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Friday flooding: What you need to know

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:28:03 +1200

Record rainfalls have been recorded in parts of Otago and Canterbury, prompting state of emergencies to be declared in Timaru, Otago and Dunedin. Here's what you need to know.



Flooding: State of emergencies declared in Timaru, Dunedin

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:16:01 +1200

A state of emergency has been declared in Timaru, Dunedin and Otago as heavy rain continues to fall over the lower South Island.



Diagnosis by interview: The 'incoherence' of McCain & Trump

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:43:03 +1200

Opinion - US Senator John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer soon after his speech patterns suggested something might be terribly wrong. Phil Smith looks at what Donald Trump's speech suggests.



NZ tops list of developed countries with most homeless

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:41:18 +1200

Social Housing Minister Amy Adams is rejecting an American University survey that puts New Zealand at the top of a list of developed countries for homelessness.



As it happened: Second winter storm in two weeks

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:15:49 +1200

Rising floodwaters have led to state of emergencies being declared in Timaru and Otago. Follow all of today's developments with RNZ's live updates here.



Man charged with attempted murder of police officer

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:15:47 +1200

A 24-year-old Rotorua man has been charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.



'She brings humanity to the court system'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:04:10 +1200

Michelle Kidd has been described as the woman who brings humanity to the court, when all humanity is gone.



Truffle enthusiasts converge on Waipara Valley

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:48:02 +1200

Truffle fanatics from around New Zealand have converged on the Waipara Valley in North Canterbury for the area's third annual truffle festival.



Liquor licence freeze could be undermined by opening hours

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:59:39 +1200

Community groups warn a freeze on new liquor licences in Auckland will be undermined by bars being allowed to stay open into the early hours of the morning.



Kiwifruit contractors 'cashing in on labour shortage'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:59:38 +1200

A Bay of Plenty kiwifruit grower is angry at the industry and says not enough is being done to stop contractors capitalising on the shortage of workers.



Does Labour's $4bn education plan signal anything new?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:59:37 +1200

Labour has rolled out its $4 billion plan for the education sector - but it's more notable for what is not in it than what is.



PNG election vote count trudges on with more controversy

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:28:00 +1200

The ruling People's National Congress party still leads the vote count in the country's lengthy general election.



New Caledonia's Gomes seeks meeting with Vale CEO

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:09:54 +1200

A senior New Caledonian politician Philippe Gomes has asked for a meeting with the head of the Brazilian miner Vale whose loss-making nickel plant in New Caledonia faces possible closure.



Controversial company gets another PNG health contract

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:09:07 +1200

There's fresh outrage in Papua New Guinea over the awarding of a public health contract to a controversial company



Taupō death: Homicide investigation launched

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:36:46 +1200

Police are treating the death of a man in rural Taupō as a homicide.



Wellington health board chief announces resignation

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:36:45 +1200

The head of Capital and Coast Health has announced she will stand down at the end of the year, saying it is time for a new challenge.



Pilot medical assessments: 'There is an ignorance out there'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:17:43 +1200

One of the country's leading aviation medics says many GPs who have patients who are pilots are ignorant about what health conditions they should report to the Civil Aviation Authority.



Seven deaths linked to synthetic cannabis use

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:03:13 +1200

The deaths of at least seven people in Auckland this month have been linked to the use of synthetic cannabis, according to police.



Two people killed in 6.7 quake on Greek island

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:35:20 +1200

Two people have been killed and dozens more injured after a powerful magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck near major Turkish and Greek tourist destinations in the Aegean Sea.



Who will be Papua New Guinea's prime minister?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:34:03 +1200

As Papua New Guinea's lengthy and troubled national election nears a climax, RNZ Pacific offers a guide on who the main contenders to become prime minister are.



NZ Navy vessel picks up 50 infringements in Fijian waters

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:47:26 +1200

A New Zealand Navy inshore patrol vessel has so far picked up 50 infringements during its deployment to Fiji.



Caledonia Together party hit out at march organisers

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:43:02 +1200

New Caledonia's main anti-independence party has hit out at the group which organised Wednesday's rally in Noumea to call for the automatic enrolment of Kanaks for next year's independence referendum.



UNDP look for schools in PNG to pilot new tsunami project

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:36:41 +1200

The United Development Programme is on the search for schools in tsunami-prone areas in Papua New Guinea to trial a new tsunami preparedness project.



One Pacific candidates announced for Maori Party

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:50:22 +1200

Candidates from the One Pacific movement standing as Maori Party candidates have been named for this year's upcoming election at a launch in Auckland.



Xanda, son of Cecil the lion, 'killed by hunter'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:44:00 +1200

Two years after Cecil the lion was killed by a trophy-hunter in Zimbabwe, prompting global outrage, his son may have met a similar sad end.



Samoa's departing head of state says it was a privilege

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:20:17 +1200

The outgoing head of state of Samoa says it has been a privilege to serve his country and people.



ILO warns Vanuatu tax reforms could hurt vulnerable

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:46:19 +1200

The International Labour Organisation is warning the Vanuatu government that its proposed tax reforms could hurt already vulnerable workers and their families.



Meat substitutes' rise a danger to NZ farmers - KPMG

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:27:01 +1200

New Zealand farmers could be under threat from a rise in plant-based products that mimic animal products such as burger patties, KPMG says.



Auckland airport unveils plan for longer second runway

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:09:12 +1200

Auckland Airport has unveiled designs for a second runway that is 800m longer than previously planned.



Cervical cancer at alarming rates in Pacific

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:06:20 +1200

Opinion - Cervical cancer is the number one cancer killing women in many developing countries.



Cartoon: The money or the bag?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:48:56 +1200

Opinion - Cartoonist Toby Morris weighs the options facing voters in this year's election.



Immigration, tourism continuing to surge

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:36:20 +1200

Immigration reached another record high last month, with visitor numbers also high due to the Lions tour.



UK doctor jailed for child abuse images worked in NZ

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:58:29 +1200

There is no evidence to suggest the paediatrician harmed any child in his care when he worked in New Zealand, according to the Medical Council.



Sport: Pacific Oceania tennis teams miss promotion

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:28:25 +1200

Pacific Oceania's hopes of promotion in the Fed Cup and Davis Cup tennis competitions are over.



Vanuatu private sector frustrated by govt's insistence on tax reforms

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:51:13 +1200

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce says there's a lot of frustration over the government's insistence on pursuing its controversial tax reforms.



Govt urged to close payout obligation 'loophole'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:41:33 +1200

Companies are using a legal loophole to avoid paying settlements to unfairly dismissed employees, an employment law consultant says.



Auckland set to get new battery-powered trains

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:27:59 +1200

The city's transport agency has backed a new $207 million fleet of battery-powered trains by 2019.



EU and SPC sign agreement to build El Nino resilience

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:26:53 +1200

Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau are part of an agreement focusing on building resilience for future El Nino events.



Police officer seriously injured in Rotorua attack

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:57:32 +1200

The officer was trying to arrest a man for assault when another person struck his head, knocking him out.



Future of Dunedin's Cadbury Chocolate Carnival in doubt

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:57:31 +1200

The future of the annual festival is uncertain, but the Jaffa Race isn't going anywhere - despite today's postponement due to weather.



Another upset in PNG election with defeat of Micah

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:54:48 +1200

There's been another upset in PNG's election, with the defeat of Kavieng MP and People's Progress Party leader Ben Micah.



Sport: NZ in box seat to reach FIFA U20 Women's World Cup

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:54:01 +1200

New Zealand are 90 minutes away from sealing qualification to next year's FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup, while Papua New Guinea lead the chasing pack going into the penultimate round of matches at the OFC Under 19 Championships in Auckland.



Mystery remains around New Caledonia grounding

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:53:13 +1200

There is still no word what caused the container ship Kea Trader to run onto a reef off New Caledonia last week.



Brighter Future? The boom, the bust and the rustbelt

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:40:55 +1200

Has it been boom or bust for the regions since the National government came to power in 2008? RNZ's journalists report.



Exhibit highlights plight of conscientious objectors

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:39:11 +1200

A powerful exhibition focused on opposition to New Zealand's involvement in the First World War has opened at the Dominion Museum in Wellington.



Whistleblowers feel vindicated by restructure inquiry

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:30:15 +1200

Whistleblowers who raised red flags about Ministry of Transport fraudster Joanne Harrison say they've been vindicated by the inquiry into their job losses.



Samoans encouraged to discuss teen pregnancy

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:23:43 +1200

Samoan community leaders in New Zealand are being encouraged to openly discuss and support teenage pregnancies more.



OJ Simpson granted parole after nine years in jail

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:11:39 +1200

The former US football star and actor is set to be released in October following the Nevada Parole Board's decision.



Council offers to loan millions to Northland rescue service

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:55:41 +1200

The Northland Regional Council has offered to lend nearly $10 million to replace the region's ageing rescue helicopters, but the deal needs ratepayers' approval.



ADB appoints woman to head Pacific Dept

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:54:18 +1200

The Asian Development Bank has appointed its first woman as the new Director General for its Pacific Department.



Labour pledges $4bn boost for education sector

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:24:45 +1200

The Labour Party wants to stop schools asking parents for donations, and would give the education sector an extra $4 billion if elected to government.



Dark web marketplaces shut down

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:11:10 +1200

Authorities have shut down two dark web marketplaces associated with the trade in drugs and weapons, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says.



Latest winter storm cuts power in Rotorua

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:36:40 +1200

Hundreds of households in the Rotorua area have been blacked out tonight, as the country is hit by another winter storm set to bring more rain and gales to the country over the next 24 hours.



Car sightings sought in relation to missing Chch man

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:33:33 +1200

Police are appealing for sightings of a silver car in connection to the disappearance of Christchurch man two months ago.



Man found dead in Taupō

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:50:41 +1200

A man has been found dead with a gunshot wound at a house in Taupō.



Corrections launches new haka to get more Māori workers

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:02:49 +1200

The Department of Corrections has launched a new haka in a push to get more Māori working in prisons.



Labour pledges to boost Queenstown housing

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:02:28 +1200

Labour's promising to build 1000 homes in Queenstown if it's elected in September, in a bid to deal with the town's housing shortage.



PNG returning officer seeks refuge after upset election result

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:39:01 +1200

A returning officer working in Papua New Guinea's election in Morobe province is reported to have taken refuge in police custody in fear of his life, following an upset result.



Resigned Fiji minister charged with corruption appears in court

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:26:43 +1200

Fiji's resigned minister of education, Mahendra Reddy, who is charged with corruption has appeared in the Magistrates Court. Doctor Mahendra Reddy, a member of the ruling Fiji First party resigned...



Solomon fish exporters to get a boost under a new project

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:26:16 +1200

Solomon Islands fish exporters will get a boost under a new project supported and led by the Standards and Trade Development Facility and the Food and Agriculture Organisation or FAO.



Questions over relevancy of Tongan constituency meetings

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:05:11 +1200

A political analyst in Tonga says people are questioning the relevancy of the annual parliamentary constituency meetings currently being held.



Pedestrian killed in Auckland

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:55:10 +1200

A man has died after being hit by a car on Auckland's North Shore.



Dunedin MP ends homelessness campaign as women move into houses

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:55:09 +1200

An MP who has been camped in the centre of Dunedin for four days has ended her occupation.



State-owned Airways spends $11k on book for departing CEO

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:52:10 +1200

State owned company Airways has apologised for "excessive and unacceptable" spending after it paid more than $11,000 for a farewell book for its outgoing chief executive.



Transport Ministry report exposes flaws in public sector

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:30:32 +1200

Opinion - New Zealand's public sector has a reputation for trust and integrity, but it is not without flaw, says Dr Michael Macaulay.



Commission recommends better health warning alerts for pilots

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:23:53 +1200

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has recommended better health warning alerts for pilots and others in the aviation industry.



Soaring butter prices put heat on buyers

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:20:42 +1200

Bakeries are feeling the churn, as global butter prices hit a record high of more than $5 per 500g block.



NZ fifth-highest for 'life satisfaction' in OECD

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:03:18 +1200

Life satisfaction in New Zealand is high and most of us feel a strong sense of belonging to our families, according to new statistics.



Trump Jr, Kushner and Manafort to testify before Senate

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:36:35 +1200

US President Donald Trump's eldest son, his son-in-law and his former campaign manager are to testify before Senate committees investigating an alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.



Where is Graham the green gecko?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:29:11 +1200

An endangered Marlborough green gecko has been stolen from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre in Te Anau.



PNG election chief described as complicit in fraud

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:57:01 +1200

A leading Papua New Guinea politician says that without an explanation about the use of extra ballot papers the electoral commissioner is complicit in election fraud.



Vanuatu ministers to consider income tax

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:49:26 +1200

Vanuatu's controversial plan to introduce income tax has been submitted to the Council of Ministers.



Fears mining will return to French Polynesian atoll

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:49:23 +1200

Environmentalists in French Polynesia are alarmed that Makatea atoll could be opened for phosphate mining.



Sport: Fiji swimmer wins bronze at Commonwealth Youth Games

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:49:22 +1200

Fiji swimmer Taichi Vakasama has won the Pacific's first medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.



French nuclear test victims' wait for compensation 'too long'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:49:22 +1200

A French Polynesian member of the French National Assembly says victims of French nuclear testing have already waited too long for compensation.



Container of medicine left at Fiji port for 253 days

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:49:22 +1200

The Fiji government is being urged to explain why a container of medical supplies was left unclaimed for 253 days.



New animal welfare regulations to be introduced

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:51:07 +1200

The Ministry for Primary Industries is developing nearly 50 new animal welfare regulations this year.



Weeds cost farmers billions of dollar a year - study

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:50:40 +1200

Weeds are costing the country's agriculture sector billions of dollars a year, a new study has revealed.



Whistleblowers forced out of job too early - inquiry

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:25:42 +1200

Ministry of Transport whistleblowers suffered "unnecessary hurt and humiliation" in a restructure process involving convicted fraudster Joanne Harrison, an investigation has found.



Teenager dies in election-related violence in PNG

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:22:29 +1200

A teenager has died in a Southern Highlands hospital in Papua New Guinea following election-related violence in the prime minister's electorate.



Climate change warming Fiji, China relations

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:13:01 +1200

Fiji's fight against climate change is enhancing China's leadership in the Pacific, according to an analyst.



Deadly Porirua police chase justified - IPCA

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:06:50 +1200

A police pursuit that led to a front seat passenger dying in a police chase in Porirua has been found to be justified.



John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:55:59 +1200

Veteran US Republican Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer and is reviewing treatment options, according to his office.



Family of NZ man calls for change in Japan hospital practice

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:37:59 +1200

The family of a New Zealand man who died after being tied to a bed for 10 days in a Japanese hospital is calling on Japan to review its practices of restraining psychiatric patients.



Baby drowns in Gisborne swimming pool

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:31:31 +1200

A one year-old girl has drowned after falling into a swimming pool at her Gisborne home.



Tsunami preparedness project heads to PNG

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:26:47 +1200

A new tsunami preparedness project is set for five coastal schools in Papua New Guinea.



Sport: Manu Samoa rugby fans urged to keep the faith

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:25:46 +1200

Samoa rugby coach Alama Ieremia says his team is still grieving after Saturday's heavy defeat by Fiji which denied the Manu a direct qualifying berth for the 2019 World Cup.



Gas from human waste behind workers' deaths in CNMI

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:22:34 +1200

Toxic gas from human waste killed three sewer workers in the Northern Marianas earlier this month, according to Guam's chief medical examiner.



CNMI health service appeals for $US90m from local govt

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:13:59 +1200

The Northern Marianas' healthcare provider is asking local government to invest $US90 million for the 2018 fiscal year.



Parkop leads labourious vote count in PNG capital

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:13:58 +1200

The incumbent governor of Papua New Guinea's National Capital District maintains a big lead as vote counting drags on in the national election.



Vanuatu calls for EU partnership to serve needs of Pacific people

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:13:57 +1200

Vanuatu's head of state says the Pacific region's partnership with Europe must prioritise the needs of island communities.



Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits northeast of Tokyo

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:15:59 +1200

An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 5.8 hit northeast of Tokyo on Japan's main island of Honshu on Thursday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) reported.



Otago $9m irrigation scheme given green light

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:04:31 +1200

A new irrigation scheme in Otago will help transform dry, wasted land into productive land full of cherry trees and vineyards, the company behind it says.



Two foreign skiers rescued from Mount Aspiring

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:35:20 +1200

Two skiers who had to shelter on Mount Aspiring overnight have been rescued by helicopter.



Fletcher Building chief executive steps down

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:10:05 +1200

Fletcher Building shares plunged 8 percent to a 16-month low after the company revised down its earnings guidance and its chief executive announced his resignation.



At the business end of Super Rugby

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:47:52 +1200

Opinion: You could've picked the eight teams that would make up the finalists before the season even started, writes Jamie Wall.



Gender pay gap remains low on agenda

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:13:04 +1200

Brighter Future? - The pay equity settlement gave thousands of women a big pay rise, but under nine years of National governing progress on the pay gap has stalled, Megan Whelan and Kim Griggs report.



Group wants sugar tax back on agenda in CNMI

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:00:59 +1200

A group in the Northern Marianas is garnering support for the reintroduction of a controversial bill imposing additional tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.



Sport: Flying Fijians fix focus on World Cup

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:49:32 +1200

Fiji rugby coach John McKee says with their World Cup path confirmed the next two years is a chance to play their best players together as much as possible.



Earth is becoming 'Planet Plastic'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:46:28 +1200

Scientists have calculated the amount of plastic ever made at 8.3 billion tonnes - equivalent to about a billion elephants in mass - and say only about 9 percent has been recycled.