Dateline Pacific for 10 April 2019
People in the last stages of terminal illness in the region need better access to morphine to relieve their suffering. And a researcher studying care for the dying in Pacific island countries says families could also do with more support; people from New Zealand's Pacific communities rallied at parliament against proposals to legalise euthanasia. The End of Life Choice Bill would give terminally ill people the choice of requesting help to die; the Cook Islands parliament sat for the first time yesterday since the nation's general election in June 2018 with several controversies looming; young Papua New Guinean film-maker says her recent feature highlighting repression of women in PNG is making an impact. Aliko & Ambai is about two young women facing the challenges of growing up in PNG's Eastern Highlands province, including tribal conflict, poverty, bullying, domestic violence,and forced marriage.