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.


Fiji's NFP leader wants strong parliamentary opposition to PM Bainimarama

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:49 AEST

Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama has been sworn in after victory in the country's first democratic elections in eight years.

Australia's new terror laws under scrutiny

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:47 AEST

Australia's battle against terror has seen the biggest expansion of its anti-terrorism laws in nearly a decade today.

Vanuatu's new President elected after political wrangling

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:47 AEST

Vanuatu has a new President, after days of political wrangling.

Thousand protest climate change in New York

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:46 AEST

Protesters from around the world have rallied for urgent global action on climate change, ahead of a UN summit on the issue this week.

Did NZ Pacific voters abandon Labour for National?

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:45 AEST

New Zealand has several MPs of Pacific island heritage after the election on Saturday.

Some Fiji media accused of bias over election coverage

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:44 AEST

Fiji's media watchdog has criticised some of the reporting of opposition parties' allegations about the conduct of last week's election.

Chinese investment builds Vanuatu's Mini Games stadium

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:42 AEST

Sports facilities in Vanuatu are set for an overhaul ahead of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games which will be hosted in Port Vila.

New Zealand's ruling Nationals win a third term with a slim majority

Updated 22 September 2014, 9:32 AEST

New Zealand's Labour Party has suffered its third successive election defeat, with Prime Minister John Key's National Party holding onto power.

Pacific in spotlight as thousands gather for climate action

Updated 22 September 2014, 9:36 AEST

People across the globe have called for climate action as world leaders gather in New York this week for the UN Climate Summit.

Climate protests across the Pacific target UN Climate Summit

Updated 22 September 2014, 9:35 AEST

A series of climate action events rolled out across the Pacific over the weekend, in the lead up to the New York rally today.

Marshall Island poet in the spotlight at Climate Change Summit

Updated 22 September 2014, 9:37 AEST

A Marshall Islands poet has been selected to open the UN Climate Summit in New York.

Fiji First rally the voters to thank them for the election victory

Updated 22 September 2014, 9:40 AEST

In Fiji, the man who seized control of his country in a coup eight years ago, has declared himself prime minister, after the first democratic election since 2006.

Election sausage sizzles hit a snag in American Samoa

Updated 22 September 2014, 9:41 AEST

The 48-hour electoral blackout prior to polling in Fiji sparked a debate inside and outside the country.

Election challenges a costly process for Cook Islands opposition

Updated 22 September 2014, 11:43 AEST

In Cook Islands, the opposition Democratic Party has lost five more election petitions.

Eight new names to feature in Fiji rugby sevens squads

Updated 22 September 2014, 9:43 AEST

The Fiji squads to compete in the Oceania Sevens and the first round of the World Sevens Series on the Gold Coast will include eight first time players.

Vanuatu sports facilities set for an overhaul for 2017 Pacific Mini Games

Updated 22 September 2014, 9:44 AEST

China has detailed the renovation works it is funding for Vanuatu to host the 2017 Pacific Mini Games.

Fiji's Electoral Commission vows to continue counting votes

Updated 19 September 2014, 16:51 AEST

Election authorities in Fiji have begun releasing the first official results from the country's election this week - but it does so amid calls for counting to be stopped.

Oxfam says violence against women holding PNG back

Updated 19 September 2014, 16:51 AEST

The aid agency Oxfam Australia says violence against women is holding development back in Papua New Guinea.

Life alongside PNG's Mount Tavurvur, 20 years after the devastating eruption

Updated 19 September 2014, 16:53 AEST

September 19th marks 20 years since a major volcanic eruption destroyed the once-picturesque Papua New Guinean town of Rabaul.

Winston Peters keeps options open in NZ election

Updated 19 September 2014, 16:54 AEST

A day before general elections in New Zealand, opinion polls show the gap between John Key's government and a potential Labour-led coalition is narrowing.

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