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Thursday  5 March  -  3:29 pm  NZT

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Samoa PM says surveillance 'waste of time' in Pacific

The Prime Minister of Samoa says he doesn't know why a country would waste its resources intercepting every phone call and email from a small Pacific island.

NZ's Pacific spying creates unfair advantage in regional talks

A New Zealand journalist, Nicky Hager, says New Zealand's spying on small Pacific Island countries creates a gross disadvantage for small countries when it comes to regional negotiations.

Nauru police confirm 183 refugees arrested

The Nauru government now says 183 refugees have been arrested and are being held at the country's correctional centre after protests on Wednesday.

New group leases Tonga's MA60 plane

Tonga's domestic MA60 aircraft, which was gifted from China, has been leased by the government of Tonga to an unnamed group.

Tonga PM just doing his job in slamming law official

The prime minister of Tonga rejects claims he has interfered in the judiciary in admonishing the attorney general over a case.

Paris to tidy up French Polynesia statute

The head of the law commission of the French National Assembly says the French Polynesia's statute should be tidied up but in the main remain the same.

Latest from Dateline Pacific

  • Dateline Pacific morning edition for 5 March 2015 ( 21′ 04″ )

    Fiji opposition condemns PMs UN speech; Tensions remain high on Nauru amid mass arrests; PNG confirms Papua school children shooting not raised with Indonesia; We hear about progress in the Solomon Islands fight against systemic corruption; Call for stronger animal welfare laws in Cook Islands.

  • Tensions high on Nauru amid mass arrests ( 3′ 06″ )

    At least 40 refugees on Nauru have been arrested for protesting, a day after authorities imposed heavy-handed restrictions to stop such gatherings.

  • Fiji opposition condemns PMs UN speech ( 6′ 44″ )

    The Fiji opposition says the Prime Minister speech to the UN was a mockery of the real situation in the country.

  • Papua school shooting not raised with Indonesia says PNG ( 3′ 07″ )

    The Papua New Guinea foreign minister has not raised shooting of school children with Indonesian counterpart.

  • Dateline Pacific evening edition for 4 March 2015 ( 20′ 18″ )

    Nauru asylum seeker advocate dismisses Nauru Presidents claims of violence; New Zealand Foreign Minister is criticised for not raising concerns over human rights abuses with Indonesian; Transparency Solomon Islands says fight against corruption is gaining momentum under new government; Animal welfare and tourism groups in the Cook Islands lobby government to punish those mistreating animals; And Pacific Coastal Fisheries experts look to coordinate communitiy based fisheries management.