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Auckland drivers trapped in cars by heavy rain

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:17:22 +1300

A man who towed motorists trapped in floodwaters to safety in rural South Auckland says he lost count of how many cars he pulled out.

Phone bill for Solomons MP tops 50K

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:13:01 +1300

An unnamed MP in the Solomon Islands who wracked up more than $US50,000 on his monthly phone bill has caused a public outcry in the country.

Cyclone Debbie: Queensland braced for dangerous floods

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:09:12 +1300

A 1300km stretch of Australia's north-east coast is at dangerous risk of flooding in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, which has also left three people injured.

Truckies quitting over 'dangerous' alternative highway - union

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:05:39 +1300

At least 12 truck drivers have quit because they are concerned about the safety of a new alternative highway between Picton and Christchurch, their union says.

Police officer leaps into water to help kayakers

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:59:17 +1300

A police officer has leapt into the sea from a helicopter to rescue two kayakers who were in trouble in Auckland's Manukau Harbour.

Canadian mining giant denies ordering police operation at Porgera mine

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:55:22 +1300

A Canadian company is denying allegations it ordered a raid on a village near the Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea.

'Choke points' cause Kapiti commuter pain

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:41:01 +1300

The new $630m Kapiti Expressway was built to cut down travel time into the capital, but commuters say it is having the opposite effect.

Search for Auckland woman to be scaled back

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:36:16 +1300

Police looking for Kim Bambus, 21, say they are coming to the end of their options to find her.

NZ's R&D spend rises but still lags globally

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:23:37 +1300

Spending on research and development in New Zealand has risen, but continues to lag globally.

Hit & Run: NZDF's village doesn't exist - lawyers

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:12:13 +1300

A raid involving New Zealand SAS soldiers in Afghanistan could not have taken place in Tirgiran Village as the NZDF claimed, because there is no such village, say lawyers.

Insurance levies to rise by about $40 a year

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:10:12 +1300

House, contents and car insurance levies will rise by about $40 a year to fund the new unified national fire and emergency services.

Com Com delays NZME-Fairfax decision again

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:08:43 +1300

A decision on the proposed merger between NZME and Fairfax NZ has been deferred for a second time after the two companies tabled a lengthy new submission.

Murder-accused: 'I was going to go to jail for her'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:37:35 +1300

A man accused of killing a 15-month-old has told a jury he would have been willing to go to prison for the boy's mother if she had told him she was responsible.

Over 100 flights grounded by Wellington fog

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:30:37 +1300

Hundreds of people are stranded at Wellington Airport as fog stops all flights in and out of the city.

Nicotine e-cigarettes to be made legal

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:23:36 +1300

The government says vaping is less harmful than smoking and the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be made legal.

Trial date set in Fiji sedition case

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:01:42 +1300

A new trial date has been set in Fiji for 14 people accused of sedition.

Solomon Islands site for fourth USP campus ready

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:51:26 +1300

The government of Solomon Islands says the site offered to the University of the South Pacific for its fourth campus is now ready for development.

Logo change nothing to do with Red Peak - Morgan

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:47:55 +1300

Gareth Morgan's Opportunities Party will change its logo, but insists it is not a reaction to criticism it looks too similar to the flag design.

Solomons justice minister on drink drive charge

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:35:44 +1300

The Solomon Islands justice minister William Marau has pleaded guilty to a charge of drink driving.

Muri algae clearing say Cook Island authorities

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:25:35 +1300

The Cook Islands tourism chief says a drop off in algae growth in the Muri lagoon is no reason to sit back.

Fiji sugar mine closure will have 'devastating impact'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:25:34 +1300

Fiji's National Farmers Union says the decision to close the Penang Mill will have a devastating impact on the Ra economy.

Man who left bail address a serious risk, police say

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:02:36 +1300

Police are looking for a man who they say has taken off from his bail address in Auckland and is a serious risk to a woman he knows.

Pilot killed in West Coast chopper crash named

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:40:01 +1300

The helicopter pilot who died in a crash on the South Island's West Coast on Monday has been named.

Mother shocked to receive 'horrific' pics of dead son

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:10:21 +1300

The mother of an Auckland teenager who killed himself is shocked court officials sent her "graphic" photos of his body.

Ministry apologises to mother over photos of dead son

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:08:58 +1300

The Ministry of Justice is changing its policies after a woman received graphic police photographs of her son.

Australia rebuffs PNG aid change bid

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:27:53 +1300

Australia says aid is not charity and that taxpayers expect aid expenditure to benefit their own country.

Another person in New Caledonia dies of dengue

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:18:44 +1300

Another person has died of dengue in New Caledonia.

Fiji Times sedition case delayed

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:13:11 +1300

The hearing for sedition charges against the Fiji Times newspaper has been delayed until May.

Tourists making world's steepest street unsafe

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:26:34 +1300

Things are not all rosy on Dunedin's Baldwin St, with tourists trying to drive heavy vehicles up, venturing onto properties for photos and peering into windows, a resident says.

Sport: Samoa protest against transgender lifters competing against women

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:26:27 +1300

Samoa says it's unfair for transgender weightlifters to compete in women's divisions and plan to take their protest to the top.

Town looks like war zone after Cyclone Debbie - mayor

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:25:24 +1300

Two yachties are missing, roads are cut and power is out to tens of thousands of homes after Cyclone Debbie slammed into northern Queensland yesterday.

Sport: Veremalua, Katonibau bolster Fiji 7s squad

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:13:40 +1300

Jasa Veremalua and Isake Katonibau have been recalled to the Fiji sevens team for next month's World Series tournaments in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Tahiti court defers verdict in Vernaudon case

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:38:05 +1300

The criminal court in French Polynesia has deferred its verdict in the case of a former mayor of Mahina, accused of abusing public funds.

Lack of money leaves Vanuatu schools needing teachers

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:38:04 +1300

The Vanuatu Teaching Service Commission says more than 300 extra teachers are needed in schools but it doesn't have the money to pay for them.

Sport: PNG Kapuls face tough ask in Tahiti

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:14:52 +1300

Papua New Guinea are looking forward to having 11 men on the pitch against Tahiti in tonight's Group B return leg match in Papeete.

Sport: Fiji look to the future after All Whites advance to OFC qualifying final

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:14:51 +1300

Fiji is already looking ahead to 2022 after New Zealand prevailed 2-0 in Wellington last night to advance to the final stage of Oceania qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Got a free bed for a Lions fan?

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:05:12 +1300

One man hopes to give travelling Lions fans a taste of Kiwi culture through the time-honoured tradition of billeting.

Salmonella prompts Tahiti chicken cull

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:49:36 +1300

There has been another salmonella outbreak in French Polynesia, prompting the culling of 12,000 chickens.

Tertiary staff under pressure to pass students - survey

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:38:08 +1300

Lecturers and tutors are under increasing pressure to pass students who should be failed, the Tertiary Education Union says.

First dengue case in Futuna

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:23:57 +1300

The first case of dengue has been detected on the French Pacific island of Futuna.

Synlait profits slightly up

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:04:06 +1300

Canterbury-based dairy company Synlait Milk has reported a slightly higher first-half profit.

Fiji kava exporter calls for price regulation

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:15:23 +1300

A Fiji kava exporter is calling on government to regulate skyrocketing kava prices.

Outrage over UK paper's 'Legs-it' front page

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:58:01 +1300

UK tabloid The Daily Mail is facing international scorn for a front page that pictured British Prime Minister Theresa May and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and asked "who won Legs-it".

LNG Project landowners take initiative with equity offer

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:47:08 +1300

Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill has been urged to accept an offer by landowners for an equity arrangement in the LNG project.

Forum welcomes China's "Maritime Silk Road"

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:47:07 +1300

The Pacific Islands Forum has welcomed China's push to establish a 21st century Maritime Silk Road which will include Oceania and East Africa.

PNG parliament adjourned amid big no-show

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:47:06 +1300

Papua New Guinea's parliament will resume this morning after being suspended yesterday for lack of a qourum.

Govt told to scrap 'cumbersome' planning regime

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:15:12 +1300

The Resource Management Act should be scrapped and replaced with one law that covers both housing and the environment, a report says.

Lead exposure linked to lower IQ

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:18 +1300

High lead levels, mainly from exhaust fumes, in New Zealand cities during the 1970s and 1980s appear to have led to a loss of intelligence in adults, researchers say.

Judge hits back at CYF threat to take children

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:16 +1300

Child Youth and Family threatened to take four children off a couple after they went to court to force the agency to help them.

Māori whānau get new advice for supporting LGBTQI kids

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:56:12 +1300

Māori whānau raising gay or gender diverse children have a new resource to help them talk to young people who come out.

Desert Rd closing for up to 6 hours

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:54:57 +1300

Authorities will close the road at 11.30am to recover a truck that crashed early this morning. Authorities will close the Desert Road at 11.30am to recover a truck that crashed...

Plan to rezone Chch land criticised

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:54:56 +1300

The council believes the 125 hectares of low-lying land is suitable for homes, but critics say enough land is already available for housing in the city.

Rural doctor shortage: GPs considered 'lesser beings'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:41:23 +1300

Dr John Burton is a lifeline for people in the isolated Waikato community of Kawhia, but, he says, GPs are considered "lesser beings" so job training is not producing good doctors for rural areas.

Scotland to seek second independence referendum

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:12:18 +1300

Scottish MPs voted 69 to 59 to seek a second referendum next year or in 2019.

Rare whales' calls heard for first time in Cook Strait

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:59:21 +1300

A scientist has captured the sounds of rare whales, some likely for the first time in New Zealand.

Trump overturns Obama climate change policies

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:46:12 +1300

Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will undo a plan to slash carbon emissions and cut then Environmental Protection Agency's budget.

Tonga urged to appoint trade commissioner to NZ

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:26:01 +1300

A community leader in Auckland is urging Tonga's government to appoint a trade commissioner to New Zealand, saying the markets offer a lot of untapped potential.

'Terrifying': Cyclone Debbie slams into Queensland

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:39:46 +1300

The storm has weakened but the full devastation brought by Cyclone Debbie will not be revealed until morning.

Cyclone Debbie - look back at RNZ's coverage

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:46:41 +1300

Look back on RNZ's coverage of Cyclone Debbie as it made landfall on northern Queensland in Australia, bringing pounding rain and damaging winds.

Auckland Council told to hurry up on port's future

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:39:13 +1300

Auckland Council needs to get cracking on the future of the city's downtown port, a high-powered delegation says.

Cliff at centre of search for missing Aucklander

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:38:26 +1300

Police searching for Kim Bambus, 21, who has not been seen since Friday, are turning their focus to a cliff in Piha.

Murder-accused says he lied to police after baby's death

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:54:23 +1300

A man accused of killing a 15-month-old says he gave a false statement to try to protect the boy's mother.

NZ and China 'will be able to scale the highest peaks'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:32:50 +1300

An upgraded free trade deal between China and New Zealand was on the menu at a gala lunch in honour of the Chinese Premier today.

Kaumātua stake hapū claim to Motiti Island

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:27:38 +1300

Kaumātua from Motiti Island in Bay of Plenty have been granted an urgent hearing in the Waitangi Tribunal.

Wellington's Oriental Bay fountain dead in the water

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:34:13 +1300

The iconic fountain has broken down, with the council saying it suspects an electrical fault.

Working bee on Raoul underlines Kermadecs' importance

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:05:24 +1300

The New Zealand Department of Conservation's outgoing senior ranger for Raoul Island says the Kermadecs remains an outpost of great importance to the country.

Cyber crime agency held back by quake

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:52:38 +1300

The launch of a national agency to combat cyber crime has been delayed by three weeks due to the Kaikōura earthquake.

Report into Havelock North water crisis delayed

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:51:58 +1300

The deadline for the full report into Havelock North's water contamination crisis has been pushed back nine months.

Profits in NZ's IT sector continue to shrink

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:49:40 +1300

Profitability in the IT sector in New Zealand has shrunk to a trickle, a new report has found.

Afghan villagers' lawyers formally call for inquiry

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:47:43 +1300

Lawyers acting for villagers claiming they were caught up in a raid involving New Zealand troops have formally asked for an independent investigation.

Emergency department pushed close to capacity

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:26:16 +1300

People showing up at Wellington's emergency department are being told to expect longer waits.

Two dead after car, truck collide on Canterbury highway

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:43:38 +1300

Police confirm two people were killed in this morning's crash near Culverden.

American Samoa opens Transnational Crime Network

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:10:15 +1300

American Samoa has officially opened its Transnational Crime Network center in Fagatogo, which will link up with the Pacific Transnational Crime Network.

Labour vows to scrap Māori land reform bill

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:33:27 +1300

The Labour Party has pledged to repeal the legislation if it wins the election, describing it as put together "on the fly".

National parks 'not places for motor-powered recreation'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:25:59 +1300

Electric bikes have no place in the Tongariro National Park, despite a government proposal to allow them, says an outdoor advocate.

FSC confidence despite Fiji mill closure

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:59:23 +1300

The Fiji Sugar Corporation has decided to close the Penang Sugar Mill in Rakiraki but the FSC is confident it won't hurt the local economy.

UN seat remains long-term goal for Cook Islands

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:59:21 +1300

The Cook Islands has not given up on an independent seat at the United Nations but says it is not a priority at the moment.

NZ health data likely to move to the cloud - Microsoft

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:49:55 +1300

New Zealand's health sector will need to look overseas for the computing power it will need in the future, says computer giant Microsoft.

Walking, running and korero as relay crosses eight marae

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:38:14 +1300

Whanganui Māori have walked or run the winding banks of the Whanganui River to breathe life into the area.

NZ children in Australia 'anxious' as cyclone approaches

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:22:05 +1300

A New Zealand couple and their young children in Townsville have tied everything down and taped their windows as they brace for the storm.

Tropical cyclones explained

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:21:12 +1300

As Cyclone Debbie bears down on the Queensland coast, here's a guide to how cyclones form, how destructive they can get, and how they get their names.

Is this the future for NZ's local newspapers?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:18:59 +1300

The Marlborough Express will soon publish on only three days a week, after more than 130 years as a daily. Is this a sign of things to come?

P in the sewers: New test results released

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:55:16 +1300

Authorities testing wastewater in Christchurch and Auckland for drugs have found about 700 grams of methamphetamine a week.

Sport: PNG Hunters rip referee after home loss

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:35:51 +1300

The Papua New Guinea Hunters have stuck the boot into the referee after a shock home defeat against the Norths Devils ended their unbeaten start to the Queensland Cup.

Sport: Fiji target "superman" performance against All Whites

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:35:49 +1300

Fiji say they have to play like superheroes if they're to cause an upset and beat New Zealand in tonight's FIFA World Cup qualifying game in Wellington.

'Ongoing risk' of sex abuse at Gloriavale - govt report

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:02:17 +1300

People who left the religious community told government investigators Gloriavale leaders knew about sexual and physical abuse, but did almost nothing about it.

Vietnamese blueboats caught in Solomon Islands

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:46:53 +1300

Three Vietnamese blue boats have been caught fishing illegally off a reef system in the Solomon Islands' Rennell and Bellona province.

School children killed in Japanese avalanche

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:41:26 +1300

Seven Japanese high school students and their teacher have been killed in an avalanche at a ski resort.

Police at scene of fatal West Coast helicopter crash

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:41:19 +1300

Police are now at the remote area near Reefton where a light helicopter crashed yesterday, killing one person.

Tahiti test veterans say 'new generation' has to take over job one day

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:38:24 +1300

French Polynesia's Nuclear Workers' Association says it's important younger generations get involved in the battle for justice over nuclear testing in the Pacific.

Nauru gets new acting magistrate

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:06:02 +1300

Nauru has appointed a lawyer from Fiji as the new acting magistrate of the District Court.

Tahiti's dengue-2 spread halted

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:37:41 +1300

Health authorities in French Polynesia say type-2 dengue no longer poses a threat to the community.

Cows could infect humans with different strain of leptospirosis

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:19:04 +1300

Infected dairy cows pose a risk to humans, a new study of Leptospirosis has found.

Hunt continues for baseball bat attackers

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:18:42 +1300

The police are still hunting for the people who used baseball bats to beat a father and son in Palmerston North.

Sport: PNG Football appeal red card

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:04:03 +1300

The Papua New Guinea Football Association has appealed to FIFA over David Browne's sending off in last week's World Cup qualifying defeat against Tahiti.

Call for Fiji Times sedition charge to be dropped

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:04:01 +1300

Amnesty International says sedition charges against The Fiji Times could have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and for other news outlets in the country.

Queensland's 5 worst cyclones

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:29:56 +1300

As Cyclone Debbie hits Australia's Queensland, we look at five of the most devastating weather events to hit the state.

Vanuatu workers snap up 'taste of home'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:07:01 +1300

A Vanuatu food company giving overseas seasonal workers a taste of home is set to increase its workforce as sales rise.

Papua promised 5 percent of Freeport divestment

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:58:48 +1300

Indonesia's Maritime Coordinating Minister says Papua will get five percent from the divestment by copper and gold miner PT Freeport Indonesia.

Giant 100kg gold coin stolen from behind bullet-proof glass

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:45:49 +1300

A giant gold coin worth $US4 million has been stolen from a museum in Germany.