11 Aug 2018

Tagata o te Moana for 11 August

From Tagata o te Moana, 7:10 am on 11 August 2018

A State of Emergency remains in place on the Vanuatu island of Ambae until the 26th September 2018 following an increase in volcanic activity in late July; The Bishop of Mendi says Southern Highlanders are showing great resilience after February's major earthquake in Papua New Guinea's Highlands; More than three quarters of sexual crimes against children in Papua New Guinea's capital never make it to trial because of problems gathering evidence; A nurse in Samoa is facing criminal charges including one of negligence after two babies died last month; The nineteen Nauru men facing charges over an anti-government protest will have to wait until September 13th to find out if they are free; A new funding push by the United States into the Indo-Pacific region is being labelled as late to the party and amounting to little in dollar terms; And As New Caledonia approaches a referendum on independence from France, regional support for it gaining full sovereignty has faded away.

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