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.


Fiji's suspension from Forum lifted

Updated 24 October 2014, 17:45 AEST

Fiji's suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum has been lifted.

Tagata Pasifika outsourcing not a government decision says minister

Updated 24 October 2014, 17:41 AEST

New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples says changes to Pacific television is produced are a matter for Television New Zealand.

Surf movie uncovers 'the truth' about West Papua

Updated 24 October 2014, 17:43 AEST

The central theme of many surf movies is the search for an undiscovered wave in an exotic location.

Women's chances at Solomon Islands election 'promising': UNDP

Updated 24 October 2014, 10:29 AEST

The list of registered candidates for next month's elections in Solomon Islands has been released with a surprising drop in numbers compared to 2010.

PNG economy on 'slippery slope': analyst

Updated 24 October 2014, 10:30 AEST

At the end of last month, Papua New Guinea's Central Bank released its six monthly monetary policy statement, and while it contained some good news, after studying it more carefully, some economists are concerned that the devil is in the detail.

French President Hollande cancels French Polynesia trip

Updated 24 October 2014, 10:31 AEST

The new president of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch, has wasted no time in getting to know his country's financial masters in France, having met the French President, Francois Hollande during a visit to Paris.

Oil Search sees up to $3 billion savings in co-operation over PNG gas

Updated 24 October 2014, 10:32 AEST

Oil Search says there are up to $3 billion worth of saving to be had by processing gas from the large Elk Antelope reserve in Gulf Province at the ExxonMobil-owned site near Port Moresby rather than at a stand alone processing plant.

Pacific builds capacity to negotiate at major climate meetings

Updated 24 October 2014, 10:35 AEST

The Pacific Island nations had quite an impact at the recent UN Climate Summit in New York, but as the countdown continues to Paris next year, when the task facing delegates will be to sign off on a new global deal, momentum is vital.

Still no Special Prosecutor for Palau government

Updated 24 October 2014, 10:35 AEST

More than four years after the last Special Prosecutor in Palau resigned from his post, a replacement still hasn't been appointed.

Creative bras boost breast cancer awareness in Cook Islands

Updated 24 October 2014, 10:36 AEST

A series of strange and wonderful bras are on show at a lingerie store in Rarotonga to raise money for breast cancer research.

Central Coast 7s attracting teams from far and wide

Updated 24 October 2014, 10:37 AEST

Players from all parts of the Pacific, and from as far away as South America, are in Australia to compete at the Central Coast Rugby Sevens in New South Wales this weekend.

OFC Womens Nations Cup a good opportunity for PNG soccer

Updated 24 October 2014, 10:39 AEST

The first round of matches in the OFC Womens Nations Cup kicks off in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, with New Zealand taking on Tonga, before the hosts PNG play Cook Islands later in the day.

Crackdown on police brutality in Papua New Guinea

Updated 23 October 2014, 17:38 AEST

Police in Papua New Guinea have a longheld reputation for brutality and corruption.

Concern at TVNZ plan to outsource Maori and Pacific programs

Updated 23 October 2014, 17:40 AEST

The announcement that Television New Zealand is to outsource almost all it's Maori and Pacific programs has been greeted with concern from staff and politicians.

A Samoa and Pac nations threatened by US Tuna Treaty ructions

Updated 24 October 2014, 10:17 AEST

Kiribati's decision to dramatically reduce the fishing days it offers the United States has put the future of American Samoa's tuna industry and the sustainability of one of the world's biggest fisheries in jeopardy, according to industry leaders.

Fewer cyclones in western Pacific forecast

Updated 23 October 2014, 17:40 AEST

We're coming up to cyclone season, so everyone is interested in what we can expect.

Warning to Fiji parents about keeping kids safe near water

Updated 23 October 2014, 17:41 AEST

Parents in Fiji are being warned they must supervise their children to prevent drowning.

Pioneering surgeon remembered in PNG

Updated 23 October 2014, 17:41 AEST

Papua New Guinea is today remembering the pioneering neurosurgeon Dr William Kaptigau, who has died after a long battle with cancer.

PNG think tank slams government handling of sovereign wealth fund

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:23 AEST

Papua New Guinea's National Research Institute has raised serious concerns about the level of secrecy they says surrounds the creation of the country's Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Pacific nations focus on early detection to combat TB

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:24 AEST

The 7th Tuberculosis Control Meeting of the Pacific Islands has wrapped up in Nadi, laying out a framework for tackling TB in the Pacific.

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