New Zealand

Several Pacific countries warned of drought threat

New Zealand's NIWA organisation, with the Pacific Islands Meteorological Services and other weather bodies in the region, say both Fiji and Tonga had had below or well below normal rainfall in the past four months and that is likely to continue at below normal into November.

In Fiji the current dry weather condition is expected to continue till November and we may have more tropical cyclones developing in our region from December onwards.

NZ Football files appeal over expulsion from Olympic qualification tournament

The All Whites were thrown out of the competition in Papua New Guinea’s capital after a protest made by semi-final opponents Vanuatu over the eligibility of South African-born Deklan Wynne was upheld at a disciplinary hearing on July 12.

Vanuatu, who were handed a 3-0 walkover win despite succumbing to a 2-0 defeat in their last-four encounter, went on to play Fiji in the final later that same day, losing 4-3 on penalties at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium.

Law expert hails Cooks-NZ association a success

The Cook Islands celebrates 50 years of self government in free association with New Zealand next week with gala events and a visit by a large delegation from New Zealand headed by the Prime Minister, John Key.

The decision to grant some autonomy while remaining within the Realm of New Zealand was implemented in 1965.

Professor Angelo of Victoria University of Wellington says it was a novel concept at the time and brought the Cook Islands security.

New Zealand Football to lodge appeal over expulsion from Olympic qualification tournament

Following a 2-0 semi-final win against Vanuatu on Friday (July 10), New Zealand's opponents protested the eligibility of South African-born Deklan Wynne.

The protest was upheld at a disciplinary hearing Sunday as Vanuatu were handed a 3-0 walkover, putting them through to the final against Fiji later in the day. 

Vanuatu lost 4-3 on penalties here following a goalless draw after extra-time at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium.

Second half goal gives Kiwis win over PNG

It was a game that could have gone either way with most of the second half contested in the middle of the field.

The game intensified as tensions flared between players. PNG’s strike player Tommy Semmy was the first to get a yellow card for a foul followed soon after by New Zealand’s Luke Adams.

NZ man gets 15 years prison in Indonesia in drug smuggling

Antony de Malmanche was arrested in December at Bali's airport with 1.7 kilograms (3.9 pounds) of methamphetamine in his baggage.

The Denpasar District Court ruled Tuesday that 53-year-old Malmanche was guilty of violating the country's anti-drug laws.

The panel of judges also fined Malmanche $300,000 or an additional three months in prison.

Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws and convicted smugglers are often executed. More than 140 people are on death row, mostly for drug crimes.