New Zealand

Pacific Trade Adviser defends PACER Plus

Mon 04 May 2015 -

Chief Trade Adviser, Pacific Islands, Dr Edwini Kessie defends push to finalise the text of PACER Plus, the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations between Pacific Islands Forum member countries and Australia and New Zealand.

March 2015

Neighbours clash in backyard squabble

According to the media reports, the Australian government has indefinitely postponed the meeting of Pacific Island leaders that was to discuss one of the most important geo-political issues in the region- what will be the role of Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) in the Pacific Islands Forum. When governments cancel ...

Big hopes for new Tuvalu High Commissioner

Wed 04 Feb 2015 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- Tuvalu's high commissioner-designate to New Zealand says he expects his country to benefit significantly from the opening of a High Commission in Wellington.

Air NZ faces probe over how it sells insurance with airfares

Thu 29 Jan 2015 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ----- Air New Zealand is being investigated over possible misleading or deceptive conduct in the way it sells insurance with air fares.

NZ's Duncan Hardie Group seeks Solomon Island oil

Thu 29 Jan 2015 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---- A Wellington based company is behind an application to conduct off shore oil prospecting in the Solomon Islands.

Murray McCully's dramatic Antarctic flight report released

Thu 29 Jan 2015 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---- An Antarctica-bound flight forced to make a dramatic landing with a Cabinet minister onboard was using a plane unsuited for the conditions, a report has found.

New Zealand passports targeted by criminals, terrorists

Thu 29 Jan 2015 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ----- The New Zealand passport is a prized possession for its rightful owner - but it can also be gold in the hands of criminals and those wanting to avoid scrutiny at international borders, a security expert says.

NZ resumes defence ties with Fiji after eight-year freeze

Thu 29 Jan 2015 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---- New Zealand is resuming defence ties with Fiji for the first time since the coup there in 2006.

Pacific Sport: The best of 2014

Peter Rees
Tue 09 Dec 2014 -

It was a remarkable year for athletes of Pacific heritage in the international arena.

PNA applauds new head of Pacific Tuna Commission

Wed 03 Dec 2014 -

AUCKLAND, New Zealand --- A Pacific Islander has been appointed the new head of the Pacific Tuna Commission.

30 Fijians to work in NZ under seasonal scheme

Mon 24 Nov 2014 -

AUCKLAND, New Zealand --- Thirty Fijians will work in New Zealand in February next year in the first phase under NZ's Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme.

TVNZ Pacific presenter upbeat on outsourcing

Tue 28 Oct 2014 -

AUCKLAND, New Zealand ---A presenter for Television New Zealand's Tagata Pasifika says the company's decision to outsource their production could be a good opportunity for the programme.

NZ funds frozen in Nauru stoush

Wed 01 Oct 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---- New Zealand aid money to Nauru has been caught up in a financial spat after an Australian court froze the island nation's accounts.

Samoa takes steps to boost its capacity to meet Rio objectives

*Sonja Schalin
Tue 30 Sep 2014 -

AUCKLAND, NZ ---- Samoa has embarked on a new project to boost implementation of the Rio Conventions just two weeks after the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference in Apia had strongly shown the importance of effective climate change policies.

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.