South Pacific

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.

Cyclone Donna threatens Vanuatu

Cyclone Donna northeast of Vanuatu in a Nasa image.

Tropical storm in the South Pacific expected to intensify over the next 48 hours, forecasters say.

7.2 quake hits Philippines

A 7.2-magnitude quake has struck off the coast of the Philippines.

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake strikes off the coast of the Philippines, triggering tsunami warnings.

Orion searches for Tongan fisherman

The Orion aircraft is due to reach Tonga this afternoon.

He rang his family when his boat's engine failed, but hasn't been heard from since.

'Fiery canoe' takes her final voyage

Dr Teresia Teaiwa considered Fiji her spiritual home.

Dr Teresia Teaiwa believed teaching was not a job but a way of life, writes Bess Manson.

New planet may be right for life video

This artist’s impression shows the exoplanet LHS 1140b, which orbits a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth.

Astronomers find one more planet that seems to have the Goldilocks combination: Not too hot and not too cold. It's not so far away either.

5.7 quake hits Vanuatu

There is no tsunami threat to NZ after the quake.

No apparent tsunami threat for NZ as shallow earthquake strikes near Vanuatu.

No-one safe on Manus Island video

A Sudanese refugee received stitches after being hit by rock.

Refugees challenge claims that shots fired by military personnel during a violent outbreak were discharged into the air.

Cyclone injures four, two missing video

Watch: Cyclone Cook hammers New Caledonia with New Zealand next in firing line

Category-three cyclone leaves 70,000 without power and trail of uprooted trees as it turns to NZ.

New cyclone could bring floods

Weather Watch warns Cyclone Cook could bring heavy rain to New Zealand on Good Friday.

Torrential rain set to hammer the Pacific could spell further downpours in NZ.

What is typhoid fever?

Typhoid is bacterial infection that is a risk in developing countries, but with an outbreak in Auckland, an expert from ...

Typhoid is a risk in developing countries, but with an outbreak in Auckland, an expert from South Africa explains the causes, symptoms and cures of typhoid fever.

The long walk to water video

Madeleine and daughter Nalam (10) carry a twenty-litre container through dense bush to the water source in Laounaoula, ...

We watch goggle-eyed as Madeline hauls 20 litres up the steep ravine. It's an impossible feat.

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