Cyclone Gita

Carter Rd bridge in Golden Bay gets rebuild nod as cyclone roading costs rise to $8.9m

The Carter Rd bridge in Golden Bay will be rebuilt in the New Year after the original structure "failed catastrophically" in February when …

Business (New Zealand)

One person with burns, smoke inhalation after house fire in Rotorua

A fire that started in a Rotorua kitchen has left one person with burns.

New Zealand

Digital Response: How a Samoan Start-Up is Using Drones in response of climate change

In the past the words “tech start-up” and “Pacific” have rarely appeared together. Increasingly, however, we have seen this trope challenged, with …


Visualizations of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai and the Martian Landscape

This visualization shows the two original islands in Tonga, Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha'apai, as they appeared in December of 2014. The visualization …

Tropical Cyclones

Maori Conservationists Using Traditional Boats to Save Oceans

Churning seas, courtesy of Cyclone Gita, crash against the sides of our traditional double-hulled Polynesian sailing vessel, known as a <i>waka</i> in the Maori language. With a crew of 12 Maori community members and three scientists, including me, on board, the waka <i>Te Matau a Maui</i> is heading along the …


Clear-cut forestry might give a healthy rate of return but local communities are paying the price

<b>OPINION:</b> It's one thing to plant a billion trees; it's quite another do it well.


Zola McDonald recruits 'ploggers' to help solve Waikato town's litter problem

Energy drink cans and cigarettes seem to be the staple diet of a lot of people who live in Zola McDonald's Waikato town.

North Island

Interior Funds Atmospheric and Wave Forecasting Program for U.S. Territories in Pacific

<b>WASHINGTON</b> – Doug Domenech, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary - Insular and International Affairs, this week provided a $497,738 …


Sport: Tonga rugby team relish extended preparation in NZ

The 'Ikale Tahi rugby team will assemble in Auckland this weekend and are relishing the chance to spend an extended of time period together ahead of …

Sport (New Zealand)

Jonathan Young: Gas is the enabler of the future

OPINION: It's hard for people in Taranaki, with our clean and clear skies to believe it's necessary to wind down their small hydrocarbon industry to …

New Zealand Politics

Refurbished water supply weathers wild storms in Taranaki

Wild weather tested a farming community's revamped water scheme even before it was officially opened.

Business (New Zealand)

The Pursuit of Happiness; Samoa in a nutshell

Like many other beautiful island nations, Samoa is paying for the greed of the developed world, but that doesn’t take away from the joie de vivre of …

New Zealand

Nearly 800 emergency calls answered by an automated system then abandoned during an April storm in New Zealand

By Natalie Akoorie<p>Fire and Emergency New Zealand has launched a review of its management of 111 emergency calls on the night of a major storm in …


Crown agency took 'all reasonable steps' to maintain decaying police station

The Crown agency responsible for looking after a decaying, old police station that is part of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement says it did its best to …

New Zealand Politics

Residents face huge legal costs protesting council-led pyrolysis plant

A group of Blenheim residents are having to raise thousands of dollars to "fight our own council" to stop a pyrolysis plant being built over the …

Business (New Zealand)

Government inquiry into historic abuse in state care won't help all victims, law firm says

A lawyer working with abuse survivors says a Royal Commission inquiry into historic state care should be extended to all victims of abuse.

New Zealand Politics

A month after the Taranaki tornado, the tarpaulin on the roof still scares 10-year-old Katie

Katie O'Connor, 10, shows off the tarpaulin still covering the roof of her Rāhotu home five weeks after a tornado went through.<p>A tornado ripped …


Sisters Saving Lives on Tonga’s Roads

The ‘Road Safety Sisters’ from left to right: Team Leader Hepisipa Oko, Road Engineering Officer; Maile Fotu, Administrative Assistant at the …

Road Safety

Pacific Circuit Rally reunion: Auckland produced a glorious first weekend of light winds

<b>Welcome festivities, cooking and eating local produce, diving, island walks, dinghy safaris, exploring, chart marking, beach barbecues, sundowners,</b> …


Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to help Samoans affected by Cyclone Gita

Habitat for Humanity national campaigns manager Ben Ross says the organisation is creating two teams of volunteers to travel to Samoa to rebuild …

New Zealand Politics

Police release the name of driver killed in crash after police pursuit

Mistreatment has become so bad some patients preform their own injection.<p>Drug education company Methcon is bringing a series of hard hitting …

Rugby World Cup

Media in 'crisis' - Pacific press freedom comes under spotlight

The media industry is said to be in crisis, with some leading Pacific journalists describing a dire state of affairs when it comes to media freedom …


After cyclone, transgender Tongans hope movie will help build acceptance

"We are residents of Tonga - we have a right to express what we are going through"<p>By Umberto Bacchi<p>LONDON, April 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A …


American Samoa finally gets a public bank. And U.S. states are watching

The Federal Reserve's decision to allow the Territorial Bank of American Samoa access to the U.S. payment system creates only the second public bank …


Mitre 10 signs up with Vodafone Warriors

Mitre 10 has provided another boost to the Vodafone Warriors’ impressive start to the 2018 NRL season by signing up as the club’s first Official Home …

Sport (New Zealand)

Melino Maka: a Tongan-Kiwi on a mission

There are two ways the ice gets broken on a trip with Melino Maka, one of Auckland's few Tongan Uber drivers.

Cyclone Gita

Buller mayor Garry Howard will not seek third term

Buller District Mayor Garry Howard will not seek re-election in 2019.<p>Buller District Mayor Garry Howard will not seek re-election in 2019.<p>He leaves …

New Zealand Politics

Let Me Count The Ways I Tried To Talk To George Christensen About Abortion

Look, I tried.<p>View this post on Facebook<p>Christensen wrote to treasurer Scott Morrison to ask that $9.5 million allocated to an international family planning organisation be redirected to pregnancy counselling services for young Australian mothers.<p>At an anti-abortion rally in Queensland he …

Julie Bishop

Habitat for Humanity sets sights on Tonga

A massive building project in Tonga is being kickstarted from south Auckland.<p>Devastation caused by Cyclone Gita has prompted Habitat for Humanity to …

Habitat for Humanity

NZ over-50s squad named for World Cup

A 16-man squad has been named for the New Zealand over-50s cricket side (the “Greycaps”) to compete in the inaugural Over-50s World Cup later this …

Sport (New Zealand)