New Zealand

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.

NZ PM to lead Pacific Mission , will not attend Pacific Islands Forum, SIDS conference

Tue 27 May 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will lead a delegation to Samoa, Tonga and Niue on Sunday for the 2014 Pacific Mission.

NZ PM to lead Pacific Mission , will not attend Pacific Islands Forum, SIDS conference

Tue 27 May 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will lead a delegation to Samoa, Tonga and Niue on Sunday for the 2014 Pacific Mission.

Scientists deploy devices to help study 'silent earthquakes'

Mon 12 May 2014 -

AUCKLAND, New Zealand --- Quake-recording instruments to be deployed on the seabed near New Zealand's Poverty Bay will give scientists a deeper insight into earthquake and tsunami risk in one of the country's biggest natural disaster risk zones.

El Nino predicted for Pacific by mid-year

Tue 06 May 2014 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand, or NIWA, says an El Nino weather pattern is likely to develop in the Pacific mid-year.

Island workers head home

Wed 30 Apr 2014 -

KAIPARA, New Zealand---- After four seasons working in Kaipara's kumara crops Shem James and Masling Lapenmal have become quite accustomed to life between New Zealand and Vanuatu.

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.