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.


Four accused of sorcery in danger in PNG's Southern Highlands

Updated 21 April 2015, 18:20 AEST

Four people in Papua New Guinea's highlands have been accused of witchcraft and their lives are in danger.

Leaks reveal contents of the proposed PACER Plus trade agreement

Updated 21 April 2015, 18:21 AEST

The contents of crucial parts of the controversial PACER Plus trade agreement between Australia, New Zealand and Pacific island nations have been have been revealled with the leaking of the full draft text of the chapter on 'trade in services'.

Vanuatu PM clarifies foreign minister's comments on Jakarta embassy

Updated 21 April 2015, 18:24 AEST

In a media statement released earlier today, Vanuatu prime minister Joe Natuman said the establishment of an embassy in Indonesia was not priority.

Misplaced talk of abortion, same-sex marriage if Tonga adopts CEDAW

Updated 21 April 2015, 18:25 AEST

Tonga's decision to sign on to a United Nations convention banning discrimination of women has led to accusations it will lead to abortion and same-sex marriage in the Kingdom.

Google search mobile optimisation to bury local Pacific content

Updated 21 April 2015, 18:26 AEST

From Wednesday, Google will change the way it ranks searches, prioritising companies that have "mobile-friendly" websites when people use the search engine on their smart phones or tablet computers.

Hawaiian protesters target US company behind controversial telescope

Updated 21 April 2015, 12:13 AEST

The protest over the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii has moved to the mainland United States, where demonstrators have targetted the company behind the $1.4 billion dollar project.

Excitement growing in Fiji as Ba bid for OCL Final spot

Updated 21 April 2015, 12:11 AEST

It's semi-finals day the OFC Champions League tournament in Fiji, with two New Zealand teams vying with teams from the host nation and from New Caledonia for a spot in the final.

Vanuatu beach volleyball pair show strength and resiliance

Updated 21 April 2015, 12:12 AEST

Beach volleyball duo Miller Pata and Linline Mansale have put the trauma of Cyclone Pam behind them to produce some impressive displays on the international circuit.

Solomon Islands health survey to look at back pain and arthritis

Updated 21 April 2015, 12:12 AEST

Data on musculoskeletal health issues, like back pain and arthritis, in Solomon Islands will be collected for the first time, shining a light on the common but debilitating health problem.

Standards rising at OCL on the field, and on the coaches bench

Updated 21 April 2015, 12:11 AEST

The OFC Champions League has reached the semi-final stage with two New Zealand teams vying with sides from host nation Fiji and New Caledonia for a spot in the final.

Signs of improvement for Fijiana, as NZ put one hand on Women's World

Updated 21 April 2015, 12:58 AEST

The New Zealand team have all but sealed the Women's World Rugby 7s title for another season after just four rounds.

"Too many boats, fishing too often" at heart of skipjack crisis

Updated 21 April 2015, 12:15 AEST

There's been a call for the purse seine tuna fleet in the Pacific to stop fishing for a month so the amount of skipjack tuna on world markets can be reduced and the price given a chance to recover.

Battle over iTaukei rights in Fiji resumes at UN in New York

Updated 21 April 2015, 12:10 AEST

Delegates from the Fiji Native and Tribal Congress are at the United Nations in New York to challenge 17 decrees in Fiji law which they say contravene indigenous rights.

Kiwi parity with Aussie dollar just part of Pacific economic outlook

Updated 21 April 2015, 12:14 AEST

As the New Zealand dollar edges close to parity with the Australian dollar, apart from the delicious prospect of Kiwi bragging rights, there's also the issue of the wider impact for the region.

Food and water still problem for FSM in wake of Typhoon Maysak

Updated 21 April 2015, 12:14 AEST

To the Federated States of Micronesia where category five Typhoon Maysak tore through the states of Yap and Chuuk last month, killing at least five people and displacing thousands.

Vanuatu sorcery killing accused found guilty and receive 15 years apiece

Updated 20 April 2015, 17:45 AEST

A chief justice in the Vanuatu town of Luganville has found five people guilty of premeditated intentional homicide for the public hanging and killing of two men late last year.

Bougainville police disarmed in pursuit across Solomon Islands border

Updated 20 April 2015, 17:45 AEST

A foreign affairs specialist says a recent incident in which armed Bougainville police entered Solomon Islands territory, to then be disarmed under local laws, shows the need for both government to agree on how to handle border issues better.

Large cuts to Australian aid also a dent to Pacific security

Updated 20 April 2015, 17:43 AEST

A military analyst has joined community development organisations in stating Australia's large cut in overseas aid may lead to security problems in the Pacific.

Nautilus moves into top gear to start PNG seafloor mining in 2018

Updated 21 April 2015, 13:46 AEST

Canadian company Nautilus Minerals is once again gearing up to become the world's first deep sea miner of gold and copper at its Solwara 1 site in Papua New Guinea.

Fiji boarding school old boys upset at enrolment changes

Updated 21 April 2015, 11:11 AEST

Graduates of the three Fiji government run boarding schools are angry at proposed changes to enrolment policies.

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