Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.

Stories

Ideas exchanged at Horticulture Olympics

21 August 2014, 8:05 AEST

Delegates at the International Horticulture Congress underway in Brisbane are using the gathering as an opportunity to exchange information on better ways of operating in their home countries.

New rules for Australia's new National Rugby Championship

21 August 2014, 8:01 AEST

It's been a long time coming but Australia's new National Rugby Championship kicks off tonight, with the opening match featuring Brisbane City at home to Sydney Stars.

First medal for Fiji at Youth Olympics

21 August 2014, 7:59 AEST

Fiji has won its first ever medal at the Youth Olympic Games, making it the first of the Pacific nations taking part in the games in China to register on the medal table.

SPC push to boost Pacific maritime safety standards

21 August 2014, 7:56 AEST

The drive to raise maritime safety standards in the Pacific has increased against the backdrop of recent accidents in PNG, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Kiribati.

Preserving Solomons' smallest language group

21 August 2014, 7:56 AEST

Efforts are underway to save Solomon Islands' smallest language group, Gula'ala.

Fiji Tourism boss seeks new direction

21 August 2014, 7:50 AEST

The new chairman of Tourism Fiji says the country's tourism industry needs to move away from mass market appeal based on sun, sea and sand to a niche market that draws on unique cultural experiences.

Battle over Norfolk Island legal dope plan

21 August 2014, 7:49 AEST

In many countries marijuana is increasingly being legitimately used to treat a range of medical conditions, but in Australia such practices are still illegal.

Australian police making a real difference in PNG

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:16 AEST

The head of the Australian Federal Police detachment in Papua New Guinea says they will assist with any government review of their presence, but it may be a bit early to determine how effective it's been.

New study examines the effectiveness of Chinese aid to the Pacific

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:16 AEST

New research shows Pacific countries are becoming better at getting what they want from Chinese aid, but substantial problems remain.

PNG business leader calls for action on lawlessness

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:15 AEST

One of Papua New Guinea's most prominent businessmen says the problem of lawlessness is a complex one, but the government needs to tackle it.

Tonga election likely to focus on economy

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:14 AEST

Tonga's election is three months away, and the main issue appears likely to be the economy.

Aust government attempts to shift focus from Senate budget blackhole

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:13 AEST

The Abbott Government in Australia is trying to counter the perception that its entire budget is stuck in a Senate blackhole - by pointing out that billions of dollars of savings measures have already gone through the Upper House.

Falling wages good for employment - Reserve Bank governor

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:13 AEST

The governor of Australia's Reserve Bank has played down concerns about falling wages in Australia.

Australian netball club collects donations for Vanuatu

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:47 AEST

Dedicated members of the Olinda Ferny Creek Football and Netball Club in outer Melbourne have been hard at work loading eleven tonnes of medical equipment, sporting goods, tools and educational supplies into a shipping container.

PNG hopes high in AFL International Cup final

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:47 AEST

The Grand Final in this year's AFL International Cup will be a re-run of the 2011 encounter between Ireland and Papua New Guinea.

New book on NZ politics dirties PM Key

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:49 AEST

The New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, is reportedly unhappy about a new book on his government.

Sustainable agriculture a key issue at Horticulture Congress

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:50 AEST

The International Horticulture Congress continues throughout the week in Brisbane with some three thousand delegates in attendance, including a sizeable contingent from the Pacific.

Climate change adds to labour migration

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:50 AEST

It's already common for Pacific Islanders to leave their homes to work overseas, but that practice is expected to increase as the effects of climate change make the need for regular remittances more urgent.

PNG police seek more suspects in Manus murder

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:51 AEST

Police in Papua New Guinea say they want to arrest more suspects - including two expatriates - over the murder of an Iranian asylum seeker.

Tearful farewell for Sean Dorney

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:56 AEST

Former ABC correspondent, Sean Dorney says the most harrowing story he covered in more that 40 years reporting on the Pacific was the Aitape tsunami in northern Papua New Guinea.

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