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.

Stories

Increased likelihood of El Nino weather pattern

Updated 5 March 2015, 18:12 AEDT

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology says the Pacific Ocean has warmed up in recent weeks and that's increased the probability of an El Nino weather pattern later this year.

New patrol boats to be bigger and faster

Updated 5 March 2015, 18:11 AEDT

Rear Admiral Mark Purcell from the Defence Materiel Organisation says the new patrol boats will be bigger and faster than the ones they're replacing.

Australia announces tender for new Pacific Patrol Boats

Updated 5 March 2015, 18:10 AEDT

The Australian Government has begun the tender process to build up to 21 new Navy patrol boats, to be deployed to several Pacific island countries.

NZ Pacific syping not surprising says analyst

Updated 5 March 2015, 18:00 AEDT

But a strategic expert says the revelations of New Zealand spying in the Pacific will surprise no one.

NZ opposition concerned at Pacific spying reports

Updated 5 March 2015, 17:59 AEDT

Leaked documents published in New Zealand suggest the country is spying on Pacific island nations.

Nauru government says 183 refugees arrested after protests

Updated 5 March 2015, 17:58 AEDT

The Nauru government says police arrested 183 refugees yesterday after they staged two protests in the last week.

New Zealand accused of spying on Pacific neighbours

Updated 5 March 2015, 11:08 AEDT

New Zealand is spying on some of its closest Pacific neighbours and passing the information on to the United StatesThat's according to reports in the New Zealand Herald based on documents released by the fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Solomon Islands to benefit from disaster risk map training

Updated 5 March 2015, 11:08 AEDT

Government staff in Solomon Islands have begun training to learn how to create, access and interpret disaster risk maps.

Observers vital for Pacific tuna industry, researcher says

Updated 5 March 2015, 11:41 AEDT

An Australian researcher says fisheries observation is proportionally as significant in Pacific island states as the mining industry is to Australia.

Pacific authorities review management of region's fisheries

Updated 5 March 2015, 11:07 AEDT

The future management of the Pacific's coastal and inshore fisheries, which span more than 30 million square kilometres, is under review at a series of forums at the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia.

Documentary traces fall and rise of French Polynesia's tattoo tradition

Updated 5 March 2015, 11:06 AEDT

Traditional tattoos with a modern twist are now a common sight in French Polynesia.

Palau moves to stem the flow of package holiday makers from China

Updated 5 March 2015, 10:58 AEDT

The government of Palau is taking drastic action to reduce the flood of tourists heading to the country from China by ordering a 50 per cent cut in the number of charter flights.

Under-20 soccer squad named 2014 Fiji Sports Team of the Year

Updated 5 March 2015, 10:58 AEDT

Three months out from their debut at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, Fiji's young soccer stars have returned from a tour of South East Asia to be hailed as their country's Sports Team of the Year for 2014.

Netball: Superleague returns to Fiji

Updated 5 March 2015, 10:57 AEDT

It's taken six years of hard work but top level netball is back in Fiji with the first round of Superleague matches to be played this weekend.

Fiji government and opposition at odds over fate of park

Updated 4 March 2015, 17:57 AEDT

A war of words has erupted between Fiji's government and opposition over the fate of a park in Lautoka.

Police arrest scores of refugees in Nauru

Updated 4 March 2015, 17:59 AEDT

Police on Nauru have arrested scores of refugees, possibly up to a hundred, in the wake of recent protests.

Floods kill 7 in PNG Highlands

Updated 4 March 2015, 18:00 AEDT

Seven people have died in Papua New Guinea's Highlands region from floods caused by continuous heavy rains in the past several weeks.

Support for Fiji ratifying UN torture convention

Updated 4 March 2015, 17:57 AEDT

Fiji appears almost certain to ratify the UN Convention Against Torture and human rights organisations are welcoming the move.

Governor and legislators in American Samoa can't agree on new banking

Updated 4 March 2015, 10:41 AEDT

The government of American Samoa is edging closer to establishing its own bank, but the Legislature is at odds with the Governor over the operation of the board.

Australia renews clemency bid for drug smugglers in Indonesia

Updated 4 March 2015, 10:42 AEDT

The Australian government continues to press for clemency for Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who were transferred from their Bali prison in preparation for execution on an island off Java 

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