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.


Bougainville authorities clarify situation after series of quakes

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:43 AEST

Poor communications and bad weather is affecting efforts to assist villages hit by flooding, landslides and tsunamis in Bougainville.

Criticism of conditions for asylum seekers on Nauru rejected by its former government media adviser

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:45 AEST

One of the Australians who has been deported from Nauru says conditions for the asylum seekers there are much, much better than are being portrayed by critics of Australia's offshore Pacific processing centres.

UNCHR still waiting for Aus Govt response on asylum seeker turn-back policy

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:46 AEST

The United Nations refugee agency has asked Speaking in Indonesia, the UNHCR's regional representative says the Australian Government hasn't responded to the UN's concerns about the policies.

UN urges vigilance in fight against malaria ahead of World Malaria Day

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:46 AEST

The United Nations says governments should remain vigilant in dealing with malaria even though the death rate has decreased in the Pacific by forty per cent since 2000.

Japanese whaling fleets prepare for North Pacific hunt

Updated 23 April 2014, 17:07 AEST

Japanese whaling fleets are preparing to head out to the north Pacific this weekend - pushing ahead with the hunt despite last month's international court ruling against its whaling program in the Antarctic.

Predictions bush nuts could become major income source for Vanuatu

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:48 AEST

There are forecasts the humble bush nut could overtake kava as a major agricultural income source in Vanuatu in the next decade.

New research looks at future challenges to stability in Bougainville

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:48 AEST

New research has been comparing the record of post-conflict stability in East Timor and on Papua New Guinea's island of Bougainville and trying to find out if the widely held view that the more inclusive a political settlement is, the more like it is to lead to peace, holds true.

Australia to buy 58 more joint strike fighters

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:49 AEST

They'll cost of over 12 billion dollars, but the Australian Government says the 58 new joint strike fighters are necessary to secure Australia's defence in the long term.

NZ players opt for Europe rather than wait for All Blacks

Updated 23 April 2014, 9:29 AEST

Waikato Chiefs midfielder Bundee Aki was eligible to play international rugby for either New Zealand or Samoa, but instead he has pledged his allegiance to Ireland by signing a three year deal with the provincial team Connacht.

Teen pregnancies in Pacific are part of 'abandoned baby' issues

Updated 23 April 2014, 9:28 AEST

The number of teenage pregnancies across the Pacific as a whole is falling, but the United Nations Population Fund says there is still cause for concern.

Call for Australia to open up to Pacific migration

Updated 23 April 2014, 9:28 AEST

A senior academic is calling on the government in Canberra to create more opportunities for Pacific Islanders to migrate to Australia, and to come for short periods through the seasonal labour scheme.

Signs of early return of El Nino to western Pacific

Updated 23 April 2014, 9:27 AEST

The El Nino cycle is expected to return to the western Pacific as early as July this year.

Minister's aide reportedly calls asylum seekers 'undesirables'

Updated 23 April 2014, 9:27 AEST

Nauru has locked out the United Nations, preventing an investigation of alleged abuse of asylum seekers.

Business hurt by price freeze in New Caledonia

Updated 23 April 2014, 9:26 AEST

Businesses in New Caledonia say they are suffering from a price freeze imposed 12 months ago after worker unrest over the high cost of living.

Aust. veterans reluctant to ask for help for PTSD

Updated 23 April 2014, 9:25 AEST

As Australia prepares for Anzac Day commemorations on Friday, many who've served are still fighting their war demons.

Budget concerns after Samoa's Finance Minister quits

Updated 23 April 2014, 9:25 AEST

Samoa's Finance Minister Faumuina Tiatia Liuga resigned from cabinet just weeks away from releasing the budget.

Indigenous language map

New bid to preserve indigenous languages in Northern Territory

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:02 AEST

The first stage of a unique digital archive of Australian Aboriginal languages is now accessible online.

Moyes sacking 'poor form' after calamitous season for Man U

Updated 23 April 2014, 9:20 AEST

If you needed any proof that international sport is a ruthless place ruled by big business, then witness the fate of David Moyes.

Solomons' relief workers using smartphones for planning

Updated 22 April 2014, 16:53 AEST

Smartphone technology is being used to help fast track relief assistance to Solomon Islands flood victims.

Unexploded ordinance found on Nauru in previous months

World War 2 bomb found in Nauru detention centre

Updated 22 April 2014, 16:51 AEST

An unexploded world war 2 howitzer artillery bomb was discovered last week after heavy rains in the family camp on Nauru.

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