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Hawai‘i – Hawai‘i’s Kilauea volcano has erupted, forcing nearly 1800 residents to evacuate from their volcano-side homes as molten lava makes its way through forest land and bubbles up on paved streets.

NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand is aiming to crack the mystery of why it is often left off world maps, as part of a new tourism campaign featuring prime minister Jacinda Ardern.

NEW ZEALAND – If conditions don’t improve at Waikeria Prison there could a riot, People Against Prisons Aotearoa says.

NEW ZEALAND – A rare white heron has been found in Christchurch with a plastic ring around its neck from rubbish that has wound up in waterways.

A student who received a methamphetamine information booklet says it was appropriate for high school students.

Energy Minister Megan Woods says she believes the petrol market is “broken” after a meeting with BP executives to discuss its pricing tactics.

A judge says he hopes a cannabis grower who burned down a house about to be confiscated from him has put his criminal ways behind him.

NEW ZEALAND – The family of a young Tongan father killed in a gang suspected shooting in Mangere on Tuesday fear for their lives as the gunmen remain on the loose.

SAMOA – A top Chinese diplomat says the relationship between China and Samoa has become the model for Beijing’s co-operation with Pacific Island countries.

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