South Pacific

Priest co-ordinates pregnant woman's rescue on Facebook

Martin We-en posted this and other photos of Clara Sowei Manu to Facebook to organise a life-saving mission.

Martin We-en didn't need to pray for the youths and helicopter he needed to save a woman in labour.

NZ rebuilds ties to Fiji

NORMALISING RELATIONS: Defence minister Gerry Brownlee, seen in a file photo, is in Suva for talks with his Fijian counterparts.

New Zealand is rebuilding defence ties to Fiji, with aerial surveillance and officer training set to resume early next year.

Fiji drops sex-assault case


After a lengthy investigation, Fiji authorities won't prosecute resort employee accused of sexually assaulting girl staying in hotel with NZ family.

Kiwi's clean out pleases

New Zealander Grant O'Fee who is retiring as Tonga's police commissioner.

Kiwi trumpets a clean out of corrupt cops during his retirement speech as boss of Tonga's troubled police force.

Baby dumping 'not Samoan culture'

SURVIVOR: The baby boy found at the bottom of a drain in Sydney's northwest.

Samoa’s leading church official blames the practice of dumping babies on loss of parental authority.

Helping people see again

KIWI BUILT: Chris Devoy (left) and Andrew Bell and unveil the new mobile eye clinic that will change lives of people in the Pacific.

A Hamilton built mobile eye clinic is tipped to be a "game changer" for thousands of people in the Pacific.

Tonga sends Kiwi cop home

Tonga’s police commissioner Grant O’Fee has been pushed out of his job.

Second New Zealander serving as Tonga’s police commissioner kicked out.

Seal-penguin rape 'increasing'

Scientists say they are seeing more seals trying to mate with penguins, but can't understand why.

Seals are increasingly forcing penguins into sex and occasionally killing them once they get their sexual release.

China eyeing off Antarctica

'Closely aligned': South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet on the sidelines of the APEC summit on Monday.

Summer will see China install a fifth station in Antarctica under the Antarctic Treaty.

TPPA momentum building

Barack Obama meets with the leaders of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement at the US Embassy in Beijing.

Obama said he sees momentum building for a Washington-backed free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific.

Himalayan disputes in Fiji

HIGH TENSIONS: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India and China are launching a battle of the summits in Fiji next week, with a focus on climate change.

Bidding for a princess bride

Tongan princess Angelika Tuku’aho at her uncle's funeral.

Bidding war involving pigs, Christmas cards and money in envelopes underway over the hand of a Tongan princess.

Lava vaporises water instantly gallery video

Hawaii volcano

Lava flowing from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii can be seen in new video, as it threatens to engulf a village.

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.

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