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Auckland homes lose power as storm hits

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:32:31 +1300

Wild weather in Auckland has cut power to thousands of Auckland homes as a major storm approaches the South Island.

Trump to withdraw from TPP amid new trade strategy

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:57:39 +1300

The new US administration of President Donald Trump says its trade strategy to protect American jobs will start with withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Auckland iwi renew peace pact

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:25:52 +1300

Two Auckland iwi that have been at loggerheads because of overlapping land claims have renewed their peace pact at Ōrākei marae today.

Quake-hit homeowners: 'There's this feeling of real exhaustion'

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:02:47 +1300

Tony Guthrie believes red-zoning his Kaikōura property is his only hope of moving on. He is not alone.

Lawyer urges transparency on board diversity

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:36:49 +1300

Companies should be more transparent when it comes to cultural diversity at the highest level, a prominent employment lawyer says.

Police chief backs officers over Melbourne incident

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:28:19 +1300

Victoria's chief of police has defended the force's handling of a car pursuit which ended with a man driving into a Melbourne mall yesterday, killing four people and injuring 30 others.

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' pleads not guilty in US

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:40:42 +1300

Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has appeared in a US court and pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran the world's largest drug-trafficking organisation.

Struggling pipes push call for water tanks in Fiji

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:52:31 +1300

Fiji's water authority is urging people in the Rewa Delta area to take advantage of government water tank subsidies.

Guam governor vetoes minimum wage raise

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:52:31 +1300

Guam's governor has vetoed legislation that would have incrementally raised the territory's minimum wage over the next two years.

Police seek Hamilton teens following burglaries

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:06:39 +1300

Police in Hamilton are looking to speak to three teenagers about several aggravated robberies in the city over the past two months.

Auckland trials electric buses

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:52:54 +1300

Electric buses will be hitting Auckland streets this year after Auckland Transport received a $500,000 government grant.

Sydney's 'plastic' beach criticised

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:45:40 +1300

Sydney Festival is breaching its sustainable event policy with an attraction which is made up of more than 1 million plastic balls, environmental groups say.

Police launch search along Dunedin coast

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:33:21 +1300

Dunedin police and Land Search and Rescue teams are scouring the Brighton Beach and Blackhead area after a report of someone entering the water yesterday morning.

Massive wildfires burn in Chile

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:01:16 +1300

Chile has declared a state of emergency as wildfires that have scorched nearly 50,000ha threaten towns, factories and vineyards.

NZ leads marches for women's rights

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:36:48 +1300

Women's marches in response to President Donald Trump's inauguration are taking place across the world, with thousands turning out at events throughout New Zealand.

Passenger injured after driver flees police

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:31:08 +1300

A passenger in a car fleeing police in Hamilton has been seriously injured after being thrown from the vehicle.

What could Trump make great?

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:42:14 +1300

Donald Trump has taken the presidential oath amid protests and global unease. David Cohen goes hunting for the silver lining.

Deadly Melbourne crash 'likely deliberate'

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:18:50 +1300

The driver of the car which killed four people in Melbourne's CBD did not hesitate, witnesses say, in what police believe was a deliberate act.

Gambian leader to step down, accept election result

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:13:12 +1300

The Gambia's former leader Yahya Jammeh has bowed to pressure to step down and leave the country more than a month after he lost a democratic election.

Italy avalanche: first 10 survivors found

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:13:04 +1300

Rescuers have pulled four children and a woman from the wreckage of a hotel flattened by an avalanche in central Italy two days ago.

Fiji signs MSG trade agreement

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:11:51 +1300

The Melanesian Spearhead Group Chair, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has welcomed Fiji's signing of the new Melanesian Free Trade Agreement (MFTA) in Suva, Fiji.

Trump: 'It's going to be America first'

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:04:41 +1300

President Donald Trump has begun his four-year term of office saying that "from this day forward it's going to be only America first."

Recovery works end on Fiji's Qamea

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:03:01 +1300

A multi-agency team deployed by the Fiji government to Qamea island two weeks ago has this week completed early relief and recovery works on the island.

President Trump's inaugural call to arms

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:21:07 +1300

Analysis - Donald Trump's inauguration speech was a call to arms for the disaffected Americans who fuelled his improbable rise, writes the BBC's Anthony Zurcher.

Tolley homicide: Police speak to vehicles' owners

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:44:33 +1300

Owners of two vehicles seen around the time of Lois Tolley's death have come forward after police released photos.

Crash kills man walking along state highway

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:02:27 +1300

A 24-year-old man has died after being hit by a car while walking along a State Highway north of Matamata.

Rain could delay work to clear massive slip

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:02:24 +1300

Contractors have mounted a huge operation to clear a 20,000 cubic-metre slip blocking State Highway 73 between Christchurch and the West Coast.

Trump sworn in as US president

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:07:43 +1300

Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Look back at our live coverage.

Cyclist sought over gunpoint bank robbery

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:43:35 +1300

Detectives investigating a bank robbery in Christchurch are looking for a cyclist seen on security cameras.

Palau's new government to invest in people and the environment

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:48:36 +1300

Hundreds of well-wishers and supporters gathered at the Capitol Building in Melekeok State in Palau on Thursday to witness the inuagral ceremonies for the country's new congress.

Two confirmed dead in Pukekohe crash

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:17:37 +1300

At least two people have been killed in a car crash in Pukekohe, police say.

Questions linger as Trump takes office

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:40:16 +1300

Donald Trump is about to be sworn in as the 45th US president, taking power over a divided country after winning a savage campaign.

China's economic growth slows

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:58:42 +1300

China's economy grew last year at its slowest rate in more than a quarter of a century.

NZ judge grants under-fire financier reprieve over luxury assets

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:49:01 +1300

A New Zealand judge has let a Malaysian businessman and his family continue their fight to stop assets worth millions being seized by the US.

No growth for Cook Islands agricultural exports

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:36:03 +1300

Cook Islands agricultural exports are expected to remain stagnant following a rapid decline over the past few years.

Third ever woman elected to Nauru's parliament

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:20:36 +1300

A by-election on Nauru has seen the third ever woman elected to the country's parliament.

Gambia leader given deadline, Senegal troops stand by

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:11:40 +1300

West African leaders have given Yahya Jammeh until noon to cede power - or be forced out.

Thousands more people ask for food grants

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:01:57 +1300

Almost 112,000 people applied for emergency grants for food in the last quarter of 2016, up almost 14,000 on 2015.

Investigators pick through scene of Coromandel scrub blaze

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:43:54 +1300

Police and fire investigators are continuing to try to find the cause of a large fire that destroyed six homes south of Whitianga.

Man in Whakatane threatened by three men with shotgun

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:38:38 +1300

Police in Whakatane are appealing for information after a man was threatened by three men with a shotgun on Tuesday night.

Melbourne CBD crash: Three dead, 20 injured

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:30:24 +1300

A young child is among three people killed when a car was deliberately driven into pedestrians in Melbourne's CBD, police say.

Search for missing swimmer called off

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:00:26 +1300

An air and sea search for a swimmer missing off Dunedin's Brighton Beach has been called off because of rough conditions.

Kaikōura kaimoana ban could continue

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:00:25 +1300

Officials want to extend a ban on collecting shellfish and seaweed species along the Kaikōura coastline for another nine months.

Prostate cancer scan 'huge leap' in detection - doctors

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:54:32 +1300

New scanning equipment is the biggest leap in diagnosing prostate cancer "in decades", say doctors and campaigners.

Clothing could belong to Lois Tolley's killers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:27:14 +1300

Clothing found near the scene of Lois Tolley's death could belong to her killers, police say.

NZ judge honoured for Māori youth work

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:23:55 +1300

Judge Heemi Taumaunu has been given an international award for his work on New Zealand's rangatahi courts.

Three seriously injured in Clarence runway crash

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:11:05 +1300

A pilot trying to land at a farm airstrip north of Kaikōura went off the runway, seriously injuring three people.

Auckland Nines defends 'sexist' ad campaign

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:05:07 +1300

An advertising campaign criticised as sexist is being defended by the Auckland Nines rugby tournament's organisers.

Hayden Paddon pulls out of rally over spectator's death

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:04:03 +1300

New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon has pulled out of the Monte Carlo Rally out of respect for a spectator killed following his crash.

RAMSI hands over new station to Solomon Islands police

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:58:36 +1300

The regional assistance mission to Solomon Islands has handed over the keys to a new multi-million dollar fire and rescue station in the capital, Honiara.

Plan aims to develop Vanuatu's economy and infrastructure

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:47:30 +1300

Developing Vanuatu's economy and infrastructure, while preserving culture and the environment are the key themes of Vanuatu's new strategic plan.

Summer snow tops Mt Taranaki

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:39:56 +1300

If you thought it was cold overnight, you'd be right.

Questions over investigation into Guam Archbishop

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:34:55 +1300

The time it is taking for the Vatican to investigate allegations against Guam's Catholic Archbishop is being questioned.

Samoa police investigate newborn's death

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:34:55 +1300

The police in Samoa are investigating a suspected infanticide after a newborn baby was buried by a family who did not inform health authorities.

Infrastructure concerns in Solomons after latest quake

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:29:16 +1300

Disaster authorities in Solomon Islands are concerned powerful aftershocks will cause more damage to infrastructure already weakened by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in December.

Marshall Islands internet restored

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:14:28 +1300

Full internet access appears to have been restored in the Marshall Islands just over three weeks after repair work began on the country's submarine cable.

Senate votes to improve French Polynesia nuclear testing compo

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:06:25 +1300

The French Senate has voted unanimously in favour of improving compensation for victims of nuclear testing in French Polynesia.

The human intelligence behind artificial intelligence

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:50:17 +1300

A team from Otago University is researching people's legal rights in relation to robots and other forms of artificial intelligence.

Mood at Trump's inauguration will be just impeachy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:42:24 +1300

Opinion - Donald Trump will cap his extraordinary election victory by being sworn in as a president already in crisis, writes Finlay Macdonald.

NZ's sheep numbers shorn

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:36:40 +1300

There are now fewer than six sheep per person in New Zealand, largely due to a rise in dairy farming.

Baby City fined $39,000 over cots

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:00:44 +1300

A company selling baby products has been fined $39,000 for selling cots that didn't comply with packaging and labelling standards.

Mexico sends El Chapo to the US

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:51:26 +1300

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been extradited to the United States, the US Justice Department says.

Auckland house fire claims fourth victim

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:41:10 +1300

A father who was seriously injured in a house fire, which killed three members of his family, has died.

Pumpkin Patch shut-down: Another 560 jobs to go by Feb

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:29:09 +1300

Another 68 Pumpkin Patch and Charlie & Me stores will close by the end of the month, putting 560 more retail staff out of work in Australia and New Zealand.

Employment confidence at eight-year high

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:24:45 +1300

Strong economic growth has supported confidence in the labour market, an economist says.

Man dies from heart attack on Auckland-Melbourne flight

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:24:22 +1300

A Qantas flight bound for Melbourne had to return to Auckland yesterday after a man died on board.

Security ramping up ahead of Trump inauguration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:05:37 +1300

A massive security operation is underway in Washington DC as Donald Trump arrives in the city for his presidential inauguration.

Alarm raised for five of govt's big projects

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:08:18 +1300

Five of the government's 53 major projects face major problems, including the $490 million upgrade of two of the navy's frigates.

NZ considers free trade deal with Sri Lanka

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:01:13 +1300

New Zealand and Sri Lanka are to progress discussions on trade and investment, which could include a Free Trade Agreement.

Gambia crisis: Senegal troops back elected leader

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:00:59 +1300

Senegalese troops have entered The Gambia in support of the new president, who was sworn in today, although his opponent is still refusing to step down.

NZ's record on women on boards 'depressing'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:39:56 +1300

The lack of female directors in some of New Zealand's largest companies is 'incredibly disappointing', the Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner says.

By-election possible for Nelson City Council

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:19:29 +1300

Nelson City Council could be faced with a by-election this year as two councillors aim for a spot in the national political arena.

Truck drivers and tourists wait for slips to be cleared

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:31:32 +1300

A slip big enough to fill eight Olympic swimming pools that closed a road near a settlement in the Southern Alps is unlikely to be cleared today.

Solomon Islands cabinet's bauxite decision labelled a disgrace

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:26:22 +1300

A Solomon Islands cabinet decision to remove a 20 percent export duty on bauxite has been labelled a disgrace by the parliamentary opposition group.

Sport: Fiji names 7s team for Wellington and Sydney

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:21:22 +1300

Five players from the Fiji Baabas 7s team that played in the recent SUDAMERICA Tournament have forced their way into the Vodafone Fiji 7s team for the Wellington and Sydney 7s tournaments.

Sport: TRU and World Rugby organise support for Okati family

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:51:57 +1300

Tonga Rugby Union along with World Rugby are organising support for the family of Tonga's late rugby sevens captain who was killed in a crash late last month.

Bravery award winner 'didn't think twice'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:47:23 +1300

Pulling a mother and her three daughters from a burning car has led to a prestigious international award for a New Zealand man.

Samoa church reinstates one minister and stands down another

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:47:18 +1300

Samoa largest Christian church cleared reinstated one minister after clearing him of charges of sexual misconduct and stood down another for unspecified reasons.

MSG chair postpones PNG leg of Melanesia tour

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:46:58 +1300

The chairperson of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has postponed the PNG leg of his Melanesia tour.

American Samoa awarded Zika funding

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:45:47 +1300

The US Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services has awarded American Samoa about $US1.1 million in federal grant funding from the Zika Healthcare Services Program.

No evidence dog was shot - police

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:44:05 +1300

Reports a dog was shot in a North Shore park that prompted a police helicopter search was apparently a false alarm.

Search for missing woman continues

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:03:01 +1300

Police remain hopeful elderly Auckland woman Pat Wearn, last seen on Monday, will be found alive.

Lake Hawea community fight water chlorination

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:34:23 +1300

Residents of the Otago community of Lake Hawea are fighting against the permanent chlorination of their local water supply.

30 feared dead in Italian hotel hit by avalanche

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:19:53 +1300

A desperate search continues at a hotel in the Italian mountains engulfed by an avalanche following a series of earthquakes.

Alanis Morissette's manager admits $US7m fraud

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:29:02 +1300

Alanis Morissette's former business manager has admitted stealing $US7 million from the pop star and other celebrities, US prosecutors say.

Dozens 'boxed in' by Arthur's Pass slips

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:30:31 +1300

A pub owner is among dozens who could be cut off until Saturday by landslides brought down by foul weather.

Israeli settlement resolution 'not end in itself'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:09:32 +1300

Outspoken - A long-standing foreign policy expert has cast doubt on the real worth of New Zealand's initiative for peace in the Middle East.

Stormy weather puts fly in guides' fishing plans

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:44:03 +1300

The owner of a luxury fishing lodge at the top of the South Island says last night's storm has prompted guides to cancel fly fishing trips.

US immigration to interview Manus Island refugees

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:52:18 +1300

About 900 refugees detained on Papua New Guinea's Manus island have been told they'll be interviewed by immigration officials from the United States from next month.

First concessional loan approved for Solomons hydro project

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:46:00 +1300

Solomon Islands has been awarded a $US15 million concessional loan, for its Tina River Hydro Project, by the International Renewable Energy Agency and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

NZ's aspiring opera singers put to the test

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:24:49 +1300

The cream of the country's young opera talent is in Whanganui for a boot camp credited with kickstarting international careers.

Beanie and ute could be key to finding woman's killers

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:13:17 +1300

Police investigating the death of Upper Hutt woman Lois Tolley have released a series of photos of items of interest.

Govt: Labour's Pike River plan 'hypocritical'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:52:00 +1300

Taking away Solid Energy's liability for any harm caused trying to re-enter the Pike River Mine would be hypocritical and unsafe, the government says.

Crisis talks held as Gambian leader refuses to abdicate

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:37:32 +1300

African leaders have met in a last-ditch attempt to resolve the crisis over the transfer of power in The Gambia.

All-male boards revealed

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:22:00 +1300

A list of the 45 listed companies without any female directors in 2016 contains some of the biggest names in New Zealand business.

Sun after the storm

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:59:29 +1300

The reprieve from this morning's wet and gusty weather will continue tomorrow, but rain will return on the weekend, MetService says.

Xero chair resigns after Trump appointment

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:34:30 +1300

New Zealand businessman Chris Liddell is stepping down as Xero's chair to focus on his new role as an assistant to US President-elect Donald Trump.

Japan helps Tonga with breadfruit industry

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:56:52 +1300

Japan has committed about $US650,000 to help Tonga develop its breadfruit industry.

Netanyahu cancels Fiji trip - report

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:52:57 +1300

Israel's prime minister has reportedly removed Fiji from his itinerary of next month's Australasia tour.

Reprieve for mural in quake-stricken building

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:35:56 +1300

A sculpted mural in the rubble of a torn-down Wellington office block will likely be saved.