4 Mar 2020

Dateline Pacific for Wednesday 4 March 2020

From , 5:06 am on 4 March 2020

Vanuatu's election campaign is off to a shaky start for the incumbent prime minister, who faces court on charges of perjury; hundreds of people have protested the indefinite detention of refugees from Papua New Guinea and Nauru in Australian hotels; residents on Norfolk Island continue to go without as problems with the island's shipping service mean many basic grocery items have been in short supply for weeks; a new study has revealed that Maori and Pacific babies in New Zealand while bigger than their Pakeha and Asian counterparts are leaner; the Samoa Women's Association of Growers, or SWAG, wants to encourage more people to keep bees; an exhibition about a Samoan artist's journey to her matai ceremony opens this week in New Zealand's Dunedin.