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Friday  18 April  -  9:23 am  NZT

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Cooks minister Bishop resigns

The Cook Islands education and tourism minister, Teina Bishop, has resigned just a day after early elections were called for July. The MP from Aitutaki is expected to be replaced...

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Two dead in violent attack on settlers and students in PNG's Lae

A violent attack and fire in the Papua New Guinea city of Lae has left two dead, including a student from Bougainville. The Director of Disaster and Emergency Services in...


Inquest releases findings into missing scientists in PNG

A coronial inquest into five scientists who disappeared off Papua New Guinea's West New Britain has concluded that 3 members of the group are dead but that two others are...


Swift restoration of Solomons' flood damaged land vital - NGO

The New Zealand based non-government organisation, TEAR Fund, says it is vital farmers in rural Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands get immediate help to start regrowing their crops. The TEAR Fund's...


Fiji's Bainimarama accused of more decree breaches

The United Front for a Democratic Fiji says the regime leader, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, has committed further breaches of the Political Parties Decree. The prime minister is already under...


Tonga signs deals for China to supply new plane

Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister, Samiu Vaipulu, has signed agreements with China for a new 17 seater aircraft. An earlier gift from China, an MA-60 aircraft, sparked controversy with New Zealand...


Latest from Dateline Pacific

  • Dateline Pacific morning edition for 18 April 2014 ( 18′ 50″ )

    The Cook Islands prepares for an early election; An NGO says Solomon Islands' flood affected farmers need immediate help; Relief efforts are underway in Papua New Guinea in the wake of Cyclone Ita; Niue's caretaker premier is confident he will be re-elected; There are fears dengue fever is spreading among asylum seekers in Nauru; Fiji appoints a new netball coach.


  • Cook Islands due for snap election in July ( 3′ 22″ )

    The Queen's Representative in the Cook Islands has dissolved parliament and called for a snap election in July.


  • NGO wants support for Solomons' flood affected farmers ( 3′ 28″ )

    New Zealand NGO is looking for support to help farmers in rural Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands who were put out of business by the flooding two weeks ago.


  • Sport: Julie Hoornweg named Fiji netball coach for the 2nd time ( 3′ )

    Experienced Australian mentor Julie Hoornweg has been appointed Fiji netball coach for the second time, albeit on a short-term deal.


  • Dateline Pacific evening edition for 17 April 2014 ( 18′ 55″ )

    Relief efforts are underway in Papua New Guinea in the wake of Cyclone Ita; Niue's caretaker premier is confident he will be re-elected; There are fears dengue fever is spreading among asylum seekers in Nauru; We hear about disagreement in New Caledonia over who should be allowed to vote; The United Nations is to pay families in cyclone-hit Ha'apai to clear debris; Domestic air travel in the Marshall Islands remains limited.


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