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Saturday  28 February  -  5:46 am  NZT

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Pacific countries discuss Chinese aid

A major forum on China's role in the Pacific Islands has heard that the country's aid programme in the region is becoming more flexible.

Tonga halts Auckland fruit imports over fruit fly scare

All imported fruits from Auckland in New Zealand have been temporarily banned by Tonga.

Marshalls holds Taiwan boat for illegal fishing

A Taiwanese-flagged fishing vessel is being held in the Marshall Islands until it pays a 500,000 US dollar bond or resolves illegal fishing charges filed in the local courts.

'We are human' - refugee on Nauru

An Iranian refugee on Nauru says asylum seekers and refugees are not treated like humans.

Up to 400 refugees on Nauru expected to protest

Between 300 and 400 refugees on Nauru are expected to protest against Australia's policy of offshore processing on the island this afternoon.

Reports China won't forgive huge Tongan debt

Tonga's ministry of finance has revealed that at the end of last year total foreign debt had reached 177 million US dollars.

Latest from Dateline Pacific

  • Dateline Pacific evening edition for 27 February 2015 ( 18′ 17″ )

    PNG revises its child protection laws; A Solomon Islands gold mine is up for sale; The new Cook Islands by-election candidate is expected by March 6; The new Ulu-o-Tokelau lays down his agenda; And Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Nauru are criticised for failing to protect human rights.

  • PNG revises child protection laws ( 3′ 19″ )

    Papua New Guinea's government is hoping revised child protection laws will put a halt to increasing numbers of children forced to fend for themselves on the streets.

  • Solomons gold mine up for sale ( 3′ 15″ )

    Australian owner of Solomon's gold mine, St Barbara says it has not ruled out third party sale of the project.

  • New Aitutaki by-election candidate expected by March 6 ( 1′ 58″ )

    The president of the Cook Islands Democratic Party says a new candidate for the rescheduled by-election on Aitutaki is expected to be announced by the end of next week.

  • Dateline Pacific morning edition for 27 February 2015 ( 19′ 36″ )

    The new Ulu-o-Tokelau lays down his agenda; Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Nauru criticised for failing to protect human rights ;Samoan exporter argues for Citizenship Investment Bill; The World Bank looks to customise its pacific reports; And, a NGO says more pacific businesswomen good for region.