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Monday  31 August  -  12:33 pm  NZT

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Bainimarama warns of severe punishment for sedition

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has warned of severe punishment and many years in jail for anyone joining attempts to form a breakaway state or overthrow the government.

Guards at Nauru centre reportedly use cable tie on boy

Four Wilson Security guards at Australia's asylum seeker detention centre on Nauru reportedly used a cable tie to handcuff an eight-year-old boy as a joke.

Bougainville government called on to find missing people

Bougainville families want region's government to do more to find hundreds of people who disappeared during the civil war.

Samoa Victim Support president charged with interference

The President of the Samoa Victim Support Group has been charged by the police with interference with justice.

Solomons government cancels 30+ agro-forestry permits

The Solomons government has revoked more than 30 agro-forestry permits of companies as part of its reforms to ensure stricter logging practices.

Sport: Football World Cup Qualifiers to kick off in Oceania

The road to the 2018 Football World Cup kicks off today for four Oceania rivals.

Latest from Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 31 August

The police chief in PNG's Eastern Highlands defends his officers firing at students; Bougainville's disaster resources are stretched as it deals with several natural disasters; Tonga creates its first Heritage Society; pressure on Cook Islands police to take a firmer stance on road safety; a New Zealand High School delivers sport facilities to a Fiji school; and the first round of Oceania qualifying matches for the 2018 Football World Cup get underway in Tonga this week.

A PNG police chief says no choice but to use guns in protest

Police shoot at protesting students in PNG's Goroka but deny hitting them.

Bougainville's disaster resources stretched to the limit

: Bougainville's disaster coordinator says the autonomous Papua New Guinea region has been stretched to the limit as it deals with several natural disasters.

Tonga struggles to preserve its heritage

An historic site threatened by government development has triggered the creation of the Tonga's first Heritage Society.

Cooks police backing sought for compulsory helmets

Cook Islands police are being called on to take a stronger position over the community's push for motorcyclists to use helmets.