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.


PNG governor wants refugee deal with Australia scrapped

Updated 18 December 2014, 18:12 AEDT

A Papua New Guinea provincial governor says the national government should scrap its agreement with Australia over the resettlement of asylum seekers.

Mason looks forward to working with Solomon Islands PM

Updated 18 December 2014, 18:09 AEDT

Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs says the government looks forward to working closely with the newly elected prime minister of Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogovare,In a wide ranging interview, Queensland Senator Brett Mason says that Australia is also looking forward to hearing the views of Pacific nations at a special meeting in Sydney in February called to discuss the way the Pacific organises itself on a regional level.

Oh my! Giraffes and tigers and zebras for PNG zoo

Updated 18 December 2014, 18:06 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's national emblem, the Bird of Paradise, is settling into a Chinese zoo in an exchange that will see giraffes and tigers housed at Adventure Park in Port Moresby's 14-Mile.

Tips for Bougainville women women entering politics from FM Bishop

Updated 18 December 2014, 18:08 AEDT

Australia's foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop's visit to Bougainville has encouraged many women there to enter politics.

Why Tongan women candidates failed at 2014 election

Updated 18 December 2014, 18:07 AEDT

At the recent Tongan election no women were elected, despite a lot of work having gone into training potential female candidates.

Varied media self-regulation across Pacific erodes consistent message

Updated 18 December 2014, 18:10 AEDT

So when does, or should, the media self-regulate?A survey of media professionals across the Pacific has called for the establishment of a consistent system of media self-regulation.

Sweet potato and rat the diet of early Easter Islanders

Updated 18 December 2014, 18:05 AEDT

By the time European explorers arrived, Easter Island's Rapa Nui population had shrunk from perhaps 10,000 people to a few thousand, with some scientists saying deforestation and competition for dwindling resources were partly to blame.

Former provincial premier new Solomon Islands speaker

Updated 18 December 2014, 12:33 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, the new parliament has sat for the first time to elect a speaker and deputy speaker - Jasper Nasiu and Moffat Fugui.

Vanuatu government investigating serious allegations against minister

Updated 18 December 2014, 12:32 AEDT

In Vanuatu, the government has confirmed it is investigating what it describes as serious claims about Sports Minister Don Ken and his staff.

24-hour news cycle in the spotlight for its Sydney siege coverage

Updated 18 December 2014, 12:31 AEDT

While Muslim community leaders say Sydney's Martin Place siege had nothing to do with Islam and was the act of a deluded individual, many Muslims fear a backlash.

Chance discovery of ancient ruins in Guam shed new light on history

Updated 18 December 2014, 12:30 AEDT

It was a chance encounter that uncovered ancient ruins in Guam and now scientists are combing through them hoping to glean more knowledge about people from the island's past.

Fiji hockey seeking government support to send team to World League round 2

Updated 18 December 2014, 12:29 AEDT

Hockey officials in Fiji have met to consider their options on which if any teams to send to the next round of the World Hockey League next year.

Potential Gold Ridge mine disaster raised in Solomon Islands ads

Updated 17 December 2014, 17:42 AEDT

Solomon Island locals living near the St Barbara Gold Ridge mine are being warned lives could be lost and they may possibly have to evacuate with fears the mine's tailings dam may overflow.

Indonesian president committed to Papuan rights: commissioner

Updated 17 December 2014, 17:43 AEDT

The head of Indonesia's Human Rights Commission says he's confident the new president is committed to addressing human rights abuses in Papua Province.

Cook Islands opposition welcomes by-election after appeal

Updated 17 December 2014, 17:44 AEDT

The Democratic Party in Cook Islands has questioned the legality of the Cook Islands Party's ability to rule, after a court decision's reduced it to a minority government.

Facebook call for medical help from remote PNG saves woman

Updated 17 December 2014, 17:45 AEDT

To a story that demonstrates the way in which social media can be used for good, where in PNG's remote north a heavily pregnant woman perhaps owes her life to a post on Facebook that pleaded for outside assistance.

Samoan Women's Parliamentary Program looks to 2016 election

Updated 17 December 2014, 17:46 AEDT

Samoan prime minster Tuilaepa Sailele has given a speech in parliament saying women thinking of running for government should not neglect their domestic duties.

Marshall Islands takes on the world's nuclear-armed states

Updated 17 December 2014, 10:50 AEDT

The Pacific mouse that roars is continuing its battle in the courts as it attempts to bring the world's nuclear armed states to book for violating their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and international law.

New Tuna Commission head calls for action on Pacific stocks

Updated 17 December 2014, 13:27 AEDT

The general concensus after the recent meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Apia was that with one or two minor exceptions, delegates had agreed on precisely nothing.

French Polynesia's Flosse charged with receiving stolen goods

Updated 17 December 2014, 11:04 AEDT

The disgraced former President of French Polynesia, Gaston Flosse, is in trouble with the law again.

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