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Priority shift needed for Pacific climate financing - Caritas

The director of Caritas Aotearoa says New Zealand is not prioritising people most in need with its climate financing in the Pacific.

SA refers diplomat case in Fiji to own government

The diplomat involved in a fatal car accident in Fiji has been named as Theodorus Mostert, who is the corporate services manager at the South Africa High Commission.

Tonga public servants overweight

A survey in Tonga shows that 94 percent of public servants are overweight.

Vanuatu bribery case nears verdict

The Vanuatu supreme court case hearing bribery charges against 15 members of parliament is approaching a verdict.

Australia refuses abortion for raped refugee

Australia is refusing to grant an abortion to a Somali woman who was raped after Canberra sent her to Nauru.

Jetstar announces new flights to Cook Islands

The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation has welcomed an announcement that Jetstar will start flying to Rarotonga in March.

Latest from Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 7 October 2015

Trade expert says PACER Plus holds little benefit; Fiji fatal accident involving diplomat now in South Africa's hands; Doubts on Nauru asylum seeker processing plan; Water shortages and crop failure in Vanuatu; History being compiled of Samoan chiefs on Saipan.

Trade expert says PACER PLUS holds little benefit

An independent trade expert from Geneva says PACER Plus trade negotiations are too rushed and hold little benefit for Pacific Island countries.

Fiji accident involving diplomat now in South Africa's hands

A fatal road incident in Fiji involving a South African diplomat is now out of police hands and is a matter between the foreign ministries of both countries.

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 7 October 2015

Doubts on Nauru asylum seeker processing plan; Water shortages and crop failure in Vanuatu; Marianas history being compiled of Samoa chiefs on Saipan; NGO wary about PNG govt land lease promises; EU tackles Taiwan over Pacific fishing; Fiji introduces compulsory scouting.

Doubts on Nauru asylum seeker processing plan

The suspended Nauru opposition MP Roland Kun says processing 600 asylum-seeker applications in one week is logistically impossible.