Xi Jinping is the first Chinese leader to visit Nepal in decades — why and what's at stake?
Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Nepal is the first by a Chinese leader to the Himalayan country in 23 years. Kathmandu is hoping for an infrastructure boost involving highways to the Chinese border and a railway link. full story
Part of a Havelock North street has been closed with a building at risk of collapse
Part of a Havelock North street has been closed with a building at risk of collapse full story
Papua New Guinea letter to PM alleges over a million dollars missing in APEC summit funds
Controversy swirled the purchase of 40 Maseratis — now the Australian head of PNG's APEC Authority warns of hundreds of suspicious payments and more than $1.4 million in missing APEC funds. full story
Quote of the Day
"Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them." English Proverb, 17th Century
1877 - Former Governor Grey becomes Premier
Grey played a central role in 19th-century New Zealand politics, serving two terms as governor before entering Parliament to fight Julius Vogel's plans to abolish the provinces. He was the first of just two men who have held both positions. more...
1942 - New Zealand coastwatchers executed by the Japanese
Seventeen New Zealand coastwatchers and five civilians captured in the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati) during the Second World War were beheaded at Betio, Tarawa. more...
2007 - 'Anti-terror' raids in Urewera
Citing the Terrorism Suppression Act, police arrested 18 people in raids linked to alleged weapons-training camps near the Bay of Plenty township of Rūātoki. more...
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