South Pacific

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.

PNG to suffer at hands of El Nino

PNG and other Pacific nations are feeling the impact of the powerful El Nino.

The devastating El Nino weather phase is causing a severe drought on Papua New Guinea.

Global heat records tumble again

Last month was the latest in a series of record hot months globally.

Global temperatures got another kick along, with September easily the hottest in records going back to 1891.

Pardons prompt chaos in Vanuatu

Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale promised to find a legal avenue to 'clean up the mess'.

President vows to "clean up the mess" after convicted MPs get pardoned while he's abroad.

Kiwi fights for life

Nikki Delaney, 31, is fighting for her life after a lawnmower exploded in her face in Rarotonga.

Family forced to pay huge bill after lawnmower explodes in Kiwi's face in Rarotonga.

Glowing turtle amazes scientists

A turtle filmed in the Solomon Islands is thought to be the first with the ability to glow seen by scientists.

What's bright red and green, looks like a spaceship and can swim?

Key meets with Fijian leader

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama meet in New York.

New Zealand and Fiji's prime ministers hold talks for the first time since 2006 coup.

Among most pristine places on Earth

Among the diverse geological features of the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary are black smoker hydrothermal vents

Turtles, whales, dolphins, millions of seabirds, volcanoes, all in sanctuary area.

Vanuatu welcomes tourists back after cyclone

Denise Tatangis and her children in Mere Sau-wia, Nguna Island. Tatangis wants to offer homestay accommodation as another source of income.

200 days after Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu is welcoming tourists.

Further wait for Nauruan MP

Nauru politician Roland Kun and partner Katy LeRoy with their family. The New Zealand government has raised concern over Kun's treatment in Nauru.

An MP in Nauru who had his passport cancelled will be in jail over four months by the time his appeal is heard.

Kiribati man loses bid to stay

Prime Minister John Key says a Kiribati man claiming to be the world's first climate change refugee is an "over-stayer''.

A Kiribati man will be deported from New Zealand on Wednesday after the Government refused to intervene on humanitarian grounds.

Nauru aid impasse continues

Murray McCully finally met with Nauru Justice Minister David Adeang in the final hours of the Pacific Islands Forum on Friday.

Meeting between foreign affairs minister Murray McCully and Nauru's justice minister achieves little.

PNG might just pull off APEC

PNG locals weren't camera shy as media flooded Port Moresby for the Pacific Islands Forum this week.

OPINION: PNG has picked up its game and appears to be on track to host APEC in 2018.

Pacific forum wraps up

Pacific leaders at Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby.
John Key, Tonga PM Akilisi Pohiva, Solomons PM Manasseh Sogavare, Tony Abbott and PNG PM Peter O'Neill.

The Pacific Island Forum has been more than just a 'talk-fest', says John Key.

Aid talks with Nauru up in the air

Nauru's President Baron Waqa has briefly spoke with Murray McCully at the Pacific Island Forum.

Talks about aid to Nauru on ice as leaders of the small nation fail to meet with Murray McCully.

Key 'big news' in PNG

John Key holds up a picture of himself on the front page of Papua New Guinea newspaper The National.

Prime Minister front page news in Papua New Guinea and is happy about it.

Leaders agree to disagree on climate

Pacific leaders have agreed to disagree on climate change.
From left Kiribati President Anote Tong, PM John Key, PNG PM Peter
O'Neill and Australian PM Tony Abbott.

New Zealand and Australia hold ground on climate change at Pacific Islands Forum.

Fiji PM blames Aussie, NZ for boycott

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama refused to go to the Pacific Islands Forum because of Australia and New Zealand's "interference".

Fiji's prime minister blames Australia's inaction on climate change for decision to boycott the Pacific Islands Forum.

Pacific homes to get free sport TV

Prime Minister John Key is a big sport fan and has announced a broadcasting deal that will see more sport shown free-to-air in the Pacific.

Sport is coming to the small screen in the Pacific thanks to a new free-to-air deal.

No push for West Papua probe - Key

Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

Human rights abuses in West Papua need to be dealt with by Indonesia, Prime Minister John Key says.

Security no worry for McCully

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully, pictured at the Pacific Islands Forum.

Personal security in Papua New Guinea isn’t something Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully is concerned about.

No plans to cut funding to Nauru

Nauru President Baron Waqa arrives at PIF where McCully plans to speak to him about ongoing issues with Nauru's justice sector.

There are no plans for NZ to cut any funding to Nauru despite its rule of law being under “international attack’’.

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