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.


Fiji government and opposition at odds over fate of park

Updated 4 March 2015, 17:57 AEDT

A war of words has erupted between Fiji's government and opposition over the fate of a park in Lautoka.

Police arrest scores of refugees in Nauru

Updated 4 March 2015, 17:59 AEDT

Police on Nauru have arrested scores of refugees, possibly up to a hundred, in the wake of recent protests.

Floods kill 7 in PNG Highlands

Updated 4 March 2015, 18:00 AEDT

Seven people have died in Papua New Guinea's Highlands region from floods caused by continuous heavy rains in the past several weeks.

Support for Fiji ratifying UN torture convention

Updated 4 March 2015, 17:57 AEDT

Fiji appears almost certain to ratify the UN Convention Against Torture and human rights organisations are welcoming the move.

Governor and legislators in American Samoa can't agree on new banking

Updated 4 March 2015, 10:41 AEDT

The government of American Samoa is edging closer to establishing its own bank, but the Legislature is at odds with the Governor over the operation of the board.

Australia renews clemency bid for drug smugglers in Indonesia

Updated 4 March 2015, 10:42 AEDT

The Australian government continues to press for clemency for Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who were transferred from their Bali prison in preparation for execution on an island off Java 

International Women's Day: Major UN conference to focus on status of women

Updated 4 March 2015, 10:43 AEDT

International Women's Day will be marked with the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN headquarters in New York.

Kiribati author highlights impacts of climate change in new childrens

Updated 4 March 2015, 10:44 AEDT

A Melbourne based author wants to raise funds to publish a children's book that's she's just written, and which highlights the effects of climate change on her home country of Kiribati.

NRL program encouraging PNG youth to focus on school

Updated 4 March 2015, 10:45 AEDT

A sport-for-development programme being, delivered by Australia's National Rugby League in Papua New Guinea, is proving to be a big hit.

Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne signs for NFL's San Fransisco 49ers

Updated 4 March 2015, 10:46 AEDT

The shock decision by Jarryd Hayne to turn his back on a career in the NRL and pursue his dream of playing gridiron in the United States has started to bear fruit.

Response to Fiji prime minister's UN rights speech between derided and mixed

Updated 3 March 2015, 18:24 AEDT

It's been barely six months since Fiji returned to a parliamentary democracy, but its coup leader-turned-prime minister says he can guarantee the human rights of every citizen.

Solomon Islands reporters also unable to ask questions of Retno Marsudi

Updated 3 March 2015, 18:25 AEDT

The fallout from the visit of Indonesia's foreign minister to PNG, Solomon Islands and Fiji continues today, with a prominent Solomon Islands journalist criticising the decision to not allow the media to ask her questions.

Fiji Police tackle mental health issues as services found inadequate

Updated 3 March 2015, 18:26 AEDT

Fiji Police are attempting to raise public awareness about the problem of suicide as the latest statistics renew concerns that Fiji's mental health services are inadequate.

Fijian PM Bainimarama mounts strong defence of human rights record at UN

Updated 3 March 2015, 10:14 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has outlined his country's progress towards improving human rights in his country.

Australians giving less to NGOs

Updated 3 March 2015, 10:15 AEDT

As a country Australia is getting richer, but the latest figures point to Australians becoming stingier when it comes to making donations to non-government organisations.

Silicon Valley trainers to run entrepeneurship bootcamp in PNG

Updated 3 March 2015, 10:15 AEDT

A group of trainers from the Silicon Valley in the United States will visit Papua New Guinea, where they will train 40 people during a three-day entrepeneurship bootcamp.

Free education plan aimed at creating more job opportunities for Palau

Updated 3 March 2015, 10:16 AEDT

The government of Palau is hoping to stem the flow of foreign workers into the country by offering two years free tuition for high school graduates who opt to go on to Community College.

Tonga pursues more athletes for Winter Olympcis

Updated 3 March 2015, 10:16 AEDT

First there was a luger representing Tonga at the Winter Olympic Games in Russia, and now the country has a cross-country skier in training, who is aiming to take her place at the next games in South Korea.

Australia-NZ netball tour a steep learning curve for Fiji Pearls

Updated 3 March 2015, 10:18 AEDT

The Fiji Pearls are back on home soil after a five match tour of New Zealand and Australia as part of their build-up to the Netball World Cup in Sydney in August.

Refugees released from Nauru detention protest slave-like conditions

Updated 2 March 2015, 17:43 AEDT

Refugees on Nauru say they will continue to protest against what they say are slave-like living conditions on the remote Pacific island.

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