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Thursday  31 July  -  11:14 am  NZT

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Tahiti's Flosse dismissive of opposition challenge

French Polynesia's veteran leader Gaston Flosse.

The French Polynesian president, Gaston Flosse, has told the opposition in the territorial assembly that no matter what it does it won't be able to take down his party.

PNG Minister gets ruling to stop police from arresting him

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade

The Supreme Court in Papua New Guinea has granted the Finance Minister, James Marape, an interim injunction to stop police from arresting him.

Leaders gather for summit in Palau

Palau President Tommy Remengesau delivers a speech at the 45th Pacific Islands Forum in Palau.

Leaders of Pacific states are holding free and frank discussions today on an island retreat in Palau.

NZ Parliament urges media freedom in West Papua

West Papua advocate Catherine Delahunty

A resolution to call upon the new President of Indonesia to commit to genuine media freedom in West Papua has gained historic cross-party support in New Zealand's parliament.

PNG govt accused of not doing enough to address sorcery violence

 A photo taken on February 6, 2013 shows a young mother accused of sorcery who was stripped naked, reportedly tortured with a branding iron, tied up, splashed with fuel and set alight on a pile of rubbish topped with car tyres, in Mount Hagen city in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

The director of Papua New Guinea's Institute of National Affairs is calling for the government to do more in combatting escalating numbers of sorcery-related deaths in the country.

Cook Islands PM stays home to sort election issues

Henry Puna, the current Prime Minister of the Cook Islands

The Cook Islands' newly re-elected Prime Minister will be absent from today's Pacific leaders summit in Palau due to challenges over the country's election results.

Latest from Dateline Pacific

  • Dateline Pacific morning edition for 31 July 2014 ( 20′ 52″ )

    Tahiti opinion stoked by Flosse case; 45,000 teachers could strike in PNG; NZ think tank to combat human trafficking; Palau opens Forum with call for leaders to get to work; Fiji Electoral Commission a no-show to panel discussion, and; NGO says Tonga raising its drinking age is not the solution.

  • Tahiti opinion stoked by Flosse case ( 3′ 33″ )

    French Polynesia's public opinion is being stoked by the French government's decision to shield the territory's president, Gaston Flosse, from the courts.

  • 45,000 teachers could strike in PNG ( 3′ 27″ )

    The Papua New Guinea Teachers' Association says up to 45-thousand teachers will plan a strike if salary discrepancies are not resolved by today.

  • NZ think-tank to combat human trafficking ( 3′ 15″ )

    Pacific women at an Auckland human rights think-tank are creating a mobile-phone-app and translating legal language in an effort to combat human trafficking in Pacific Islands.

  • Dateline Pacific evening edition for 30 July 2014 ( 19′ 40″ )

    Palau opens Pacific Islands Forum with call for leaders to get to work; Fiji Electoral Commission a 'no show' to panel discussion; NGO says Tonga raising its drinking age is not the solution; Vanuatu celebrates 34 years of independence; A casino proposed for Tahiti is criticised, and; Forum leaders asked not to smoke in Palau.