Pacific student leaders to gather in Auckland for Polyfest conference

About 100 students will attend the ASB Polyfest Leaders Conference at Unitec on Wednesday and Thursday, which is aimed at empowering them before they return to school and ASB Polyfest group rehearsals.  

PMN News reports the students will hear and experience presentations from Annie Crummer and Luke Crawford, dance challenges with tutoring from Vincent Farane and Leki Jackson-Bourke, video challenges and cultural masterclasses.

Big names on centre court at ASB Classic

Twenty-three-time Grand Slam Champion Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, American teen Cori 'Coco' Gauff and former world No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard are all in action.

Fifteen-year-old Gauff will get her first hit out of the year against last year's semi-finalist Victoria Kuzmova in the first round of singles on centre court.

Measles case on Fiji to Auckland flight

 ARPHS Medical Officer of Health Dr Maria Poynter says people who may have been exposed on this flight should be vigilant for symptoms of the highly infectious disease.

 The flight departed Nadi, Fiji on Air New Zealand flight NZ 53 at 2.00 pm on Friday 22 November, landing at 5.10 pm in Auckland on the same day.

Major fire breaks out in SkyCity convention centre in central Auckland

SkyCity has decided to evacuate its entire Auckland precinct, because of smoke from the fire.

That means people will need to leave the Sky Tower, casino, all SkyCity hotels and restaurants and corporate offices.

The company said police were onsite to help with evacuations.

People who were intending to visit SkyCity venues this evening - including restaurants on Federal Street - should make alternative arrangements.

Samoan bodybuilders secure overall winners titles at IFBB NZ Champs

All Team Samoa athletes won Gold in their divisions with John Lemoa and Tunu Matautia winning the ‘Overall Winner’ titles for Men and Women

Bodybuilding Federation of Samoa (BBFS) President Magele Johannas Keil led the delegation. Keil had also recently taken out a clean sweep of gold medals at the IFBB South Pacific Championships held in Tahiti last weekend.

The IFBB New Zealand (international federation of bodybuilding) hosted the annual event which doubles as a pre-qualifier for world and Australasian competitions.

Auckland confirmed as base for Lord of the Rings

Pre-production is already underway and work on the series will begin in Auckland in the coming months.

Showrunners and executive producers JD Payne and Patrick McKay said they wanted to find somewhere with majestic scenery and "world-class sets, studios, and highly skilled and experienced craftspeople and other staff".

"We are grateful to the people and the government of New Zealand and especially Auckland for supporting us during this pre-production phase.

Viral measles outbreak in Auckland has Pacific nations on alert

From 1 January 2019 to 9 September 2019 there have been 1131 confirmed cases of measles notified across New Zealand - 944 of these confirmed cases are in the Auckland region.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the New Zealand government is continuing to give very strong advice to everyone to get immunised.

Hugh Jackman in Auckland: Show times, tickets, and how to get there

Hollywood star Hugh Jackman is set to perform his world tour in the city of sails.

The Australian-born actor and singer is on his way for his "The Man. The Music. The Show." tour.

It will head to Auckland for two shows at Spark Arena on Friday and Saturday.

Here is everything you need to know if you are heading along.

No measles outbreak in Samoa, says health chief

Leausa said reports from New Zealand of a passenger who arrived in Auckland last month carrying the symptoms of measles was a returning resident who attended the Methodist annual conference held in Samoa in July.

He claims the New Zealand media created the impression there was a measles outbreak in Samoa.

"And then you start talking about the defects in our immunisation because of the hesitancy of the people and how we are doing our coverage. And the more we talk about that we forget about the main subject, which is the outbreak in New Zealand.

759 measles cases now confirmed in Auckland

Auckland is at the centre of the outbreak with hundreds more cases than the rest of the country combined

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service said the number was 143 higher than this time last week.

It was warning Auckland schools to take serious precautions if they were participating in the many sports tournaments due to start around the country next week.

Anyone with symptoms of measles, including a cough or runny nose, should not be included in teams, it said.