International

Man charged over former Aussie PM head-butt

A 38-year-old man has been charged with head-butting former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, police say. Mr Abbott alleged a same-sex marriage campaigner assaulted him on Thursday after asking to shake his hand as he left a newspaper office in...... Read More

North Korea threatens to test H-bomb in Pacific

New Zealand's politicians around the country have responded to the reports North Korea is considering testing a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. Kim Jong-un has called US President Donald Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard" in response...... Read More

English village to mark NZ soldiers’ anniversary

An English Westcountry village will be the focus of an international ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of a group of New Zealand soldiers. The ten men died when they were hit by a train at Bere Ferrers railway station on September...... Read More

Grower penalties ‘may not be tough enough’

Penalties imposed against the grower who allegedly provided bud wood from two new Zespri kiwifruit varieties to Chinese orchards may not be tough enough, says Doug Brown, chairman of New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. Zespri has terminated the grower’s...... Read More

Schoolgirl raises alarm over flesh-eating disease

An Australian schoolgirl suffering from a flesh-eating ulcer is calling for better government funding for research into the infectious disease, reports the BBC. Ella Crofts, 13, is slowly recovering from a Buruli ulcer, a skin disease more usually found...... Read More

Second hurricane for Tauranga couple

The shattering of a Tauranga couple’s tropic island idyll is underscored by the second major hurricane to strike the island of Vieques in as many weeks. Messages today from Donna Bennet and Chris Isherwood confirm they survived hurricane Maria,...... Read More

Maria knocks out power to all of Puerto Rico

The population of Puerto Rico is just over a million fewer than New Zealand, at 3.4 million, and everyone there has lost power following Hurricane Maria overnight/this morning. Puerto Rico is a densely populated country and is just 160kms east to west...... Read More

Public’s help needed in Zespri case

Information from the public is being sought to help bring a criminal prosecution over the alleged provision of bud wood from Zespri’s new varieties to growers in China. Zespri chief operating officer Simon Limmer confirms that Zespri has already...... Read More

Frantic search for survivors at Mexico school

At least 21 children and five adults died at a primary school which collapsed in Mexico City during yesterday's major earthquake, the government says. The shallow, 7.1 magnitude quake, which struck Tuesday afternoon local time (Wednesday morning...... Read More

6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Vanuatu

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has hit Vanuatu, 85km northwest of Isangel, the US Geological Survey says. In a post a short time ago, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected. The quake...... Read More