Heather Jarvis

Heather Jarvis

Heather Jarvis

Heather Jarvis


Heather has worked in radio for 30 years, more than half of that time with Radio Australia specialising in the Asia Pacific region. She has a Masters degree in Development Studies and is passionate about sustainable development.  Heather’s broadcasting career has seen her report from, and host live broadcasts from countries around Asia, Africa and the Pacific. She is a keen sports fan and has enjoyed co-ordinating Radio Australia’s Beijing Olympics coverage, and reporting from the Pacific Games.


John Eteuati with his biomass wood stove oven in Samoa

Fuel-efficient stove reduces smoke while capturing traditional Samoan flavours

Updated 10 July 2014, 10:41 AEST

Three prototypes of a new fuel efficient cooking stove have been launched this month in Samoa.

Maui Taiko performing in Fukushima 2012

Fukushima taiko drummers to perform thank you concert in Hawaii

3 July 2014, 11:52 AEST

When the Tohoku region of Japan was devasted by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster back in 2011 it's not surprising that the people of Maui, Hawaii's second largest island, dug deep in their pockets and hearts to help the people affected.   

ADB Solomons solar training 1

Solar power lights up business opportunities for Solomon Islands women

Updated 30 May 2014, 14:02 AEST

In Solomon Islands, as in much of the Pacific, solar power has become an increasingly important source of energy and brought widespread benefits to communities. 

Building a vegetable nursery in Taunga, Vava'u, Tonga

Vegetable nurseries help with Tonga cyclone recovery

Updated 29 May 2014, 17:08 AEST

Back in January,  Tropical Cyclone Ian caused widespread destruction to Tonga's central and northern islands.  Worst hit was the Ha'apai island group, where hundreds of families lost their homes, and food crops were devastated. 

Woman's hands on computer keyboard Pacific

New digital alliance to encourage more Pacific women into ICT careers

Updated 23 May 2014, 13:27 AEST

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an important and growing industry in the Pacific region.  But it's still a very male-dominated sector, despite girls using computers, smart phones and the internet at similar rates to boys.

PNG disability research trainees

Pacific children with disabilities invited to share their thoughts and dreams

Updated 16 May 2014, 10:21 AEST

Children with disabilities in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu are being asked about their priorities, concerns and dreams as part of an innovative project called "Voices of Pacific Children with Disabilities."

Dr Rosemary Wyber & Timothy Johnson from RhEACH

New handbook aims to lower deaths from rheumatic heart disease

Updated 9 May 2014, 17:26 AEST

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is responsible for the premature deaths of thousands of young people under the age of twenty-five each day around the world. But it's hoped a new resource book will help lower that toll.

Guam Soccer Moms league 6 (Photo courtesy of Guam Football Association)

Guam Soccer Moms League promotes friendship, fun and fitness

Updated 10 April 2014, 10:44 AEST

There's no ladder and no finals series, but the Guam Football Association's Soccer Moms League scores high on encouraging women to play active sports.

Kilikiti bats

Samoan kilikiti cricket players display their skills in Melbourne

Updated 9 April 2014, 12:08 AEST

Melbourne is known as the sporting capital of Australia, and people are used to seeing all kinds of football, cricket and rugby matches taking place in their local parks.  But last weekend they were treated to a game of a different kind - Samoan kilikiti.

Local school children in the library (Photo: Philippa Robinson)

Bougainville Library wins New Zealand Design Awards

Updated 6 April 2014, 23:57 AEST

A library and cultural centre in Arawa, Bougainville has won two awards at the 2014 New Zealand Wood Timber Design Awards.

Pohnpei preschooler with coconut

Micronesian preschoolers learn the value of healthy local foods

Updated 4 April 2014, 17:44 AEST

Preschool children can be very fussy eaters, and parents can easily be tempted to reach for unhealthy packaged foods to fill their little ones' hungry tummies. But in Pohnpei, Micronesia, children as young as three years old are being taught the benefits of choosing local foods over imported processed foods.

Bougainville building wins top New Zealand design awards

Updated 27 March 2014, 19:04 AEST

A library and cultural centre in Arawa, Bougainville has won two awards at the 2014 New Zealand Wood Timber Design Awards.

Drying cocoa beans on Malekula

Australian chocolate makers link with Vanuatu farmers

21 March 2014, 13:08 AEST

Cocoa farmers in Vanuatu could benefit greatly from the growing international demand for high quality, premium chocolate.  

Nukutau Rokura Cook Islands

Good leadership a passion for young Cook Islands advocate

Updated 11 March 2014, 9:53 AEST

Nukutau Pokura is determined to use her skills and experience to help more young women into leadership roles.

Lucille Sain from Chuuk, FSM

Voices of young women need to be heard, says Micronesian youth leader

Updated 11 March 2014, 9:53 AEST

Youth leader and Red Cross volunteer Lucille Sain was inspired into leadership after she attending a national youth conference on her home island of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Nukutau Rokura Cook Islands

Young voices, wise ideas: Meet the future of the Pacific

Updated 7 March 2014, 13:28 AEST

These ten inspiring young Pacific women know exactly what's need to change their communities, and they're not waiting around.

Daisy Alik-Momotaro and Yoshiko Yamaguchi

You inspire me: Pacific women working together to create change

Updated 7 March 2014, 9:46 AEST

Every day, women are working together to help create change in the world. Along the way, they are also changing each other's lives. Meet six inspiring women from the Pacific.

Young Niuean leader says education and awareness are the keys to change

Updated 13 February 2014, 11:30 AEST

Inangaro Vakaafi is determined to bring positive change to her community and country.  It's a passion she says was instilled in her at home.

Handcrafted Marshallese necklaces

Climate change impacts on women in Marshall Islands

Updated 13 February 2014, 9:43 AEST

The President of the Marshall Islands, Christopher Loeak recently called for world leaders to take stronger action on climate change in 2014.  But while high level climate change talks get international coverage, the impact on ordinary people, particularly women, doesn't normally make the headlines.

Etika Ve (Eve) Nagio PYWLA

Young Fiji rights advocate calls for 'awareness with respect'

Updated 7 February 2014, 11:55 AEST

Disablilty and human rights advocate Etika Ve (Eve) Nagio has probably faced more than her share of challenges and discrimination, but she's determined to make a difference.

Justina Fono Fationo PYWLA

Solomon Islands police officer says youth should be no barrier to leadership

5 February 2014, 9:10 AEST

Police officer Justina Fono Fationo doesn't accept the old argument that young people can't be leaders in their community.

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