South Pacific

Nina search 'poorly managed'

Families of seven people lost in the Tasman when their yacht vanished have criticised New Zealand's search.

Nina searchers praised


NZ search authorities praised for going beyond what any other nation would do in the hunt for the yacht Nina.

Wait continues for Bainimarama's visa

Frank Bainimarama

NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully will not say if Fiji's leader can come to Auckland to campaign before election.

Slain man to be laid to rest in NZ

A police mug shot of Samuela Mataele, accused of murdering his uncle, former Auckland detective Joshua Liava'a

The family of slain former Auckland policeman Joshua Liava'a hope to bring his body home early next week.

Bainimarama in visa wait for NZ visit

Frank Bainimarama

Fiji's military strongman Frank Bainimarama wants to come to Auckland but is waiting to find out whether he can get a visa.

NZDF personnel trashed hotel

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Defence Force staff investigated after setting off fire extinguishers in Niue's only hotel.

Former NZ cop 'murdered'

A one-time Auckland detective who had affairs with Tongan royals has reportedly been murdered in Hawaii.

Deserting the Pacific


As the world wonders where to fit everyone, some Pacific islands wonder if there'll be anyone left.

Police officers jailed

Kali Fungavaka

Two Tongan police officers face justice for the death of an Auckland police constable in 2012.

Diplomat still in Malaysia

Muhammad Rizalman

Malaysian man accused of attempted rape in NZ is still in hospital undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

Strongman's son 'assaulted wife'

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The son of Fiji's ruler charged with attacking his beauty queen wife - but says he's the victim.

6.6 quake hits Kermadec Islands

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A 6.6-magnitude quake has struck 233km ESE of the Kermadec Islands.

Nightly tears for dad

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Children of a Kiwi policeman beaten to death in Tonga still cry each night, grieving for their father.

6.4 quake strikes off Tonga

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A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Tonga this morning.

The free plane Kiwis aren't flying


How did a $23m present kill Tongan tourism? Maybe they should've looked a gift-horse in the mouth.

Pacific Ring fires up

Pacific quakes

Two large quakes strike on the Pacific Ring of Fire - an 8 in the north and a 7.2 closer to home.

Quake hits off Vanuatu

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An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck off the coast of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Thursday, the US Geological Survey reported.

Area unsearched in MH370 hunt


One area identified by UK firm as the most likely crash site still hasn't been scoured, officials say.

Crew failed over crash


Pilots, one a Kiwi, of plane that crashed in PNG failed to take action that could have saved the plane.

Solomons eye health gets NZ help

Fred Hollows

Solomon Islands to get new $3.8m eye hospital thanks to New Zealand's Fred Hollows foundation.

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