South Pacific

NZ aid to fight Zika in Tonga?

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand is looking at options to help Tonga fight the Zika virus.

NZ considers boosting aid to Tonga to help the island battle the spread of the Zika virus. 

Massive quake near Papua New Guinea

The 6.3 magnitude quake hit early on Tuesday morning.

An undersea 6.3 magnitude quake hit southwest of Bougainville early on Tuesday morning.

Tonga declares Zika outbreak

The country has no plans to issue travel restrictions yet.

Five cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been confirmed in the South Pacific island-nation.

'Sharkcano' - it's sharks in a volcano

Cameras dropped 45m into the volcano crater showed several species living in the "hostile" waters.

They don't have laser beams attached to their heads, but these sharks are living in an active volcano.

Asylum kids' extreme trauma

A drawing from a child in detention.

Children from Australia's Nauru detention centre amongst most traumatised specialists had ever seen.

Boy faces return to alleged rapist

One of the many images drawn by the children detained offshore that conveys their great distress.

The highly traumatised five-year-old boy's future looks bleak.

Aust offshore detention 'lawful'

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been under pressure to allow child asylum seekers to stay in Australia regardless of the court's decision.

Court decision means about 250 asylum seekers, including 37 babies, face return to Nauru.

Zika: Should Kiwis be worried?

Aedes mosquito are responsible for spreading the Zika virus, which was upgraded to an international health emergency on Monday.

Pregnant New Zealand women should rethink travel and you should reach for the repellent.

Market fire shocks Samoan capital video

The Apia flea market in flames on Saturday night.

A fire that ripped through Apia's flea market is estimated to have destroyed $1.2 million in stock.

Huge blaze destroys Apia market video

The building was closed and empty when the blaze broke out.

The fire quickly engulfed the flea market in the centre of Samoa's capital.

Cyclone warning in Cook Islands

Heavy seas and possible flooding of low lying areas are expected in the Cook Islands.

Heavy rains and winds of up to 90kmh are expected to lash the northern Cook Islands as Cylone Victor approaches.

Refugees beg John Key for help

Asylum seekers on Nauru fear living in the community more than in detention.

Places set aside in NZ for Syrian refugees stuck in Australian detention centres aren't being taken up.

Ula likely to miss NZ

Tropical Cyclone Ula is not expected to touch down in New Zealand.

Cyclone Ula is tracking towards New Zealand but is not expected to touch down here.

Cyclone Ula may brush North Island

Projected path of Cyclone Ula.

The serious storm is tracking north of New Zealand, after passing Vanuatu overnight.

Vanuatu on red alert as Cyclone Ula approaches

A father and son stand by the ruins of their home in Port Vila, Vanuatu, after Cyclone Pam last year.

Residents of Vanuatu take shelter as cyclone approaches the same area devastated by the largest cyclone in the island's history last year.

Tonga: Cyclone Ula aftermath

The cyclone reportedly damaged 40 homes in Tuvalu, near where Ula began to form.

Powerlines and telephone lines were damaged, plunging parts of Vava'u into darkness.

Cyclone lashes Tonga

The cyclone reportedly damaged 40 homes in Tuvalu.

Power is out and phones are down as Tropical Cyclone Ula passes, bringing wild weather.

'It was just so violent' video

Seven people were lucky to escape after the Eurocopter crashed during landing.

Kiwi dad-of-two who was on board the crashed Fijian chopper tells of his terror.

Former Auckland schoolboy killed in Rarotonga

Teariki Smith died in a motorcycle accident in the Cook Islands.

Teenager who studied at King's College in Auckland dies in motorbike crash in Rarotonga.

'Chris didn't get any justice, did he?' video

Christopher Limu died after he was hit by a car driven by Vavao Monike in Samoa.

The family of Christopher Limu is "disgusted" the Samoan court system allowed the driver who fatally hit Limu to walk free.

Cyclone Tuni hits Samoa

Cyclone Tuni brought torrential rains to Samoa.

Samoa cleans up after torrential rain causes flooding and slips.

Ferry capsizes in Fiji

Suva harbour.

A former Cook Strait ferry, now used as a cargo ship, has capsized off the Fijian capital Suva.

Idyllic island life shattered by killing

Vanuatu is known for its idyllic beaches, but a brutal killing has brought simmering tensions bubbling to the service.

A Kiwi teen will go on trial for the murder of a local youth in Vanuatu. It's a case that has brought simmering tensions bubbling to the surface.

There's big money in human poo

Human excrement could be worth up to $14 billion.

Sitting on a gold mine? There's now a price tag on human excrement.

Big-wave surfer missing

"When you're 20 or 30 feet down ... [it's] like a cross between the womb and the grave," wrote Alec Cooke, the big-wave surfing legend who has disappeared off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

Alec Cooke made his name surfing Hawaii's huge waves but those waves may have taken his life after he went missing in big surf.

Russia thwarts plan for Antarctic sanctuary

A sunlit mass of emperor penguins at the edge of the frozen area of the Ross Sea, Antarctica. This photo won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013. The latest bid for an Antarctica sanctuary has been scuttled by Russia.

Russia has again thwarted attempts to create the world's largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica.

36 rescued from burning ship

New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre has helped 36 people to safety after their fishing boat got stranded in the Pacific Ocean.

New Zealand rescue coordinators help save crew of stricken Papua New Guinean fishing vessel.

Mururoa vets cleared of risky radiation

Nuclear test at Mururoa Atoll, 1973.

Report finds Kiwi Mururoa vets at no more risk of radiation than families back home.

Weather mayhem on the way

El Nino is strengthening, causing heavy rains in some places and drought in others.

El Nino is triggering both droughts and floods worldwide, affecting crops and livelihoods.

7.3 quake strikes near Vanuatu

A 7.3 quake has struck 80 kilometres north of  Vanuatu.

A powerful undersea earthquake near Vanuatu has registered on NZ drums.

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