22 Jan 2019

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 22 January 2019

From , 4:07 pm on 22 January 2019

The Vanuatu Council of Ministers has approved a plan for the restoration of services to Ambae after ongoing volcanic eruptions over the past year and a half forced two mass evacuations and disrupted the lives of over ten thousand people; the Cook Islands has raised concerns with New Zealand and China over shoddy work on the biggest aid project in the country in decades; locals in Guam are concerned that the reintroduction of a self defence bill will increase violence in the community; the Solomon Islands is preparing for historic polls this year, the first under new electoral laws and without an international intervention force in the country; the president of Bougainville, John Momis, says the lack of funding from the Papua New Guinea government for referendum preparations is becoming desperate.