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.


Thousands greet bible's arrival at Papua New Guinea airport

Updated 27 April 2015, 18:10 AEST

The speaker of Papua New Guinea's parliament has arrived back from the United States to a rousing reception at Jackson's International Airport, carrying and displaying a 400-year-old bible donated by a businessman in Indiana.

Plan for 17th century bible in PNG parliament meets opposition

Updated 27 April 2015, 18:13 AEST

Plans by the speaker of Papua New Guinea's parliament to make an original copy of the 1611 King James Bible a centrepiece in parliament is meeting some opposition.

Solomon Islands MPs get large salary raises and tax-free entitlements

Updated 27 April 2015, 18:13 AEST

Debate is raging on social media, as well as on the streets, in Solomon Islands after a new suite of entitlements were announced for the country's members of parliament.

Vanuatu's tourist industry back just six weeks after Cyclone Pam

Updated 27 April 2015, 18:14 AEST

Vanuatu's tourism operators are saying that its tourism industry is back.

PNG media should not be expected to suffer calls for 'responsible' reporting

Updated 27 April 2015, 18:15 AEST

The media should not heed calls from officials for what's called responsible journalism, according to a regional media freedom NGO.

Banana plantation returns to work after Panama disease quarantine

Updated 27 April 2015, 18:15 AEST

Picking has resumed at a banana farm infected with 'Panama disease Tropical Race Four' in Australia's far north Queensland.

Electoral reform, "the only way" to get more women in PNG Parliament

Updated 27 April 2015, 11:07 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, MPs are considering legislation that would require political parties to ensure that at least ten percent of their candidates at a general election are women, or face de-registration.

Cash-for-work scheme will help some of those most in need in Vanuatu

Updated 27 April 2015, 11:08 AEST

As the recovery effort continues in Vanuatu, the United Nations Development Programme is promoting a cash-for-work programme designed to provide immediate assistance for those without any income.

Fundraising drive by charity ambulance service exceeds expectations

Updated 27 April 2015, 11:08 AEST

Vanuatu's charity ambulance service ProMedical wasn't even a year old when it started responding to Cyclone Pam.

Palau President not prepared to let PNA boss derail marine sanctuary scheme

Updated 27 April 2015, 11:24 AEST

The much-vaunted plan for a marine sanctuary in Palau, and with it an end to commercial fishing in the country's waters has been universally praised, so far.

Marshall Islands to be questioned on human rights record

Updated 27 April 2015, 11:24 AEST

Prison conditions, chronic government corruption and chronic domestic violence are among the biggest human rights challenges for Marshall Islands, a US State Department report says.

Aitutaki community votes to end flights on Sundays

Updated 27 April 2015, 11:25 AEST

Cook Islands residents are divided on whether to continue to allow airlines to fly into Aitutaki on Sundays.

Auckland City survives penalty shoot out to claim yet another OCL title

Updated 27 April 2015, 11:26 AEST

It's not often Real Madrid and Auckland City get mentioned in the same sentence, but the New Zealanders have equalled Real's remarkable record of five continental championships in a row.

Team Wellington takes the positives from a very close match

Updated 27 April 2015, 11:29 AEST

With the match decided on a penalty shootout which Auckland City won 4-3, Team Wellington's media manager Zen Yates says the team is coming to terms with the result.

Pacific squads taking shape ahead of Gold Coast test match double header

Updated 27 April 2015, 11:30 AEST

In rugby league, details have finally emerged of the Pacific squads for the two Pacific test matches coming up this weekend on the Gold Coast.

PNG Hunters come back from the dead to dramatic late win

Updated 27 April 2015, 11:31 AEST

For the second week in a row the PNG Hunters have been involved in an absolute nailbiter, coming from behind to defeat the Burleigh Bears in the last minute of their Queensland Cup encounter on the Gold Coast.

Status quo in Super Rugby as the Hurricanes march resumes

Updated 27 April 2015, 11:32 AEST

After a succession of surprise results in Super Rugby Round 10, there was a return to more predictable scores in round 11.

Australian pastor helps Vanuatu church leaders cope with cyclone aftermath

Updated 24 April 2015, 17:07 AEST

The Uniting Church of Australia's disaster recovery officer has just finished conducting workshops in Vanuatu, helping church leaders in the Pacific nation help their communities.

ANZAC Day and the Pacific

Updated 24 April 2015, 17:08 AEST

April 25th is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand, when both nations remember the World War One landing at Gallipoli, and those who died in all the wars both nations have fought.

Post-cyclone rebuilding: Pacific or European style?

Updated 24 April 2015, 17:08 AEST

When rebuilding houses in the wake of a natural disaster such as a cyclone, should they be in a traditional Pacific style, or more robust western one?New Zealand-based Pacific architect Peseta Fa'amatuainu Lama Tone says while traditional houses have some advantages when a cyclone hits, many people in the region see European style concrete houses as having more prestige.

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