South Pacific

6.9 quake hits near Solomons

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A magnitude 6.9 earthquake was reported in the Santa Cruz islands, and a short-lived tsnuami warning has been lifted.

Going under

Low-lying Maldives were badly affected by the tsunami which hit South East Asia on Boxing Day, 2004.

Low-lying atoll nations like the Maldives will be the first to face the threat of rising sea levels as the effects of climate change take their toll.

Nauru pressed on civil rights

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

Nauru pressed over civil rights abuses of opposition politician stripped of passport.

Quake measuring 7 strikes Solomons

The quake was at the relatively shallow depth of about 20km.

A strong quake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the Solomon Islands.

Quake strikes near Tongan capital Nuku'alofa

Upper South Island and Wellington rattled by quake.

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes east-northeast of the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa.

Tonga crowns king, country parties

King Tupou VI has been crowned King of Tonga.

Tupou VI has been formally crowned King of Tonga in front of thousands of people.

Jet blast injures three

The blast from an Air New Zealand jet put three people in hospital in Rarotonga.

Three people hospitalised after being blown over by blast from Air New Zealand jet engine in Rarotonga.

5.8-magnitude quake hits near Solomons

The tremor was recorded south-east of Kirakira.

Earthquake south-east off the Solomon Islands, but there are no reports of damage yet.

Saved from burning yacht in Pacific gallery

A dramatic moment in the rescue.

As the last man was lifted to safety, the rope snapped and the raft fell into the darkness.

Kiwis rescued from fiery yacht

Murray Vereker-Bindon, 70, left, and crewman Michael Boyd, 68, both from Hamilton, and Victor Campos, a 35-year-old professional skipper from Mexico.

Two Kiwis escaped burning yacht in just underwear and life jackets.

6.0 earthquake near Tonga

An earthquake with magnitude 6.5 occurred near NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga.

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck in between Tonga and Fiji.

US approves fast-track for TTPA

United States speaker of the House John Boehner.

The US House of Representatives has sent a trade deal fast-tracking measure back to the Senate.

Super change to benefit Pacific retirees

Retiring to an Island paradise just got easier

Super change will benefit retirees in Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau.

Stunning photos of erupting volcano gallery video

A farmer tends to his field as Mount Sinabung releases pyroclastic flows in Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, June 13, 2015. The volcano, which was put on it highest alert level last week, has sporadically erupted since 2010 after being dormant for 400 years. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Thousands are evacuated as others work on beneath a volcano that is really building up.

Ten-hour rescue on high seas

The New Zealand Air Force has helped rescue a man and 6-year-old boy from open ocean near Cook Islands.

A man and six-year-old boy have been saved from a dinghy far out in the Pacific Ocean.

Climate change typhoon threat

Super Typhoon Haiyan as it approached the Philippines in November 2013.

A warming planet is stoking the intensity of tropical cyclones in the north-west Pacific, researchers have found.

Jenner shines light on fa'afafine video

Jaycee Tanuvasa

Inspired by Caitlyn Jenner, this Samoan athlete is causing a stir in the Pacific community.

Cook Islands push for independence

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) adjusts her black pearl necklace, a gift from Cook Islands' Prime Minister Henry Puna (L) during a sustainable development and conservation event in Rarotonga August 31, 2012. Clinton arrived in the Pacific outpost of the Cook Islands for this year's Pacific Islands Forum, as part of Washington's efforts to woo nations across the Asia-Pacific. REUTERS/Jim Watson/Pool (COOK ISLANDS - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT)

Independence from NZ would cost Cook Islands' citizens their guaranteed right to live and work here.

TPP talks 'in end-game'

Barack Obama meets with the leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries in Beijing.

The United States is optimistic a deal to set up a free trade zone across the Pacific will be concluded soon.

6.8 quakes rattle Solomon Islands

Upper South Island and Wellington rattled by quake.

Two 6.8-magnitude earthquakes have struck off the Solomon Islands but there are no reports of damage.

6.8 quake hits Solomon Islands

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A magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck close to the Solomon Islands, just days after the area was hit by another strong earthquake.

6.9 earthquake in Pacifc Ocean

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake has near the Santa Cruz Islands region

Undersea tremor hits near Santa Cruz Islands region.

15,000 dolphins killed in Solomon Islands

During just the first three months of 2013, at least 1674 dolphins were killed by Fanalei villagers, in the Solomon Islands.

Research finds thousands of dolphins killed in islands, far greater than the number killed in Japan's Taji hunt.

Man killed in 'savage' shark attack

A bull shark has killed a man swimming off New Caledonia, in what's been described as a savage attack.

A man has died after being bitten multiple times by a shark, off the Pacific Ocean island of New Caledonia

Strong quake rocks PNG, tsunami possible

Papua New Guinea: culture, scuba diving and festivals.

A powerful earthquake has rattled Papua New Guinea and a local tsunami is possible.

7.4 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

The quake struck on the island of New Britain.

An earthquake measuring magnitude 7.4 struck 139 kilometres south of Kokopo in Papua New Guinea.

Cyclone 'will bring major event'

Yasu, an elder of the John Frum movement, outside his home in Tanna, Vanuatu.

Vanuatu's cargo cults are watching keenly and triumphantly as aid flows into cyclone-hit country.

6.5 quake hits off Fiji

earthquake, seismic

A 6.5-magnitude quake has struck off the north east coast of Fiji.

Protesters leave oil rig

Kwi Johno Smith was part of a protest on an oil rig in the Pacific.

Auckland protester back at sea-level after a five-day Greenpeace protest up an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean.

Greenpeace activists on rig

Greenpeace activists hold a banner after they scaled the Polar Pioneer drill rig in the Pacific Ocean.

Six Greenpeace activists, including an Australian, have spent their first night on a Shell oil rig.

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