South Pacific

Fishing boat declared 'pirate ship'

Damanzaihao, flying the Peruvian flag, it is the world's largest fishing vessel

A super-fishing boat that changes flags and names as it plunders the South Pacific is to be declared a pirate ship by a Wellington based agency.

Leaders to visit Fiji

STATE VISIT: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Fiji on November 19.

Fiji has scored a political coup with leaders of world’s two largest countries making state visits in November.

Missing boy found in Niue

Federal Bureau of Investigation

FBI agents are on their way to Niue after a missing 9-year-old American boy was found there.

Locking up 3-year-old defended


Samoa’s police are defending themselves after locking up a three-year-old boy.

Kiwi funds frozen in Nauru stoush


New Zealand aid money to Nauru has been caught up in a financial spat after an Australian court froze the island nation's accounts.

Search for MH370 to resume

A map of the MH370 search area released earlier this month shows the areas scanned.

The sonar search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight is about to resume, south of the previous search zone.

Bainimarama sworn in

Election poster for Fiji First.

Fiji's former military ruler has been sworn in as prime minister after winning 60 per cent of the election vote.

NZ soldiers help plane crash survivors

New Zealand soldiers on a training exercise in Papua New Guinea have helped survivors of a plane crash.

New Zealand soldiers on a secret jungle training mission in Papua New Guinea have played a key role in rescuing survivors from a fatal plane crash on Saturday.

Bainimarama claims victory in Fiji

Heading for victory: Frank Bainimarama votes in Suva in Wednesday's election.

Fiji’s first democratically elected prime minister in eight years formally claimed victory today.

Kiribati witnesses ice melt

TROUBLE AHEAD: Climate Change and rising sea levels in Kiribati Islands in the Pacific ocean.

The president of Kiribati says visiting the melting Arctic has helped him appreciate the threat his islands face.

Victory for Bainimarama

LEADING THE POLL: Frank Bainimarama carries his granddaughter after casting his vote at the Vatuwaqa Public School in Suva.

Coup leader Frank Bainimarama is on verge of sweeping a historic vote to become Fiji's first elected leader in eight years, as international observers give the ballot stamp of approval

Bainimarama set to retain power

FIJI VOTES: An election poster for military strongman Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama can be seen in the rear window of a taxi in August.

Voreqe Bainimarama's Fiji First party on way to victory in landmark democratic election.

Family sues Samoa over prison death

HANS DALTON: Had lost access to his medication in a cyclone when he was put in a prison cell.

Family members of a mentally ill Auckland man who died in jail in Samoa are suing the government there for NZ$15.5m.

Fiji stability 'threatened'

NEW VIDEO: The captured Fijian soldiers appear in a video made by an al Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel group.

Voreqe Bainimarama says destructive forces re-emerging in Fiji as video of captured Fiji soldiers released.

Fiji military backtracks on solider release

This photo, tweeted by an al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebel group on 31 August, is thought to show 38 of the 45 Fiji soldiers they are holding prisoner at an unknown location.

Fiji military officials have suddenly backtracked after saying captured soldiers were about to be freed from captivity in rebel-held Syria.

Pitcairners want marine reserve

Pitcairn Islands

The 49 people living on remote island are all in favour of creating world’s largest fully protected marine reserve.

Jetboat accident hurts 5 in Fiji

Flag of Fiji

Two males and three females, all believed to be Australian, have been airlifted to Suva after the accident.

French journalists face five years jail

Indonesian authorities are seeking the maximum five-year jail sentence for a pair of French journalists arrested last month for working on tourist visas.

Rabuka's warning investigated

Sitiveni Rabuka speaks at a Canterbury University's Democracy in the Pacific forum in 2012.

Fiji police are investigating former coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka's warning of retaliation against Muslims.

Fiji goes to the polls

DISCONTENT: Protests against Frank Bainimarama in Auckland in August included burning flags.

For the first time in eight and a half years, Fijians are voting in a democracy-restoring general election.

Fiji prays for peacekeepers

HEAVY FIGHTING: Syrian army soldiers are seen during a battle with rebel fighters in Syria near the border fence with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Monday.

Hundreds show up to light candles and pray for 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers who have been seised by Islamists in Syria.

Photo shows Fiji soldiers unharmed

This photo, tweeted by an al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebel group, is thought to show 38 of the 44 Fiji soldiers they are holding prisoner at an unknown location.

An al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebel group has this morning tweeted a picture of at least 38 of the 44 Fiji soldiers they are holding prisoner

PNG volcano quietens

Tavurvur sends an ash cloud high into the sky.

A volcano which has erupted in Papua New Guinea has been spewing fragments from its crater and rumbling loudly, but its activity appeared to be subsiding.

Flights rerouted after eruption

Mt Tavurvur erupts

Ash from major eruption in Papua New Guinea affects some flights to and from Australia.

Rights group probes slaughter video

A still from the video shows shots fired at the fishing boat.

A graphic video in which castaway fishermen are murdered on the high seas is yielding information on the killers.

Refugees 'live like animals' in Nauru

DEPRESSED: Single men on Nauru have threatened suicide to protest their treatment.

More than 50 refugees resettled from Australian care on Nauru say they are contemplating mass suicide.