Unusual Cyclone Owen now ’severe’

Cyclone Owen is now a Severe Category 3 Tropical Cyclone and Australian forecasters say it may peak at Category 4 today before making landfall in northern Australia and then sliding down the Queensland coast as a significant rain event. Owen is one...... Read More

Family of NZer who died in Samoan prison plead for justice

The brother of an Auckland man found dead in a Samoan prison has made a plea to its government to help his family find justice. It's been six years since Hans Dalton was found dead in a 44 gallon water drum in Samoa's Tafa'igata Prison. Today...... Read More

All Blacks back Ben Smith confirms French fling

All Blacks and Highlanders outside back Ben Smith has confirmed he's leaving New Zealand Rugby for France after next year's World Cup. The 32-year-old Smith, who has played 76 Tests for the All Blacks and 144 games for the Highlanders, has...... Read More

Injury spells end of season for top NZ freestyle skier

Top New Zealand freestyle skier Beau-James Wells has suffered a serious knee injury while training in Colorado. The 23-year-old, who was New Zealand's flag bearer at the Winter Olympics in South South Korea earlier this year, ruptured knee ligaments...... Read More

Small business the focus of Australian talks

Efforts to progress a seamless trans-Tasman business environment will take another step at a ministerial roundtable meeting in Sydney tomorrow. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash and Australian Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert will co-host a roundtable...... Read More

Measles alert for travellers from Philippines

Auckland Regional Public Health Service has been notified of a new case of measles and is asking people who may have come in contact with that person to watch out for symptoms. The infected person flew in from Manila on Philippine Airlines flight PR218...... Read More

US water scientist shocked by NZ’s water quality

A visiting water scientist from the United States Department of Agriculture has been shocked by the state of New Zealand's fresh water. Mark Borchardt is a research microbiologist whose work has been used to improve water quality and protect the...... Read More

Fisherman snares cocaine in Marshall Islands

  A fisherman on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands got more than he bargained for when he pulled in his throw net last week.   It contained 48 Kg of plastic bags containing what is believed to be cocaine. The haul of white powder...... Read More