TONGA – Parliaments throughout the Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand with support from the United Nations, have rallied behind Tonga to ensure the March sitting of the nation’s Parliament.
NEW CALEDONIA – Tropical Cyclone Hola intensified into a category three system as it yesterday spiralled south towards New Caledonia after earlier passing over Vanuatu.
The fatal shooting of an aviation security dog that escaped onto Auckland Airport’s runway was avoidable, a report into the incident suggests. Grizz escaped from the Aviation Security (Avsec) compound at the airport in March last year.
Wellington City council has moved to widen a proposed bed tax, as it looks for ways to fund economic and tourism growth in the city while keeping rates down.
The 21 iwi radio stations that make up Te Whakaruruhau o Nga Irirangi Maori, or the Maori Radio Network, have told the Maori Affairs Select Committee that current government funding is only enough to get by, but not enough to thrive.
NEW ZEALAND – A Christchurch company is offering hard cash to employees who bike to work everyday in a bid to energise staff and move the city away from a reliance on cars.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – The doctor who is in charge of the medical response in Papua New Guinea’s earthquake-devastated Hela Province says his team is close to burning out, with backup yet to arrive.