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.

Stories

Vanuatu government's reasoning behind suspending 16 MPs

Updated 26 November 2014, 17:52 AEDT

Vanuatu's parliament has passed a motion to suspend 16 opposition MPs over alleged bribery.

Nobles and voters to decide next Tongan leader

Updated 26 November 2014, 17:52 AEDT

Tonga's national election gets underway at 9am tomorrow when 169 polling stations open across the country.

Baby in drain case shows need for compassion

Updated 26 November 2014, 17:54 AEDT

The case of a Samoan mother who allegedly put her newborn baby in a storm drain in Sydney shows the need for compassion and understanding in Pacific Island communities.

PNG budget reply pits sacked treasurer against PM

Updated 26 November 2014, 17:54 AEDT

Papua New Guinea has passed its 2015 budget and a supplementary 2014 budget, despite claims from the Opposition that the budgets are a deceitful cover for corruption.

Australian push to set up wheelchair basketball in Fiji

Updated 26 November 2014, 10:53 AEDT

Sport and community development often go hand in hand across the Pacific, and that's very much the focus of the Australian organisation Sport Matters.

Spoils on offer for Pacific winner of World Cricket clash

Updated 26 November 2014, 10:52 AEDT

The final showdown in the race to win a place in World Cricket League Division 6 has turned out to be an all-Pacific affair with Fiji taking on Samoa.

Churches champion financial literacy for Pacific Islanders

Updated 26 November 2014, 10:52 AEDT

Two churches in Auckland are hoping to give Pacific families communities greater financial freedom with a specially tailored financial literacy program.

Workshop to reunite Blackbird descendants with Solomons families

Updated 26 November 2014, 10:51 AEDT

A delegation from the Australian South Sea Islanders Organisation is heading to Solomon Islands to host a Finding Family workshop at the National Museum in Honiara.

World Bank extends Solomons rural development program

Updated 26 November 2014, 10:50 AEDT

The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved more than ten million dollars for the second phase of its Solomon Islands Rural Development Program.

Starkist boss assures Amercan Samoa staff

Updated 26 November 2014, 10:49 AEDT

The President of major seafood producer Starkist Andrew Cho, has been to American Samoa to assure his workforce that their jobs are safe despite a potential minimum wage increase and reduced access by the American fleet to Pacific fishing grounds.

Opposition MPs suspended over Vanuatu bribery row

Updated 26 November 2014, 10:48 AEDT

Vanuatu's parliament has passed a motion to suspend 16 opposition MPs over alleged bribery.

PNG miners cry at White Ribbon Day function

Updated 25 November 2014, 17:53 AEDT

Today is White Ribbon Day, marking a campaign to stop violence against women.

"Grace" heralds hopes for PNG's film industry

Updated 25 November 2014, 17:52 AEDT

For decades most of the films and documentaries about Papua New Guinea have been made by foreigners.

Record number of women run in Tonga's election

Updated 25 November 2014, 17:51 AEDT

When the people of Tonga go to the polls on Thursday there'll be a record of 16 female candidates hoping to win a seat in Parliament.

Pacific Islanders accused of Australian black market kava trade

Updated 25 November 2014, 17:50 AEDT

Australia's Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has accused Pacific Islanders living in Australia of selling kava on the black market to to Indigenous communities.

PNG landowners angry over reduction in compensation payments

Updated 25 November 2014, 17:47 AEDT

Traditional landowners in the Fly River area of Papua New Guinea's Western Province are reportedly upset that compensation payments from the Ok Tedi mine have been reduced by around half this year.

Vanuatu's top cop to face conspiracy charge

Updated 25 November 2014, 17:47 AEDT

Vanuatu's police chief will appear in the country's Supreme Court next week after being charged with conspiracy.

Fears of trouble as Solomon Islands MPs form alliances

Updated 25 November 2014, 11:01 AEDT

Counting is complete and the horsetrading begins in the 2014 Solomon Islands election.

Questions as to why MPs that passed party laws ran as independents

Updated 25 November 2014, 10:50 AEDT

In negotiating alliances needed to form government, Solomon Islands expert Dr Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka discusses why the hard work starts now among the 32 independent MPs.

Sharp leap in sea level temperatures after period of calm

Updated 25 November 2014, 10:51 AEDT

Climate change and rising sea levels are a constant focus for the Pacific and some of the latest figures from scientists measuring sea surface temperatures are worrying.

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