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

Thousands head to polls for Fiji's first election in 8 years

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:18 AEST

Fijians have today been voting in the nation's first elections, since the 2006 military coup.

International election observers happy with Fiji voting process

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:20 AEST

A team of nearly 100 international observers fanned across the country to monitor the voting process.

Fiji media blackout criticised as draconian

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:21 AEST

Fiji's 48-hour pre election media blackout ends when polls close at 6pm local Fiji time.

Young urban Fiji voices take to social media on election process

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:21 AEST

Despite the media blackout, people in Fiji did speak out openly on social media about the election.

No decision yet on Vanuatu's new President

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:22 AEST

Vanuatu's Electoral College will hold a third round of voting on Thursday, after failing to elect a new President today.

PNG Government urged to learn from past resettlement lessons

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:23 AEST

Papua New Guinea's government is being urged to look at the lessons learnt in previous experiences of dealing with displaced people, as it moves to finalise its resettlement of asylum seekers from the Manus Island detention centre.

Kiribati President on the future of Kiribati's land in Fiji

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:23 AEST

Kiribati President Anote Tong says he doesn't have immediate plans to develop the 20 square kilometres of land the Kiribati government bought in Fiji.

International election observers say voters are enthusiastic about the poll

Updated 17 September 2014, 13:08 AEST

The Multinational Observer Group has been in Fiji all week - comprising 92 observers from 12 countries from the European Union and the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Experts put Fiji's future under the microscope at the Lowy Institute

Updated 17 September 2014, 13:09 AEST

Fiji's first post-coup election is an important step towards the return of democracy, but the journey is far from over according to a panel of speakers who gathered at the Lowy Institute in Sydney.

Social media users need to be wary of election blackout rules

Updated 17 September 2014, 13:10 AEST

A media blackout for the Fiji election has been been in place since Monday morning, barring political advertisements, interviews and commentary that could influence voters.

The rise of Frank Bainimarama from sailor to self-appointed great chief of Fiji

Updated 17 September 2014, 13:12 AEST

Frank Bainimarama has had a tumultuous time since he became Fiji's military leader in 2006.

Trust fund to target growth and poverty reduction in 11 Pacific countries

Updated 17 September 2014, 13:13 AEST

The World Bank says a $20 million contribution to its Pacific Facility Trust Fund from Australia will help to achieve a whole range of shared priorities.

Coach Ben Ryan won't hesitate to recall Fiji's star names

Updated 17 September 2014, 13:14 AEST

In rugby sevens, Fiji may have lost some of their star names to club rugby in France, but coach Ben Ryan says under the rules as they stand now, those players can be recalled.

'Super Month' aims to raise rugby coaching and refereeing standards

Updated 17 September 2014, 13:14 AEST

Rugby coaches and match officials from Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, and host nation Fiji, are into their second week of intensive training during what's being called Super Month.

Lanaguage barrier no problem for coach of East Asia-Pacific team

Updated 17 September 2014, 13:16 AEST

The action resumes this morning after a rest day in cricket's Rising Stars Quad Series which is being played in Northern Australia.

Fiji's new voting system explained

Updated 16 September 2014, 17:30 AEST

When Fijians go to the polls on Wednesday, they will have a sheet of paper with a lot of numbers on it.

Tonga facing chronic water shortages

Updated 16 September 2014, 17:30 AEST

Tonga's National emergency office says it will consider seeking international assistance if the country's water shortages worsen.

Australian PM to skip UN climate summit of more than 120 world leaders

Updated 16 September 2014, 17:31 AEST

The European Union's climate chief says she's surprised Australia's Prime Minister won't attend a major United Nations climate summit next week.

Fijians gather to give thanks for safe release of 45 UN peacekeepers

Updated 16 September 2014, 17:32 AEST

Hundreds of people have turned out to a multi-faith service which is currently underway in Fiji, giving thanks for the safe release of the 45 United Nations peacekeepers.

39 years after gaining independence, PNG a powerful Pacific leader

Updated 16 September 2014, 17:46 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister says his country is a proving to be a powerful leader in the Pacific region.

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