16 Mar 2018

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 16 March 2018

From , 6:04 am on 16 March 2018

New Zealand's Foreign Minister says that compared to the previous administration, the new government is going to put its money where its mouth is in terms of aid to the Pacific. Winston Peters says the government will invest more time and resources in the economic survival and security of the Pacific Islands, and act as a "true partner" to Pacific Islands people; Papua New Guinea's earthquake has put a lot of pressure on food supplies with displaced people needing both emergency food and seeds to re-establish fast growning food crops according to an Australian academic with good knowledge of food security in the area; tensions rise in Temotu as expiry of Australian miner's licences loom; Pacific artists gather in Wellington to chart way forward; more than 150 contemporary and heritage Pacific artists are gathering in Wellington this week to measure the pulse of Pacific Arts and Culture in New Zealand.