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Vanuatu special parl session called off

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:02:35 +1300

Vanuatu's speaker of Parliament has called off a scheduled special session after a request from the Prime Minister Charlot Salwai.



West Papuan Liberation Movement lobbies at the UN

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:02:34 +1300

United Liberation Movement for West Papua leaders have been lobbying at the United Nations in New York about their self-determination struggle in Indonesia.



Landslides and collapsed buildings in Solomons

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:46:52 +1300

About 3,000 people are affected and 40 houses damaged in Solomon Islands as reports continue to come in following this morning's 7.8 magnitude quake.



KiwiSaver changes recommended

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:45:53 +1300

The Commission for Financial Capability says contributions should increase and over-65's should be allowed to join.



Cars to be demolished along with building

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:42:01 +1300

Residents in the area around a condemned central Wellington car park could be out of their homes until March.



South Korean president faces impeachment vote

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:41:21 +1300

South Korean lawmakers will vote on Friday on dismissing embattled president Park Geun-hye from office.



Bridges asserts deputy race will be 'close'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:38:44 +1300

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett is "quietly confident" she has enough support to become National's deputy leader.



US to make Tinian in CNMI divert airfield

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:47:09 +1300

The U.S. Air Force has chosen Tinian in the Northern Marianas to be a divert airfield if a base in Guam is rendered inoperable because of an attack or natural calamity.



Sport: Pacific Women's Sports Leadership Program hoping to expand

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:11:53 +1300

Organisers of the inaugural Pacific Women's Sports Leadership Program believe there is a strong appetite for the event to expand.



Fatal bus collision on Auckland's North Shore

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:52:42 +1300

A van driver has been killed in a collision with a bus on Auckland's North Shore.



Army 'suspends Aleppo fighting' to evacuate 8000 civilians

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:42:30 +1300

Syria's army has suspended combat operations in eastern Aleppo, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.



Support extended for quake-hit Kaikōura businesses

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:38:13 +1300

The government has extended its wage subsidy package for quake-affected businesses in and around Kaikōura for a further eight weeks.



Bail case of Fiji Times publisher deferred

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:36:21 +1300

The hearing for a bail variation for the Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts has been deferred until next month.



Actor's sex charges trial aborted

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:11:21 +1300

The trial of an actor on sex charges has been aborted.



UK PM rejects Boris Johnson's Saudi 'proxy war' comments

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:07:43 +1300

Downing Street has said British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's comments on Saudi Arabia do not represent "the government's position".



Virtual tour takes business online for quake-hit Kaikōura

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:07:36 +1300

Kaikōura retailers struggling to get by without their usual summer influx of shoppers now have a way of taking their shops directly into the homes of their customers.



Fire at Lower Hutt school

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:05:33 +1300

The Fire Service has put out a blaze in a cooking building at Hutt Valley High School.



Auckland Transport officials found guilty on corruption charges

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:04:39 +1300

A company director and an Auckland Transport senior official have been found guilty of giving and accepting bribes of more than $1 million.



Sport: Fijiana ready to play at pace

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:57:24 +1300

The Fiji women's rugby team are expecting a high-pace affair in the final World Cup qualifying tournament in Hong Kong.



Sport: "Active disruptions" from Vanuatu govt put Mini Games hosting at risk

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:57:23 +1300

The Pacific Games Council says active disruptions from the Vanuatu government are a serious threat to the country's ability to deliver the 2017 Mini Games.



Nauru Cabinet Minister dies in Russia

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:52:53 +1300

Nauru's Minister of Transport and Health, Valdon Dowiyogo, has died suddenly in Russia.



People flee to hills after Solomons quake

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:46:47 +1300

People who fled to the hills for safety in quake affected areas in Solomon Islands are yet to return to their homes as unusual tidal surges continue.



Magnitude 7.8 quake hits off Solomons

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:46:28 +1300

The Pacific Tsunami Center says the tsunami threat following the 7.8 quake off Solomon Islands this morning has largely passed but some countries remain on alert.



Stop-go murderer sentenced to minimum 17 years

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:31:33 +1300

The man who killed road worker George Taiaroa, as he operated a stop-go sign in Waikato in 2013, has been sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 17 years.



Pioneering astronaut John Glenn dies

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:23:27 +1300

Former astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, has died at the age of 95.



Record number of Māori medical graduates

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:18:20 +1300

Forty-five Māori medical students will graduate from the University of Otago tomorrow - a record number for a New Zealand medical school.



Solomons to work more closely with Sri Lanka

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:17:01 +1300

The Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade says the country is keen to work with Sri Lanka on regional security.



That leadership 'election': Have we just been played?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:06:07 +1300

Opinion - After National politicians' feverish jockeying for position this week, Simon Wilson wonders if it was all just an elaborate show.



Terrorism threat to UK 'unprecedented' - MI6

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:58:47 +1300

The scale of the terrorism threat to the UK is "unprecedented", the new head of MI6 says.



Not satisfied with 7, Mick Jagger welcomes 8th child

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:52:19 +1300

Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger has become a father again at age 73, after his American ballerina girlfriend Melanie Hamrick gave birth to a boy.



How the tsunami threat for the Pacific islands unfolded

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:50:09 +1300

A tsunami threat in the Pacific from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake has largely passed, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says.



Is Goff reinventing the wheel to solve housing crisis?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:46:25 +1300

Analysis -Auckland's mayor has launched a new taskforce to tackle the city's housing crisis. Todd Niall considers the move, and how it differs from other attempts to solve the problem.



Pacific tsunami threat 'largely passed' - warning centre

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:25:52 +1300

A tsunami threat in the Pacific from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake has largely passed, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says.



Fairfax 'not in discussions' over offer for NZ arm

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:58:20 +1300

An unsolicited mystery offer has emerged for the New Zealand operations of Australia's Fairfax Media.



Five rescued from car crashed down bank

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:58:18 +1300

Firefighters have rescued five people from a car that crashed down a bank at Pukerua Bay on the Kapiti Coast.



As it happened: Tsunami threat for Pacific islands

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:54:22 +1300

A tsunami warning is in place for many Pacific islands after a magnitude 7.8 quake struck off the Solomon Islands this morning. Follow rolling updates here.



Pacific students encouraged to go for STEM scholarships

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:40:25 +1300

New Zealand's Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is calling for Pacific tertiary students to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics.



Is Bill English boring? 'I like to think I'm steady'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:10:00 +1300

New Zealand's Prime Minister-in-waiting Bill English says he's not boring, and hopes to continue his focus on social investment.



Govt to put millions toward Kaikōura mental health

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:33:08 +1300

The government is to pay $3.76 million to build a new health centre in Kaikōura and address mental health demands in areas affected by the recent earthquakes.



Worries as historic video, audio on the move

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:28:45 +1300

Staff at the country's audio and video archive have been told jobs will be lost in a restructure that is to go ahead in March.



Backing for GAO view on minimum wage in American Samoa

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:34:50 +1300

American Samoa's StarKist Samoa cannery has commended the US Government Accountability Office's suggestions to ease concerns about federally mandated increases in the minimum wage.



Law gives abuse victims 'incentive' to blow compo money

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:31:11 +1300

A man who was abused in state care says he can't save his compensation for himself or his children because his welfare payments will be cut.



Seven people prosecuted for illegally streaming Parker fight

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:31:10 +1300

Sky TV is warning people against streaming Joseph Parker's fight tomorrow, after seven people were prosecuted for illegally streaming one of his fights in July.



CNMI Senate passes salary hike for elected officials

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:19:22 +1300

Politicians and judges in the Northern Marianas are very close to securing huge wage increases.



International Anti-Corruption Day marked in Solomons

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:17:21 +1300

The Solomon Islands is marking International Anti-Corruption Day today with a series of events beginning with a march through the capital Honiara this morning.



Iwi wealth reaches $6 billion

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:45:35 +1300

A new report shows Ngāti Whātuā ō Ōrākei and Ngāi Tahu are leading the way in financial performance by iwi.



Tough decisions await English as PM

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:45:35 +1300

Bill English has yet to be sworn in as Prime Minister and is already facing pressure over a possible early election and questions around who will make up his Cabinet.



Call for govt help to quake-proof central Wgtn homes

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:47 +1300

Wellington's inner city residents say they will need financial support if they are to strengthen earthquake-prone buildings.



Horse-training course closure 'absolutely ridiculous'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:04:27 +1300

Former students of the South Island's only residential horse-training course say shutting it down will stop others getting into the industry.



Easy as pie? English still has lessons to learn

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:42:56 +1300

Power Play - Bill English is known to celebrate Budget Day with a meat pie, and deserves a pastry treat today, writes Jane Patterson



More by-elections than you can shake a stick at

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:41:25 +1300

Analysis - David Shearer's early exit would push the taxpayer's by-election bill this term to $3m. Would a snap election save some pain?



NZ's steepest street to get its own toilet

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:09:22 +1300

New Zealand's steepest known street will finally get a public toilet for the droves of tourists who visit daily, alleviating demand on local businesses.



Life between landslips

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:57:19 +1300

While limited access has been achieved to and from Kaikōura, three weeks after the big one, many in surrounding settlements remain cut off.



Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plunges

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:36:42 +1300

A dramatic drop in giraffe populations over the past 30 years is worrying conservationists.



English set to be PM as rivals drop out

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:20:05 +1300

Bill English is set to replace John Key as Prime Minister, after the only other contenders bowed out of the contest for National's leadership.



Officers cleared of assault to face other inquiries

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:51:35 +1300

Four police officers found not guilty of assaulting a man during an arrest in Napier last year will now face employment and IPCA investigations.



Police hunt armed man after AOS call-out

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:51:13 +1300

Police are still looking for a man in New Plymouth they say is armed and dangerous, after the Armed Offenders Squad failed to find him.



Power cut: Bullet casings found at transmission towers

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:43:55 +1300

Power has been restored to thousands of homes and businesses in the Far North after a suspected vandalism attack on transmission towers.



Another hotel resort to go up on CNMI's Saipan

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:38:50 +1300

An international investor group, led by the former chairman of the board of the Northern Marianas' Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino, plans to build a $US75 million hotel on Saipan.



TAIC releases results of train crash investigations

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:20:47 +1300

Inquiries into three separate train crashes, including one which critically injured an excavating machine driver, have been released.



Inmates get a taste of saving, investing and budgeting

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:20:28 +1300

A financial literacy workshop has given inmates at Rimutaka Prison insights into saving, setting up a bank account and getting a loan.



Australian redback spider found in Northland

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:20:01 +1300

A venomous Australian redback spider has been found in Northland.



$4 million funding boost for colonoscopy tests

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:20:00 +1300

The government is giving district health boards an extra $4 million to deliver more colonoscopy tests.



Wgtn's Reading Cinema car park to be demolished

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:05:40 +1300

The parking building, in the capital city's CBD, was badly damaged during the recent 7.8 magnitude quake.



Inmates found being filmed while using toilets

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:00:15 +1300

The Ombudsman has unearthed evidence of some prisoners being filmed while strip-searched or using the toilet.



Who is NZ's likely new prime minister?

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:51:25 +1300

Analysis - After a 26-year apprenticeship, Bill English will be confirmed as Prime Minister on Monday. There are plenty of challenges ahead, writes Brent Edwards.



Shanton Fashions back in receivership

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:38:31 +1300

Women's clothing retailer Shanton Fashions is in receivership again - just 16 months after a new buyer took possession of the troubled chain.



Two injured in bus crash north of Auckland

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:38:13 +1300

A bus carrying 42 people has collided with a van on State Highway 1 north of Auckland.



Acting students conspired against teacher - defence

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:38:13 +1300

The defence counsel for an actor facing sex charges has argued four students conspired together because they were embarrassed about kissing their teacher.



Goff to set up new housing taskforce

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:38:11 +1300

Auckland mayor Phil Goff has confirmed he is setting up a wide-ranging taskforce to tackle the city's housing shortage.



The race to be PM: how it happened

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:24:46 +1300

Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have cleared the path for Bill English. Look back at this afternoon's live online coverage here.



Pacific Tuna Commission divided on conservation

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:09:00 +1300

Conservation and management measures for depleted tuna stocks in the Pacific have polarised the membership of the Pacific Tuna Commission.



Economy expected to stay stronger for longer

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:05:41 +1300

The government is expecting economic growth of 3.6 percent this year, easing to about 2.3 percent by 2021, ahead of its May forecast.



UN weighs in on PNG coal debate

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:51:52 +1300

The United Nations Development Programme has weighed into the debate in Papua New Guinea on whether to develop a coal industry.



Fiji's top judge disappointed at lack of constituencies

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:51:52 +1300

Fiji's Chief Justice Anthony Gates says he is a bit disappointed the parliament has no constituency seats.



'Games of national significance' bill to get a go

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:17:38 +1300

An NZ First MP's bill, which would require significant sports matches to be broadcast live free-to-air, has been drawn from the ballot.



Quake creates 'gnarly' river rapid

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:57:38 +1300

Toby Johnstone's home was red-stickered after the Kaikōura earthquake, but the kayaker has found a silver lining to the shake.



Rena wreck ruling hailed as landmark

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:41:36 +1300

A ruling by the Environment Court, which found councils could control fishing to protect native species, sets a nation-wide precedent, Forest & Bird says.



Vanuatu parliament sitting deferred after boycott

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:31:44 +1300

The speaker of Vanuatu's parliament has adjourned today's sitting because of an opposition boycott.



Joyce to be Finance Minister if English PM

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:29:37 +1300

Bill English will appoint Steven Joyce as Finance Minister if he wins the National Party leadership, he says.



US seeks more info from Fiji over deportation

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:27:44 +1300

The US Embassy in Suva is investigating last week's deportation of a woman from Fiji to Los Angeles over allegations she swore at the President Jioji Konrote.



Too expensive to repair Christchurch stadium - mayor

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:20:06 +1300

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says a report has found restoring Lancaster Park would cost at least $250m, making it uneconomic.



World Tuna Day announced by UN

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:14:53 +1300

The United Nations General Assembly has voted today to make May 2nd World Tuna Day.



Sport: Parker v Ruiz tipped as fight of the year

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:04:17 +1300

Joseph Parker's trainer, Kevin Barry, says Saturday's WBO world heavyweight title fight in Auckland will be the "best heavyweight matchup of the year".



New Ireland governor casts more doubt on PNG seabed mining

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:01:06 +1300

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's New Ireland province has cast further doubt on the viability of seabed mining.



Auckland mall evacuated after fire at supermarket

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:48:12 +1300

A switchboard that caught fire, forcing a west Auckland shopping centre to be evacuated, has been put out by fire fighters.



Fiji real estate agent says land laws costing jobs and investment

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:41:47 +1300

A real estate agent in Fiji says jobs and investment are being lost by land laws that are driving foreigners to sell their properties.



Ardern could stand for Mt Albert if Shearer steps down

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:35:53 +1300

Labour Party list MP Jacinda Ardern is considering a tilt at the seat of Mount Albert, if a by-election is held when sitting MP David Shearer steps down.



New Caledonia nickel plant strike suspended for talks

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:23:23 +1300

A meeting has been called in New Caledonia on Monday between the government and striking workers of the Koniambo nickel plant.



Sport: OFC champs Auckland City prepared for Club World Cup

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:11:16 +1300

The Auckland City assistant coach Ivan Vicelich believes his side is as prepared as they can be for the FIFA Club World Cup, which starts in Japan tonight.



Fiji again seeks visa-free EU access

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:04:41 +1300

Fiji has again asked the European Union to grant it citizen visa-free access to the 26 countries making up the Schengen Area.



Bill English's backing builds in PM battle

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:31:43 +1300

Votes for Bill English are stacking up in the National Party leadership contest but there has yet to be any public declaration of support for Jonathan Coleman or Judith Collins.



Parker's 'heavy security team' keeping close watch

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:25:12 +1300

Joseph Parker's parents will be watching closely as their son contends the WBO world heavyweight boxing title this weekend - the first New Zealand fighter to do so.



Bennett says she's right for deputy as she's about people

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:14:37 +1300

Paula Bennett would bring her skills in engaging with people to a role as deputy Prime Minister, she says.



Serious concerns for missing Whangarei man's safety

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:50:18 +1300

Northland Police are urgently seeking sightings of a Whangarei man, saying they have serious concerns for his safety.



Tonga submits extradition request for US murder suspect

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:40:40 +1300

Tonga has officially submitted a request to the US to extradite Dean Jay Fletcher, the US citizen wanted for the murder in Tonga.



Home detention sentence for P possession

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:34:42 +1300

An Auckland woman has been sentenced to 11 months home detention and 100 hours of community work for possessing methamphetamine for supply.



Police put people at risk during Auckland chase

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:34:38 +1300

Police officers who rammed their patrol cars into a vehicle they were chasing broke pursuit rules and put road users at risk, the police watchdog has found.



David Shearer to quit, Labour 'ready' for early election

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:27:37 +1300

Labour's foreign affairs spokesperson David Shearer is set to leave Parliament, which could prompt a byelection in Auckland's Mt Albert.



Sport: PNG still keen to host Commonwealth Games

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:22:04 +1300

The Papua New Guinea government says hosting the Commonwealth Games remains a long-term goal.