A daily current affairs programme covering the major Pacific stories of the week, with background and reaction from the people making the news.
Dateline Pacific for 24 April 2021
Covid-19 response efforts in the Pacific were high on the agenda for discussions between the governments of New Zealand and Australia this week; Tonga's vaccination program against the coronavirus is going well, says the Ministry of Health's communication officer, 'Aulola Ake; A huge drop in tourists in Fiji due to the pandemic has meant growing your own food is not only making a comeback, it's a matter of survival.
NZ, Aust commit to increase support for Covid-hit Pacific
Covid-19 response efforts in the Pacific were high on the agendas for discussions between the governments of New Zealand and Australia today.
Dateline Pacific for Friday 23 April 2021
Political parties in Samoa turn to the courts to try and break parliamentary deadlock; Frustrated Fijians are calling for an investigation into the cause of the latest community outbreak of Covid-19; Papua New Guinea's opposition makes a power play amid spiralling covid-19 crisis; Pacific leaders in New Zealand expect benefits from health systems overhaul.
Setback in FAST's quest for power in Samoa
Samoa's political party of the moment, FAST, has faced two set backs in its quest to win the government benches.
Fijians questioning how Covid-19 community outbreak happened
Frustrated Fijians are calling for an investigation into how Covid-19 was allowed to get into the community.
Power play in PNG parliament while Covid-19 runs rampant
Papua new Guinea's parliament has been adjourned for another four months amid moves to oust Prime Minister James Marape, and at a time when Covid-19 is rife in the parliament precinct.