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West Coast aircraft hangar extensively damaged in blaze

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:34:12 +1200

A helicopter with a monsoon bucket was used to fight a major fire in an aircraft hangar at Neils Beach on the West Coast today.


Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:32:03 +1200


Children injured in Auckland girls' school crash

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:32:02 +1200

A child has been seriously injured and two adults are badly hurt after a crash outside Westlake Girls High School.

Balance of payments deficit shrinks in second quarter

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:18:33 +1200

The tourism boom and recovery in dairy exports has helped to narrow New Zealand's balance of payments deficit.

Privacy complaint over Bennett campaign text

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:14:59 +1200

National Party deputy leader Paula Bennett is at the centre of a complaint after her campaign sent a mass text in which constituents' numbers could be seen.

VIDEO: Bill English on Nine to Noon

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:16 +1200

National Party leader Bill English tells Nine to Noon's Kathryn Ryan he wouldn't change New Zealand's "fair" and "consistent" tax system.

'We talk about the housing crisis ... what about the people crisis?'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:54:33 +1200

Family helping an 86-year-old raise money to fix his leaky home say they feel left to fend for themselves, with their father ineligible for government help.

LIVE: Mexico quake death toll rises

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:52:33 +1200

Mexico's second massive earthquake in two weeks has killed more than 130 people, officials say.

More than 130 dead in Mexico 7.1 quake

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:52:02 +1200

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake has hit southern Mexico, already reeling from a deadly 8.1 quake.

Samoa minister defends management role of colleague's wife

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:47:13 +1200

Samoa's Minister for Prisons and Corrections Services has no problem with the wife of his associate minister working as assistant chief executive of the ministry.

CNMI hospital sued by two doctors

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:38:29 +1200

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation is being sued for more than $US600,000 by two doctors from the Rota Health Center for allegedly failing to pay their full entitlements.

Group calls for climate stories to tell world

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:32:54 +1200

A Pacific climate group has launched a website and declaration calling for stories and signatures to be presented at this year's global negotiations in Germany in November.

Tuvalu PM calls for urgency on Paris Agreement

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:28:24 +1200

Tuvalu's prime minister has urged the international community to back up its Paris Climate Agreement commitments with action.

Fuel crisis impact 'just keeps growing'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:09:57 +1200

Hundreds of worried customers are asking for help each day as Auckland's fuel shortage continues, one of the country's biggest travel companies says.

PNG called on to create a digital economy

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:09:25 +1200

Papua New Guinea is being urged to move toward a digital economy.

Body recovered in search for missing boaties

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:05:20 +1200

Police divers have recovered a body near where a fishing boat sank in Jackson Bay on the West Coast.

Sport: Crowds come out in PNG to view Rugby League World Cup

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:03:44 +1200

Large crowds have turned out in Papua New Guinea to get a glimpse of the Rugby League World Cup.

Swamp kauri mining at fuel site was years ago - neighbours

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:02:10 +1200

The land around the pipeline break was dug over two to three years ago, neighbours say.

Butter pushes global dairy prices up

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:02 +1200

Prices have risen slightly in the global dairy auction overnight, where milkfat products continue to be the star performers.

Vanuatu govt assists in harvest of 40 tonnes of potatoes

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:37:40 +1200

Vanuatu's Minister of Agriculture has helped potato farmers on Tanna island to harvest about 40 tonnes of organic potatoes.

Hurricane Maria pounds Caribbean, at least one dead

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:26:08 +1200

The latest major Atlantic hurricane has powered back to category five strength after pounding the Caribbean island of Dominica.

'It was six or seven storeys... it's down to about two storeys'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:20:20 +1200

A New Zealander living in Mexico City has described running past collapsed buildings as this morning's 7.1 earthquake struck.

Concerns over the selling of expired goods in Kiribati

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:16:45 +1200

The minister of health in Kiribati has used Facebook to remind people to check the expiry date on food products they want to purchase.

RECAP: 'Sufficient' petrol as Auckland jet fuel shortage continues

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:15:00 +1200

At least 3000 travellers are expected to have flights cancelled today, but the fuel industry is confident there'll be no widespread petrol or diesel shortage.

American Samoa to develop denial of entry protocols

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:07:02 +1200

American Samoa's Attorney General is to develop policies and protocols around "denied entry" to foreign diplomats and those seeking political asylum or entry under humanitarian reasons.

Kiribati Oil executive seen crashing car could be alcohol related

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:49:08 +1200

Kiribati Citizens Against Corruption co-founder claims state owned Kiribati Oil Company chief executive has been seen crashing his company car.

Fuel crisis - what you need to know

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:48:07 +1200

More flights from Auckland Airport have been cancelled in the ongoing aviation fuel shortage.

Evidence disappears in police officer trial

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:39:23 +1200

A gun being used as evidence in the trial of a police officer facing firearm charges in Samoa has disappeared from court.

Arrest made in New Caledonia after shot fired in classroom

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:26:47 +1200

A man has been arrested in New Caledonia after a shot was fired through a classroom full of children.

Samoa national public inquiry into family violence begins

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:12:31 +1200

There is hope that Samoa's national public inquiry into domestic violence which has begun this week will help find solutions to the problem.

Hopes for better water systems to improve stunting issue in Vanuatu

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:02:14 +1200

UNICEF's Vanuatu manager hopes improving water systems and sanitation on the island of Erromango will help children develop.

Decision on a controversial case overturned in Cook Islands

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:02:13 +1200

The Crown Law Office in the Cook Islands has won an appeal to overturn a recent decision made by a Justice of the Peace in the High Court.

Tuvalu appeals to 'climate tourists'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:41:39 +1200

Tuvalu was the least visited in the world last year with only two thousand arrivals, but its tourism officer is hoping those who do come will appreciate the country's struggles.

Man's body identified after Auckland Harbour car crash

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:59:12 +1200

Police say the man they've identified was the only person in the car that plunged into the harbour yesterday.

Trump: US would 'totally destroy' North Korea if threatened

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:35:27 +1200

Donald Trump has escalated his threats, telling the UN that the US would "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies.

Rangatahi at the forefront of Māori roll registration

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:30:40 +1200

The largest age group registered to vote on the Māori roll are 18-24 year olds, in contrast to the general roll where more older voters are enrolled.

Why the NZ history we're teaching matters

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:06:48 +1200

Opinion - History teaching methods have come a long way, but old approaches, and subject matter, are still too common, writes Jim Hay-Mackenzie.

Protesters don't understand the plan - Fish and Game

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:44:01 +1200

Hundreds of protesters on tractors rolled into a small town in Hawke's Bay today to object to proposed water conservation orders.

Kiribati MP exposes careless payment

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:41:38 +1200

An MP in Kiribati says he is appalled by the payment procedure used by the finance ministry after an open cheque for about $US9000 was given to the wrong person.

DHBs critically underfunded, say opposition parties

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:19:47 +1200

A Dunedin man whose prostate cancer spread after he waited 10 months for urgent surgery has been failed by an underfunded health system, say opposition parties.

Vanuatu chief calls for return of air service

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:58:23 +1200

A high chief from the isolated west coast of Vanuatu's Santo island has repeated his call for the government to resume air services to Lajmoli airfield.

Protests continue as Manus detainees go to work

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:56:18 +1200

The Papua New Guinea government says 31 detainees from the Manus Island detention centre are being employed in PNG.

Goroka show death prompts safety concerns

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:52:24 +1200

A young man in Papua New Guinea, competing for a prize by climbing a greasy pole at the Goroka Show, fell to his death on Saturday.

Rotorua whānau go without food to pay bills

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:35:58 +1200

Rotorua locals say whoever is voted into government this weekend needs to address the fact so many families are struggling to put food on the table.

Hurricane Maria 'devastates' Dominica: PM

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:29:37 +1200

Dominica has suffered "widespread damage" from Hurricane Maria, its Prime Minister says.

Leaders continue campaigning as early votes flood in

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:19:17 +1200

Some public servants around the country may have been grounded to save aviation fuel, but election campaigning is continuing unabated.

Fuel crisis: Thousands more affected by flight cancellations

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:41:36 +1200

Another 3000 travellers heading out of Auckland will have their flights cancelled tomorrow and ticket sales will be restricted, as the airline deals with the ongoing fuel shortage.

Dunedin families 'up in arms' as school bus routes cut

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:31:12 +1200

Parents and schools in Dunedin are angry four school bus routes are being ended and say they have not been consulted.

Myanmar 'does not fear' scrutiny over Rohingya - Suu Kyi

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:29:25 +1200

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi says her country is committed to a sustainable peace, despite widespread denunciation of violence in the restive Rakhine state.

Timaru residents heckle minister over log burner ban

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:45:23 +1200

Angry Timaru residents have heckled the Environment Minister at a meeting about the city's looming log burner ban this morning.

Postie quit after supervisor made death threats - union

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:32:37 +1200

A Hamilton former postie was expected to continue working with her supervisor despite eight months of bullying that included threats on her life, she says.

Kaikōura seabed shows sign of recovery

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:16:06 +1200

Organisms living on the seabed wiped out by huge mudslides from November's earthquakes are showing early signs of recovery, researchers looking at Kaikōura's sea canyon say.

Farmer out to hunt down cow killer on social media

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:06:59 +1200

A Northland beef farmer has taken to social media with gruesome photos of one of his cows he found slaughtered in a paddock, in a bid to try and find the offender.

Marchers mark 124 years since NZ women's suffrage

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:05:57 +1200

Women and men have gathered around the country to mark 124 years since New Zealand women won the right to vote.

Kiribati launches anti-corruption strategy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:55:47 +1200

The Kiribati government has launched its first ever National Anti-Corruption Strategy.

Second sea lion shot dead on Otago beach

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:45:38 +1200

The Department of Conservation is appealing for information after a critically endangered sea lion was shot dead on a Catlins beach in Southland.

Consumer confidence edges lower

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:43:48 +1200

Consumer confidence has eased slightly but people remain relatively upbeat about their personal and broader economic outlooks, a new survey says.

Chronic needs 'fall between the cracks' in mental health

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:30:37 +1200

Community care is failing those with chronic needs, a woman calling for a return to a more institutional approach - whose adult son suffers paranoid schizophrenia - says.

Fmr Samoan cabinet minister ordered to surrender passport

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:25:18 +1200

The District Court in Samoa has ordered the former cabinet minister, La'aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, to hand over his passport.

Robotics competition engaging Māori students

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:20:51 +1200

A new regional robotics competition is looking to boost science and technology participation rates among Māori children.

Solomons govt promises to bring back anti-corruption bill

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:06:53 +1200

Solomon Islands' acting prime minister has promised protesters the government will bring back its anti-corruption bill when parliament resumes next month.

Hampered flights refuel in Fiji

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:01:19 +1200

Fiji's Nadi airport is being used as a stopover to refuel longhaul flights from New Zealand to the US, as a ruptured pipeline is causing fuel shortages at Auckland airport.

Man granted work visa after fraught asylum battle

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:27 +1200

A man at the centre of a long-running immigration case - which includes three asylum appeals and two failed residence bids - has been granted a work visa.

US memo recommends changes to marine monuments

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:46:42 +1200

The US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending changes to 10 national monuments, including two in the Pacific.

Early childhood education focus at Fiji meeting

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:36:42 +1200

Health and social welfare officials from 15 Pacific nations are meeting in Fiji to improve access to early childhood education.

Gunshots fired at Hanmer Springs home with kids inside

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:31:05 +1200

Several shots were fired at a house that had children inside during a home invasion in Hanmer Springs last night.

Infant formula pushes up Synlait profit

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:19:57 +1200

Canterbury-based dairy company Synlait Milk has made a strong full year result, helped by big increases in profit margins and sales growth.

VIDEO: Ardern 'holding firm' on water tax despite protest

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:10:19 +1200

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern is defending her party's plan for a commercial water use levy, despite yesterday's farmers' protest.

Solomons' PM wants to apply for PNG citizenship

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:53:11 +1200

The Solomon Islands' prime minister has declared his intention to apply for Papua New Guinea citizenship and settle in PNG when he retires.

Marshalls women recruited for illegal US adoptions

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:43:59 +1200

Officials are concerned about an increase in the number of Marshall Islands women illegally adopting out their babies to families in the United States.

Fuel crisis: 13 petrol stations now without 95-octane

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:41:13 +1200

Thirteen Auckland petrol stations have sold out of the premium product, but suppliers say the city will not run out of fuel.

Dive Squad joins West Coast search for fishermen

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:30:59 +1200

The Police National Dive Squad has joined the search for two boaties missing since last week.

Vanuatu craft sellers told to focus on local

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:25:23 +1200

Vanuatu`s Department of Tourism has told stall holders on Mystery Island to prepare to start selling only local products to tourists from next year.

Toby & Toby's definitive guide to the next government

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:03:28 +1200

Opinion - As the two-horse neck-and-neck drag race on a knife edge comes to an end, Toby Manhire and Toby Morris take a look at the possible results.

Sport: PNG cricketers chalk up first SACA League win

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:40:07 +1200

The PNG cricketers have claimed their first win in the South Australian Premier League in Darwin thanks to an incredible century by Mahuru Dai against the Western Grit.

Sport: Drama at Parker-Fury press conference

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:38:51 +1200

The first sparks have flown ahead of the Joseph Parker-Hughie Fury boxing fight in Manchester this weekend.

Sport: Tafua vows to restore trust within Samoan rugby

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:26:42 +1200

Returning Manu Samoa rugby coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua says his immediate focus will be on re-establishing the trust between the players and coaching staff.

Environment officials talk sustainable tourism in Samoa

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:19:42 +1200

Environment officials are in Apia to begin talks starting with a focus on sustainable eco tourism.

Ryanair could face €20m bill over flight cancellations

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:03:46 +1200

Ryanair could face up to €20 million in compensation claims after cancelling thousands of flights due to a shortage of pilots, it has warned.

English defends immigration rules after suicide claim

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:56:54 +1200

The National Party leader has defended changes to immigration rules after an international student said they contributed to her friend's suicide.

Auckland Harbour Bridge crash cleared

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:47:24 +1200

A multi-vehicle crash that blocked two lanes, causing traffic delays, has been cleared.

Meet Auckland's likely new MPs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:44:59 +1200

The retirements of long-serving MPs mean there will be a host of new faces representing Auckland in Parliament after 23 September. They went for lunch with RNZ's Sarah Robson.

Scary clowns no laughing matter

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:35:27 +1200

Clowns who make a living entertaining youngsters are unamused by the hit horror movie It.

Companies 'will benefit' from unique identifier

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:31:22 +1200

Tens of thousands of businesses around the country will in time be able to benefit from a unique number that identifies them, a not for-profit standards body says.

Kidnapping case exposes VTNZ privacy breach

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:30:11 +1200

The Privacy Commissioner is looking into how a gang member got a police informant's details from a Vehicle Testing NZ staff member.

PNG Election success hailed as firm show of democracy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:18:00 +1200

PNG's Prime Minister says the recent general election was challenging but clearly demonstrated the strength of democracy .

Sprinting to the polls: Suffrage Day's 124th anniversary

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:10:58 +1200

Opinion - Women literally raced each other to the polling booths after they won the right to vote, writes Charlotte MacDonald.

Solomons police call for calm as they investigate cult shooting

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:00:43 +1200

Police in Solomon Islands are calling for calm as investigations into the shooting of a Melanesian Brother continue.

Govt not to blame for 'terrible' Southern DHB delays - Coleman

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:48:50 +1200

Cancer treatment delays at Dunedin Hospital are a tragedy but not caused by a lack of funding, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

Cooks medical referrals back on after budget boost

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:42:27 +1200

The Cook Islands Ministry of Health says its patient referral scheme ran out of money last year but is now operating again.

Solomons police to arrest parents for allowing daughter to live with logger

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:28:25 +1200

A Solomon Islands prosecutor has told a local court that police will arrest and charge the parents of a 13-year girl for allegedly forcing her to live with a Malaysian logger.

The more things change, the more they stay the same

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:23:55 +1200

Opinion - We thought we were in for a classic tight All Blacks versus Springbok test - and then the game started, writes Jamie Wall.

Virtual reality news: Tech gimmick or tool of the trade?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:23:54 +1200

Mediawatch - Got your Viewmaster? Two recent New Zealand news projects have sought to use virtual reality and 360° video to immerse viewers in their stories.

NZ course for Pacific Youth startups

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:04:36 +1200

Young Pacific people in New Zealand are being encouraged to apply for a new programme to support entrepreneurs.

Coal plant proposal for PNG city a poor option - NGO

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:55:41 +1200

A proposal for a coal-fired power plant in Lae is a poor economic and environmental option, according to an anti-coal group in PNG.

March in Solomons to petition PM on anti-corruption

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:19:40 +1200

A public march is planned in the Solomon Islands capital to petition the prime minister to bring his government's anti-corruption bill back to parliament.

Cook Islands Solicitor General to appeal JP decision

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:01:22 +1200

The Cook Islands Solicitor General is expected to lodge an appeal today in the High Court over a Justice of the Peace decision.

Critical injury in alternative highway truck crash

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:59:40 +1200

Two trucks have crashed near O'Sullivans Bridge, critically injuring one person and blocking the route between Picton and Christchurch.

Thousands face long wait for eye clinic appointments

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:20:12 +1200

More than 9500 people are having to wait significantly longer than intended for follow-up eye care, with fears some could lose their vision.

'Weird' election advertising rules challenged

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:48:09 +1200

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders are now choosing advance voting, raising questions about the effectiveness of the polling day blackout.