South Pacific

Asylum seekers 'water-boarded'

Wilson Security has rejected the water-boarding and zipping claims and dismissed the submission as "inflammatory, incorrect and misleading".

Guard at Nauru detention centre claims NZ and Australian staff water-boarded asylum seekers.

6.6 quake hits near Solomons

The earthquake hit just before 7am NZT.

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake has hit near the Solomon Islands.

6.9 quake strikes off Solomons

The United States Geological Survey picked up an undersea earthquake of magnitude 6.9 off the coast of the Solomon Islands.

A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck on Monday about 173 kms south of Dadali in the Solomon Islands.

Give us a 'hand up' not a 'hand out' - Cook Islands opposition

Prime Minister John Key, Pacific Peoples Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs Todd McClay travelled to  Rarotonga to celebrate 50 years of Cook Islands independence. Front: Cook island PM Henry Puna and John Key. Back from left: Cooks Minister of health Nandi Glassie, Todd McClay, Sam Lotu-Iiga and Te Ururoa Flavell

Cook Islanders need a "hand up rather than a hand out" from New Zealand, says the pacific nation's opposition leader.

No seat at UN, John Key tells Cooks

John Key is escorted by a young girl at celebrations to mark 50 years of self-governance in the Cook Islands.

Problems are put aside as Cook Islands celebrate birthday.

Kiwi cash boost for ageing school

Tereora college principal Tania Morgan.

A teacher became ill working at a damp and derelict secondary school in the Cook Islands, but that is set to change on the back of a gift from New Zealand taxpayers.

Immensity of storm seen from space gallery

Kimiya Yui sent  this photo of Typhoon Soudelor from the International Space Station with the message: 'Very strong Typhoon is moving toward Taiwan. Please be prepared and be safe'.

Striking images taken from space show the scale of the largest storm on earth this year.

No seat on UN for Cook Islands, says Key

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key with Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna on a visit celebrating 50 years of self-governance for the islands.

John Key has quashed hopes for a UN seat for the Cook Islands on a visit to celebrate 50 years of the islands' self-governance.

More aid for Cook Islands

Cook Island PM Henry Puna with New Zealand PM John Key. At rear are Cook Island Minister of Health Nandi Glassie, Todd McClay, Sam Lotu-Iiga and Te Ururoa Flavell.

Prime Minister John Key has committed more than $42 million of aid to the Cook Islands.

Airline: It's MH370

French gendarmes and police inspect the large piece of plane debris found on the beach in Saint-Andre.

Malaysia Airlines says it's confident the wreckage found on Reunion and now being analysed in France is from the doomed flight.

MH370: probe gathers pace

The large piece of aircraft wreckage that washed up on Reunion Island has been confirmed as part of MH370's wing.

Two-metre piece of plane that washed up on Reunion will be examined next week in France.

6.9 quake hits near Solomons

Quake generic

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake was reported in the Santa Cruz islands, and a short-lived tsnuami warning has been lifted.

Going under

Low-lying Maldives were badly affected by the tsunami which hit South East Asia on Boxing Day, 2004.

Low-lying atoll nations like the Maldives will be the first to face the threat of rising sea levels as the effects of climate change take their toll.

Nauru pressed on civil rights

Nauru politician Roland Kun and partner Katy LeRoy with their three children.The New Zealand Government has raised concern over Kun's treatment in Nauru.

Nauru pressed over civil rights abuses of opposition politician stripped of passport.

Quake measuring 7 strikes Solomons

The quake was at the relatively shallow depth of about 20km.

A strong quake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the Solomon Islands.

Quake strikes near Tongan capital Nuku'alofa

Upper South Island and Wellington rattled by quake.

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes east-northeast of the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa.

Tonga crowns king, country parties

King Tupou VI has been crowned King of Tonga.

Tupou VI has been formally crowned King of Tonga in front of thousands of people.

Jet blast injures three

The blast from an Air New Zealand jet put three people in hospital in Rarotonga.

Three people hospitalised after being blown over by blast from Air New Zealand jet engine in Rarotonga.

5.8-magnitude quake hits near Solomons

The tremor was recorded south-east of Kirakira.

Earthquake south-east off the Solomon Islands, but there are no reports of damage yet.

Saved from burning yacht in Pacific gallery

A dramatic moment in the rescue.

As the last man was lifted to safety, the rope snapped and the raft fell into the darkness.

Kiwis rescued from fiery yacht

Murray Vereker-Bindon, 70, left, and crewman Michael Boyd, 68, both from Hamilton, and Victor Campos, a 35-year-old professional skipper from Mexico.

Two Kiwis escaped burning yacht in just underwear and life jackets.

6.0 earthquake near Tonga

An earthquake with magnitude 6.5 occurred near NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga.

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck in between Tonga and Fiji.

US approves fast-track for TTPA

United States speaker of the House John Boehner.

The US House of Representatives has sent a trade deal fast-tracking measure back to the Senate.

Super change to benefit Pacific retirees

Retiring to an Island paradise just got easier

Super change will benefit retirees in Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau.

Stunning photos of erupting volcano gallery video

A farmer tends to his field as Mount Sinabung releases pyroclastic flows in Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, June 13, 2015. The volcano, which was put on it highest alert level last week, has sporadically erupted since 2010 after being dormant for 400 years. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Thousands are evacuated as others work on beneath a volcano that is really building up.

Ten-hour rescue on high seas

The New Zealand Air Force has helped rescue a man and 6-year-old boy from open ocean near Cook Islands.

A man and six-year-old boy have been saved from a dinghy far out in the Pacific Ocean.

Climate change typhoon threat

Super Typhoon Haiyan as it approached the Philippines in November 2013.

A warming planet is stoking the intensity of tropical cyclones in the north-west Pacific, researchers have found.

Jenner shines light on fa'afafine video

Jaycee Tanuvasa

Inspired by Caitlyn Jenner, this Samoan athlete is causing a stir in the Pacific community.

Cook Islands push for independence

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) adjusts her black pearl necklace, a gift from Cook Islands' Prime Minister Henry Puna (L) during a sustainable development and conservation event in Rarotonga August 31, 2012. Clinton arrived in the Pacific outpost of the Cook Islands for this year's Pacific Islands Forum, as part of Washington's efforts to woo nations across the Asia-Pacific. REUTERS/Jim Watson/Pool (COOK ISLANDS - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT)

Independence from NZ would cost Cook Islands' citizens their guaranteed right to live and work here.

TPP talks 'in end-game'

Barack Obama meets with the leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries in Beijing.

The United States is optimistic a deal to set up a free trade zone across the Pacific will be concluded soon.

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