5 Mar 2020

Dateline Pacific for 5 March 2020

From , 5:05 am on 5 March 2020

Papua New Guinea's prisons are under increasing strain, with overcrowding, health crises and mass jailbreaks, due to shortcomings in the country's law and order sector; New Zealand plans to ensure the principles of democracy continue to be respected in Fijian elections, Jacinda Ardern says; the Tonga government is moving to rein in social media. This follows an outcry after violent threats were made toward the King and his family; Samoa tourism is predicting a 20 to 25 percent drop in revenue this quarter, with the country hard-hit by a measles epidemic and now travel restrictions around the coronavirus; Pacific performing artists showcase the richness of Maori and Pacific poetry through theatre for this year's Auckland Arts Festival.