South Pacific

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’’.

'We can't be bought on climate change'

The president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, issued an ultimatum on the eve of the summit of 16 Pacific Island leaders.

Several island states could walk out on the Pacific Islands Forum if they are forced to compromise on a climate change target.

Vanuatu murder charge for teen

The Kiwi owners of the Tanna Lodge (pictured in 2013) are reportedly in police protection after their son was charged with murder.

A Kiwi teenager is accused of murdering a man in Vanuatu after reportedly getting into a drunken fight on a beach.

Drug dogs to fight crime in Fiji

Fiji Police with their graduating dogs at the NZ Police dog school in Trentham on September 3.

Kiwi-trained drug dogs off to fight organised crime in Fiji.

How safe is PNG?

Prime Minister John Key will be having serious talks with Nauru President Baron Waqa in Port Moresby this week after New Zealand pulled more than $1.2 million in justice funding from Nauru.

Seven Pacific journalists were made to pay $600 each after being detained on arrival in Papua New Guinea

Nauru aid suspended

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has called a temporary halt to New Zealand's aid contribution to Nauru's Justice sector.

New Zealand has suspended its aid contributions to justice in Nauru over ongoing human rights concerns.

Asylum seekers 'water-boarded'

Wilson Security has rejected the water-boarding and zipping claims and dismissed the submission as "inflammatory, incorrect and misleading".

Guard at Nauru detention centre claims NZ and Australian staff water-boarded asylum seekers.

6.6 quake hits near Solomons

The earthquake hit just before 7am NZT.

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake has hit near the Solomon Islands.

6.9 quake strikes off Solomons

The United States Geological Survey picked up an undersea earthquake of magnitude 6.9 off the coast of the Solomon Islands.

A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck on Monday about 173 kms south of Dadali in the Solomon Islands.

Give us a 'hand up' not a 'hand out' - Cook Islands opposition

Prime Minister John Key, Pacific Peoples Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs Todd McClay travelled to  Rarotonga to celebrate 50 years of Cook Islands independence. Front: Cook island PM Henry Puna and John Key. Back from left: Cooks Minister of health Nandi Glassie, Todd McClay, Sam Lotu-Iiga and Te Ururoa Flavell

Cook Islanders need a "hand up rather than a hand out" from New Zealand, says the pacific nation's opposition leader.

No seat at UN, John Key tells Cooks

John Key is escorted by a young girl at celebrations to mark 50 years of self-governance in the Cook Islands.

Problems are put aside as Cook Islands celebrate birthday.

Kiwi cash boost for ageing school

Tereora college principal Tania Morgan.

A teacher became ill working at a damp and derelict secondary school in the Cook Islands, but that is set to change on the back of a gift from New Zealand taxpayers.

Immensity of storm seen from space gallery

Kimiya Yui sent  this photo of Typhoon Soudelor from the International Space Station with the message: 'Very strong Typhoon is moving toward Taiwan. Please be prepared and be safe'.

Striking images taken from space show the scale of the largest storm on earth this year.

No seat on UN for Cook Islands, says Key

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key with Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna on a visit celebrating 50 years of self-governance for the islands.

John Key has quashed hopes for a UN seat for the Cook Islands on a visit to celebrate 50 years of the islands' self-governance.

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