South Pacific

Kiwi yachties save family

The catamaran ran onto rocks in heavy seas. (File photo).

A distress call from a remote reef was lucky to be heard by a Kiwi yacht overnight.

Tongan PM dismissed video

Akilisi Pohiva has been dismissed as Tonga's prime minister.

Tonga goes to the polls on November 16 after king dismisses PM and dissolves Parliament.

Quake strikes waters in Fiji

This region in the Pacific frequently experiences earthquakes of magnitudes over five.

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.

Mum dies in Cook Islands

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is aware of the death of a New Zealander in the Cook Islands.

Much-loved Waikato wife and mother Michelle Robertson died in Rarotonga, aged 37.

Honeymooner's surgery in vain

Auckland woman Joy Ramirez died in Vanuatu after a horse riding accident.

A Vanuatu surgeon tried for three hours to save New Zealander Joy Ramirez after horse ride turned tragic.

Honeymooner's 'positive drive'

Former colleagues said Ramirez was a vibrant, caring and lovely person.

Auckland children's author who died in an accident in Vanuatu was a "huge advocate" for marine conservation.

Man charged over death at funeral

'Isileli Palu was electrocuted while setting up tents for his father's funeral.

Auckland man lost his life after touching power cables at his dad's funeral in Tonga.

Avoid bomb flash: Nuke advice video

If caught outside, it says to "remove your clothing to keep radioactive material from spreading."

Guam has posted emergency guidelines to prepare for any potential nuclear attack.

Guam trying to stay calm video

An aerial view of US  Naval Base in Guam.

Tiny territory feels a strong sense of confidence in the American military, but residents increasingly worried over Washington's escalating war of words.

Navy catches fishers

The crew of a HMNZS Hawea has caught a vessel fishing illegally off the coast of Fiji.

The Royal New Zealand Navy caught the vessel illegally fishing for the second time in two months.

Solomons a special place for Kiwi cop

Terry van Dillen  with the Dragons football team.

Inspector Terry van Dillen helped bring peace to the islands, but says there is still a long way to go.

Soldiers took drugs on mission

Military helicopters transport supplies from the HMNZS Canterbury.

Kiwi troops took drugs and then went to lengths to hide their offending while on an active mission.

Row over 'Jonah'

Chris Lilley as Jonah from Tonga.

Pacific Peoples minister says Maori TV was wrong to screen Aussie comedy Jonah From Tonga, saying it just isn't funny.

Preparing for the coming storm

Children in Vanuatu play in the branches of a village banyan tree.

OPINION: Climate change sees successive cyclones causing havoc in countries like Vanuatu.

6.3 quake hits near Tonga

No damage or injuries have been reported.

Early morning earthquake hits 200 kilometres northwest of the Pacific island.

Kiwis on stricken yacht

Havana Coffee's Geoff Marsland, right, was on the yacht.

A yacht damaged on a Pacific Island reef had two pillars of Wellington's coffee scene on board.

13 kids drown as chopper sits idle

Pallbearers at Holy Cross Cathedral in Honiara.

At least 17 people drown after Pacific rescue mission "delayed because helicopter bills hadn't been paid".

Vanuatu President dies: reports

Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale with Australian Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells in May 2016.

President Reverend Baldwin Lonsdale dies suddenly a the age of 67, Vanuatu newspaper reports.

Plastic plague hits Pitcairn

East Beach on Henderson Island covered with plastic washed up from the sea.

Another isolated Pacific island is covered in other nations' trash, and residents have had enough.

The $8 lettuce and the cyclone

The long term impact on the lives of the people in this country, and other countries affected by climate change, isn't ...

OPINION: Bad weather means we get angry over the cost of salad. It means much more to people living in the Pacific.

Tongan PM targets journalists

Tongan Prime Minister Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva speaks to media at Government House on July 28, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.

OPINION: Tongan PM's attack on public broadcaster is a troubling development.

The plastic wasteland of the Pacific video

Henderson Island is far away from civilization. But it's still trashed.

This tiny Pacific island is trashed, literally - covered by 37 million pieces of plastic.

17 dead after PNG jail break

A general view of the Buimo prison in Lae, Papua New Guinea.

At least 17 male prisoners were shot dead in Papua New Guinea during a mass jail break in which 77 people escaped.

Deep quake strikes Vanuatu

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck at 175km deep and was located about 115km north of Vanuatu's Santo island.

A deep magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck north of the South Pacific island of Vanuatu.

Donna winds hit record video

Cyclone Donna covers Vanuatu's vast archipelago.

Cyclone winds gusted up to 300kmh before storm downgraded to Category 4.

Extent of Donna's damage unknown video

Cyclone Donna northeast of Vanuatu in a Nasa visible image.

Reports of the cyclone's damage include destroyed buildings - but news from the worst-hit areas is slow to arrive.

Cyclone Donna lashes Vanuatu

Cyclone Donna covers Vanuatu's vast archipelago.

Destructive category-four storm is moving slowly, raising concerns it could intensify.

Missing Kiwi 'fell or hit by wave'

Joseph Tua's belongings were reportedly found at a lava pool not far from To Sua Ocean Trench in Samoa.

Joseph Tua vanished a week ago and Samoan police believe the sailor could have been swept off the rocks.

Cyclone omen for Philip's 'tribe'

A Tanna islander stands beside a shrine to Prince Philip.

On the island of Tanna, the prince is seen as a living god. And the cyclone has sent them a message.

NZ sailor missing in Samoa

Joseph Tua has been missing for six days after visiting a popular Samoan tourist spot.

Last video 24-year-old posted showed "rough waves" at dangerous tourist spot, sister says.

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