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.


Accused PNG witches and their children in danger of being killed

Updated 26 December 2014, 16:52 AEDT

Reports from Papua New Guinea Highlands indicate that women and children in a remote area are in danger of being murdered after being accused of being witches.

Concerns Australian aid cuts will impact Asia Pacific's ability to prepare for future disasters

Updated 26 December 2014, 10:09 AEDT

It's been 10 years since countries right across the Indian Ocean were devastated by a tsunami, which had been triggered by a massive undersea earthquake.

Rebuilding of homes continues in Tonga's Ha'apei nearly a year after Cyclone Ian

Updated 26 December 2014, 10:10 AEDT

Work has begun on 200 new cyclone-proof homes for communities in Tonga's Ha'apei region, which is continuing to rebuild after being devastated by a category five cyclone almost a year ago.

Tongan emergency head urges people to heed cyclone warnings as best prevention

Updated 26 December 2014, 10:10 AEDT

The head of Tonga's National Emergency Management Office acknowledges that many people in Ha'apei are facing an increased risk this cyclone season because reconstruction efforts are not yet complete.

New Irelanders get eyesight restored thanks to Australian doctors

Updated 26 December 2014, 10:11 AEDT

Nearly 150 people from Papua New Guinea's remote New Ireland Province have had their sight restored this year, thanks to the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Cook Islands opposition says PM must quit

Updated 24 December 2014, 16:42 AEDT

The Cook Islands Democratic Party's leader, Wilkie Rasmussen says not only does the new coalition have the majority, he believes the position of Prime Minister Henry Puna within his own party isn't safe.

Cooks PM refusing to stand down

Updated 24 December 2014, 16:43 AEDT

The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna, is standing his ground, refusing to bow to Opposition calls for him to stand down.

PNG governor says corruption is causing violence

Updated 24 December 2014, 16:42 AEDT

A governor in Papua New Guinea says corruption is leading to shocking levels of violence throughout society.

Tongans urged to use water wisely as drought concerns rise

Updated 24 December 2014, 9:46 AEDT

People in Tonga are being urged to conserve their drinking water, as a drought continues to grip much of the country.

PNG government angry over Treasury expert's oil price analysis

Updated 24 December 2014, 9:46 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's government is accusing an Australian Treasury expert of collaborating with the Opposition to undermine it.

Temporary easing of Port Moresby's betelnut sales ban

Updated 24 December 2014, 9:47 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's National Capital District is relaxing its ban on the sale of betelnut, in a trial that will see it issue temporary licenses which allow people to sell betelnut at specific locations.

Snyder Rini new Solomons Finance Minister

Updated 23 December 2014, 16:38 AEDT

Snyder Rini has been named the new Solomon Islands Minister of Finance.

Fiji opposition say rugby rebroadcasts have been handled poorly

Updated 23 December 2014, 16:39 AEDT

Fiji's opposition say there's a conflict of interest with the Attorney-General making decisions about rugby rebroadcasts that could benefit a media outlet run by his brother.

American Samoa finds itself caught in the cross fire after tuna talks

Updated 23 December 2014, 9:01 AEDT

The fall out from the failed Tuna Commission talks in Apia continues to reverberate around the Pacific, with the Pacific Island Tuna Industry Association suggesting the commission no longer has the confidence of its members.

Ten years on, cocoa industry is back from the brink in Papua New Guinea

Updated 23 December 2014, 9:04 AEDT

Ten years ago the cocoa industry in Papua New Guinea was on its knees and the industry was in danger of collapsing altogether, but with assistance from Australian agri-scientists, the cocoa business is thriving again.

Big Bollywood production deal set to breathe new life into Fiji's flag

Updated 23 December 2014, 9:05 AEDT

Fiji is set to become a hub for Bollywood productions now that the Nadi production house, Stardom Entertainment, has secured a deal with India's Once More Studios.

Hawaiian farmers set to reap the benefits of nut rage in the skies

Updated 23 December 2014, 9:05 AEDT

What's bad news for some can turn out to be good news for others, and such is the case with the example of the Korean Air Lines executive flying first class out of the US, who threw a tantrum when she was served nuts in a packet, rather than in a bowl.

Pacific private sector schemes score successes

Updated 22 December 2014, 16:58 AEDT

The Asian Development Bank says 2014 has seen some real advances for its scheme to increase the size of the private business sector in the Pacifoc.

Melbourne architecture students design neonatal centre for rural Papua

Updated 22 December 2014, 16:59 AEDT

Some architecture students in Melbourne have had some interesting work experience.

PNG economic outlook looking darker as economic clouds gather

Updated 22 December 2014, 16:59 AEDT

The bright economic future for Papua New Guinea, built on the foundation of the giant Liquid Natural Gas project, is starting to look a little less bright.

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