International

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

Hurricane Maria rips through Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria, the devastating storm pushing north-west through the Caribbean, has landed in Puerto Rico reports the BBC. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said it arrived in Yabucoa in the east of the US territory, producing winds of 150 mph...... Read More

Death toll rises to almost 250 after Mexico quake

A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing at least 248 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City, reports the BBC. President Enrique Pena Nieto said more than 20 children had died and 30 were missing after a school...... Read More

NZ expresses condolences to Mexico

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has today expressed condolences to the families of those who have lost lives in the devastating earthquake in Mexico, or are still waiting for news about their loved ones. Latest reports are suggesting at least 140 people...... Read More

Student returns to scene of summit fall

German student Keno Schnibben returned to Treble Cone Ski Resort on Tuesday September 12, three years after falling from the summit. On that day, Keno had climbed to the summit of Treble Cone (TC) to take some photos with friends and fell 150 metres...... Read More

More than 90 dead in Mexico 7.1 quake

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake has hit Mexico, killing more than 90 people and bringing down dozens of buildings in Mexico City. Fires broke out in the capital, one of the world's biggest cities, after the earthquake struck on Wednesday afternoon (Wednesday...... Read More