Pressure increases over Manus Island evacuations

On Monday evening, refugee activists in Sydney took over the stage at a Wesley Mission human rights lecture - featuring guest speaker ex-Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock. The protestors held up banners saying ‘Evacuate Manus Now’...... Read More

Pioneering women honoured in Antarctica

"They thought I was a feminist, but I wasn’t a f eminist at all… I just liked wearing trousers!" That seems like a sensible option for Thelma Rodgers who, in 1979, was the first New Zealand woman to spend an entire winter in...... Read More

Exploring the secret lives of killer whales

A series of recording devices will be deployed in Antarctica this summer to explore the secret lives of killer whales in an unprecedented monitoring programme. University of Canterbury PhD student Alexa Hasselman is preparing for her first Antarctic...... Read More

Norovirus hits cruise ship passengers

A norovirus outbreak on board the cruise ship Celebrity Solstice has been ruining passengers' holidays for weeks, according to Australian media reports. A report from Melbourne’s Herald Sun describes passengers falling ill...... Read More

NZ condemns Japan’s whaling in Southern Ocean

Foreign Minister Winston Peters says Japan’s decision to continue whaling in the Southern Ocean is out of step with international opinion and defies scientific advice. Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research announced on November 9 that the...... Read More

Helen Clark joins global drug foundation

The NZ Drug Foundation welcomes the appointment of former Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark as the 25th member of the highly respected Global Commission on Drug Policy. Clark joins former heads of state and high profile leaders within the UN system,...... Read More

Tauranga cheerleader set for world comp

Anna Grigson is undergoing grueling training in a bid to be the best. The 14-year old recently successfully defended her title as National Champion at the New Zealand Cheerleading Nationals and has been selected to represent New Zealand in three teams...... Read More

Manus Is court ruling jeopardises lives - Schuetze

Critical services - including food, water and medical treatment - must be restored to the more than 600 refugees and vulnerable men inside the Lombrum detention centre on Manus Island before a major tragedy occurs, Amnesty International says. Refugees...... Read More

Sex offender being extradited to NZ from Australia

A sex offender is to be extradited to New Zealand from Australia after being found guilty of sexually abusing a five-year-old boy. Craig Edward Broadley, 43, from Lower Hutt, pleaded guilty to nine charges when he appeared in the Brisbane District...... Read More

No tsunami threat from Samoa quake

A magnitude-6.8 quake has struck about 200km southwest of Apia, Samoa, the United States Geological Survey says. It initially measured the depth to at 32km but has since revised it a number of times. The Pacific Tsunami warning centre said there was...... Read More