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.


Shock nationally as Solomon Islands caretaker PM loses seat

Updated 21 November 2014, 17:57 AEDT

Counting continues in the Solomon Islands election, with the biggest news of the day being caretaker prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo unseated by his former campaign manager Jimson Tana in the seat of Gizo-Kolombangara.

Vanuatu MP wants death penalty for witchcraft

Updated 21 November 2014, 17:56 AEDT

A Vanuatu politician is calling for witchcraft to be a crime punishable by death.

Chinese president jets into Fiji

Updated 21 November 2014, 17:56 AEDT

China's President Xi Jinping has arrived in Fiji for an official visit where he'll hold meetings with several Pacific leaders.

Fiji visit the culmination of a decade of China cooperation

Updated 21 November 2014, 17:55 AEDT

President Xi Jinping says he hopes his Fiji visit will enhance Chinese cooperation in areas like trade, agriculture, forestry and tourism.

Tonga's ailing economy the key election battleground

Updated 21 November 2014, 17:54 AEDT

Next Thursday the 27th of November the people of Tonga will go the the polls, driven by a record 51,000 people registered voters.

NZ Tongans wield political influence behind the scenes

Updated 21 November 2014, 17:54 AEDT

Many Tongans in New Zealand are unhappy at the state of politics in Tonga and are trying to influence next week's election.

Australia's ambassador for women travelling to Fiji

Updated 21 November 2014, 17:53 AEDT

Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls will be visiting Fiji next week to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Caretaker prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo loses his seat

Updated 21 November 2014, 14:56 AEDT

Solomon Islands caretaker prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has lost his seat in this week's election.

China and New Zealand target trade during president's visit

Updated 21 November 2014, 13:33 AEDT

In New Zealand, China's president Xi Jinping is ending his two-day visit before heading to Fiji on Friday afternoon and a meeting with regional Pacific leaders.

Pacific's first mobile eye clinic headed for Fiji

Updated 21 November 2014, 13:34 AEDT

With diabetes-related eye disease on the rise in the Pacific, one organisation has developed an innovative way to help people in rural communities.

Pacific sporting focus on international cricket, soccer and rugby

Updated 21 November 2014, 11:34 AEDT

Cricket, rugby and soccer are taking centre stage in Pacific sport at the moment, with the ICC-EAP Trophy, the OFC President's Cup and the European rugby tours all reaching their climax this weekend.

PNG excited to be part of Fiji's Modi visit

Updated 20 November 2014, 17:42 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister says yesterday's meeting in Fiji between Pacific leaders and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a great success.

On patrol with Royal Solomon Islands Police Force

Updated 20 November 2014, 17:20 AEDT

Counting is underway in Solomon Islands, a three day process following the widespread acclaim from police and the electoral commission that yesterday's polling went on peacefully throughout the country.

Vote counting period a concern for Solomon Islands

Updated 20 November 2014, 17:21 AEDT

Turnout was high and voting day in Solomon Islands is being deemed a success, but the reality is tensions could come with the predicted post-poll horse trading.

Vanuatu police under pressure investigating 15 MPs

Updated 20 November 2014, 17:22 AEDT

Vanuatu's acting police commissioner says his force is under extreme pressure as it begins investigations into allegations of large sums of money being tranferred into the bank accounts of members of parliament.

NZ Tongans want vote without flight home

Updated 20 November 2014, 17:22 AEDT

Many Tongans living in New Zealand want the right to vote, without having to fly to the Kingdom to do so.

PNG NGO concerned at Vanuatu sorcery killings

Updated 20 November 2014, 17:24 AEDT

The recent killing of two Vanuatu men suspected of witchcraft is very concerning according to an anti-violence organisation in Papua New Guinea.

Changes to Solomon Islands political system still needs work

Updated 20 November 2014, 17:29 AEDT

With the Solomon Islands' Political Parties Integrity Act designed to stop 'grasshopping', and a cleansed electoral roll, there are some major initiatives that may well make a difference to the political process this time around.

Indian PM Modi wows crowds, students in Fiji

Updated 20 November 2014, 17:28 AEDT

India and Fiji say they've put their bilateral relationship on a new footing during a visit by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

World Parks Congress wraps with 'Promise of Sydney'

Updated 20 November 2014, 17:27 AEDT

The once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress has wrapped up in Sydney with some ambitious targets set, including that of giving new protection to one-third of the world's oceans by 2030.

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