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Jacinda Ardern turns down $12,000 pay rise as NZ government freezes MP pay

Jacinda Ardern turns down $12,000 pay rise as NZ government freezes MP pay

New Zealand politicians have decided they're already paid pretty well and will urgently introduce a law blocking their own wage rise.

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NZ surfers shot at after surfing break usually accessed 'by invitation'
New Zealand

NZ surfers shot at after surfing break usually accessed 'by invitation'

After jet-skiing out to the break, two men and a teenage boy were surfing mid-morning when the shots rang out.

  • by Phillipa Yalden
Not again: Lombok hit by magnitude 6.3 earthquake
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Bali

Not again: Lombok hit by magnitude 6.3 earthquake

It struck at a depth of 7 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey.

NZ Minister for Women cycles to hospital to give birth
Cycling

NZ Minister for Women cycles to hospital to give birth

Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter said cycling to hospital put her 'in the best possible mood' to have her first child.

Earthquake of magnitude 8.2 strikes near Fiji, Tonga
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Earthquake

Earthquake of magnitude 8.2 strikes near Fiji, Tonga

A massive earthquake of magnitude 8.2 has struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Tonga, the US Geological Survey says.

Could a weight loss competition help Pacific Islanders tackle obesity?
Healthcare

Could a weight loss competition help Pacific Islanders tackle obesity?

Tonga's leader apparently plans to suggest a new way to fight obesity in the region: a competition to see who can lose the most weight over the next year.

  • by Siobhán O'Grady
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Soaring prices are driving a black market in avocados in kiwi land
New Zealand

Soaring prices are driving a black market in avocados in kiwi land

The popular breakfast of avocado on toast is under threat in New Zealand, with two years of low harvests inspiring a rash of thefts from orchards.

  • by Charlotte Graham-McLay
KFC used to capture pig on the loose
Animals

KFC used to capture pig on the loose

KFC was used to corral a large boarish pig on the loose through the streets of a New Zealand town.

The high price of 'white genocide' politics for Australia
Analysis
Russia

The high price of 'white genocide' politics for Australia

Dutton's embrace of the cause of white South African farmers may serve to amplify a well-worn conspiracy theory of the far right, and it gets worse.

  • by Chris Zappone
New Zealand to ban foreigners from buying homes
New Zealand

New Zealand to ban foreigners from buying homes

Foreigners face a ban on buying homes in New Zealand after a spending splurge by millionaires crowded out local buyers.

  • by Charlotte Graham-McLay
'We should kill a kid more often': Stepfather's words caught on tape
New Zealand

'We should kill a kid more often': Stepfather's words caught on tape

New Zealand police secretly recorded the remark by the stepfather of an autistic boy, 5, days after the boy died..

  • by Martin Van Beynen