28 Jan 2019

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 28 January 2019

From , 4:06 pm on 28 January 2019

Aid workers based in Vanuatu fear a disaster if a cyclone struck people already displaced by Ambae's volcanic eruptions; the member of parliament for Madang in Papua New Guinea is seeking to end a four year ban on liquor outlets imposed by the provincial executive council; From Wednesday this week Samoa is to enforce a ban on one use plastic bags from the country's supermarkets and food stores; The speaker of the Bougainville parliament, Simon Pentanu, has spoken of the need for Bougainvilleans to think about the sort of place they would want to leave for future generations, and; Efforts are intensifying to stop the spread of the invasive coconut rhinoceros beetle in Solomon Islands. A New Zealand scientist says damage to the country's palms from a new variant of the beetle is far worse than expected.