31 Mar 2017

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 31 March 2017

From , 6:05 am on 31 March 2017

A PNG human rights group and a Canadian mining giant have differing accounts of a raid in which police are alleged to have burnt down houses and raped villagers; a Papua New Guinea church leader says strengthened laws and better law enforcement is needed to combat sorcery-related violence, ahead of a trial of more than 100 men charged over the killings of seven people they claimed were practising sorcery; an appetite for Pacific products in New Zealand's food and beverage industry is fast on the rise; calls for drastic action to save sick Cook Islands lagoon; no funding to fill hundreds of teacher vacancies in Vanuatu; a Solomons exporter of virgin coconut oil is downstreaming to create local jobs.