joke reignites claims of sexism on council

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:35:38 +1300

The actions of a Hamilton city councillor who sent an explicit joke to a journalist has reopened claims of sexism at the Hamilton City Council.

Destiny Church charities deregistered

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:10:53 +1300

The charities have been deregistered because of their "persistent failure" to meet annual return obligations, the Charities Registration Board says.

Teenage kidnapping jury retires

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:49:53 +1300

The jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the case of two police officers accused of kidnapping a teenager.

Supreme Court reserves decision on accused people smuggler

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:35:49 +1300

An Iraqi refugee's last-ditch legal bid to avoid extradition to Australia to face people-smuggling charges has ended with the Supreme Court reserving its decision.

Oz supermarket 'quiet hour' for autism spectrum

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:31:42 +1300

New Zealand's autism association hopes the weekly quiet hour being rolled out by a major supermarket chain in Australia could also be introduced here.

A handy guide to sending 'funny' messages to women

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:24:20 +1300

A Hamilton city councillor who sent a sexually explicit message to a female journalist should have followed three simple rules for messaging a woman something 'funny', writes comedian Melanie Bracewell.

US federal tax-cuts could cost Guam up to $70M

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:11:05 +1300

Federal tax cuts proposed by the United States could cost the government of Guam up to $US70 million in lost revenue.

Police warn dog owners in Cook Islands

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:09:09 +1300

Cook Islands police are urging dog owners to get their pets registered and are warning there will be severe consequences if they fail to do so.

Outcry over New Caledonia common heritage declaration

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:06:32 +1300

There is criticism of a New Caledonian proposal to draw up a formal declaration to affirm the territory's heritage before next year's independence referendum.

Increased meth production in China aimed at Oceania

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:06:32 +1300

The Oceania Customs Organisation secretariat says it is seeing a worrying increase in methamphetamine imported to the region.

A servant to his iwi: Pihopa Kingi dies

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:54:31 +1300

Te Arawa has lost one of its great leaders, Pihopa Kingi of Ngāti Whakaue, a rangatira for his hapū who died yesterday.

70s heart-throb David Cassidy dies

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:39:30 +1300

US actor and singer David Cassidy, who found fame in The Partridge Family before going on to become a 1970s pop idol, has died aged 67.

Another resignation in Oz citizenship fallout

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:37:46 +1300

South Australian senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore has announced she will resign from the Senate after she discovered she obtained British citizenship through her mother.

Dairy strategy prioritises environment, animal welfare

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:18:56 +1300

Environmentalists are sceptical over the dairy sector's new strategy which puts the environment at the top of a list of six commitments.

High migration numbers curbed by departures

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:14:12 +1300

Migration to New Zealand remains high, but is down more than two percent from the peak reached earlier this year.

Hawaii group battles Swiss company over pesticide use

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:58:46 +1300

An advocacy group in Hawaii says it will appeal a court decision not to order an environmental review of a Swiss agribusiness company's use of pesticide.

Tribal violence surges again in PNG's Hela

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:58:21 +1300

Deadly tribal fighting is surging again in Papua New Guinea's Hela province.

Crown seeks third murder trial for Malcolm Rewa

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:51:49 +1300

The Crown will seek to have serial rapist Malcolm Rewa tried for the murder of Susan Burdett for the third time.

Nelson Electricity to reduce income over error

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:38:12 +1300

Lines company Nelson Electricity has admitted it is making too much money and will reduce its income next year as compensation.

Waikato DHB withholds draft audit report

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:35:31 +1300

An report due to be released today into former chief executive Nigel Murray at Waikato DHB is a draft and needs more work before being published, the DHB says.

Forum Observer team congratulates Tongan election staff

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:32:24 +1300

The Pacific Island Forum's Observer Team to Tonga has congratulated election officials for their professional conduct during last week's snap election.

Farmers nervous as milk prices slide

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:18:23 +1300

Dairy farmers are disappointed and nervous following the latest fall in global prices, after hoping the market would improve.

NZ fire officials using scare tactics - engineer

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:15:33 +1300

A leading fire engineer is accusing public officials of using the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy to scare New Zealanders.

How can rates go up in a market slowdown?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:13:41 +1300

Analysis - Auckland's rate revaluations left some people scratching their heads. How can rates potentially go up in a market downturn?

Uber concealed huge data breach

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:57:09 +1300

Uber concealed a hack that affected 57 million customers and drivers, the company has confirmed.

Sport: Mate Ma'a Tonga boosted by return of Taukeiaho

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:46:49 +1300

Mate Ma'a Tonga have received a boost with Siosiau Taukeiaho and Peni Terepo back for Saturday's Rugby League World Cup semi-final appearance against England in Auckland.

Radioactivity in Urals no nuclear accident - Russia

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:27:26 +1300

Russia says a nuclear accident has not occurred despite "extremely high" traces of a radioactive isotope being found in the Ural Mountains.

PNG minister has election petition against him dismissed

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:22:23 +1300

The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court has dismissed an election petition against the MP for Moresby South, Justin Tkatchenko.

Journalist on explicit message: 'I've reached my limit'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:16:49 +1300

A Hamilton city councillor has apologised for sending a sexually explicit message to a woman, which he says was a joke.

Weta Digital worker killed by bull in India - reports

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:14:13 +1300

A former Weta Digital worker has reportedly been killed by a stray bull in Jaipur, India.

Boosting labour inspectorate a priority - Minister

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:03:52 +1300

Policing rogue employers and education providers is a top priority for new immigration minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Fiji govt launches campaign against stray animals

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:59:10 +1300

The Fiji government has allocated more than $US937,000 to solve the problem of stray animals, which it says poses a major threat to farming communities there.

Man appears over taxi-driver shooting

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:57:34 +1300

A man charged over the shooting of a taxi driver last weekend has appeared in court in Wellington this morning.

Tongan women celebrate political progress

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:52:42 +1300

Tongan women are preparing to celebrate the historic result of two women being elected into parliament for the first time.

No expired drugs in Vanuatu health system - minister

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:45:04 +1300

Vanuatu's health minister Jerome Ludvaune has denied that hospitals and clinics are treating people with expired drugs.

Relocation of Manus refugees to await PNG court appeal

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:42:14 +1300

The relocation of 379 refugees still living at the decommissioned Regional Processing Centre at Papua New Guinea's Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island has been deferred pending a legal appeal.

Zimbabwe at 'critical point' after Mugabe quits

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:27:06 +1300

Robert Mugabe's resignation as president will be seen as a critical point in Zimbabwe's history, New Zealand's Foreign Minister says.

Girls outclass boys as NZ ranks top 10 for collaboration

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:22:33 +1300

New Zealand 15-year-olds are among the best in the world at group work, but the country's girls are a lot better than its boys, an OECD study says.

Canberra rejects claim it's wrecked Norfolk economy

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:20:01 +1300

The Australian government has dismissed a report saying the Norfolk Island economy is heading for disaster.

Global dairy prices at 8-month low

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:05:43 +1300

Dairy prices are at their lowest in eight months as prices in the global auction fall again.

Landlord relieved after court rules against tenant

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:05:24 +1300

A decision by a Dunedin District Court may prove to be a game changer for landlords.

Man charged with hacking Game of Thrones

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:29:37 +1300

The US Department of Justice is to charge an Iranian man with hacking into HBO's computer systems, leaking Game of Thrones scripts and demanding a $US6m ransom.

Councillor: 'I think it's completely undemocratic'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:09:33 +1300

An Auckland councillor says the blocking of a motion to discuss business class travel at the council is undemocratic and has stifled debate.

Sport: Cook Islands, PNG face uphill battles to reach semis

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:47:56 +1300

Pride is on the line for the Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea in today's final pool matches at the Women's Rugby League World Cup.

Thousands flee as Bali volcano erupts

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:37:49 +1300

Two months after tens of thousands of people evacuated, and then returned, to their homes, Bali's Mt Agung volcano has finally erupted.

Sport: 22 players contracted for Samoa 7s

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:25:23 +1300

The Samoa Rugby Union have announced a list of 22 contracted sevens players for the 2017/18 international season.

NZ woman shouldn't be deported, campaigners say

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:00:29 +1300

Moves to deport a New Zealand woman who killed her abusive husband are being challenged in an Australian court.

Sport: Former Guam FA President banned by FIFA

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:51:44 +1300

Former Guam Football Association president Richard Lai is one of three former officials to be banned by FIFA as part of efforts to address widespread corruption in the sport.

Sticky situation after massive molasses spill on road

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:24:39 +1300

A truck carrying 14 tonnes of molasses rolled near Ngahape in the Waikato this morning, spilling five tonnes of the sugary syrup on the road.

Talk show host Charlie Rose sacked

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:10:39 +1300

Eight women have accused the veteran US television interviewer of inappropriate behaviour.

Auckland Council could avoid fuel tax - National Party

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:07:41 +1300

Auckland Council would not need to charge a regional fuel tax if it got its costs under control, the National Party says.

Fiji opposition says COP23 grand welcome wrong

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:28:45 +1300

The Fiji opposition says it is out of order for Fiji to stage a grand welcome home for its delegation that co-hosted the COP23 climate change meeting in Bonn.

Samoan police appeal for info about fatal hit and run

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:09:26 +1300

Police in Samoa have appealed to the public for help to identify the driver of a vehicle believed have been involved in fatal a hit and run accident which claimed the life of an Australia missionary.

Police investigate unexplained death of Christchurch woman

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:01:21 +1300

Christchurch police are investigating the sudden death of a woman in the suburb of Bishopdale overnight.

Wellington train station evacuated after sprinkler set off

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:47:13 +1300

Wellington train station was evacuated this morning, after a staff member accidentally knocked a sprinkler.

Apology after Customs seizes whale bone taonga

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:46:17 +1300

A man has had his whale bone taonga seized by customs at Wellington Airport under a law to stop the trade of endangered species.

Robert Mugabe: from war hero to resignation

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:44:20 +1300

To his critics, Robert Mugabe destroyed Zimbabwe in order to keep his job, but to some he will always be seen as a hero who fought for his country's independence.

Further Christchurch Metro Centre delays frustrate sports fans

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:39:53 +1300

Christchurch sports clubs are dismayed to hear their new indoor sports centre has been pushed back yet again.

Celebrations as Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe resigns

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:23:50 +1300

Zimbabwe MPs were jubilant as the speaker announced Robert Mugabe had resigned as president after 37 years in power.

Manus Island refugees health in peril, say advocates

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:16:39 +1300

Advocates who secretly entered the former detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island say the health of refugees there is in peril.

Company at risk over Nauru contract - advocates

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:49:06 +1300

The Australian construction company Canstruct has reportedly been awarded a $US290 million contract by the Australian government to operate the refugee detention centre on Nauru.

Samoa Airways in dire need of patriotic support says Govt

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:33:35 +1300

Samoa's minister of commerce has made a passionate plea to Samoans in Australia to support the country's new national airline, Samoa Airways.

Cook Islands SPCA wants owners to watch their dogs

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:01:26 +1300

Dogs attacking livestock in the Cook Islands has become a recurring issue for the SPCA which says owners must take responsibility for their pets.

WW2 shells disposed off Bora Bora

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:56:28 +1300

An area off Bora Bora in French Polynesia has been closed off to allow for the destruction of nine shells from the Second World War.

PNG govt to convince Manus refugees to relocate

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:45:27 +1300

The Papua New Guinea police commissioner says a joint government team will today try to convince about 400 refugees occupying the former detention centre on Manus Island to move.

US to end protected status for Haitian immigrants

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:28:08 +1300

The US will end a programme that gave thousands of Haitian immigrants temporary protection against deportation after a devastating 2010 earthquake.

Fiji opposition leader hits out at Vodafone services

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:25:06 +1300

The leader of the opposition in Fiji, Ro Teimumu Kepa has hit out at Vodafone services in the country calling them pathetic and unacceptable.

PNG workers strike after contract given to Filipinos

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:22:29 +1300

More than 1000 maritime workers in Papua New Guinea have walked off the job in protest over a 25-year stevedoring contract given to 40 Filipino workers.

PNG govt seeks provincial help for NBC redevelopment

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:22:29 +1300

The Papua New Guinea minister of information and communication technology is calling on provincial governments to help save the national broadcaster.

Shot taxi driver says he'll quit

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:20:43 +1300

The Wellington taxi driver shot by a passenger says he's giving up on his 15-year driving career.

Australia urged to make Pacific core to its foreign policy

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

Australia's shadow minister of defence says the country needs to make the Pacific Islands a core concern of its foreign policy or lose ground to others.

Major course cuts ahead for Lincoln Uni

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:52:04 +1300

Lincoln University is in a delicate state and needs significant course cuts, more Māori and Pasifika students, and more donations, an advisory board says.

Police review CCTV in search for missing autistic man

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:31:53 +1300

Police in Rotorua are reviewing CCTV footage to establish the direction a missing autistic man took on Friday afternoon.

Quake recovery steady for Clarence farm

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:31:21 +1300

A south Marlborough farming couple whose property was torn apart in last November's quake have had to replace the farm's entire infrastructure.

Colin Craig defamation case back in court

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:30:10 +1300

Colin Craig is back before the courts asking for a rehearing of the defamation claim taken against him by Jordan Williams.

New MP snubbed by gala awards

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:21:28 +1300

New Labour MP Tamati Coffey was uninvited from a gala awards event because organisers didn't want to upset the ousted MP and Māori Party leader, Te Ururoa Flavell.

Tram incident sparks debate over homelessness

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:09:42 +1300

Christchurch business owners say problems with beggars are escalating, after one of the city's trams was stopped and its driver abused over the weekend.

West Coast mining project given green light

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:32:57 +1300

A proposed coal mine at Mt Te Kuha on the West Coast has won resource consent.

Kidnapping trial down to competing narratives - defence

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:31:02 +1300

The case against a police inspector accused of kidnapping a teenager is based on lies and has no substance, his lawyer has told a court.

Western BOP Council votes for Māori ward

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:16:19 +1300

The Western Bay of Plenty District Council has voted unanimously in favour having one or two Māori wards at the next two local government elections.

All aboard the six-figure salary train

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:14:20 +1300

The number of Transport Agency staff earning over $100,000 leapt by 33 percent in just one year.

Botulism family's relatives left stunned

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:10:18 +1300

Relatives of three people who remain unresponsive after contracting botulism after eating wild boar have broken down at seeing them.

Former MP warned health board over CEO

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:02:46 +1300

Former Labour MP Sue Moroney says she warned the Waikato District Health Board about its overspending CEO before he was hired.

'For Rent' deemed too low-rent

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:47:51 +1300

A stoush has broken out at an exclusive New Plymouth housing development over a 'For Rent' sign that a residents group says lowers the tone.

Properties valuations may already be out of date

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:10:50 +1300

Huge valuation increases to many Auckland properties may already be overestimates, as the city's housing market finally cools.

$120m America's Cup village proposal revealed

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:03:49 +1300

Details have been released of the preferred plan to build a $120 million America's Cup village on Auckland's waterfront.

Farmers anxious disease still not contained

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:41:49 +1300

Farmers are back on high alert over the cattle disease outbreak after more farms were confirmed to be infected.

Rape threats, tough conditions for female North Korean soldiers

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:40:56 +1300

A former soldier says life as a woman in the world's fourth-largest army was so tough that most soon stopped menstruating, while rape was a fact of life for many.

Calls for shortened harvesting to plug wood supply gap

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:39:53 +1300

A forestry consultant is calling for the New Zealand forest industry to shorten the harvesting period for radiata pine trees to plug a predicted slow-down of wood supply.