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Port Hills fire: Major cordon to be lifted

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:09:47 +1300

Fire evacuees on Christchurch's Worsleys Road will be allowed back to their homes on Wednesday morning.

Conservation Minister heads to Auckland Islands

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:38:23 +1300

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is visiting sub-antarctic islands to see what a predator-free New Zealand would look like.

High seas: Auckland giraffe sets sail for Australia

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:36:00 +1300

A giraffe from Auckland Zoo has been relocated ahead of its journey across the Tasman.

Anti-fluoride group granted Supreme Court appeal

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:32:49 +1300

A group opposing the fluoridation of South Taranaki's water supply has been granted a hearing in the Supreme Court.

Junior doctors reach roster deal with DHBs

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:31:31 +1300

Junior doctors and their employers have hammered out a deal in their long-running and bitter row over rosters.

Whangarei's Hundertwasser gallery close to a done deal

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:16:44 +1300

The Northland Regional Council will contribute $1.5 million to a Hundertwasser art gallery - making it almost certain the building will go ahead.

Mother seeks compensation for son's death

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:09:36 +1300

A mother taking Wellington's DHB to court says her case could set a precedent for people seeking reparation for deaths in state care.

Indonesia-NZ trade beef reignites

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:05:26 +1300

Indonesia has reignited a trade dispute with New Zealand, lodging an appeal against a WTO ruling.

US tourists among Melbourne plane crash victims

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:59:54 +1300

A charter plane has crashed into a shopping centre near Melbourne's Essendon Airport, bursting into flames and killing all five on board.

Wellington homes evacuated after grenade scare

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:49:06 +1300

A number of homes in the Wellington suburb of Karori were evacuated this evening, after someone spotted a grenade lying in the gutter.

Former senior ministry official jailed for $723k fraud

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:14:23 +1300

A woman who defrauded the Ministry of Transport of $723,000 over four years has been sentenced to three and a half years.

Child seriously injured after being hit by car

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:11:03 +1300

A six-year-old boy is in a serious but stable condition in Waikato Hospital after he was hit by a trailer being towed by an SUV.

Police handling of sensitive crime data causes concern

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:09:21 +1300

Police have been accused of presenting crime statistics in a way which could unwittingly identify the individuals involved.

Murder-accused claims dead man killed his own wife

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:25:48 +1300

A man accused of murdering his friend of 30 years says he believes his friend killed his own wife and mother-in-law.

Politicians fired up over 'kaupapa Māori'

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:21:58 +1300

Analysis - The battle for the Māori seats has developed into a full-blown assault, writes Mihingarangi Forbes.

PGG posts tough first half profits

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:20:12 +1300

The country's biggest rural services firm, PGG Wrightson, has posted a flat first half profit as soft commodity prices made farmers cautious about spending.

Tourism Holdings reports higher profit

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:20:12 +1300

The campervan rental company, Tourism Holdings, has reported a rise in its half-year profit off the back of a strong tourism sector and trans-Tasman growth.

Mercury makes strong first half profit, revenue slightly weaker

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:20:11 +1300

Mercury has made a strong first half net profit, despite weaker revenue.

Search for missing woman near Taupō

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:19:37 +1300

A search is under way near Taupō for a woman missing since early this morning.

Kacific puts in order for new Asia Pacific satellite

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:54:47 +1300

A Singapore-based satellite operator has put in an order for a new satellite which aims to bring high speed broadband to remote and unconnected areas in the Pacific and South East Asia.

Port Hills fire: State of emergency extended

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:38:34 +1300

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the state of emergency covering Christchurch and Selwyn has been extended to next week.

'Amazing' escape in Auckland scaffolding collapse

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:36:15 +1300

A witness is amazed no-one was killed when scaffolding collapsed with seven workers on it at the Panmure Bridge in East Auckland.

Fiji's Rabuka struggling for niche: academic

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:06:50 +1300

A former Fijian coup leader and prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka is struggling for a niche in Fiji's new political landscape according to a scholar of Fiji politics.

Treaty settlement conditional on housing project, says iwi

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:49:50 +1300

An Auckland iwi says its Treaty settlement won't go ahead if Parliament does not enact a bill allowing it to build houses on a reserve.

Tertiary institutions miss Māori and Pasifika targets

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:43:32 +1300

The Tertiary Education Commission is trying a new approach to improve Māori and Pasifika enrolment and pass rates, after institutions missed previous targets.

Comvita blames bad honey crop for $7.1m half year loss

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:58:20 +1300

The country's largest honey products maker is blaming the loss on a drop in sales to China and a bad honey crop.

Hand nearly severed in machete attack

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:43:18 +1300

A man whose hand was almost cut off in a machete attack has been flown to Dunedin Hospital in a serious condition.

Tahiti's Tahoeraa in talks with National Front - report

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:31:41 +1300

French Polynesia's public broadcaster says the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has approached the National Front of France as the country is heading for presidential and then parliamentary elections.

Call for rethink of Niue's constitutional arrangement with NZ

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:09:15 +1300

The outgoing Niue High Commissioner to New Zealand wants a re-assessment of the constitutional arrangement between the two countries.

Maryan Street opts to stay out of Parliament

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:01:42 +1300

Labour list candidate Maryan Street has stood aside to allow Raymond Huo to enter Parliament if Jacinda Ardern wins this weekend's Mt Albert by-election.

Call to regulate beauty industry 'cowboys'

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:00:24 +1300

The discovery of a banned chemical in an Auckland nail salon is prompting renewed calls for beauty industry regulation.

Tourist driver admits hitting cyclist

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:54:22 +1300

A Chinese tourist has pleaded guilty and apologised for hitting a Canadian cyclist on a Dunedin road, leaving him with a serious head injury.

Melbourne plane crash: How it unfolded

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:49:55 +1300

A Melbourne shopping centre is ablaze after a charter plane with five people on board crashed in the city's north. Look back at RNZ's live coverage here.

Samoa's police chief awaits Cabinet approval to return

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:31:59 +1300

Samoa's suspended police chief is awaiting Cabinet approval before he can resume his duties.

Summer finally arrives in Wellington

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:17:38 +1300

Settled, sunny weather has finally arrived in the capital, which has had one of its worst summers in years.

Petition over PNG lease system woes

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:06:49 +1300

A 10,000 signature petition is today being presented to the Papua New Guinea government calling for action on the Special Agriculture Business Leases.

Top mining executive resigns

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:06:47 +1300

The top executive of the Indonesian branch of the mining giant Freeport has resigned only three months into the job.

Labour leader 'should be ashamed'- Sir Pita

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:01:59 +1300

Former Māori Party co-leader Sir Pita Sharples is "totally insulted" by Andrew Little's claim the party has not done enough for Māori.

New Caledonia village warned about nickel in tap water

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:58:52 +1300

Excessive levels of nickel in the water in the New Caledonian village of Kuto have prompted the authorities to urge people to stop drinking tap water.

Melanesian women encouraged to run for office

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:36:27 +1300

A political communicator from Washington DC is empowering Melanesian women to run for office.

Woman injured after assault in Lower Hutt

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:28:55 +1300

Police are looking for a man after a serious assault in Lower Hutt early this morning.

Sir Michael Ogio mourned in Bougainville

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:25:56 +1300

The President of Bougainville says the region is mourning the passing of Papua New Guinea Governor General Sir Michael Ogio.

Protests as British MPs clash on Trump visit

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:23:30 +1300

Thousands of protesters gathered outside the British parliament as MPs debated whether Donald Trump's trip should be downgraded from a state visit.

Sport: Matavesi brothers sign for Newcastle Falcons

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:19:01 +1300

Flying Fijians international Josh Matavesi and his younger brother Joel have signed with the Newcastle Falcons .

Fiji police quiet over cell death post-mortem

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:18:24 +1300

Fiji's Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says he will not make any further comments regarding Vikrant Nand's post-mortem.

Sport: Melanesian sides set the pace at cricket qualifiers

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:56:04 +1300

Vanuatu and Fiji top the standings after two rounds of the East Asia Pacific World Cricket League Qualifier in Bendigo.

18 New Caledonia residents back on provincial roll

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:53:38 +1300

A court in New Caledonia has reinstated 18 people on the provincial electoral roll.

Sponsor Land Rover drops Dan Carter

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:39:13 +1300

Former All Black Dan Carter has been dropped by Land Rover after he was caught drink driving in France.

Kayaker revived after getting trapped beneath waterfall

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:36:57 +1300

A kayaker spent hours "wet, cold, disorientated, injured and coughing blood" after his friend revived him, then went to get help.

Māori Party 'not kaupapa Māori' - Andrew Little

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:13:17 +1300

The Labour leader claims the Māori Party is not kaupapa Māori after hitching its wagon to National, as a new deal between the Māori parties is signed.

Fans ready for The Boss

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:02:00 +1300

Fans have queued for days, and bets are on as to whether Bruce Springsteen will mark the Christchurch quake by playing 'My City of Ruins' at tonight's sold-out show.

Queues as fire-affected Chch residents return home

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:01:23 +1300

Residents of 102 houses off limits for a week smiled as they went through two cordons lifted this morning.

Tonga PM no confidence motion tabled in parliament

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:44:01 +1300

A motion for a vote of no confidence in Tonga's Prime Minister accuses 'Akilisi Pohiva of nepotism, not following due process, abusing his authority and damaging the country's foreign relations.

Tahiti flooding eases, airport open again

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:21:48 +1300

The international airport in French Polynesia has reopened after flooding closed it yesterday afternoon.

Living wage put at $20.20 an hour

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:07:54 +1300

Living wage campaigners want companies to pay at least $20.20 an hour from July - the minimum they say is needed to provide families with necessities.

Trump names new national security adviser

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:07:53 +1300

US President Donald Trump has a new national security adviser, after his first choice was fired three weeks into the job.

Pacific Disability Forum's focus on more inclusive Pacific

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:04:16 +1300

The Pacific Disability Forum is meeting in Samoa this week to focus on building a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for people with disabilities.

PNG gets a host of new political parties

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:55:31 +1300

Nine new political parties were registered on Friday in Papua New Guinea - the highest number ever at any one time.

Sport: Tonga still hopeful of playing at home

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:53:16 +1300

The 'Ikale Tahi are still hopeful of playing in Tonga this year despite confirmation the June test against Wales will not be played in Nuku'alofa.

Should kids cycle on footpaths?

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:31:18 +1300

A cycling advocate says allowing under 12-year-olds to cycle on footpaths, as new report suggests, is a "no-brainer".

Christchurch, Kaikōura turn to Pacific for rebuild workers

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:24:25 +1300

The Kaikōura earthquake could create opportunities for Pacific workers helping with the Christchurch rebuild as part of a trades training programme.

By-election puts Labour-Greens MOU in spotlight

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:12:48 +1300

The parties' agreement to work together has not extended to the Greens giving Jacinda Ardern a clear run at Mt Albert - a safe Labour seat.

Auckland gets 29 new freedom camping spots

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:54:38 +1300

If you live in Auckland, freedom campers may be headed to a street near you.

Grandmother: CYF failed to act over abuse 'red flags'

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:41:50 +1300

A grandmother who repeatedly raised concerns with Child Youth and Family about her granddaughter says the agency ignored obvious red flags.

Immigration centre mobile phone ban overturned

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:38:32 +1300

A last-minute court challenge has overturned a mobile phone ban for New Zealanders in Australian immigration detention centres.

Meth use big factor in psychosis admissions

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:32:54 +1300

Half of the young men admitted to Whangarei hospital's mental health unit are methamphetamine users, a psychiatrist says.

Samoa AG happy with process as Police head's case dismissed

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:57:57 +1300

Samoa's Attorney General says he's satisfied the decision to withdraw 265 charges against the suspended Police Commissioner was reached in an appropriate manner.

Famine declared in South Sudan

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:20:52 +1300

Some 100,000 people face starvation, with a million more on the brink, in the first famine to be declared in any part of the world since 2011.

Russia's UN envoy dies in New York

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:05:58 +1300

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, has died suddenly at work in New York.

US committed to EU, says Mike Pence

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:02:57 +1300

Donald Trump calling Brexit "smart" and NATO "obsolete" has unsettled allies, but his Vice-President says the US supports a united Europe.

Super Fund CEO's increase out of step - SSC

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:39:19 +1300

The State Services Commission will name and shame any government-owned entity that gives huge pay rises to its boss, after the Super Fund CEO got a 23 percent increase.

Kim Jong-nam death sparks diplomatic row

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:36:06 +1300

Malaysia has recalled its envoy to Pyongyang in an escalating row over the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.

Māori and Mana parties sign deal to work together

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:49:44 +1300

The Māori Party and the Mana Party have signed an agreement to work together up until this year's general election.

Niue Premier to be knighted at home by Governor General

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:25:17 +1300

The New Zealand Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy, is to visit the Cook Islands and Niue next month.

CNMI Northern Islands mayor dies

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:20:38 +1300

The Northern Islands mayor in the Marianas Islands, Jerome Aldan, died suddenly on Saturday from what's thought to be a heart attack.

Kaikōura kaimoana ban extended

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:16:45 +1300

The government has extended a ban on collecting shellfish and seaweed species along the Kaikōura coastline for another nine months.

Samoa court dismisses all charges against suspended police commissioner

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:09:53 +1300

The Supreme Court in Samoa has dismissed all charges against the suspended police commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil due to insufficient evidence.

Social worker shortage leaving children at risk, say lawyers

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:01:05 +1300

A shortage of Child Youth and Family social workers and a lack of resources is leaving children at risk of abuse and neglect, say family lawyers.

Super Fund CEO gets 23% pay rise despite objections

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:00:26 +1300

The Prime Minister has put the board of the New Zealand Super Fund on notice, after it approved a significant, 23 percent pay increase for its chief executive.

Port Moresby water supply dangerously low after dam closure

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:46:10 +1300

Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, has less than a week's supply of water for consumption and power generation.

Wealthy not immune to meth 'epidemic' in Waikato

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:40:18 +1300

Methamphetamine dealers in Waikato are targeting wealthier families to make more money, a drug rehabilitation worker says.

Former GP told to apologise for woman's care

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:35:13 +1300

The Health and Disability Commissioner has found a doctor failed to provide reasonable care to a patient with a hand injury, who has been left with permanent damage.

American Samoa has eight confirmed dengue fever cases

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:32:54 +1300

Dengue fever is again on the rise in American Samoa and health authorities are alerting the public to take action to protect themselves and their families.

Nail salon owner fined for using banned glue

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:29:25 +1300

An Auckland nail salon owner has been ordered to pay $13,500 for using a banned chemical substance to glue acrylic nails onto customer's nails.

Helmets to become compulsory for Wallis motorbike users

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:11:54 +1300

In Wallis and Futuna it will soon be compulsory for motorbike and moped users to wear a helmet.

Court rules Dotcom eligible for extradition

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:11:13 +1300

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom says a new court ruling has changed the whole premise of his extradition case.

Hundreds farewell pilot killed in Port Hills crash

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:05:09 +1300

It was standing room only in Christchurch as about 600 people gathered to farewell helicopter pilot Steve Askin.

Solomons businesses keen on reopening of development bank

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:52:10 +1300

Businesses in Solomon Islands are keen for the country's Development Bank to be re-established.

One dead in Whakatane crash

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:49:31 +1300

A person has died and another is in a serious condition after a two-car crash on State Highway 30, near Whakatane, St John Ambulance says.

Weight imbalance factor in PNG crash

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:39:07 +1300

Papua New Guinea commission finds a weight imbalance was the major factor contributing to a fatal plane crash in Western Province last year.

Port Hills fire: Two-thirds of fire under control

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:21:29 +1300

Civil Defence is assessing whether people will be able to get back into their properties on Early Valley and Kennedys Bush Roads in the Port Hills tonight.

Call for Fiji Elections Supervisor to go

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:20:20 +1300

Political parties in Fiji call for removal of Elections Supervisor saying free and fair elections are impossible if the ruling party is in control of the election machinery.

Teen attacked on West Coast Wilderness Trail

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:09:10 +1300

Police in Greymouth are advising people not to travel alone on the West Coast Wilderness Trail in Greymouth, following a sexual attack on a teenage girl.

Professional cricketer on trial for rape

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:37:41 +1300

A professional cricketer has gone on trial in the Hamilton District Court charged with rape.

Spark goes to court for Sky TV merger delay

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:26:49 +1300

Telecommunications company Spark and Sky Television will face off in court on Wednesday over the future of a merger that has yet to be approved, let alone put in place.

Downpour closes Tahiti airport

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:05:32 +1300

Torrential rain in French Polynesia has forced the closure of the international airport on Tahiti - the second time in a month.

Tupu Tai programme provides two-way exposure for Pasifika and govt

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:57:55 +1300

Pasifika students and graduates who completed the inaugural Tupu Tai internships say they have gained a better understanding of New Zealand's public sector.

PNG debts to foreign companies not a good look - McCully

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:43:06 +1300

New Zealand Foreign Minister goes into bat for New Zealand companies who are owed money by the Papua New Guinea Government.

Villagers in PNG protest overdue LNG royalty payments

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:33:23 +1300

More than 1000 villagers in Papua New Guinea have gathered to protest about overdue royalty payments.

Mass TB screeing underway in Marshall Islands

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:29:37 +1300

A mass screening and treatment programme for tuberculosis is being conducted in the Marshall Islands.