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Wednesday  16 April  -  4:10 pm  NZT

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Milne Bay MP blasts lack of relief efforts following Cyclone Ita in PNG

A Papua New Guinea politician says the relief effort to small islands damaged by Cyclone Ita has been far too slow. The MP for Samarai-Murua, Gordon Wesley, says the cyclone...

Elective surgery on hold as Solomons struggles with diarrhoea outbreak

The Solomon Islands main hospital has despatched staff to deal with a diarrhoea outbreak made worse by increases in dengue, flu and malaria following the recent floods. The Acting Medical...

Tonga bus strike ends after failing to get lower fuel prices

Tonga bus drivers have ended a two-day strike after failing to get the government to lower diesel prices. The President of the Friendly Island Bus Association, Samipeni Finau, wanted to...

New Caledonia courts differ in roll interpretation

There have been widely divergent interpretations of the law in New Caledonia's controversy over the electoral roll. The pro-independence FLNKS movement lodged thousands of court cases to challenge the inscription...

No other confirmed candidates says Fiji's Bainimarama

The Fiji regime leader Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama says he is the only candidate confirmed so far in the party he plans to lead in this year's election. Last month...

Marshallese turn to ships as planes prove unreliable

More people in the Marshall Islands are travelling by sea as continuing problems with plane maintenance and poor runways plague the domestic air service. Our correspondent Giff Johnson says the...

Latest from Dateline Pacific

  • Sport: Oceania Davis Cup team could be dumped ( 3′ 17″ )

    Oceania Tennis held discussions at their AGM about whether to enter a Federation Cup women's team in international competition instead of the men's Davis Cup team, due to recent poor performances from the men.

  • Tonga's Ministry of Health confirms chikungunya virus ( 3′ 20″ )

    The Ministry of Health in Tonga says it is managing its first outbreak of chikungunya virus and also waiting for test results after two children died from suspected cases of dengue.

  • Evacuation centres in Solomon Islands could be open for months ( 3′ 45″ )

    Evacuation centres in Solomon Islands could still be open for months yet.

  • Dateline Pacific evening edition for 16 April 2014 ( 21′ 55″ )

    We hear of the concerns among the flood evacuees in the camps in Solomon Islands; While people could be in evacuation centres on Gudalcanal for months to come; Tonga's Ministry of Health confirms chikungunya virus; There's expected to be a tight race to the premiership in Niue; Tonga's Government signs a deal with China to build a new palace and offices; The Oceania Davis Cup team could be dumped.

  • Dateline Pacific morning edition for 16 April 2014 ( 20′ 25″ )

    We hear of the concerns among the flood evacuees in the camps in Solomon Islands; Niue's tight electoral race still to be decided; Fiji police investigate the regime's leader over alleged decree breaches; Tonga's plans for a new palace and government offices raises the ire of the opposition; Researchers investigate a possible link between gout and protection against malaria.