Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Bruce Hill

Pacific Beat

Focusing on the Pacific region, the program brings you interviews with leaders, newsmakers, and people who make the Pacific beat.

Join the team each morning and afternoon on Radio Australia through FM, online stream and shortwave, and through partner stations in the Pacific.


Fijians pray for captured peacekeepers

Updated 2 September 2014, 17:21 AEST

Syrian rebels who have captured a group of Fijian peacekeepers on the Golan Heights are now issuing demands in exchange for their release.

Kiribati President makes new call for global action on climate change

Updated 2 September 2014, 17:20 AEST

President Anote Tong of Kiribati has called for urgent and immediate global action to curb greenhouse gas emissions and to build resilience in countries on the frontline of climate change.

Pacific tuna stocks on the brink of disaster

Updated 2 September 2014, 17:19 AEST

With dramatically falling stocks of Bluefin, Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna, the man in charge of the Western and Central Pacific is warning an international agreement is urgently needed to prevent the industry from heading towards total disaster.

Mass measles vaccination campaign in Solomon Islands

Updated 2 September 2014, 17:19 AEST

A mass vaccination campaign will begin on Wednesday in Solomon Islands, as health authorities try to deal with a growing outbreak of measles.

Vanuatu's vote of no confidence heads to court

Updated 2 September 2014, 17:22 AEST

Vanuatu's Supreme Court's heard a challenge to the Speaker's ruling that a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister Joe Natuman, was invalid.

Leader of Tongan Democratic Party confident despite splits

Updated 2 September 2014, 17:17 AEST

There have been further splits from Tonga's Democratic party, just months before the November election.

Australia's parliament express regret over 'blackbirding' in the 19th Century

Updated 2 September 2014, 8:24 AEST

Descendants of the Pacific islanders who were brought to Australia in the 19th century to work in the sugar and cotton industries were yesterday acknowledged in the Federal Parliament.

Australian South Sea Islander descendant welcomes parliament's move

Updated 2 September 2014, 8:24 AEST

Lola Forester is a prominent Australian South Sea Islander of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands descent.

Samoa in the spotlight during international SIDS conference

Updated 2 September 2014, 8:22 AEST

The Small Islands Developing States Conference is held just once every 10 years and hosting it, is a huge coup for Samoa.

Report identifies billions in sustainable development projects for small island states

Updated 2 September 2014, 8:21 AEST

The Global Environment Facility has committed $250 million for sustainable development projects in small island states over the next four years, at the SIDS conference in Samoa.

Pacific renewable energy projects a hot topic at SIDS

Updated 2 September 2014, 8:21 AEST

Renewable energy will play a huge part in the future of small island states, and sits squarely in the spotlight at the 2014 SIDS Conference.

PNG talent search begins ahead of 2015 Pacific Games

Updated 2 September 2014, 8:30 AEST

With less than a year to go before the Pacific Games open in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea's Olympic Committee has embarked on a talent search.

More funds needed for American Samoa's general election

Updated 2 September 2014, 8:17 AEST

The chief election officer in American Samoa has encountered funding problems and he says he has only half of the $200,000 he needs to pay for November's general election.

Commonwealth tells Abbott to put more G20 focus on the poor

Updated 1 September 2014, 18:10 AEST

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has urged Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott to put more emphasis on the role G20 economic policies could play in generating economic growth which is inclusive and sustainable and which takes into account the fragility of the non-G20 world.

Aust FM Bishop on SIDS, climate change and private sector-led growth

Updated 1 September 2014, 18:16 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has told a forum at the Small Islands Developing States Conference that fostering private sector-led development and innovation is a key component of Australia's work with Pacific and Indian ocean nations.

Fiji training potential Golan peacekeeper replacements

Updated 1 September 2014, 18:11 AEST

The United Nations is continuing urgent negotiations to try to secure an immediate and unconditional release of 44 Fijian peacekeepers, who were abducted by Syrian rebels late last week.

Schools remain closed in Rabaul after volcano eruption

Updated 1 September 2014, 18:12 AEST

Many schools remain closed around the town of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea, after the Mt Tavurvur volcano erupted on Friday.

Fiji opposition say ingredients for vote rigging are present

Updated 1 September 2014, 18:12 AEST

Fiji's two largest opposition parties are accusing the elections office of compromising the integrity of the upcoming poll, rendering it 'flawed and not credible'.

Fiji Methodists concerned about pre-polling for election

Updated 1 September 2014, 18:13 AEST

Fiji's influential Methodist Church is concerned that some of its members may miss out on voting in this month's election.

Cook Islands policewoman awarded for 30 years of leadership

Updated 1 September 2014, 9:57 AEST

Cook Islands policewoman Rebecca Hosking-Ellis has received an award for 'excellence in policing in the Asia-Pacific region' from the Australasian Council of Women and Policing.

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