Geraldine Coutts

Geraldine Coutts

Geraldine Coutts

Geraldine Coutts


Geraldine is a respected voice in the Pacific and brings an understanding of regional issues important to Radio Australia’s audience in the region. For the past ten years she’s produced and presented the current affairs program, Pacific Beat. She was born and raised in Melbourne – one of the world’s most liveable cities.


Niue Government wins final election seat after straw poll

Updated 16 April 2014, 17:46 AEST

A straw poll to determine the final seat in Niue's elections was won by the caretaker governement.

Long way to go with recovery after Solomons flooding

Updated 7 April 2014, 17:17 AEST

The break-down of infrastructure in much of Guadalcanal province is also raising health concerns, and there are only 20 doctors in the entire country.

Businesses urged to participate in first Pacific exporter survey

Updated 7 April 2014, 17:15 AEST

The first ever survey of Pacific exporters has just been launched, with the aim to get a detailed picture of opportunities and challenges for Pacific businesses.

Stories of survival from Solomon Islands' flooding disaster

Updated 7 April 2014, 17:08 AEST

At the weekend, the Solomon Islands prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo took part in an aerial survey of the areas inundated by the floods.

Relief efforts hampered by damaged infrastructure in Solomon Islands

Updated 7 April 2014, 17:05 AEST

A major relief and recovery effort is underway in Solomon Islands, after last week's devastating flash floods.

Fiji decree allows phone tapping ahead of election

Updated 3 April 2014, 19:02 AEST

The Fiji Law Society thinks the country will have its own version of Big Brother monitoring multi-media outlets 48 hours before the September Elections.

Fiji TV broadcasts "hate speech"

Updated 3 April 2014, 19:01 AEST

Fiji's Media Industry Development Authority has ruled Fiji TV breached media regulations by broadcasting what it has labelled as a "hate speech".

Refugee advocate not confident of Manus murder investigation

Updated 3 April 2014, 18:59 AEST

A refugee action group doesn't believe the murder of Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea will ever be solved.

Australian lawyer deported from PNG for a second time

Updated 1 April 2014, 19:48 AEST

An Australian barrister who's representing asylum seekers at the Manus Island detention centre has been deported from Papua New Guinea for a second time.

Expelled Fiji academic says Fiji should lift its own travel ban

Updated 1 April 2014, 19:47 AEST

A Fiji academic says a reciprocal arrangment should have been made by Australia and New Zealand when they removed Fiji's travel sanctions.

The first candidate announced for Bainimarama's political party

Updated 1 April 2014, 19:46 AEST

Fiji First, the interim prime minister's political party has hit the campaign trail in a blaze of glory and criticism.

Fiji regime provides election explanation

Updated 31 March 2014, 19:51 AEST

Fiji's Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has explained the way Fijians will vote in the election on September the 17th and the way the votes will be counted.

New Caledonia council elections provide mixed result

Updated 31 March 2014, 19:49 AEST

The final round of voting in New Caledonia's municipal elections threw up a mixed bag of results at the weekend.

Calls for a commision of inquiry into alleged human rights breaches

Updated 28 March 2014, 18:34 AEST

Human Rights Watch is calling for a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged breaches of human rights in Fiji.

Blame game in Nauru over Bendigo Bank's service downgrade

Updated 27 March 2014, 19:27 AEST

The blame game continues between the Nauru government and the country's opposition, with each blaming the other for Bendigo Banks decision to downgrade its sevices on the island.

PNG Ombudsman call billion dollar loan may be unlawful

Updated 26 March 2014, 19:06 AEST

PNG's Chief Ombudsman believes the rule of law and some legislation were not properly followed by the government when negotiating the Oil Search loan with Swiss bank UBS.

PNG Attorney General issued with summons

Updated 25 March 2014, 17:59 AEST

Papua New Guinea's minister for Justice and Attorney General Kerenga Kua was served with a summons by the Ombudsman Commission this morning.

World water day highlights global shortage

Updated 21 March 2014, 20:09 AEST

Today is World Water Day.

Reproductive rights under review in New York

Updated 21 March 2014, 19:32 AEST

The issue of women's reproductive health rights is causing division at the annual UN Commission on the Status meeting in New York.

Nauru opposition says MP marriage will provide rule of law test

Updated 19 March 2014, 11:14 AEST

A senior member of Nauru's opposition says the Australian and New Zealand governments have to stop pussy-footing around over the issue of judicial independence on the island.

Pacific nations consider price hike for US fishing fleet

Updated 14 March 2014, 19:09 AEST

The nation's which are the Partners to the Nauru Agreement, the PNA, may require the United States to pay much more for the right to fish in some pacific economic zones next year.

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