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.


Police minister says some PNG cops should not be armed

Updated 28 January 2015, 18:17 AEDT

PNG's police minister admits the police hierarchy has lost the ability to command and control rank and file officers.

Top PNG bureaucrat accepts relatives' call for police review

Updated 28 January 2015, 18:16 AEDT

PNG's top bureaucrat, chief secretary Manasupe Zurenuoc, held a press conference in Port Moresby on Wednesday afternoon after meeting with the parents of the two men killed by police last Friday.

Rain, flood and high wind warnings in Samoa as tropical low builds

Updated 28 January 2015, 18:15 AEDT

Samoans are being told to prepare for a possible cyclone as rain and strong winds lash the country.

Special migration proposed for Kiribati, Tuvalu citizens to Australia, NZ

Updated 28 January 2015, 18:15 AEDT

According to one Pacific migration expert, Australia and New Zealand should consider giving preferential migration and work opportunities to people from Kiribati and Tuvalu.

PNG cabinet minister calls for police force review

Updated 28 January 2015, 10:49 AEDT

A senior Papua New Guinea cabinet minister is calling for a review into the arming of the police force after the shooting and killing of two unarmed villagers.

Roadblocks still in place outside Moresby after Hanuabada shooting

Updated 28 January 2015, 10:49 AEDT

Tensions are still running high in Port Moresby after police shot and killed two local men when they fired into a crowd at Hanuabada village after a dispute between betel nut sellers and council officers.

Solomon Islands' new graphic smoking warnings toughest in Pacific

Updated 28 January 2015, 10:53 AEDT

Graphic health warnings are now compulsory on packets of cigarettes sold in Solomon Islands, with the aim of giving smokers a stark warning about the dangers of tobacco use.

Hawaii pushes for changes to birth certificate laws for transgender people

Updated 28 January 2015, 10:55 AEDT

Advocacy groups in Hawaii are calling for changes to the law governing birth certificates for the transgender community.

Official opening for state of the art cannery, but production lines not rolling yet

Updated 28 January 2015, 10:51 AEDT

American Samoa is expecting a long-awaited economic boost, with Tri Marine International opening up a new tuna cannery which is set to create hundreds.

Socceroos through to Asian Cup final

Updated 28 January 2015, 10:56 AEDT

At the Asian Cup in Australia, the host nation are through to the decider after a 2-nil win over the United Arab Emirates in the second semi-final.

NZ are Oceania u17 champions again, but only just!

Updated 28 January 2015, 10:57 AEDT

The OFC under 17 championship has ended in dramatic circumstances, with New Zealand holding on to the title, but only after defeating Tahiti on penalties.

Solomon Islands PM launches ambitious agenda for government

Updated 27 January 2015, 17:58 AEDT

Recently elected Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare has launched an ambitious agenda for his government, including programs to tackle corruption, boost economic growth and improve the way democracy works.

PNG police brutality researched, documented and ignored

Updated 27 January 2015, 17:59 AEDT

The Hanuabada example of police brutality is not new, as back in 2004 the then government commissioned a major report into PNG's police force which was written by the Institute of National Affairs.

Port Moresby roadblocks threatens fuel, power supplies

Updated 27 January 2015, 18:00 AEDT

Angry Hanuabadans are still maintaining roadblocks around the village following Friday's shooting, and cuts the highway to the west of Port Moresby blocking access to fuel depots and the PNG LNG plant site.

West Papuan front preparing Melanesian Spearhead Group application

Updated 27 January 2015, 17:59 AEDT

The executive members of the West Papua National Liberation Front are currently in the Vanuatu capital, Port Vila, preparing to submit an application to become a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group later this year.

Tackling mercury pollution a global responsibility

Updated 27 January 2015, 12:04 AEDT

With the Pacific's reliance on its huge oceans and the billions of fish in it, the issue of mercury waste is a significant concern.

Pacific corruption through the eyes of youth

Updated 27 January 2015, 13:07 AEDT

Young people in the Pacific are being urged to use photography to become a community voice against corruption.

Technical skills & coaching standards rising in Pacific football

Updated 27 January 2015, 13:12 AEDT

The OFC under 17 football championship reaches its climax later today when New Zealand play Tahiti in the final in Pago Pago.

Socceroos set to take on UAE in second Asian Cup semi-final

Updated 27 January 2015, 13:11 AEDT

At the Asian Cup in Australia, the home team are just one game away from making it to the final for the second tournament in a row, with the UAE their opponents in tonight's semi-final.

Charity harnesses social media for PNG's disadvantaged children

Updated 27 January 2015, 13:08 AEDT

A group of Papua New Guineans are harnessing new technology to try and bring an end to the ongoing problem of disadvantage for young people.

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