16 Sep 2017

Tagata o te Moana for 16 September 2017 (LONG)

From Tagata o te Moana, 6:00 am on 16 September 2017

Papua New Guinea politics is reeling after the move by a main opposition party, the Pangu Pati, to join government; This year's Pacific Islands Forum Summit, held last week in Apia, was heavily influenced by a meeting of foreign ministers last month, which helped shape the agenda; Confrontation between media and Indonesian officials at the Pacific Island Forum Leaders summit in Apia last week turned sour when the topic of West Papua was brought up; The governor of Hawaii has signed into law a bill to generate enough funds to finish constructing Honolulu's elevated rail; The Lawyers for 19 Nauruans being prosecuted for protesting against the government are seeking help to cover costs; Kiribati health authorities say new research has revealed more needs to be done to teach people about cervical cancer as cultural barriers are preventing women from being screened; Samoans are getting outdoors to support a nationwide campaign to plant two million trees by 2020; A PNG coffee grower's introduction to the taste of his own coffee has revolutionised his business.