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.


Marshalls government admits fault over lost school funding

Updated 26 May 2015, 16:59 AEST

The government of Marshall Islands admits it is to blame for losing $US800,000 in American aid money.

Pacific leaders support call for World Tsunami Day

Updated 26 May 2015, 16:56 AEST

Pacific Island leaders have pledged their support for the creation of a World Tsunami Day.

Mua Voyage returns home after 10,000km sea journey

Updated 26 May 2015, 16:57 AEST

After months at sea and a journey of more than 10,000 kilometres, the epic Mua Voyage is coming to an end.

AFP chief says his officers report to him not PNG

Updated 26 May 2015, 16:59 AEST

The head of the Australian Federal Police contingent in Papua New Guinea says his officers report to him, not PNG's police commissioner, because they're part of an aid program and not in-line officers.

New PNG Police Commissioner says AFP partners too independent from national police

Updated 26 May 2015, 12:32 AEST

Papua New Guinea's new police commissioner Gary Baki is looking to review the policing partnership with Australia because he says the officers have too much independence from the national police commission.

Pam and Maysak make Japan's aid welcome, says SPREP director-general

Updated 26 May 2015, 12:33 AEST

Alongside the PALM meeting of regional heads, environmental leaders were also holding their own summit at the Climate Change and Development Roundtable.

US State support for Pacific Islands push on health care programmes

Updated 26 May 2015, 12:36 AEST

In the United States, the Oregon Legislative Assembly has adopted a resolution praising the people of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Palau 'for their extraordinary commitment to the service and defense of our nation'.

World Vision report calls for nutrition plans in the Pacific to improve child health

Updated 26 May 2015, 12:37 AEST

A report from World Vision has called for improved healthcare and nutrition plans in Pacific countries, in order to improve the health of children across the region.

Hard lessons being learned ahead of Fiji's U20 World Cup opener

Updated 26 May 2015, 12:38 AEST

There's less than a week to go now before Fiji's under 20 soccer team make their debut at the World Cup in New Zealand.

Fiji's cricketers start build up to World League challenge

Updated 26 May 2015, 12:39 AEST

The rising fortunes of cricket in Fiji have put the team in good heart as they begin their preparations for their next big challenge in England later this year.

Tensions rise over stalled Pacific-EU trade negotiations

Updated 26 May 2015, 8:57 AEST

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has accused the European Union of making unreasonable demands as frustrations escalate over stalled trade negotiations.

Japan pledges millions to fight climate change in the Pacific

Updated 26 May 2015, 8:50 AEST

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged more than $US450 million in aid to help Pacific countries fight climate change and natural disasters.

PNG policeman devastated by sorcery killing

Updated 26 May 2015, 8:50 AEST

A police officer in Papua New Guinea's remote highlands has called on the national government to devote more resources to combating so-called sorcery killings in the country after yet another woman was murdered.

Australia boosts Vanuatu's Cyclone Pam recovery effort by $35 million

Updated 25 May 2015, 13:39 AEST

The Australian government is to give an extra $35 million in aid to Vanuatu to help with the recovery effort after Cyclone Pam devastated the archipelago in early March.

Japan agrees to assist Palau in modernising the island's water supply

Updated 25 May 2015, 13:33 AEST

The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, has pledged more than $450 million US dollars in aid to help the Pacific countries fight climate change and natural disasters.

PNG climate change groups want more consultation on new laws

Updated 25 May 2015, 13:53 AEST

Several Papua New Guinean NGOs have united to call on the government to slow down the passage of its Climate Change (Mitigation) Bill.

A call for research into climate change effect on aquaculture

Updated 25 May 2015, 13:54 AEST

An international scientific group is calling for more research on the possible effects of climate change on aquaculture before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year.

Sign language becomes fourth official language of Papua New Guinea

Updated 25 May 2015, 13:32 AEST

Sign language has become the fourth official language of Papua New Guinea, in a move that it's hoped will assist people living with hearing impairments in PNG significantly.

The Pacific Way television program celebrates 20 years on air

Updated 25 May 2015, 13:32 AEST

Starting out as a tiny operation -- just one tape circulated between a handful of television stations -- the program The Pacific Way is celebrating its 20th year on air.

Season defining win for PNG Hunters as they hold off the Blackhawks

Updated 25 May 2015, 13:30 AEST

The PNG Hunters have pulled off the greatest win in the club's short history after travelling to Townsville and toppling the ladder leaders the Blackhawks, 22-16.

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