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Philippines: Taal Volcano

Reviewed: 17 January 2020, 15:57 NZDT

The lake Taal volcano in Batangas province, located 60km south of Manila, has been showing increasing signs of volcanic activity. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has been assessing the volcanic alert levels and has advised that a more hazardous explosive eruption may be imminent.Authorities are currently recommending evacuation of an area within a 14km radius of the Taal main crater. Ash cloud has been more

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

Reviewed: 17 January 2020, 15:20 NZDT

The Pacific cyclone season began on 1 November and runs until 30 April.New Zealanders travelling to the Pacific are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Travellers who register can be warned if a major cyclone approaches and given advice on precautions to take. We can also make contact with you following a significant cyclone to check on your well-being.If you are in an area affected by a more

Middle East: Regional Tensions

Reviewed: 16 January 2020, 10:16 NZDT

On 3 January 2020, an Iranian military commander and Iraqi paramilitary leaders were killed in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport.On 8 January, Iran fired missiles against two military bases in Iraq containing U.S personnel.   On 8 January, a Ukrainian International Airlines flight was shot down shortly after take-off from Tehran. Iranian authorities have acknowledged responsibility. Some airlines have cancelled flights more

Australia: Bushfires

Reviewed: 14 January 2020, 10:53 NZDT

Major bushfires have been severely affecting a number of states across Australia. State of Emergency declarations are being announced as needed by Premiers, as temperatures and winds continue to create challenges for the emergency services.  Residents in the affected areas in many states have been issued a ‘leave immediately’ or ‘prepare to leave’ order. Severe bushfires are likely to continue to occur throughout Australia during more


Reviewed: 23 December 2019, 13:39 NZDT

Measles is a highly infectious virus that spreads easily from person to person through the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing. It affects both children and adults. The New Zealand Ministry of Health is advising people travelling overseas to make sure they are fully immunised against measles before they go. Given the current outbreaks of measles in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and the Philippines the Ministry of Health is asking primary care more

Travelling as a Dual Citizen

Reviewed: 23 December 2019, 10:37 NZDT

What is dual citizenship or dual nationality?If you are a citizen of more than one country you are a dual citizen or dual national. This means you are a citizen of both New Zealand and another country at the same time. New Zealand allows dual citizenship and multiple citizenship but some other countries do not. A country could still consider you to be one of their citizens even if you don't accept that nationality if you: have a parent, more

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