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PACIFIC BRIEFS

Friday April 21, 2017

DEFECTION A GAIN FOR FIJI OPPOSITION

Charged protesters seek stay

Friday April 21, 2017

NAURU – The 19 Nauruans charged in connection with an anti-government protest nearly two years ago are seeking a temporary stay on their trial.

Call for restorative justice

Friday April 21, 2017

TONGA – With Tonga police continuing a crackdown on alcohol related crime, there is a call for the country to consider restorative justice for first time offenders.

Premier to review festival

Friday April 21, 2017

NIUE – Niue’s Premier wants to review the island’s  Arts and Cultural Festival next year if he wins his seat in next month’s election. Sir Toke Talagi admitted the festival, which takes place every two years, had deviated from what he originally thought it should be.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Writs for Papua New Guinea’s 2017 National Election were signed yesterday, kicking off the official period for the country’s five-yearly polls.

Runaway Tongans sent home\

Friday April 21, 2017

NEW ZEALAND – Two more Tongan labourers have absconded from their New Zealand workplaces, triggering calls for a review of the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.

Pacific – Negotiations for the Pacific regional trade agreement Pacer Plus have concluded in Australia after eight years of planning.

PACIFIC BRIEFS

Thursday April 20, 2017

BANNING CIGARETTES NOT THE ANSWER

FIJI – The Fiji Labour Party says the recent death of a newborn baby at the Lautoka Hospital questions the state of Fiji’s health care facilities.

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