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.


Australia and Fiji relations thaw

Updated 31 October 2014, 17:31 AEDT

The move to exchange High Commissioners comes nearly five years after the former military dictator, now Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama expelled Australia's last High Commissioner to Fiji.

Amnestry welcomes Fiji police investigation of torture video

Updated 31 October 2014, 17:31 AEDT

News that the Fiji Police are investigating the so-called torture video case has beem welcomed by Amnesty International.

Chef backs call for Pacific taxes on unhealthy food

Updated 31 October 2014, 17:30 AEDT

A call for higher taxes on unhealthy foods and sugar drinks in the region has been backed by a prominent Pacific chef.

Australia due to lift all sanctions against Fiji

Updated 31 October 2014, 11:46 AEDT

Warming relations between Australia and Fiji are about to get a little warmer, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop poised to announce that all remaining sanctions imposed after the 2006 coup have been lifted.

Pacific Islands Forum head favours status quo

Updated 31 October 2014, 11:47 AEDT

A push by Fiji to have Australia and New Zealand excluded from the Pacific Islands Forum, before it's prepared to re-enter the fold, appears to have had little impact on the group's chairman.

Kilauea volcano integral part of Hawaiian island culture and life

Updated 31 October 2014, 11:48 AEDT

The Kilauea volcano is one of the world's most active and it's also the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaii.

Women inspired to run for Tonga election after mock women's parliament

Updated 31 October 2014, 11:49 AEDT

Sixteen women will contest the general elections in Tonga, on November 27.

EU project to improve access to banking services in PNG's highlands

Updated 31 October 2014, 11:50 AEDT

More than 90 per cent of the economically active population of Papua New Guinea's Highlands region lacks access to banking and financial services.

New shipping commission claims several notable improvements

Updated 31 October 2014, 11:51 AEDT

The Central Pacific Shipping Commission is coming towards the end of its first year of operations.

England, NZ in pole position going into 4 Nations round two

Updated 31 October 2014, 11:52 AEDT

In rugby league, Australia and Samoa go into their round two matches in the 4 Nations tournament this weekend knowing that defeat for either side will knock them out of contention and set up a final between England and New Zealand.

Western Force's Matt Hodgson captain Wallabies in European tour opener

Updated 31 October 2014, 11:53 AEDT

The new era for the Australian rugby union team starts tomorrow with coach Michael Cheika take charge of the side for the first time this weekend as they take on the invitational XV, the Barbarians in London.

Fijian cricketers off to a flying start on Australian their tour

Updated 31 October 2014, 11:54 AEDT

The touring Fijian cricket squad has made it two wins out of two on Australia's Sunshine Coast with another comprehensive victory, this time against the Sunshine Coast Scorchers Development Team.

Fiji's top cop wants report on torture video in 14 days

Updated 30 October 2014, 17:54 AEDT

Fiji's Police Commissioner wants a report on progress with an investigation into the so called torture video on his desk with 14 days.

Tongan MP blames Pohiva for Democratic Party split

Updated 30 October 2014, 17:56 AEDT

The breakaway faction of Tongan Democratic Party MPs is blaming party leader Akilisi Pohiva for the split.

Lack of data from fishing nations standing in the way of tuna conservation

Updated 30 October 2014, 17:56 AEDT

Distant water fishing nations in Asia are continuing to find excuses not to provide the data needed to tell how much fish is being caught in the Pacific.

Calls for PNG government to tackle corruption before amending the Lands Act

Updated 30 October 2014, 17:57 AEDT

Moves by the Papua New Guinea government to review the Lands Act and introduce new legislation are premature when the real problem of corruption is not being addressed, according to activist group Act Now.

Pacific climate change activists make their point in traditional style

Updated 30 October 2014, 11:52 AEDT

Pacific activists travelling in three vaka canoes have arrived in Brisbane, having completed the crossing from Port Vila, on the latest leg of their journey to spread the message about the threat posed by climate change.

Few speak it but many to celebrate Tokelau language

Updated 30 October 2014, 11:53 AEDT

It's Tokelau Language Week in New Zealand, the last of seven weeks over the year celebrating Pacific languages.

The hard work just starting for the victorious Football Ferns

Updated 30 October 2014, 11:54 AEDT

So for New Zealand's Football Ferns it's mission accomplished and they're on their way to another World Cup next year.

Auckland City gets in the mood for the Club World Cup in Morocco

Updated 30 October 2014, 11:55 AEDT

In soccer, Auckland City as club champions of Oceania are building towards to another appearence at the Club World Cup in Morocco in December.

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