More aid delivered to Tonga

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is taking 12 more tonnes of aid and disaster relief supplies to Tonga today to support the Pacific country’s emergency response to Tropical Cyclone Gita. The relief supplies include 200 agriculture tool kits,...... Read More

The global plan for kiwifruit

A vanguard of 20 Italian Zespri kiwifruit growers have arrived in Tauranga to tap into local knowledge and expertise. The group are the first of a number of ‘technical tour’ groups that will bring 120 people from Korea, Japan, China, France...... Read More

Fears over deportations to cyclone-ravaged Tonga

Hundreds of Tongans could face being sent back to their cyclone-ravaged country before it has recovered from the storm's devastation, an immigration lawyer says. Immigration New Zealand said today there were no imminent planned deportations to...... Read More

Personal best for Kiwi runner

Kiwi runner Julian Oakley has smashed another personal best at a race meet in Boston last weekend. The 24-year-old not only won the race, but achieved a record-breaking personal best, with a time of 3:55.10. The achievement was won at the Valentine...... Read More

Mass shooting at Florida school

A shooter who opened fire on a US school, killing multiple people and sending hundreds of students fleeing, has been taken into custody. Police say there are “at least 14 victims”, but have not specified the number of injuries and casualties...... Read More

Habitat for Humanity readying response

Habitat for Humanity is preparing a response to Tropical Cyclone Gita, which struck Tonga as a Category 4 storm after passing through Samoa. Habitat for Humanity NZ CEO Claire Szabó says the low lying topography of Tonga's main island Tongatapu...... Read More

NZ aid arrives in Tonga

The New Zealand Defence Force has delivered 12 tonnes of aid and disaster relief supplies to communities in Tonga affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita.  Air Commodore Kevin McEvoy, the Acting Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said a Royal New Zealand...... Read More

Emergency relief supplies to depart for Tonga

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced a RNZAF C130 Hercules aircraft carrying emergency relief supplies will depart for Tonga this afternoon. “The full extent of damage caused by Cyclone Gita is still being assessed but there...... Read More

New Zealand to assist following Cyclone Gita

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand is making available an initial $750,000 to support relief efforts in Tonga following Cyclone Gita. “Initial assessments of the damage are still coming in. However, it is clear that Cyclone...... Read More

Carlos Garcia Knight fifth in Men’s Slopestyle

New Zealand snowboarder Carlos Garcia Knight has finished fifth in the men’s Slopestyle at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Garcia Knight is the first New Zealand snowboarder to qualify for an Olympic final and says he has mixed emotions...... Read More