Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.


PNG's Kari celebrates Commonwealth weightlifting gold

Updated 31 July 2014, 17:36 AEST

Weightlifter Steven Kari is still basking in the glory of winning Papua New Guinea's first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and just PNG's third Commonwealth gold ever.

Mangaia harbour in Cook Islands strengthened

Updated 31 July 2014, 17:37 AEST

It is yet to be put to the test but Mangaia Harbour in Cook Islands is now considered to be more climate resilient.

PNG's highlands sees rise in homeless children

Updated 31 July 2014, 17:38 AEST

Rising numbers of homeless children in and around Mt Hagen, the biggest town in Papua New Guinea's highlands, has prompted the Catholic Church to hold a "think tank" on the issue.

Tuvalu worried about losing Least Developed Nation status

Updated 31 July 2014, 17:38 AEST

Pacific Island leaders want the United Nations to include climate change vulnerability as a criteria for acceptance as a Least Developed Country.

Australian immigration detention inquiry hears claims of government cover-up

Updated 31 July 2014, 17:39 AEST

The inquiry by Australia's Human Rights Commission into children in Australia's offshore immigration detention system has heard evidence alleging a Government cover-up of the scale of mental health issues among child asylum seekers.

Australia says regionalism needed to fight climate change

Updated 31 July 2014, 17:50 AEST

It is not surprising that climate change, fish stocks and regional cooperation were high on the agenda at this weeks Pacific Islands Forum in Palau.

PIF leaders inspect efforts to clear unexploded armaments in Palau

Updated 31 July 2014, 17:53 AEST

This year's Pacific Islands Forum leaders' retreat is being held on the site of one of the fiercest battles of World War Two.

Forum leaders hear frank assessment of RAMSI decade

Updated 31 July 2014, 17:52 AEST

A new report on the decade-long Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says Pacific Island Forum representatives were largely shut out of oversight bodies and much of the 2.6 billion dollar price tag was spent on Australian staff.

Manusina Samoa counting down to World Cup opener in France

Updated 31 July 2014, 9:35 AEST

The first matches at the Women's Rugby World Cup in France kick off on Friday.

Typhoon Halong fisses but still batters Guam

Updated 31 July 2014, 9:35 AEST

Tropical Storm Halong has passed over Guam and the Northern Marianas, without developing into a typhoon.

Fiji political parties squabble over party names & logos.

Updated 31 July 2014, 9:35 AEST

What's in a name?

Plastics still adding to growth of Great Pacific Garbage patch

Updated 31 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

It is a beautiful calm morning in one of the most polluted areas of the world.

App to help combat human trafficking in the Pacific

Updated 31 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

A new mobile app is being launched in the Pacific to help combat human trafficking.

Female lawyers face major challenges in male dominated PNG

Updated 31 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

The first Papua New Guinean woman to practice law inPNG was in 1970.

Mega airport in Vanuatu likely to be shelved

Updated 31 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

Vanuatu prime minister, Joe Natuman has called for a return to original values that led Vanuatu to independence from their former British and French masters.

International student numbers growing again in Australia

Updated 31 July 2014, 9:33 AEST

There are signs the number of overseas students coming to Australia is on the rise again.

Aust coach suspension takes Glasgow spotlight off track action

Updated 31 July 2014, 9:33 AEST

All is not well in Australia's track and field with head coach Eric Hollingsworth suspended over his criticism of team captain Sally Pearson.

Vanuatu makes it through table tennis round one in Glasgow

Updated 31 July 2014, 9:32 AEST

The table tennis is underway in Glasgow, with Pacific nations holding their own in the team rounds.

Norfolk Island badminton team embraced by Glasgow competition

Updated 31 July 2014, 9:32 AEST

Jason Quintal is Norfolk Islands' youngest Commonwealth Games team member, at 26, representing the tiny territory in badminton.

Tropical storm Halong intensifies near CNMI

Updated 30 July 2014, 17:49 AEST

As we go to air storm warnings associated with Tropical Storm Halong have been cancelled for Tinian and Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands but a typhoon warning remains in place for Rota.

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