South Pacific

7.8 quakes 'eerily similar'

Solomon Islanders are waking to damage done by a 7.8 earthquake.

The 7.8 Solomons quake felt a lot like the Kaikoura quake of the same magnitude, says a man who experienced both.

Live: Solomons quake

The quake was centred 63km west-south-west of Kirakira, Solomon Islands.

There are reports of collapsed buildings in villages, but no deaths as people fled to the hills.

Waiting for Moana

Paulina Bentley is excited for the release of Moana, but she feels Disney should have released the film in New Zealand ...

Has Disney's latest blockbuster done enough to win the hearts of west Auckland's Pasifika youth?

The islands of torture

Torture in the form of beatings, rape and sexual assault of criminals and escaped prisoners, has taken hold in Fiji, ...

Fiji's "ingrained culture" of beating and raping prisoners has caused at least five deaths since 2006, Amnesty says.

Scientist warns of coral reef 'massacre'

Nelson Cawthron Institute research scientist Xavier Pochon on the 10-day expedition in the Pacific.

A Nelson scientist says global warming is having a devastating effect on Pacific coral reefs.

Killer storm enters Pacific video

A woman walks in front of houses destroyed by a landside after Hurricane Otto hit Costa Rica.

Tropical Storm Otto arrives in the Pacific Ocean after leaving at least nine dead in Costa Rica.

Undersea eruption creates pumice raft

A satellite image of the Havre seamount eruption in 2012. The plume can be seen in the bottom right.

Royal New Zealand Air Force crew have spotted a mass of floating rocks in the South Pacific.

Tonga's Chinese targeted by thugs

A shopkeeper attacked eight months ago is bedridden living in appalling conditions at the back of the family shop.

New Zealand police are helping Tongan police after vicious attacks on the island's Chinese community.

'Suspend money to Tonga' video

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New Zealand should withhold money until sweeping constitutional changes are made in Tonga, says the nation's first independent Attorney General.

Last 5 years hottest on record: UN video

The United Nations weather agency , the WMO, says greenhouse gas emissions had raised the risk of freak events like ...

Mounting evidence heat waves, floods and rising seas are stoked by man-made climate change, the United Nations weather agency says.

From rugby, to smuggling, to isolation video

Alamoni Liava'a, former captain of the Tongan rugby team, now lives like a hermit after being deported for cocaine smuggling.

After retiring from top-flight rugby, Alamoni Liava'a became a cocaine smuggler. Now, he lives alone in the Tongan bush.

NZ in people smugglers' sights

Many people around the world are desperate to get into countries like New Zealand, and find themselves caught up with ...

A group of Georgians arrested in Tonga paid thousands of dollars for stolen passports, to get into NZ.

The 'palagi' corruption fighters

Former Nelson district police commander Grant O'Fee became Tonga's second Kiwi police commissioner.

Three Kiwis have tried to clean up the Tongan police force, with mixed results.

Tonga's former PM in passport scandal video

The speaker of the Tongan Parliament, Lord, Tu'ivakano, speaks to reporter Tony Wall about allegations of illegal passports.

Current PM wants predecessor charged for allegedly issuing passports used for drug smuggling to NZ.

Smugglers target Pacific video

The Rebels bikie gang set up a chapter in Fiji in 2014. There are fears the group will set up in other island nations.

International crime syndicates are preying on vulnerable Pacific Island nations to traffic drugs to New Zealand and Australia. 

Historic climate deal takes effect

A new day in the Pacific saw a historic climate change agreement take effect.

"Serendipitous moment in history" as nations endangered by climate change see Paris agreement take effect.

Earhart died as a castaway - scientist

Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.

An old photo may have finally solved the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.

Scientist killed in Antarctica

Gordon Hamilton was killed in Antarctica.

"Pioneer" researcher's snowmobile hit a crevasse and he fell 30 metres.

Cooler heads prevailing with Fiji video

Prime Minister John Key and Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama made a genuine attempt to patch things up on Saturday.

There are still plenty of issues between New Zealand and Fiji, but maybe it's time to put them (momentarily) aside.

Island gunman 'dead': report video

The image police released of the man they are hunting, Chris Rimamotu.

First images of the scene where a Kiwi woman and her partner were shot on the Cook Islands, as reports suggest alleged gunman is dead.

Raro shooting victim's family 'traumatised' video

Mary Dean died after a shooting in Rarotonga.

Family in Mary Dean's hometown of Tokoroa angered and shocked after she was shot dead in Rarotonga - allegedly by the father of her nine-year-old son.

Fiji turning its back on NZ?

Prime Minister John Key and Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama share a love of rugby but that's where their ...

ANALYSIS: What game is Fiji playing pushing New Zealand and Australia out as China's Pacific influence grows?

NZ 'should take Nauru refugees' video

Nauru's controversial detention centre has been the subject of protests in Australia.

New report on Australian-run detention centre shows conditions "meeting legal definition of torture".

Fijian PM heads to NZ video

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is notoriously thin-skinned, adding extra delicacy to John Key's Fiji trip.

Frank Bainimarama will receive a state welcome on Saturday and go to an All Blacks game with John Key.

ABs attract Fijian PM visit video

Prime Minister John Key and Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama exchange gifts during a visit by Key in June.

State welcome for Fiji's Frank Bainimarama expected next week.

Stormy outlook for Pacific video

The Pacific should focus on making the most out of its existing resources and improving basic service delivery, a senior ...

The tiny Pacific Island nations are vulnerable to shocks from the world economy, the World Bank says.

Quake strikes north of Tonga

The quake struck at 10.07am (NZT).

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has struck in the Pacific Ocean between Tonga and Fiji.

Fiji detains party leaders

The Sodelpa opposition party said its leader Sitiveni Rabuka, a former prime minister, had turned himself in to police.

Authorities in Fiji detain leaders of two opposition parties and a senior trade union official.

Fiji's power play at PIF

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has stripped his foreign minister - who is at the Pacific Islands Forum - of his ...

OPINION: Frank Bainimarama didn’t show his face at the Pacific Islands Forum but that didn’t stop him stealing the show.

France invited into Pacific

Tahiti and New Caledonia have been invited to join the Pacific Islands Forum.

European outposts New Caledonia and Tahiti to be included at next PIF.

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