Ngauruhoe on Level 1 Alert after 'increased seismic activity'

Seismic activity around Ngauruhoe has increased above the typical background level, indicating minor volcanic unrest. Consequently GNS Science has raised the Volcanic Alert Level to level 1 (minor volcanic unrest) from 0 (no volcanic unrest).

Vanuatu - Life slowly returning to normal after Cyclone Pam (+VIDEO)

The roof from what was once the home of principal Melizabeth Uhi and her staff is now folded over branches high in the trees that border her school. She's living with two other teachers in the only classroom that's still habitable. And she's running low on the rice she had before Cyclone Pam's 270km/h winds tore through Vanuatu a week ago.

Australia: NT feels full force of Cyclone Nathan

The power of Cyclone Nathan is being unleashed on the far eastern coast of the Northern Territory, with wind gusts of 155kph and torrential rain lashing communities in its path.

The destructive core of category two Nathan made landfall around 8:00am (CST) between Nhulunbuy and Cape Shield, about 650 kilometres east of Darwin.

POLL RESULTS: Half of all kiwis unprepared for an emergency

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The last week has been something of a wakeup call for the country, as we've seen a neighbouring nation collapse in the face of a force of nature - with Tropical Cyclone Pam devastating much of Vanuatu, and especially its capital, Port Vila.

In light of this we wanted to know how many of our readers are prepared for an emergency situation - in whatever capacity it arrives.

Week in Weather: What's Been Making Headlines this Week - Cyclone Pam

No prizes for guessing what dominated the headlines over the last 7 days - it was Tropical Cyclone Pam from start to finish, in a tragic and dramatic week for the South Pacific - particularly the island nation of Vanuatu.

Global CO2 emissions levels 'did not rise' in 2014

The International Energy Agency has found annual global emissions of CO2 did not rise in 2014 - showing international efforts to tackle carbon emission levels around the world has made some impact. 

The agency claims China, the world's largest carbon polluter, is among the main reasons emissions stalled last year.

Vanuatu: 5 missing volunteers found; search continues for others

Australian officials have located five international volunteers who went missing in cyclone-hit Vanuatu.

The two groups from Lattitude Global Volunteering had not been heard from since Tropical Cyclone Pam struck the Pacific Island nation almost a week ago.

Rinse, lather, repeat - Weather risks and the place to be on Friday

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Friday is looking good overall, but there is the small risk of a few showers here and there for different parts of the country.

The weather is looking fairly good for most of the country, with only  of the South Island in for a shower at times.

Australia: Queensland braces for another Tropical Cyclone

Queensland's State Disaster Management Committee will meet in Brisbane this morning to review emergency plans for Tropical Cyclone Nathan, expected to make landfall as a category four storm tomorrow morning. 

The category three cyclone is returning to far north Queensland, having moved away from the region after forming in the Coral Sea nine days ago. 

Weather Video: Pam's leftovers

Pam is finally gone, though her after effects will still be felt for the next 48 hours or so, mainly in the form of swells and a few southwesterlies carrying some isolated showers.

Thursday shows an incoming system of high pressure that will start to exert itself over the country towards the weekend, and really settle things down for both islands after a wild week!