New Zealand

Air New Zealand's profit up 45 percent

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- New Zealand's national airline on Wednesday posted a 45 percent increase in profit on slightly higher revenues.

NZ, U.S. partnership to help research on Asia-Pacific

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ----- New Zealand scientists are hoping a pioneering new partnership with international environmental campaign group Conservation International will enable them to expand research on crucial Pacific Ocean issues into Asia.

Hosea Gear signs with Chiefs

Mon 11 Aug 2014 -

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand --- Former All Black and Super Rugby centurion Hosea Gear has signed with the Chiefs for the next Super Rugby season.

Hosea Gear signs with Chiefs

Mon 11 Aug 2014 -

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand --- Former All Black and Super Rugby centurion Hosea Gear has signed with the Chiefs for the next Super Rugby season.

I will accept poll results: FijiFirst leader Bainimarama

Mon 11 Aug 2014 -

AUCKLAND, New Zealand --- Fiji's Prime Minister and FijiFirst leader Rear Admiral (retired) Voreqe Bainimarama says he will accept the results of the 17 September general election.

Pacific leaders back NZ's UN bid

Mon 11 Aug 2014 -

WELLINGTON, NZ --- New Zealand's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council has received a boost with the endorsement of Pacific leaders.

New database to help maintain Pacific heritage arts

Wed 06 Aug 2014 -

AUCKLAND, NZ ----- Creative New Zealand will develop a database of knowledge-holders over the next three months as part of a special project to help preserve and pass on Pacific heritage arts.

NZ PM Key won't be meeting Fiji leader

Wed 06 Aug 2014 -

AUCKLAND, NZ ----New Zealand Prime Minister John Key won't be meeting Fiji's Prime Minister Rear Admiral (retired) Voreqe Bainimarama when he jets into the country this week for his first visit in eight years.

Tuvalu climate change family win NZ residency appeal

Tue 05 Aug 2014 -

AUCKLAND, New Zealand ---- A Tuvalu family has been granted New Zealand residency after claiming it would be affected by climate change if it returned home.

NZ negotiating with Fiji over RSE participation

Wed 23 Jul 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---Immigration New Zealand says that negotiations are under way for citizens of Fiji to join the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.

NZ Employers encouraged to take up Seasonal Worker Scheme

Wed 23 Jul 2014 -

AUCKLAND, New Zealand ---- Domestic Pacific workers can be as successful as overseas Pacific workers in the horticulture and viticulture industries says Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.

Waikato doctor takes up key Fiji role for eye care charity

Tue 22 Jul 2014 -

HAMILTON, NZ --- The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ today announces the appointment of a prominent New Zealand eye doctor to a key leadership role in the Pacific.

NZ Labour open to Bainimarama visit

Tue 22 Jul 2014 -

WELLINGTON, NZ --- The New Zealand Labour Party's spokesperson for foreign affairs says he has no objection to FijiFirst leader being granted a visa if it enables Fiji's September election to be more democratic.

Killing of ex-cop Josh Liava'a baffles Tongan family

Thu 17 Jul 2014 -

AUCKLAND, New Zealand --- The Kiwi family of a Tongan man killed in Hawaii say they have no idea what happened to their relative, beyond what they've read in the news.

Kiribati seasonal worker dies in Blenheim

Wed 16 Jul 2014 -

BLENHEIM, New Zealand --- A vineyard worker in New Zealand has died after he suffered a cardiac arrest at the backpackers hostel where he had been living.

NZ government aligns more closely with US amid rising tensions with China

Tom Peters,
Thu 03 Jul 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- Last month’s visit to Washington by Prime Minister John Key marked a definite shift by New Zealand’s ruling elite into closer alignment with the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia”—a strategy aimed at strengthening US control over the Asia-Pacific region and preparing for war against China.

New Zealand Government Backs Second Trans-Pacific Internet Cable

Wed 02 Jul 2014 -

WELLINGTON, NZ ---- The New Zealand government has agreed to a deal worth NZD$65 million (US$56.9 million) that could end the single-cable monopoly that connects the country to the rest of the world through the internet.

Seabed mining sets very high bar

Tue 24 Jun 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---During the passage of legislation establishing a new regime for activity in New Zealand's exclusive economic zone, environmentalists fretted that the Government had got the balance wrong. Economic considerations would ride roughshod over environmental protection, they complained.

NZ proposed seabed mining Rejected

Tue 24 Jun 2014 -

WELLINGTON,New Zealand -----New Zealand's first proposed seabed mining project off the coast of Taranaki has been turned down by the Environmental Protection Authority because of the unknown environmental effects.

New Zealand may kick start race to mine the ocean floor

Mon 16 Jun 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- New Zealand decides this week whether to approve an underwater iron-ore operation that would likely become the world's first commercial metals mine at the bottom of the sea.

NZ PM's nod for Clark to seek UN's top job

Mon 16 Jun 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he would support Helen Clark making a bid for United Nations Secretary-General if she put up her hand for the job.

Call for Forum action over Nauru crisis

Fri 13 Jun 2014 -

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -----A New Zealand academic says an eminent persons' group should be sent to Nauru by the Pacific Islands Forum to try and resolve a political crisis.

Japan's swift return to whaling 'worrying' - McCully

Thu 12 Jun 2014 -

WELLINGTON, NZ ---- Japan's plan to return to whaling just months after being told by an international court to stop is “worrying”, New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says.

NZ Labour Party says Key should attend Forum

Mon 09 Jun 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- New Zealand's Labour Party says if the Prime Minister John Key skips the Pacific Islands Forum it will leave a bad impression with other members.

Follow Samoa's lead say anti-arms trade activists

Thu 05 Jun 2014 -

AUCKLAND, New Zealand --- Regional campaigners against the global arms trade say Pacific Island countries should follow Samoa's lead and ratify a landmark international treaty.