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.


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 23 October 2014, 17:40 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.

Deep sea deposits prompt rethink of Vanuatu's minerals policy

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:25 AEST

A national consultation has begun in Vanuatu on a draft Deep Sea Minerals Policy.

PNG's new look Gerehu Market reopens for business

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:26 AEST

Port Moresby's Gerehu Market is reopening after more than three years of reconstruction.

Fijians celebrate Diwali

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:27 AEST

Hindus all over the world are celebrating Diwali.

Coach Ben Ryan says Fiji 7s squad worth more in sponsorship

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:28 AEST

After two dominant performances at the Oceania Sevens, and then round one of the World Sevens Series, the Fiji squad has gone back into camp to prepare for the next two rounds in Dubai and South Africa.

PNG looking to impress on home soil in OFC Women's Nations Cup

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:29 AEST

The OFC Women's Nations Cup kicks off in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, with the host nation lining up against Tonga, Cook Islands and New Zealand.

New agreement to Pacific take control of albacore tuna fishery

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:35 AEST

Pacific Island nations are to take more control over the troubled albacore tuna fishery after an historic agreement was reached today on new joint harvest control measures.

Pacific protesters demand ANZ stop funding fossil fuels

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:35 AEST

Pacific Islanders have led a protest that's disrupted operations at the headquarters of one of Australia's biggest banks.

Fiji oppositiion welcomes release of post-coup auditor general reports

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:36 AEST

The new head of the Fiji Parliament's Public Accounts Committee says he needs more time to scrutinise the Auditor Generals reports dating back to 2007.

NZ to host Pacific human rights conference

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:37 AEST

New Zealand will host a conference on human rights in the Pacific in December.

Scientists model Hawaiian 'monster wave'

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:37 AEST

Scientists in Hawaii have discovered evidence of a massive nine metre tsunami striking the islands some 500 years ago.

Next big Disney animation to be set in ancient South Pacific

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:38 AEST

Disney animation has announced its big-budget children's movie for 2016 will be a sweeping comedy-adventure called 'Moana' set in the South Pacific.

Red Cross praises Bougainville Govt's missing persons policy

Updated 22 October 2014, 10:35 AEST

Bougainville's President John Momis has been applauded by the Red Cross for his government's policy on those still missing after the Bougainville Crisis.

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