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.


Historic Family Violence Bill warmly received in Solomon Islands

Updated 28 August 2014, 16:57 AEST

For the first time ever, acts of domestic violence in Solomon Islands are to be criminalised, after parliament passed the Family Violence Bill on Wednesday.

Samoan PM calls on Canberra to do more to tackle climate change

Updated 28 August 2014, 16:51 AEST

Samoa's prime minister has issued an impassioned plea on behalf all Pacific nations for more help to cope with climate change and he has called on Australia, to lift its focus from the federal budget and lead the way.

Changing Pacific police culture not easy or quick

Updated 28 August 2014, 16:52 AEST

There have been several high profile instances recently showing police using their authority in questionable ways, in several countries.

Tongan candidates in NZ elections speak in South Auckland

Updated 28 August 2014, 16:58 AEST

A meeting involving Tongan candidates in next month's New Zealand election has been held in South Auckland this week.

ANZ Bank says it is time for PNG to fund its deficit through sovereign

Updated 28 August 2014, 16:58 AEST

The ANZ bank says it is time for Papua New Guinea fund its ballooning government deficit by issuing sovereign bonds.

PNG Hunters dominate unofficial QLD Cup awards

Updated 28 August 2014, 16:59 AEST

The PNG Hunters Rugby League team have taken out 3 of 4 unofficial 'End of Season Awards', handed out by a keen Queensland sports journalist.

Former Socceroos coach all set to assist with Fiji's World Cup preparations

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:14 AEST

The former coach of the Socceroos, Frank Farina, is due to arrive in Fiji next week to take up the position of technical advisor with the national under-20 squad, ahead of Fiji's debut at the World Cup in New Zealand next year.

Call for better pathways for Fiji schoolboy rugby

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:15 AEST

There were celebrations when Fiji won the bronze medal in the rugby sevens competition at the Youth Olympics in China, but national coach Ben Ryan believes the team could've done better.

Aged care needs of Pacific Islanders in NZ "all about dignity"

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:15 AEST

End of life care is probably something most people prefer not to think about, but when it becomes necessary, specialists in the field say it's important to get the right care and to respect the cultural needs of the individual.

Hawaii volcano threat eases for now

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:15 AEST

In Hawaii the threat to homes on the Big Island from the Kilauea volcano looks to have diminished for now.

Women essential to improving food security

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:16 AEST

The question of global food security is up for debate in Canberra at the Crawford Fund's annual conference, where delegates are focussed on how to feed a world population that's approaching the nine billion mark.

Concern in Niue over health privatisation proposal

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:16 AEST

There's concern in Niue about the Premier's proposal to privatise the country's health centre and turn it into a hotspot for "medical tourism".

PNG authorities weigh future of controversial oil palm project

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:17 AEST

The National Forest Board in Papua New Guinea is considering whether a Malaysian palm oil company can continue to log virgin rainforest.

More allegations of abuse at Nauru asylum seeker detention centre

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:53 AEST

An investigation is still underway by Australia's Commonwealth Ombudsman into the conditions and treatment of asylum seekers on Nauru.

Solomon Islands' uni students upset over missing allowances

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:53 AEST

Government-sponsored Solomon Islands university students studying in PNG are questioning whether their High Commission in Port Moresby has misused funds intended for them.

NZ Labour Party not taking Pacific vote for granted

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:52 AEST

New Zealand's opposition Labour Party says it's not taking Pacific voters for granted.

NZ National Party says it's attracting Pacific support

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:52 AEST

New Zealand's ruling National Party is confident it can make inroads into the opposition Labour Party's grip on the Pacific Island vote at this year's election.

Fiji 'outsmarts' Australia

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:52 AEST

An Australian academic says Fiji's interim leader, Frank Bainimarama's weekend visit to Sydney is yet another example of how he's 'outsmarted' Australia.

New figures show Solomon Islands heading for negative economic growth

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:52 AEST

The ANZ bank made a substantial downward revision for its economic growth forecast for Solomon Islands, as the full impact of a recent cyclone and flood become more apparent.

First Fijian-language Old Testament bible republished

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:51 AEST

The first ever translation of the Old Testament into the Fijian or iTaukei language has been republished.

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