Dateline Pacific evening edition for 16 June 2017
A nationwide drug crisis has crippled hospitals and health centres in Papua New Guinea, with some hospitals completely running out of supplies. But replenishments are finally on their way; New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has opened new tourism facilities and unveiled plans to improve services for Niue households during a brief stopover yesterday; French Pacific goes to the French polls at the fringe of the ascent of the Macron-led movement; The most famous ocean sailing vaka in the Pacific, the Hokule'a arrives back in Honolulu this weekend; Changes proving tough for some Norfolk Islanders. A recent virus breakout has hit taro farms in Upolu, Samoa. Samoa's Farmers Association believe that the climate could be the reason for the breakout due to past experiences in the early 1990s.