A distress call from a remote reef was lucky to be heard by a Kiwi yacht overnight.
Tonga goes to the polls on November 16 after king dismisses PM and dissolves Parliament.
The hypocentre of the earthquake on Saturday was situated at a depth of 538 kilometres in the sea and 287.4 km east of Suva, Fiji's capital.
Much-loved Waikato wife and mother Michelle Robertson died in Rarotonga, aged 37.
A Vanuatu surgeon tried for three hours to save New Zealander Joy Ramirez after horse ride turned tragic.
Auckland children's author who died in an accident in Vanuatu was a "huge advocate" for marine conservation.
Auckland man lost his life after touching power cables at his dad's funeral in Tonga.
Guam has posted emergency guidelines to prepare for any potential nuclear attack.
Tiny territory feels a strong sense of confidence in the American military, but residents increasingly worried over Washington's escalating war of words.
The Royal New Zealand Navy caught the vessel illegally fishing for the second time in two months.
Inspector Terry van Dillen helped bring peace to the islands, but says there is still a long way to go.
Kiwi troops took drugs and then went to lengths to hide their offending while on an active mission.
Pacific Peoples minister says Maori TV was wrong to screen Aussie comedy Jonah From Tonga, saying it just isn't funny.
OPINION: Climate change sees successive cyclones causing havoc in countries like Vanuatu.
Early morning earthquake hits 200 kilometres northwest of the Pacific island.
A yacht damaged on a Pacific Island reef had two pillars of Wellington's coffee scene on board.
At least 17 people drown after Pacific rescue mission "delayed because helicopter bills hadn't been paid".
President Reverend Baldwin Lonsdale dies suddenly a the age of 67, Vanuatu newspaper reports.
Another isolated Pacific island is covered in other nations' trash, and residents have had enough.
OPINION: Bad weather means we get angry over the cost of salad. It means much more to people living in the Pacific.
OPINION: Tongan PM's attack on public broadcaster is a troubling development.
This tiny Pacific island is trashed, literally - covered by 37 million pieces of plastic.
At least 17 male prisoners were shot dead in Papua New Guinea during a mass jail break in which 77 people escaped.
A deep magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck north of the South Pacific island of Vanuatu.
Cyclone winds gusted up to 300kmh before storm downgraded to Category 4.
Reports of the cyclone's damage include destroyed buildings - but news from the worst-hit areas is slow to arrive.
Destructive category-four storm is moving slowly, raising concerns it could intensify.
Joseph Tua vanished a week ago and Samoan police believe the sailor could have been swept off the rocks.
On the island of Tanna, the prince is seen as a living god. And the cyclone has sent them a message.
Last video 24-year-old posted showed "rough waves" at dangerous tourist spot, sister says.