South Pacific

NZ firm seeks Solomon Island oil

Solomon Islands

A Wellington based company is behind an application to conduct off shore oil prospecting in the Solomon Islands.

Tonga's new island of ash won't last forever gallery

First close-up images of Tonga's new volcano.

Tonga's disruptive volcano has gone quiet, leaving behind a temporary island of ash.

South Pacific's first summer storm

rain storm umbrella

Summer's first South Pacific tropical cyclone – named Niko – has formed.

Cattle ship barred by Fiji

NO ENTRY: Fijian authorities have barred the cattle ship Polaris 2 from port.

Ship carrying thousands of dairy cows from Chile to China blocked from Suva after claiming to be low on food.

Volcanic eruption creates new island

The large volcanic eruption near Tonga.

Tonga’s continuous volcanic eruption has created a new island to add to the 176 it already has.

Catching the slippery fish

'WHITE GOLD': The prized Patagonian toothfish.

Pirate fishing boats in the Southern Ocean are on NZ's radar, and behind much of it is a Spanish family.

Volcanic ash risk for flights gallery

Ash cloud Tonga

A large volcano exploding out of the Pacific Ocean near Tonga's capital is growing in size and spreading its ash cloud.

Diversions after Tongan eruption

The large volcanic eruption near Tonga.

The Hunga Ha'apai volcano is spewing "dark volcanic cloud" up to 4.8km, leading to flight diversions.

Kiwi links to terror site

Tokelau palm trees

New Zealand is being used to host the website of an Indian terrorist group, Indian media say.

NZ crew in emergency landing

An image on Twitter apparently showed the Real Tonga Airlines plane on the tarmac.

Tongan plane flown by NZ crew, with 17 passengers onboard, makes emergency landing on one engine.

Valerie Adams' runway near miss

Val Adams in Tonga.

Olympic shot put medallist on board plane that started skidding off a runway in Tonga.

AirAsia flight QZ8501: A tale of two search sites

Pilot of navy airplane CN235 M. Naim holds a map to co-pilot Rahmad while flying over the Java sea during joint search operations for QZ8501.

Comparing the search for AirAsia flight QZ8501 with that of MH370, which vanished 10 months ago.

Big volcanic eruption near Tonga's capital

A file photo of the 2009 eruption.

A large volcanic eruption is taking place near Tonga's capital's Nuku'alofa, sending ash and steam into the sky.

AirAsia QZ8501 pilot's final communications

Iriyanto, captain of the missing AirAsia flight:

The final communications between the pilot of ill-fated flight QZ8501 and air traffic control have been revealed as Indonesian naval vessels moved late last night to check new reports of an oil slick in the search zone.

Tonga's new leader ill

Tonga prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva

Tonga's newly elected prime minister is now "really sick", his family say.

Tonga elects commoner

NEW PRIME MINISTER: Fifteen members of parliament voted for 'Akilisi Pohiva against 11 for his opponent.

Veteran democracy campaigner 'Akilisi Pohiva is the kingdom's new prime minister.

Latest MH370 theory: Shot down by US

ENDURING MYSTERY: With no wreckage found, the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 cannot be determined.

Just when the MH370 conspiracy line went quiet, up steps a French former airline boss with a disturbing scenario.

Heroin found in tyres

An agreement on tariffs could change the price of IT imports.

Fiji authorities have seized NZ$20 million worth of heroin in the tyres of a quad bike.

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

gavel

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.

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