Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.


WWF warns Southern Bluefin catch unsustainable

Updated 14 July 2014, 8:17 AEST

The World Wildlife Fund is urging Pacific fisheries to halve their catching limits to preserve Bluefin tuna stocks for the long term.

Vanuatu ferry rescue hampered by no emergency plan

Updated 14 July 2014, 8:18 AEST

Police in Vanuatu are expected to lay charges after a ferry sinking late last week that claimed at least two lives.

Final counting to determine new Cook Islands government

Updated 14 July 2014, 8:18 AEST

The results of the Cook Islands general election are due out in about five days time, after the first count showed no clear winner.

Guam employers minimum wage rise will hurt people who need it most

Updated 14 July 2014, 8:19 AEST

Guam's Chamber of Commerce is warning an increase to the minimum wage will hurt the very people it's aiming to help.

Confusion in Marshall islands over deportation bids

Updated 14 July 2014, 8:19 AEST

Marshall Islands government agencies are thwarting attempts by the Immigration Department to deport visa overstayers.

Flower power bid to make Saipan more inviting to visitors

Updated 14 July 2014, 8:20 AEST

Flower power is the latest weapon to try to get more people to visit the Northern Marianas.

Global youth gather in Sydney for Y20 summit

Updated 14 July 2014, 8:20 AEST

In the countdown to the G-20 summit, 120 youth delegates from around the globe have descended on Sydney.

NSW Waratahs favourits for Super Rugby title

Updated 14 July 2014, 8:20 AEST

It's down to the sharp end of the Super Rugby season, with the line-up for the first week of finals decided.

Manly back on top as Sharks bottom out in NRL

Updated 14 July 2014, 8:21 AEST

In the National Rugby League, Manly returned to the top of the ladder, and the Sharks are back on the bottom after their surprise winning streak came to an abrupt end at the hands of fellow strugglers Newcastle.

Charges expected after Vanuatu ferry sinking

Updated 11 July 2014, 17:10 AEST

An overloaded passenger ferry only took a minute to sink to a depth of 350 metres in Vanuatu in the early hours of this morning.

Wait on now for Cook Islands' election result

Updated 11 July 2014, 17:09 AEST

It's too close to call, but at the moment, Cook Islands caretaker prime minister Henry Puna may lose his seat to the opposition.

Australian border boss stays tight lipped on asylum seekers

Updated 11 July 2014, 17:11 AEST

The head of Australia's border protection operation has been close-lipped about the fate of 153 asylum seekers detained at sea by Australian authorities.

Atoll nations take united stand on climate

Updated 11 July 2014, 17:12 AEST

Four of the smallest coral atoll nations in the world have agreed to form a united front when taking part in in negotiations and summits on climate change.

Japanese Prime Minister continues PNG visit

Updated 11 July 2014, 17:15 AEST

Last night Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Port Moresby.

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PNG software engineer takes on the world from Japan

Updated 11 July 2014, 17:39 AEST

While Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his delegation are in Papua New Guinea there is an adventurous group of Papua New Guineans going about their daily business in Japan.

HIV cure search suffers major setback

Updated 11 July 2014, 17:18 AEST

The search for a cure for HIV, the virus which causes AIDS, has suffered a major setback.

Australian farmer describes Mel Gibson's organic Fiji island

Updated 11 July 2014, 17:19 AEST

A New South Wales north coast organic farmer has been undercover in the South Pacific.

Change of government likely as Cook Islands PM fights for his seat

Updated 11 July 2014, 8:28 AEST

There's to be a change of government in Cook Islands after yesterday's election.

Japan PM visits PNG: O'Neill and Abe talk business at breakfast

Updated 11 July 2014, 8:30 AEST

Japan's relationship with PNG is being talked up, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the countryMr Abe is making the first visit to Papua New Guinea by a Japanese prime minister in 29 years.

Final scramble for final six berths in Super Rugby

Updated 11 July 2014, 8:31 AEST

The stage is set for a gripping end to the regular Super Rugby season this weekend.

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