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.


Smoke-free areas to be extended in Fiji

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:39 AEST

More areas of Suva and Nadi are set to become smoke-free as the government cracks down on smoking.

'Serious spending problems' need help from all - Hockey

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:44 AEST

Australia has a 'serious spending problem' and everyone will have to help out to balance the nation's books.

Tamper proof cameras monitor tuna take by small boats

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:52 AEST

Tamper proof cameras are being set up on tuna fishing boats to monitor the catch of albacore, yellowfin and bigeye tuna in the western and central Pacific.

New loan raises growing debt concerns in Vanuatu

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:40 AEST

Alarm bells are ringing in Vanuatu over the rising level of foreign debt.

PNG needs to connect development projects to the people - IUCN

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:41 AEST

The government in Papua New Guinea recently launched its National Strategy for Responsible Development.

Review of PNG gender policy to address shortfalls

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:46 AEST

Papua New Guinea's gender policy is in desperate need of review, according to the Office for the Development of Women.

Life's just taking off for PNG 'role models'

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:43 AEST

Four young women from Central Province in Papua New Guiinea are pursuing their dream of flying in New Zealand.

Home ground advantage for Ba in OFC semi against Amicale

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:43 AEST

The four survivors from the pool round of the OFC Champions League go head to head this weekend in the semi-finals.

New York premiere of lows and highs of American Samoan soccer

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:43 AEST

Thirteen years ago American Samoa's national football team made international headlines when it suffered a record 31-nil defeat at the hands of Australia.

Bougainville authorities clarify situation after series of quakes

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:43 AEST

Poor communications and bad weather is affecting efforts to assist villages hit by flooding, landslides and tsunamis in Bougainville.

Criticism of conditions for asylum seekers on Nauru rejected by its former government media adviser

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:45 AEST

One of the Australians who has been deported from Nauru says conditions for the asylum seekers there are much, much better than are being portrayed by critics of Australia's offshore Pacific processing centres.

UNCHR still waiting for Aus Govt response on asylum seeker turn-back policy

Updated 24 April 2014, 7:31 AEST

The United Nations refugee agency has asked Australia to prove it's not breaching the Refugee Convention with its policy of turning back asylum seeker boats.

UN urges vigilance in fight against malaria ahead of World Malaria Day

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:46 AEST

The United Nations says governments should remain vigilant in dealing with malaria even though the death rate has decreased in the Pacific by forty per cent since 2000.

Whale leaping out of water

Japanese whaling fleets prepare for North Pacific hunt

Updated 24 April 2014, 16:24 AEST

Japanese whaling fleets are preparing to head out to the north Pacific this weekend - pushing ahead with the hunt despite last month's international court ruling against its whaling program in the Antarctic.

Predictions bush nuts could become major income source for Vanuatu

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:48 AEST

There are forecasts the humble bush nut could overtake kava as a major agricultural income source in Vanuatu in the next decade.

New research looks at future challenges to stability in Bougainville

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:48 AEST

New research has been comparing the record of post-conflict stability in East Timor and on Papua New Guinea's island of Bougainville and trying to find out if the widely held view that the more inclusive a political settlement is, the more like it is to lead to peace, holds true.

Australia to buy 58 more joint strike fighters

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:49 AEST

They'll cost of over 12 billion dollars, but the Australian Government says the 58 new joint strike fighters are necessary to secure Australia's defence in the long term.

NZ players opt for Europe rather than wait for All Blacks

Updated 23 April 2014, 9:29 AEST

Waikato Chiefs midfielder Bundee Aki was eligible to play international rugby for either New Zealand or Samoa, but instead he has pledged his allegiance to Ireland by signing a three year deal with the provincial team Connacht.

Teen pregnancies in Pacific are part of 'abandoned baby' issues

Updated 23 April 2014, 9:28 AEST

The number of teenage pregnancies across the Pacific as a whole is falling, but the United Nations Population Fund says there is still cause for concern.

Call for Australia to open up to Pacific migration

Updated 23 April 2014, 9:28 AEST

A senior academic is calling on the government in Canberra to create more opportunities for Pacific Islanders to migrate to Australia, and to come for short periods through the seasonal labour scheme.

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