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.


Central Pacific's Yap state braces for Typhoon Maysak

Updated 31 March 2015, 18:01 AEDT

Remote island communities in the Federated States of Micronesia are bracing for the arrival of Typhoon Maysak, which is expected to strengthen into a super typhoon before it passes over Fais and Ulithi in Yap state in a few hours time.

Vanuatu government hits back at opposition leader on aid distribution

Updated 31 March 2015, 18:02 AEDT

The Vanuatu government has hit back at opposition criticism of the way aid is being distributed in the country in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Benny Wenda sceptical of Indonesian promises on West Papua

Updated 31 March 2015, 18:02 AEDT

West Papuan independence movement leader Benny Wenda doesn't believe Indonesian promises to PNG prime minister Peter O'Neill of troop withdrawals from the province.

Doubt on Indonesian promise to reduce troops in West Papua

Updated 31 March 2015, 18:03 AEDT

A former Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax Media also says Indonesia may not follow through on their promise to PNG prime minister Peter O'Neill to withdraw troops from West Papua.

Call for large boost to Australian seasonal work for cyclone-hit islanders

Updated 31 March 2015, 18:04 AEDT

Australia's leading labour mobility experts and farmer organisations are calling on the Australian government to make many more visas available for Pacific islanders under the seasonal work program to help cope with natural disasters.

PNG National Disaster Centre confident tsunami warnings worked following quake

Updated 31 March 2015, 18:04 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Centre says it would've been able to save many lives if yesterday's strong earthquake off East New Britain did produce a destructive tsunami.

Barrister says Australians, politicians torn on detention and border protection

Updated 31 March 2015, 18:05 AEDT

The ABC has learned that Australia's immigration minister Peter Dutton, and new Operation Sovereign Borders commander Major General Andrew Bottrell, paid a low-key visit to Papua New Guinea's Manus Island detention centre on Monday, but shadow minister Richard Marles was not with them.

United Nations warns of continuing food security issues in Vanuatu

Updated 31 March 2015, 9:32 AEDT

The United Nations is warning that the emergency in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam tore through the archipeligo more than two weeks ago is not over.

UNICEF concerned for the welfare of 60,000 children in Vanuatu

Updated 31 March 2015, 9:33 AEDT

The United Nations Children's Fund is warning that 60,000 children are in need of immediate help in Vanuatu in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Challenge for Vanuatu's champion volleyball team

Updated 31 March 2015, 9:39 AEDT

Vanuatu's champion beach volleyball team hasn't been left unscathed from Cyclone Pam.

Typhoon Maysak bears down on the central Pacific

Updated 31 March 2015, 9:35 AEDT

Guam's national weather service has issued typhoon warnings for parts of Yap state in the Central Pacific.

Marshall Islands government under pressure to cut links with Arctic oil giants

Updated 31 March 2015, 9:36 AEDT

The Marshall Islands cabinet meets later this week, and environmental activists are hoping the President will make a decision on their request to de-register two oil rigs operating under the Marshalls' flag in the Arctic.

A focus on stopping ferry overloading to save lives

Updated 31 March 2015, 9:37 AEDT

The issue of overloading ferries with passengers and cargo is a significant issue in the Pacific - in the past six years, more than 240 lives have been lost in disasters in Kiribati, Tonga and PNG.

Sevens rugby set to take off in PNG after impressive showing in Hong Kong

Updated 31 March 2015, 9:37 AEDT

After the rise of the Hunters in rugby league, and the exploits of the Barramundis on the international cricket circuit, could rugby sevens be the next big thing in Papua New Guinea?

Rabaul resident flees hotel, holds onto tree as M7.5 quake hits PNG

Updated 30 March 2015, 18:05 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's islands region is used to earthquakes but this morning an unusually large quake struck between East New Britain and New Ireland.

PNG observatory says large quake should not affect nearby volcanos

Updated 30 March 2015, 18:04 AEDT

Chris McKee, the assistant director at Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory, says even for a region used to strong earthquakes, today's quake was a big one.

Black Hawk helicopters of Australian Defence Force put to various uses in Vanuatu

Updated 30 March 2015, 18:10 AEDT

The Australian Defence Force has been continuing its relief effort in Vanuatu, with the chief of joint operations Vice Admiral David Johnston this morning reviewing Australia's effort to date.

PNG Black Cat Track heroine Christy King awarded Star of Courage award

Updated 30 March 2015, 18:03 AEDT

Two Australians are being recognised today for their courage in helping people in the Pacific, with the second highest bravery award in the country.

New Zealand disappoint in Cricket World Cup final as retirements loom

Updated 30 March 2015, 18:02 AEDT

The Cricket World Cup final turned out to be a very disappointing end to the tournament for New Zealand.

Voters to be given every chance to vote in Bougainville's May election

Updated 30 March 2015, 9:55 AEDT

But first, the countdown is on now the writs have been issued for what promises to be an historic election in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

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