South Pacific

McCully's $5m safety boost for Pacific

Pacific Islands Forum

Money spent updating shipping charts will also support trade in Pacific, says Foreign Minister.

Forum starts to conch call

Pacific Islands Forum

The 45th Pacific Islands Forum has opened to the sound of a conch shell.

Pacific plea for NZ support

Palau's President Tommy Remengesau

New Zealand should do more to help smaller Pacific islands states, says Palau president Tommy Remengesau.

'No ill will' over death


The family of former detective Joshua Liava'a says they hold "no ill will" against the relative accused of their father's murder.

Round-the-world teen pilot killed

Baber and Haris Suleman

Teenager on fundraising around-the-world-in-30-days tour killed and his father missing after their plane crashed.

Nina search 'poorly managed'

Families of seven people lost in the Tasman when their yacht vanished have criticised New Zealand's search.

Nina searchers praised


NZ search authorities praised for going beyond what any other nation would do in the hunt for the yacht Nina.

Wait continues for Bainimarama's visa

Frank Bainimarama

NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully will not say if Fiji's leader can come to Auckland to campaign before election.

Slain man to be laid to rest in NZ

A police mug shot of Samuela Mataele, accused of murdering his uncle, former Auckland detective Joshua Liava'a

The family of slain former Auckland policeman Joshua Liava'a hope to bring his body home early next week.

Bainimarama in visa wait for NZ visit

Frank Bainimarama

Fiji's military strongman Frank Bainimarama wants to come to Auckland but is waiting to find out whether he can get a visa.

NZDF personnel trashed hotel

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Defence Force staff investigated after setting off fire extinguishers in Niue's only hotel.

Former NZ cop 'murdered'

A one-time Auckland detective who had affairs with Tongan royals has reportedly been murdered in Hawaii.

Deserting the Pacific


As the world wonders where to fit everyone, some Pacific islands wonder if there'll be anyone left.

Police officers jailed

Kali Fungavaka

Two Tongan police officers face justice for the death of an Auckland police constable in 2012.

Diplomat still in Malaysia

Muhammad Rizalman

Malaysian man accused of attempted rape in NZ is still in hospital undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

Strongman's son 'assaulted wife'

Hosanna Kabakoro and Meli Bainimarama

The son of Fiji's ruler charged with attacking his beauty queen wife - but says he's the victim.

6.6 quake hits Kermadec Islands

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A 6.6-magnitude quake has struck 233km ESE of the Kermadec Islands.

Nightly tears for dad

Kali Fungavaka.

Children of a Kiwi policeman beaten to death in Tonga still cry each night, grieving for their father.

6.4 quake strikes off Tonga

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A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Tonga this morning.

The free plane Kiwis aren't flying


How did a $23m present kill Tongan tourism? Maybe they should've looked a gift-horse in the mouth.

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