Articles by Nick Perry

Heavy Rain Causes Floods in New Zealand’s Canterbury Region, Forcing Evacuations

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Several hundred people in New Zealand were evacuated from their homes Monday with some recounting dramatic helicopter rescues as heavy rain caused widespread flooding in the Canterbury region. Authorities declared a state of emergency after …

Ransomware Attacks Hit AXA’s Asia Units, New Zealand Health Provider

BANGKOK (AP) – The Thai affiliate of Paris-based insurance company AXA said Tuesday it is investigating a ransomware attack by Russian-speaking cyber criminals that has affected operations in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Meanwhile, a cyber attack on …

Environmental Disaster Unfolds in Pacific, Near Solomon Islands, as Ship Leaks Oil

An environmental disaster is unfolding in the Pacific after a large ship ran aground and began leaking oil next to a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Solomon Islands, Australian officials said Friday [March 1]. Footage taken this week shows …

Firefighters Gain Upper Hand over New Zealand Wildfires; Evacuees Return Home

About 3,000 people who fled as a wildfire threatened a New Zealand town were allowed to return home Monday [Feb. 11] as firefighting conditions improved. Another 400 residents living in valleys near the fire aren’t yet able to return, although …

Faulty Takata Air Bags Prompt New Zealand Recall of 50,000 Cars

New Zealand’s government on Wednesday issued a compulsory recall for 50,000 cars with faulty Takata air bags after saying a voluntary recall wasn’t making enough progress. The move comes after Australia issued a compulsory recall for 2.7 million cars with …

New Zealand Eyes Revamping Building Standards After November Quake

New Zealand’s government said Friday [March 31] the partial collapse of a modern office building’s interior during an earthquake last November was unacceptable and could have killed people. Minister for Building and Construction Nick Smith said officials will review the …

Magnitude 7.6 Quake, Heavy Waves Strike Solomon Islands

A powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake triggered large waves in the Solomon Islands on Sunday, and authorities were trying to determine if there was any serious damage or injuries. Government spokesman George Herming said people throughout the Pacific island chain awoke to …

One Year Later, Christchurch Still ‘Safe Haven’ for New Zealand Quake Survivor

Jane Taylor was managing a women’s clothing store in downtown Christchurch a year ago when the earthquake struck. She was dug from the rubble within minutes with horrific injuries — her vertebrae were crushed, her skull was fractured and her …

Building Toppled by New Zealand Quake Was Substandard

A six-story building that collapsed and killed 115 people in last year’s New Zealand earthquake was made of weak columns and concrete and did not meet standards when it was built, the government said Thursday. The building’s designer contested the …

Stricken New Zealand Container Ship May Break Apart or Sink

Salvage crews raced Monday to pump oil from a stricken ship teetering on a reef off the New Zealand coast, while also preparing for the worst: Authorities believe the vessel will break apart or sink soon. The salvage work resumed …