Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:02:35 +1300Vanuatu's speaker of Parliament has called off a scheduled special session after a request from the Prime Minister Charlot Salwai.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:02:34 +1300United Liberation Movement for West Papua leaders have been lobbying at the United Nations in New York about their self-determination struggle in Indonesia.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:46:52 +1300About 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:45:53 +1300The Commission for Financial Capability says contributions should increase and over-65's should be allowed to join.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:42:01 +1300Residents in the area around a condemned central Wellington car park could be out of their homes until March.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:41:21 +1300South Korean lawmakers will vote on Friday on dismissing embattled president Park Geun-hye from office.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:38:44 +1300Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett is "quietly confident" she has enough support to become National's deputy leader.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:47:09 +1300The 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:11:53 +1300Organisers of the inaugural Pacific Women's Sports Leadership Program believe there is a strong appetite for the event to expand.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:52:42 +1300A van driver has been killed in a collision with a bus on Auckland's North Shore.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:42:30 +1300Syria's army has suspended combat operations in eastern Aleppo, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:38:13 +1300The government has extended its wage subsidy package for quake-affected businesses in and around Kaikōura for a further eight weeks.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:36:21 +1300The hearing for a bail variation for the Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts has been deferred until next month.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:11:21 +1300The trial of an actor on sex charges has been aborted.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:07:43 +1300Downing Street has said British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's comments on Saudi Arabia do not represent "the government's position".
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:07:36 +1300Kaikōura 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:05:33 +1300The Fire Service has put out a blaze in a cooking building at Hutt Valley High School.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:04:39 +1300A company director and an Auckland Transport senior official have been found guilty of giving and accepting bribes of more than $1 million.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:57:24 +1300The Fiji women's rugby team are expecting a high-pace affair in the final World Cup qualifying tournament in Hong Kong.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:57:23 +1300The 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:52:53 +1300Nauru's Minister of Transport and Health, Valdon Dowiyogo, has died suddenly in Russia.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:46:47 +1300People 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:46:28 +1300The 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:31:33 +1300The 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:23:27 +1300Former astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, has died at the age of 95.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:18:20 +1300Forty-five Māori medical students will graduate from the University of Otago tomorrow - a record number for a New Zealand medical school.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:17:01 +1300The Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade says the country is keen to work with Sri Lanka on regional security.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:06:07 +1300Opinion - After National politicians' feverish jockeying for position this week, Simon Wilson wonders if it was all just an elaborate show.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:58:47 +1300The scale of the terrorism threat to the UK is "unprecedented", the new head of MI6 says.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:52:19 +1300Rolling 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:50:09 +1300A tsunami threat in the Pacific from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake has largely passed, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:46:25 +1300Analysis -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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:25:52 +1300A tsunami threat in the Pacific from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake has largely passed, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:58:20 +1300An unsolicited mystery offer has emerged for the New Zealand operations of Australia's Fairfax Media.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:58:18 +1300Firefighters have rescued five people from a car that crashed down a bank at Pukerua Bay on the Kapiti Coast.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:54:22 +1300A 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:40:25 +1300New Zealand's Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is calling for Pacific tertiary students to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:10:00 +1300New Zealand's Prime Minister-in-waiting Bill English says he's not boring, and hopes to continue his focus on social investment.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:33:08 +1300The 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:28:45 +1300Staff 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:34:50 +1300American 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:31:11 +1300A 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:31:10 +1300Sky 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:19:22 +1300Politicians and judges in the Northern Marianas are very close to securing huge wage increases.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:17:21 +1300The Solomon Islands is marking International Anti-Corruption Day today with a series of events beginning with a march through the capital Honiara this morning.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:45:35 +1300A new report shows Ngāti Whātuā ō Ōrākei and Ngāi Tahu are leading the way in financial performance by iwi.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:45:35 +1300Bill 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:47 +1300Wellington's inner city residents say they will need financial support if they are to strengthen earthquake-prone buildings.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:04:27 +1300Former students of the South Island's only residential horse-training course say shutting it down will stop others getting into the industry.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:42:56 +1300Power Play - Bill English is known to celebrate Budget Day with a meat pie, and deserves a pastry treat today, writes Jane Patterson
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:41:25 +1300Analysis - David Shearer's early exit would push the taxpayer's by-election bill this term to $3m. Would a snap election save some pain?
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:09:22 +1300New Zealand's steepest known street will finally get a public toilet for the droves of tourists who visit daily, alleviating demand on local businesses.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:57:19 +1300While limited access has been achieved to and from Kaikōura, three weeks after the big one, many in surrounding settlements remain cut off.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:36:42 +1300A dramatic drop in giraffe populations over the past 30 years is worrying conservationists.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:20:05 +1300Bill English is set to replace John Key as Prime Minister, after the only other contenders bowed out of the contest for National's leadership.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:51:35 +1300Four police officers found not guilty of assaulting a man during an arrest in Napier last year will now face employment and IPCA investigations.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:51:13 +1300Police are still looking for a man in New Plymouth they say is armed and dangerous, after the Armed Offenders Squad failed to find him.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:43:55 +1300Power has been restored to thousands of homes and businesses in the Far North after a suspected vandalism attack on transmission towers.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:38:50 +1300An 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.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:20:47 +1300Inquiries into three separate train crashes, including one which critically injured an excavating machine driver, have been released.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:20:28 +1300A financial literacy workshop has given inmates at Rimutaka Prison insights into saving, setting up a bank account and getting a loan.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:20:01 +1300A venomous Australian redback spider has been found in Northland.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:20:00 +1300The government is giving district health boards an extra $4 million to deliver more colonoscopy tests.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:05:40 +1300The parking building, in the capital city's CBD, was badly damaged during the recent 7.8 magnitude quake.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:00:15 +1300The Ombudsman has unearthed evidence of some prisoners being filmed while strip-searched or using the toilet.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:51:25 +1300Analysis - After a 26-year apprenticeship, Bill English will be confirmed as Prime Minister on Monday. There are plenty of challenges ahead, writes Brent Edwards.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:38:31 +1300Women's clothing retailer Shanton Fashions is in receivership again - just 16 months after a new buyer took possession of the troubled chain.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:38:13 +1300A bus carrying 42 people has collided with a van on State Highway 1 north of Auckland.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:38:13 +1300The defence counsel for an actor facing sex charges has argued four students conspired together because they were embarrassed about kissing their teacher.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:38:11 +1300Auckland mayor Phil Goff has confirmed he is setting up a wide-ranging taskforce to tackle the city's housing shortage.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:24:46 +1300Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have cleared the path for Bill English. Look back at this afternoon's live online coverage here.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:09:00 +1300Conservation and management measures for depleted tuna stocks in the Pacific have polarised the membership of the Pacific Tuna Commission.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:05:41 +1300The government is expecting economic growth of 3.6 percent this year, easing to about 2.3 percent by 2021, ahead of its May forecast.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:51:52 +1300The United Nations Development Programme has weighed into the debate in Papua New Guinea on whether to develop a coal industry.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:51:52 +1300Fiji's Chief Justice Anthony Gates says he is a bit disappointed the parliament has no constituency seats.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:17:38 +1300An NZ First MP's bill, which would require significant sports matches to be broadcast live free-to-air, has been drawn from the ballot.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:57:38 +1300Toby Johnstone's home was red-stickered after the Kaikōura earthquake, but the kayaker has found a silver lining to the shake.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:41:36 +1300A ruling by the Environment Court, which found councils could control fishing to protect native species, sets a nation-wide precedent, Forest & Bird says.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:31:44 +1300The speaker of Vanuatu's parliament has adjourned today's sitting because of an opposition boycott.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:29:37 +1300Bill English will appoint Steven Joyce as Finance Minister if he wins the National Party leadership, he says.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:27:44 +1300The 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.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:20:06 +1300Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says a report has found restoring Lancaster Park would cost at least $250m, making it uneconomic.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:14:53 +1300The United Nations General Assembly has voted today to make May 2nd World Tuna Day.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:04:17 +1300Joseph Parker's trainer, Kevin Barry, says Saturday's WBO world heavyweight title fight in Auckland will be the "best heavyweight matchup of the year".
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:01:06 +1300The Governor of Papua New Guinea's New Ireland province has cast further doubt on the viability of seabed mining.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:48:12 +1300A switchboard that caught fire, forcing a west Auckland shopping centre to be evacuated, has been put out by fire fighters.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:41:47 +1300A real estate agent in Fiji says jobs and investment are being lost by land laws that are driving foreigners to sell their properties.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:35:53 +1300Labour 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.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:23:23 +1300A meeting has been called in New Caledonia on Monday between the government and striking workers of the Koniambo nickel plant.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:11:16 +1300The 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.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:04:41 +1300Fiji has again asked the European Union to grant it citizen visa-free access to the 26 countries making up the Schengen Area.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:31:43 +1300Votes 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.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:25:12 +1300Joseph 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.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:14:37 +1300Paula Bennett would bring her skills in engaging with people to a role as deputy Prime Minister, she says.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:50:18 +1300Northland Police are urgently seeking sightings of a Whangarei man, saying they have serious concerns for his safety.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:40:40 +1300Tonga has officially submitted a request to the US to extradite Dean Jay Fletcher, the US citizen wanted for the murder in Tonga.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:34:42 +1300An Auckland woman has been sentenced to 11 months home detention and 100 hours of community work for possessing methamphetamine for supply.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:34:38 +1300Police 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.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:27:37 +1300Labour's foreign affairs spokesperson David Shearer is set to leave Parliament, which could prompt a byelection in Auckland's Mt Albert.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:22:04 +1300The Papua New Guinea government says hosting the Commonwealth Games remains a long-term goal.