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'There's Kiwis out there who could be doing these jobs'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:36:21 +1200

A hundred workers have been brought in from the Philippines to work on Wellington's huge Transmission Gully roading project, infuriating unions who insist there are locals who can do the job.

Lifestyle blocks threaten to gobble up productive land

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:30:09 +1200

A government report shows more than 35 percent of Auckland's most fertile soil has been consumed by lifestyle blocks.

Frustration, hunger mount as Ambae eruptions continue

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:22:13 +1200

As food supplies dwindle and disease starts to spread on Ambae, the situation is becoming desperate on Ambae Island, which has been erupting on and off since September.

Govt won't release rapists despite UN recommendation

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:20:36 +1200

The government will not release two serial rapists from prison anytime soon despite a United Nations' recommendation to do so.

Cuba's new president sworn in

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:12:24 +1200

Miguel Díaz-Canel has been sworn in as Cuba's new president, replacing Raúl Castro who took over from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006.

Airports face big bills getting rid of banned foams

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:11:19 +1200

Airports face big bills to get rid of banned firefighting foam but officials are promising tight monitoring to make sure no one dumps any to avoid the costs.

Duckmanton murderer sentenced to life in prison

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:06:35 +1200

The man found guilty of murdering Renee Duckmanton has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non parole period of 18 years.

Ocean searchers find another US World War 2 wreck

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:52:31 +1200

Ocean floor searches for United States warships sunk during World War Two have had more success.

Horror Thames crash: Father, son in stolen car

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:38:08 +1200

The survivor of a crash near Thames which killed three others was a passenger in a stolen car driven by his 20-year-old son, police say.

Daphne Project: Journalist's murder accused held until trial

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:24:56 +1200

Three men accused of murdering Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia - killed by a car bomb in October while investigating government corruption and money laundering - must stay in prison until their trial.

Tonga PM's property offer to UK causes a stir

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:15:43 +1200

An offer made by Tonga's prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva to return a seafront property to the British Government has caused a stir as a Tongan royal office is currently located on the property.

Govt talks continue about mega prison

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:14:56 +1200

Discussions about whether the proposed Waikeria mega prison will go ahead are taking longer than expected

Chinese challenged Aus warships in South China Sea

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:12:32 +1200

Three Australian warships were challenged by the Chinese military as they travelled through the disputed South China Sea earlier this month.

Sport: Fiji, Samoa one win away from Netball World Cup

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:12:20 +1200

Fiji are one win away from a place at the Netball World Cup after outclassing the Cook Islands 55-38 in Auckland last night.

Queen backs Charles for Commonwealth handover

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:11:26 +1200

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has had a private audience with the Queen, who has called on Commonwealth leaders to appoint Prince Charles their next head.

Six people rescued from sinking yacht

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:11:25 +1200

Four adults and two children have been rescued when their yacht sank after hitting rocks en route to Great Barrier Island.

UK to open diplomatic posts in Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:08:10 +1200

The United Kingdom is to open new diplomatic posts in Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga.

Daphne Project: Govt to avoid 'undue haste' closing tax loopholes

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:46:11 +1200

Legal loopholes in New Zealand's tax system will be "tightened up", the government says, following revelations an Auckland company may be assisting international businesses to launder money.

Britain and NZ to co-host Pacific climate change forum

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:45:16 +1200

Britain and New Zealand will co-host a forum on Pacific climate change issues later this year.

New Zealand's National takes credit for Pacific crime drop

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:26:01 +1200

The former National government in New Zealand is taking credit for halving Pacific youth offending during its time in office.

CHOGM: Ardern to toast Commonwealth at leaders' banquet

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:15:11 +1200

After her private audience with the Queen, Jacinda Ardern has been selected to toast the Commonwealth at a banquet of leaders at Buckingham Palace.

Refugees returned to Manus in dawn raid

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:44:47 +1200

A Manus Island refugee in Port Moresby says the Papua New Guinea immigration authority assisted by the army conducted a dawn raid yesterday at a motel in the capital.

Former Green MPs criticise party's deal with Nats

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:11:18 +1200

The Green Party is being told it risks losing votes unless it ditches its deal to share parliamentary questions with National.

Proposed change could save more premature babies' lives

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:02:31 +1200

Tiny premature babies could soon have a better chance of surviving as doctors consider lowering the age at which they can be resuscitated.

Quarter of NZers have no cash savings - survey

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:56:09 +1200

Most New Zealanders are confident about their ability to manage money, even though a quarter have no cash savings.

No criminal charges for death of pop star Prince

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:51:15 +1200

No criminal charges will be filed in the 2016 death of pop star Prince from an opioid overdose, a Minnesota prosecutor says.

Folau called on to use prominent position responsibly

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:34:14 +1200

The Pasifika advisor for the New Zealand Human Rights Commission has condemned discriminatory comments from rugby star Israel Folau.

Pacific nations benefit from NZ judicial initiative - Chief Justice Palmer

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:19:49 +1200

Chief justices from around the Pacific have been meeting in Auckland to consider ways to improve the rule of law and good governance in their judiciaries.

Frustration and hunger mount as eruption continues on Vanuatu’s Ambae

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:09:16 +1200

The evacuation of residents on the ash-covered Vanuatu island of Ambae is finally getting underway, as food supplies dwindle and disease starts to spread.

Time names Ardern among world's most influential people

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:50:17 +1200

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made Time Magazine's list of the year's 100 most influential people.

American Samoans excited about Hawaiki cable

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:47:35 +1200

Even before it arrives, the Hawaiki marine fibre optic cable is generating interest and excitement in American Samoa over the benefits its touted to bring.

Call for new French Polynesia nuke test inquiry

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:42:26 +1200

There is a call in French Polynesia to set up a new commission of inquiry into the legacy of the French nuclear weapon tests.

96th Poppy Day: Addressing the psychological cost of war

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:03:42 +1200

The 96th Poppy Day Appeal is under way today with collectors out in force raising money to support this country's veterans of war, conflicts, natural disasters and peace-keeping operations.

Defence Force troops on way to Iraq to train local forces

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:40:24 +1200

The seventh contingent of Defence Force troops is on its way to Iraq to train local forces.

Three people killed in crash near Thames

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:04:08 +1200

Three people have died and another is in a critical condition after a crash at the Kopu Bridge, near Thames

Folau comments: Keeping an eye on the wider picture

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:53:42 +1200

Opinion: While Wallabies player Israel Folau has been widely condemned for his comments about homosexual behaviour, they have raised issues that are bigger than any one player, writes David Cohen.

New green buses ready to roll out on Wellington streets

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:41:33 +1200

Green is the new yellow for Wellington buses, with the first batch of new buses for Wellington's streets arriving from the UK.

Majority of Aucklanders favour regional fuel tax - survey

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:33:23 +1200

An opinion survey has found majority support in Auckland for a regional fuel tax.

The Daphne Project: DIA to meet with Auckland firm

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:11:47 +1200

The Department of Internal Affairs will be meeting with a company at the centre of a story raising concerns about how people might be using company structures in New Zealand.

Inflation pressures remain benign, rates on hold

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:53:49 +1200

Inflation has slowed and shows few signs of ramping up anytime soon, which should ensure interest rates will stay on hold well into next year.

Toyota takes "most reputable" crown ahead of Air NZ

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:53:49 +1200

The car manufacturer Toyota has overthrown Air New Zealand in being ranked the country's most reputable and trusted corporation.

Repatriation of defence personnel buried overseas starts

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:53:33 +1200

The first repatriation of defence force personnel buried around the world since 1955 will officially begin next week.

Ardern to have private audience with the Queen

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:48:01 +1200

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is to have a private audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace overnight as the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting gets underway.

Taiwan aid flows to the Pacific

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:46:29 +1200

Taiwan has handed over $US500,000 in funding to the Pacific Islands Forum

Heavy rain expected in Fiji

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:46:28 +1200

A tropical disturbance near Fiji is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to parts of the country over the next two days.

Finlayson rejects Waitangi report as wrong and insulting

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:24:49 +1200

Suggestions the Crown rushed its settlement with the Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi Whakatōhea are insulting, the former Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister says.

Govt plans tax credit for research and development

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:24:10 +1200

The government is planning to introduce a 12.5 percent tax credit for research and development by next year.

London mayor 'bothered' by tougher rules for Kiwis in UK

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:24:10 +1200

London mayor Sadiq Khan says it "absolutely" bothers him Britain has made it harder for Kiwis to live and work in the United Kingdom.

Cannabis bill: Incriminating statements to be made public

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:20:39 +1200

More than 200 people have made medicinal cannabis bill submissions that may contain incriminating statements and are now being asked if they would like to alter them.

Number of freedom campers in NZ doubles in two years

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:20:38 +1200

Love them or - more frequently perhaps - hate them, but freedom campers are here to stay.

Mothers more likely to struggle financially following breakup

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:48:09 +1200

Mothers are almost twice as likely to experience financial hardship following a break up, a new study has revealed.

NZ Bus and Union reach agreement

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:48:08 +1200

Auckland bus drivers have reached an agreement with their employer NZ Bus.

EQC accused of ignoring true extent of damage to Chch homes

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:44:17 +1200

Checkpoint - A Christchurch man says EQC misled him about the earthquake damage to his home and deliberately under-scoped the repairs that were needed.

Air NZ flight cancellations: Bridal party left stranded

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:43:52 +1200

A wedding party headed for Bali has been left angry and exhausted after 30 of its members were temporarily stranded in Auckland following Air New Zealand's flight cancellations.

Big price tag on fixing CNMI mould problem

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:19:12 +1200

The cost of fixing the House of Justice's mould problem in the Northern Marianas has been given a price tag of US$7 million.

Tonga police seize large quantity of methamphetamine

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:19:11 +1200

Tonga police have seized methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $US133,000 dollars.

Freeport open pit mine to stop in 2019

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:19:10 +1200

The management of the mining company Freeport Indonesia says it will close the operation of its open-pit gold mine in Papua next year.

Waikato DHB to reverse face mask policy

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:58:25 +1200

Waikato's District Health Board is set to reverse its contentious policy requiring staff without flu immunisations to wear face masks while treating patients.

Live near the bush? You may want to microchip your cat

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:57:25 +1200

A plan to put down cats without microchips that are found in sensitive sites in Auckland is being criticised for not going far enough.

Hunger striker weak and tired, but not giving up

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:40:04 +1200

A Christchurch man who is on a hunger strike outside Southern Response's office says he is weak and tired, but is not giving up.

Rapists' rights breached in prison - UN

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:27:28 +1200

A landmark decision by the UN criticising NZ's treatment of two serial rapists could lead to more freedoms for 850 prisoners currently serving life setences or in preventive detention, says their lawyer.

Heatwaves 'cook' Great Barrier Reef corals

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:16:59 +1200

Prolonged ocean warming events, known as marine heatwaves, are taking a significant toll on the complex ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef.

Sport: FFPNG may ask OFC to investigate PNGFA

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:15:31 +1200

The Football Federation of Papua New Guinea may call for an investigation into the PNG Football Association, its president says.

Whangarei mayor disappointed in decision to shelve highway

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:06:48 +1200

The mayor of Whangarei Sheryl Mai says she's stunned by the government's decision to shelve plans for a safer road to Auckland.

Moody's sounds warning on PNG credit pressures

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:00:31 +1200

The credit rating agency Moody's says Papua New Guinea's credit profile reflects significant pressure on government financing, and a ratings upgrade is unlikely.

Ardern in London: What was discussed at security meeting?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:43:08 +1200

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says "we cannot allow the use of chemical weapons", following a meeting with four of the Five Eyes security nations.

Urban sprawl eating up NZ's productive land - report

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:42:58 +1200

The government plans to make it harder for councils to approve new homes and lifestyle blocks on productive land near urban areas.

Police note surge in cocaine cases in Guam

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:33:49 +1200

Police in Guam say there's been an increase in local cocaine-related cases.

French court confirms Wallis prosecutor appointment error

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:24:36 +1200

The highest court in France has confirmed that the chief prosecutor of Wallis and Futuna had held the position for 27 years without having been duly appointed.

Trump to further 'good relationship' with Kim Jong-un

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:21:08 +1200

US President Donald Trump says that if his planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are not fruitful he will "walk out".

Oil exploration ban: Plumbing the depths

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:11:18 +1200

Opinion - New Zealand's move to stop seeking oil and gas offshore is morally motivated. Its economic impact is uncertain, but likely means future governments will revoke it anyway, Brian Easton writes.

Minister enters Pike River drift: 'An emotional journey'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:51:41 +1200

Andrew Little, the Minister responsible for the Pike River Mine re-entry, says he went into the mine's drift today to demonstrate a safe re-entry is possible.

Rescue and evacuation efforts ongoing in Hawaii after floods

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:41:49 +1200

Hundreds of people in Hawaii have had to be airlifted after floods devastated Kaua'i County on the island of Kauai.

Rapists' rights breached in prison - HRC

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:39:23 +1200

A lawyer says a landmark decision by the United Nations could mean the corrections system is up for major legislative change.

Fewer youth offenders, but more of them before courts

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:31:24 +1200

There has been a big reduction in the number of young people who offend, but a greater proportion of them are ending up in the Youth Court, a new report shows.

Hospital provides bed for powerless man recovering from surgery

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:21:10 +1200

An Auckland man who is recovering from emergency surgery and dreading the prospect of returning to a home without power has been allowed to stay at hospital for up to two more nights.

New DoC protections for endangered fish only optional

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:08:44 +1200

New guidelines to help protect endangered New Zealand fish suggest clearing blockages in waterways - but this is only optional.

Saudi cinema returns after more than 35 years with 'Black Panther'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:08:30 +1200

The Hollywood blockbuster Black Panther has been screened in Saudi Arabia as the country prepares for the return of cinema after more than 35 years.

Samoa to develop international port on Savaii

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:06:48 +1200

The possibility of canneries shifting operations to Samoa is once again being talked about after PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi declared that the Asau Port on Savaii will be developed into an international port.

Belgium firms prosecuted over exporting Sarin precursor to Syria

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:05:23 +1200

Three Belgian companies are to be prosecuted for exporting chemicals that could be used in the production of the deadly nerve agent Sarin to Syria.

RT faces seven investigations over broadcasting in Britain

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:05:22 +1200

Britain's media regulator opened seven investigations into Russian news channel RT, saying it had found an increase in programmes which may have breached impartiality rules.

Kanaks want 'crime against humanity' statement from Macron

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:51:37 +1200

Kanak leaders want the French president to recognise the early phase of New Caledonia's colonisation as a crime against humanity.

Europe tackling its 88m tonne food waste problem

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:15:15 +1200

European lawmakers took a major step toward slashing the amount of perfectly edible food that is discarded, costing billions of dollars a year and depriving millions of people who struggle to find enough food to eat.

Vanuatu signs on for EU assistance to agriculture chains

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:59:13 +1200

Vanuatu has signed on with the European Union for a programme to bolster agricultural production in the country.

UPNG students complain about 'unnecessary fees'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:50:40 +1200

Students hit by a near doubling of tuition fees at the University of Papua New Guinea are complaining about the cost of graduation.

Donald Trump changes position on TPP - again

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:28:29 +1200

Donald Trump has once again changed his position on the TPP days after just days ago raising the prospect he might consider rejoining the free trade agreement.

Freedom camping working group formed

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:16:19 +1200

The head of Local Government New Zealand hopes a meeting today with government ministers will make progress on the freedom camping problem.

Cable to PNG and Solomons described as transformative

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:07:34 +1200

An Australian-funded undersea cable project in Papua New Guinea will transform local communications, according to PNG's government.

Māori 11 times more likely to face prison - report

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:54:24 +1200

A new report by the Ministry of Justice reveals Māori are eleven times more likely to face prison time once convicted.

Andrew Little to visit Pike River mine, update families

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:43:53 +1200

Minister Responsible for the Pike River Mine Re-entry Andrew Little visited the mine this morning.

Elon Musk: Just walk out of bad meetings

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:28:42 +1200

Elon Musk wants staff to cut short unproductive phone calls and meetings as he aims to boost production of the Tesla Model 3 over the next few months.

Teens in court over Flaxmere death

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:22:04 +1200

Five teenagers are due to appear in Hastings District Court this morning on charges relating to the death of a Flaxmere man last month.

House prices crash not likely - new Reserve Bank head

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:17:28 +1200

The chances of a crash in house prices are not high, but some controls on lending are needed, according to the Reserve Bank's new Governor.

Tonga welcomes UK's re-engagement in the Pacific

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:04:58 +1200

Tonga has offered the former British High Commissioner's Residence in Nuku'alofa to the United Kingdom in the hope that the UK will re-open a mission there.

NZ 'prevented harm being done' by state-backed hacks - PM

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:59:58 +1200

New Zealand's spy agencies have had to take action to stop hacking attacks by foreign powers from doing harm here, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Irrigration industry tries to fix bad boy image at conference

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:56:10 +1200

The head of Irrigation New Zealand recognises the industry has garnered an image as the bad boys in the eyes of many, but they are working to fix it.

Starbucks executive chairman 'ashamed' of cafe arrest

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:53:58 +1200

Starbucks executive chairman has said he is "embarrassed" by the recent accusations of racial profiling in the company's US cafes.

NZ losing 192 million tonnes of soil every year

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:52:44 +1200

A new report has found New Zealand is losing 192 million tonnes of soil every year from erosion.

International flights to Solomons' Munda airfield from June

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:40:34 +1200

The Solomon Islands minister of communication and aviation, Peter Shanel Angovaka, has told parliament that the first international commercial flight from Brisbane into Munda is expected in June.

Trump hails CIA chief's secret trip to North Korea

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:26:45 +1200

CIA director Mike Pompeo forged a "good relationship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when they met last week, Donald Trump has tweeted.