24 Mar 2018

Tagata o te Moana for 24 March 2018

From Tagata o te Moana, 5:30 pm on 24 March 2018

Almost four weeks since a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in Papua New Guinea's Highlands, the response effort is picking up pace; Vanuatu's disaster authorities are in emergency mode again amid intensified rumblings from the Ambae volcano; Indonesia's place in the Melanesian Spearhead Group has come under scrutiny from regional leaders; an expedition off the Solomon Islands coast has found the wreck of American World War 2 ship, the USS Juneau; Samoa's coconut oil farmers celebrate US soap company deal; Tahiti's Flosse fails in bid to stand in next month's election, and; Pasifika Festival at Western Springs in Auckland is on this weekend and the organisers have aimed to improve connection with villages within the event and their Pacific communities.