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.

Stories

Quiet and successful election day for Solomon Islands

Updated 19 November 2014, 17:56 AEDT

In Solomon Islands hundreds of candidates contested 50 seats and a total of 867 polling stations were available for 290,000 registered voters in today's general election.

Police, electoral commission praise voters in Solomon Islands

Updated 19 November 2014, 17:55 AEDT

Correspondent Liam Cochrane in Solomon Islands has just come out of a police and electoral commission press conference where they applauded voters for a quiet and successful poll.

Indian prime minister pleases his fans in Fiji

Updated 19 November 2014, 18:10 AEDT

There was colour everywhere in Suva as crowds filled Albert Park next to Parliament to welcome India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

NFP attends Fiji parliament session for Indian PM

Updated 19 November 2014, 17:57 AEDT

The leader of Fiji's other opposition party however did turn up for the special sitting of Parliament.

Sorcery hanging condemned by Vanuatu Christian Council

Updated 19 November 2014, 17:58 AEDT

The Vanuatu Christian Council has condemned the hanging of two suspected sorcerers on the island of Akaham in South Malekula.

Vanuatu airport developer ready to sue government over stall

Updated 19 November 2014, 17:58 AEDT

The prospective developer of a new international airport for Vanuatu says it will sue the country's new government if the plan falls through.

Dawn of new political era in Solomon Islands

Updated 19 November 2014, 13:39 AEDT

This year's election comes with significant political change.

One in two of Solomons population able to vote in historic election

Updated 19 November 2014, 13:37 AEDT

The Solomon Islands heads to the polls today for the first election post-RAMSI, the 10-year regional intervention designed to bring peace and stability to the country after years of ethnic tensions and killings.

Solomon Islands caretaker PM in poll battle with his cousin

Updated 19 November 2014, 13:38 AEDT

In Western Province there is likely to be quite a tussle for the constituency of Gizo/Kolombangara which is the seat of caretaker prime minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo.

People's Alliance commitment "laudable, but unlikely to influence voters"

Updated 19 November 2014, 17:38 AEDT

As voters go to the polls in Solomon Islands, the People's Alliance Party has promised to do what both the Lilo and Philip governments have failed to do, and publish the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report.

Excitement in Fiji as Indian PM Narendra Modi jets in

Updated 19 November 2014, 13:40 AEDT

In Fiji, India's newly-elected Prime Minister Naraneda Modi has just arrived for an official visit - flying in from Australia where he received a rock-star reception in both Sydney and Canberra.

Andrew Little tasked with leading NZ Labour out of the wilderness

Updated 19 November 2014, 13:41 AEDT

Andrew Little a former union boss and lawyer has been narrowly elected as the new leader of New Zealand's Opposition Labour Party.

Vanuatu police investigate hanging of accused sorcerers

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:09 AEDT

Vanuatu police have arrested suspects in the wake of the hanging of two men accused of practising sorcery.

Legal hurdles cleared for Solomon Islands election

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:17 AEDT

The Solomon Islands goes to the polls tomorrow, holding its first post-RAMSI general election.

Election observers happy with Solomon Islands preparations

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:12 AEDT

Three members of the Australian Parliament are in the Solomon Islands to observe tomorrow's elections.

Hollande says France stands beside Pacific on climate

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:13 AEDT

The French President Francois Hollande has wrapped up his lightening trip to the Pacific and is now back in Australia for an official state visit.

Fiji displays all its finery for Indian prime ministerial visit

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:11 AEDT

Fiji's capital Suva is at the centre of the attention this week with visits by the leaders of the world's two most populous nations, India and China.

Bishop says PNG tribal fight in Hela province causing chaos

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:18 AEDT

A Catholic Bishop in the Papua New Guinea Highlands says tribal fighting is causing chaos.

Warning against using troops to quell PNG Hela's tribal fighting

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:19 AEDT

Meanwhile, a former PNG defence force commander has warned against the idea of using soldiers to quell the tribal fighting in Hela province.

PNG budget 2015 continues run of deficits

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:11 AEDT

Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O'Neill has handed down the 2015 budget, and a supplimentary budget for 2014.

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