South Pacific

Pacific atolls resilient to rising seas: study

Pacific island

Rising sea levels caused by global warming are unlikely to swamp the small atoll nations of the South Pacific, a University of Auckland academic claims.

Labour auctions Tongan king's wine

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A bottle of King George Tupou V's favourite wine is being used to support New Zealand's Labour Party.

NZ to help Solomon Islands

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New Zealand will send health workers and a portable bridge to disaster-hit Solomon Islands.

'Not another quake'

 Tamara Priddle and Dom Quaghebeur

Christchurch woman caught by Solomon Islands flash flooding and quake.

Large waves after quake

Tsunami

Large waves have been reported in the Solomon Islands after a 7.6 quake, but NZ has escaped the threat of a tsunami.

Quake strikes near Papua New Guinea

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A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 was recorded off Papua New Guinea’s remote Bougainville Island, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Royal couple send condolences

William and Kate

Prince William and Catherine have sent condolences to the people of the Solomon Islands.

Boy loses family to storm

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Solomons boy tells of surviving flooding that killed his mother, two brothers and baby sister.

Pink eye keeps schools shut

Doctor

American Samoa to keep schools closed for the week to try to contain a pink eye outbreak.

Police 'bashed Kiwi with torch'

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Drunken police officer was bashed with a torch and kicked in the head by five Tongan police officers, court hears.

Boy's tale of survival

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"I kept on saying in my mind swim, swim, swim, and don't stop," says boy swept down river.

NZ to boost aid to Solomons

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New Zealand's aid contribution to flood-ravaged Solomon Islands is likely to increase considerably.

Rescue mission for sick child

Rebel Heart

Parachuting medics and warship rescue launched for severely ill US toddler sailing with family across Pacific Ocean towards NZ.

Air Force to aid flood relief

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An Air Force Hercules will deliver aid to the flood ravaged Solomon Islands.

Kiwis join Solomons clean up

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NZ police are helping in the grim task of finding bodies after the Solomon Islands' devastating floods.

People, homes swept away

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At least 16 people die and thousands left homeless in Solomon Islands flooding.

Fiji's former PM convicted

Fiji

The only ethnic Indian to be prime minister of Fiji has been knocked out of the country's democracy-restoring elections after being convicted on three currency offences.

Flooding hits Solomon Islands

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A mother and child have been swept away in flood waters as heavy rains hit the Solomon Islands, local media and residents say.

TV station guilty of 'hate speech'

Frank Bainimarama

Fiji TV faces heavy fine after broadcasting comments that revealed country's racial tensions.

Tuvalu embarrasses Putin

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South Pacific diplomatic incidents seems straight out of The Mouse that Roared.

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