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.


Forum gets underway in Palau

Updated 28 July 2014, 17:07 AEST

Up to 600 participants and guests are expected in Palau this week for the 45th Pacific Islands Forum.

PNG in 'visionary' move to sustainable development

Updated 28 July 2014, 17:08 AEST

The Papua New Guinea government is going to re-orient all its economic and development efforts, including mining and logging, around an overriding goal of sustainable development.

South Africa takes Commonwealth Sevens' Gold

Updated 28 July 2014, 17:08 AEST

In the Commonwealth Games news Rugby Seven's final this morning South African 17 defeated New Zealand 12.

Tamil asylum seekers arrive in Australia

Updated 28 July 2014, 17:09 AEST

They have not been given any opportunity to claim asylum but the Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, says the 157 Tamils that the government has taken to the Curtin Detention Centre are economic migrants.

Queensland deckhands helping to ensure sustainable fishing

Updated 28 July 2014, 17:10 AEST

Deckhands on board fishing boats in the Gulf of Carpentaria are playing a critical role in ensuring the future of their fishery is sustainable.

Caretaker government for Cook Islands as nine challenge election Vote

Updated 28 July 2014, 11:11 AEST

Nine candidates have filed petitions with the High Court in Cook islands to challenge the outcome in their constituencies after this month's general election.

Fiji's Forum membership to be decided after September's election - Slade

Updated 28 July 2014, 11:10 AEST

Fiji's membership of the Pacific Islands Forum will be discussed at the Forum summit in Palau this week.

A smoking ban, exercise and healthy eating on Forum agenda

Updated 28 July 2014, 11:10 AEST

Exercise and healthy eating are on the agenda at this week's Pacific Islands Forum in Palau but smoking has been banned from all Forum events.

Tourism not tuna the future for sustainable Palau

Updated 28 July 2014, 8:40 AEST

Palau needs to move away from tuna and towards tourism, for a sustainable economic future.

Cash flow problems result in a travel ban in Marshall Islands

Updated 28 July 2014, 8:41 AEST

The Marshall Islands' Ministry of Finance has imposed a spending freeze on non-essential travel and non-personnel expenditures, after long-running government cash flow problems.

Samoan breadfruit leading in tackling hunger world wide

Updated 28 July 2014, 8:41 AEST

The Director of the Hawaii-based Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Dr Diane Ragone, has just handed over royalty cheque to the Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa.

Green sea turtles set marine animal migration record

Updated 28 July 2014, 8:42 AEST

Green sea turtles have swum the longest distance in marine animal migration, according to a new study.

Australia on top of Glasgow medal tally

Updated 28 July 2014, 8:42 AEST

Australia is leading the medal tally in Glasgow with 24 gold medals, barely ahead of England at 22.

Can South Africa end NZ domination of Commonwealth Rugby Sevens

Updated 28 July 2014, 8:42 AEST

Traditiional rivals, New Zealand and South Africa will clash in the Gold medal final in Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth Games.

Niue weightlifter sets a new national record in Glasgow

Updated 28 July 2014, 8:44 AEST

Niue weightlifter Jack Feleti set a new national record and achieved a personal best in the 77 kg class at Glasgow.

Siolaa from Tonga 'pleased' with his Glasgow performance

Updated 28 July 2014, 8:45 AEST

Tongan weightlifter Benjamin Siolaa has come away pleased with his efforts in the 69 kg class at Glasgow.

Waratahs and Crusaders set for Super Rugby final showdown

Updated 28 July 2014, 8:45 AEST

And then there were two - this year's race for the Super Rugby championship is down to two, with the final to played in Sydney when the Waratahs take on the Crusaders.

Manly Sea Eagles on top of NRL ladder

Updated 28 July 2014, 8:46 AEST

Manly Sea Eagles lead the NRL ladder by four points after several surprise results saw three of their fellow title contenders lose to unfancied opposition.

Finals hope back for PNG Hunters after beating Bears 56 -12

Updated 28 July 2014, 8:47 AEST

The PNG Hunters' hopes of a Queensland Cup finals spot are still very much alive, after a powerful display over the Burleigh Bears in Kokopo.

Pacific Network campaigns for gay, lesbian and transsexual rights

Updated 25 July 2014, 17:14 AEST

One of the groups looking to influence the minds and opinions of delegates at the AIDS 2014 Conference is the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network.

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