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Dateline Pacific for 24 November 2020
Do PNG's political tussles highlight the need for a new system; Scramble for covid vaccine access - how will Pacific countries fare?; Pasifika representation central to more diverse NZ parliament.
Scramble for covid vaccine access
Governments all around the world are scrambling to secure access to covid-19 vaccines for their citizens. It remains unclear whether the New Zealand government's in-principle agreement for access to vaccines will extend to its Pacific neighbours, although it has assured the region it will help.
Do PNG's political tussles highlight need for new system?
Papua New Guinea's political crisis has sparked renewed discussion about the country's system of government.
Pasifika representation central to more diverse NZ parliament
The woman in charge of New Zealand's building and construction sector and police says while there are opportunities for the government's Pasifika MPs, high expectations and big challenges lay ahead.
Dateline Pacific for 23 November 2020
Women's advocate in Bougainville calls for action over sorcery; Fiji businesses looking to recover after harsh impacts from Covid-19; Debt may force the Norfolk Island Council to shut down.
Women's advocate in Bougainville calls for action over sorcery
There are concerns in Bougainville that police are doing little to end violence that is blamed on sorcery.
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