New Zealand

Important work for new Pacific Advisory Group - NZ First

Wed 16 Apr 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- New Zealand First’s Spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs Le’aufa’amulia Asenati Lole-Taylor has congratulated new members on their election to the Wellington City Council’s Pacific Advisory Group.

Prince William presents JWC trophy to NZ

Mon 14 Apr 2014 -

DUNEDIN, New Zealand ----His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge has formally handed over the IRB Junior World Championship trophy to hosts New Zealand today, marking 50 days to the kick-off of Junior World Championship 2014 on Monday 2 June.

Royals 'thoughts and prayers' with flood victims in Solomon Islands

Fri 11 Apr 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---Prince William and Catherine have sent condolences to the people of the Solomon Islands in the wake of floods that killed at least 23 people and left thousands homeless.

NZ Air Force heading to storm-ravaged Solomon Islands, Aust boosts aid

Mon 07 Apr 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ----A Royal New Zealand Air Force plane is being sent to the Solomon Islands after flash flooding and heavy rains ravaged the country, leaving 21 dead and thousands of people homeless.

Japan's whaling illegal: McCully welcomes ruling

Tue 01 Apr 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ----New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has welcomed an international court's decision that Japan's whaling in the Southern Ocean is illegal but has warned Japan could still try to side-step it.

Pacific unlikely to have met water and sanitation MDGs for 2015

Wed 26 Mar 2014 -

WELLINGTON, NZ ----- UNICEF New Zealand says four years after the Millennium Development Goals' global target for safe drinking water was met, the Pacific is still lagging far behind.

Solomon Islands PM opens NZ mission

Fri 14 Mar 2014 -

WELLINGTON, NZ ---- Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo on Wednesday officially opened the island nation’s High Commission office in Wellington, New Zealand.

New Zealand raises official interest rates, more on way

Thu 13 Mar 2014 -

WELLINGTON, NZ ----- New Zealand's central bank increased its key interest rate, becoming the first from a major developed nation to exit record-low borrowing costs, and signaled it may remove stimulus faster than previously forecast to contain inflation.

PM Key ditches NZ flag referendum in 2014 , Australia to keep British Union Jack in flag: minister

Thu 13 Mar 2014 -

WELLINGTON, NZ --- New Zealanders won't get a chance to vote to change the nation's flag this year.

NZ PM reveals 2014 election date

Tue 11 Mar 2014 -

WELLINGTON, NZ ---- New Zealand will go to the polls on 20 September.

Solomon Islands leader in New Zealand

Tue 11 Mar 2014 -

WELLINGTON, NZ ----- New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has welcomed his Solomon Islands counterpart, Gordon Darcy Lilo, to Wellington today.

New Zealand's Maori king refuses to meet Prince William

Wed 05 Mar 2014 -

AUCKLAND, NZ ---- New Zealand's Maori king has refused to meet Prince William during a royal tour next month.

Royals to spend nine days in NZ

Mon 03 Mar 2014 -

WELLINGTON, NZ ---- Racing down the Shotover river in a jet boat is one of the things Prince William and wife Kate will get up to when they visit New Zealand next month.

Building statistical capability across the Pacific

Wed 26 Feb 2014 -

WELLINGTON, NZ --- New Zealand Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga announced today that statisticians from Pacific countries will spend time at Statistics New Zealand in an effort to grow their statistical knowledge and capability.

American Samoa's Governor Moliga admitted to hospital after sudden illness

Wed 26 Feb 2014 -

WASHINGTON, NZ ---- American Samoa's Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has been admitted to George Washington Hospital in Washington D.C. after a sudden illness.

Fiji developments encouraging, says NZ Law Society

Wed 26 Feb 2014 -

WELLINGTON, NZ ----- The efforts being made to encourage new voter registration and awareness in Fiji are encouraging signs of a return to democracy, the New Zealand Law Society says.

New Zealand: Three years after the Christchurch earthquake

Tom Peters,
Mon 24 Feb 2014 -

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand ---- On February 22, 2011, Christchurch—a city of over 300,000—was devastated by an earthquake that killed 185 people. The disaster, on top of a previous quake in September 2010, destroyed or severely damaged thousands of buildings and houses.

Pacific atoll's rebirth following devastating typhoon

Fri 21 Feb 2014 -

AUCKLAND,New Zealand --- New research has shown the remarkable rebirth of a Pacific atoll devastated by a typhoon over a century ago.

PNG to host games at 2017 Rugby League World Cup

Thu 20 Feb 2014 -

AUCKLAND, NZ --- Papua New Guinea will host a minimum of two matches at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, with the potential for further matches throughout the Pacific.

NZ and Australia to co-host 2017 World Cup

Thu 20 Feb 2014 -

AUCKLAND, NZ ---New Zealand will make a strong play to host the 2017 rugby league World Cup final after Australia and New Zealand were last night announced as joint hosts for the next tournament.

Curator pinpoints disconnection

Wed 19 Feb 2014 -

AUCKLAND, New Zealand --- Community art galleries are no longer connecting with their people and it's partly because of a centralised focus, art curator Ema Tavola says.

New Zealand lawyer says authorities 'perverse' for sending Tongans back home

Tue 18 Feb 2014 -

AUCKALND, New Zealand --- A lawyer for Tongan overstayers says deporting people with medical conditions to an area devastated by a cyclone is perverse.

Sunia appointed to FIFA disciplinary committee

Fri 14 Feb 2014 -

AUCKLAND, New Zealand ----American Samoa attorney Fiti Sunia, former Attorney General of American Samoa, has been appointed to sit on one of FIFA's judicial bodies, the Disciplinary Committee.

February 2014

New mag shines light on Pacific’s health issues

Dev Nadkarni

It has been known for some time now that people of Pacific Islands origin living in New Zealand find themselves overrepresented in health-related statistics—particularly around lifestyle ailments.

NZ foreign Minister McCully turns up heat in UN campaign for a seat on the Security Council

Wed 05 Feb 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- Foreign Minister Murray McCully leaves today to host a Waitangi Day function in New York for 200 diplomats where he will step up New Zealand's campaign for a seat on the Security Council.