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.


Sacked Fiji TV executive says they were sacrificed for licence

Updated 19 December 2014, 18:43 AEDT

One of two Fiji TV executives sacked in the wake of a Rugby Sevens broadcasting scandal has supported claims she and her colleague were sacrificed to secure the network's license.

Alleged Fiji student cheats win High Court challenge

Updated 19 December 2014, 18:25 AEDT

Eleven students in Fiji who received zero marks on their biology exam two years ago over allegations of cheating have just won a High Court challenge.

Julie Bishop launches book series Maria's Family in PNG highlands

Updated 19 December 2014, 18:27 AEDT

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop says books developed by academics in Australia and Papua New Guinea will help promote women's literacy in PNG.

E-cigarette use on the rise in Hawaii especially among teens

Updated 19 December 2014, 18:26 AEDT

There are fears e-cigarettes are being used as a gate-way drug in the Pacific to get more young people to smoke traditional cigarettes.

Mua Voyage navigator says vaka connect people together

Updated 19 December 2014, 10:53 AEDT

The Mua Voyage fleet is sailing back across the Pacific after its headlining trip to Sydney for the World Parks Congress.

Marshall Islands college commits to climate change action

Updated 19 December 2014, 10:53 AEDT

After international climate change talks in Lima suffered setbacks, the momentum for local action has taken off at the College of Marshall Islands.

Rehabilitating logged land a challenge in Solomon Islands

Updated 19 December 2014, 10:54 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, the country's recent history of intense logging across many provinces has left many communities with severe environmental problems.

Excitement in Apia in the buildup to Miss Pacific Islands title

Updated 19 December 2014, 10:55 AEDT

The winner of Miss Pacific Islands will be crowned in Apia tonight after the contestants participate in the grand finale.

Palau President in Japan to close the deal on a proposed royal visit

Updated 19 December 2014, 10:55 AEDT

The President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Junior, is on an official visit to Japan, during which he'll be making a formal request for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to visit the Republic next year.

PNG governor wants refugee deal with Australia scrapped

Updated 18 December 2014, 18:12 AEDT

A Papua New Guinea provincial governor says the national government should scrap its agreement with Australia over the resettlement of asylum seekers.

Mason looks forward to working with Solomon Islands PM

Updated 19 December 2014, 18:29 AEDT

Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs says the government looks forward to working closely with the newly elected prime minister of Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogovare. 

Oh my! Giraffes and tigers and zebras for PNG zoo

Updated 18 December 2014, 18:06 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's national emblem, the Bird of Paradise, is settling into a Chinese zoo in an exchange that will see giraffes and tigers housed at Adventure Park in Port Moresby's 14-Mile.

Tips for Bougainville women women entering politics from FM Bishop

Updated 18 December 2014, 18:08 AEDT

Australia's foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop's visit to Bougainville has encouraged many women there to enter politics.

Why Tongan women candidates failed at 2014 election

Updated 18 December 2014, 18:07 AEDT

At the recent Tongan election no women were elected, despite a lot of work having gone into training potential female candidates.

Varied media self-regulation across Pacific erodes consistent message

Updated 18 December 2014, 18:10 AEDT

So when does, or should, the media self-regulate?A survey of media professionals across the Pacific has called for the establishment of a consistent system of media self-regulation.

Sweet potato and rat the diet of early Easter Islanders

Updated 18 December 2014, 18:05 AEDT

By the time European explorers arrived, Easter Island's Rapa Nui population had shrunk from perhaps 10,000 people to a few thousand, with some scientists saying deforestation and competition for dwindling resources were partly to blame.

Former provincial premier new Solomon Islands speaker

Updated 18 December 2014, 12:33 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, the new parliament has sat for the first time to elect a speaker and deputy speaker - Jasper Nasiu and Moffat Fugui.

Vanuatu government investigating serious allegations against minister

Updated 18 December 2014, 12:32 AEDT

In Vanuatu, the government has confirmed it is investigating what it describes as serious claims about Sports Minister Don Ken and his staff.

24-hour news cycle in the spotlight for its Sydney siege coverage

Updated 18 December 2014, 12:31 AEDT

While Muslim community leaders say Sydney's Martin Place siege had nothing to do with Islam and was the act of a deluded individual, many Muslims fear a backlash.

Chance discovery of ancient ruins in Guam shed new light on history

Updated 18 December 2014, 12:30 AEDT

It was a chance encounter that uncovered ancient ruins in Guam and now scientists are combing through them hoping to glean more knowledge about people from the island's past.

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