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.


Rabaul resident flees hotel, holds onto tree as M7.5 quake hits PNG

Updated 30 March 2015, 18:05 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's islands region is used to earthquakes but this morning an unusually large quake struck between East New Britain and New Ireland.

PNG observatory says large quake should not affect nearby volcanos

Updated 30 March 2015, 18:04 AEDT

Chris McKee, the assistant director at Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory, says even for a region used to strong earthquakes, today's quake was a big one.

Black Hawk helicopters of Australian Defence Force put to various uses in Vanuatu

Updated 30 March 2015, 18:10 AEDT

The Australian Defence Force has been continuing its relief effort in Vanuatu, with the chief of joint operations Vice Admiral David Johnston this morning reviewing Australia's effort to date.

PNG Black Cat Track heroine Christy King awarded Star of Courage award

Updated 30 March 2015, 18:03 AEDT

Two Australians are being recognised today for their courage in helping people in the Pacific, with the second highest bravery award in the country.

New Zealand disappoint in Cricket World Cup final as retirements loom

Updated 30 March 2015, 18:02 AEDT

The Cricket World Cup final turned out to be a very disappointing end to the tournament for New Zealand.

Voters to be given every chance to vote in Bougainville's May election

Updated 30 March 2015, 9:55 AEDT

But first, the countdown is on now the writs have been issued for what promises to be an historic election in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

A focus on giving women every opportunity in Bougainville election

Updated 30 March 2015, 13:06 AEDT

The United Nations Development Program is preparing women to contest in the upcoming elections in Bougainville.

Vanuatu opposition attack on government handling of Cyclone Pam relief

Updated 30 March 2015, 9:55 AEDT

As Vanuatu struggles to rebuild after Cyclone Pam devastated the island chain 15 days ago, the Government is under fire over its handling of the relief operation.

Disaster training credited with saving lives in Vanuatu

Updated 30 March 2015, 9:54 AEDT

We've heard many times that one of the main reasons there were so few fatalities in Vanuatu was that people were very well prepared.

O'Neill distances PNG government from minister's idea

Updated 30 March 2015, 9:54 AEDT

In Papua New Guinea, the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, has distanced himself from a proposal to stop foreigners operating small and medium sized businesses.

US issues with Guam and American Samoa in the spotlight

Updated 30 March 2015, 9:54 AEDT

For more than a century the people living in America's overseas territories have been on the outside looking in - they can't vote for the President and, in the case of American Samoa, they're not even recognised as citizens.

Call for debate about status of US overseas territories

Updated 30 March 2015, 9:53 AEDT

Attorney Charles Ala'ilima, an American Samoan himself, is part of the legal team involved in the landmark appeal by those five American Samoans to which John Oliver referred.

Talks with Australia ahead of Cook Islands election

Updated 30 March 2015, 9:53 AEDT

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop will visit Cook Islands on Wednesday for talks with Prime Minister Henry Puna.

Call for Marshall Islands to stop flagging oil rigs

Updated 30 March 2015, 9:53 AEDT

Greenpeace is calling on the Marshall Islands government to stop its ship registry from flagging oil rigs, particularly those drilling in the Arctic.

Three-way battle for World title after Fiji take out Hong Kong 7s

Updated 30 March 2015, 9:52 AEDT

The battle for the World Rugby Sevens title has intensified, with Fiji winning the 40th anniversary Hong Kong tournament to close within two points of South Africa at the top of the standings, but just a point clear of New Zealand in third.

Tough road ahead for rugby 7s in Tonga after Hong Kong wake-up call

Updated 30 March 2015, 9:52 AEDT

Tonga certainly had a tough time in Hong Kong losing their opening match to Spain 27-5, and they were hammered 41-0 by Zimbabwe.

Young guns shine as PNG Hunters sweep Tweed Heads aside

Updated 30 March 2015, 9:52 AEDT

After four rounds of the Queensland Cup rugby league season, the PNG Hunters stand second on the ladder, level with leaders Townsville Blackhawks on six points, but behind on points difference.

PNG PM O'Neill says Indonesia promised reduced military in West Papua

Updated 27 March 2015, 18:29 AEDT

Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O'Neill says the previous Indonesian President promised him he would reduce the number of troops they have stationed in West Papua.

PNG PM O'Neill's West Papua statements could embarrass Jakarta

Updated 27 March 2015, 18:28 AEDT

An academic specialising in West Papua says Peter O'Neill's statement, that the previous Indonesian president promised him to draw down troop numbers stationed in West Papua, has the potential to embarrass the Indonesian government.

PNG PM and Australian MPs hail Malcolm Fraser's legacy

Updated 27 March 2015, 18:29 AEDT

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser was buried today after a memorial service in Melbourne, attended by Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O'Neill and many members of the current Australian parliament.

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