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.


Surprising results from the biggest ever Pacific exporter survey

Updated 30 July 2014, 18:56 AEST

Pacific island businesses want export opportunities rather than aid according to a new survey.

Fiji-Solomons aviation fight deepens

Updated 30 July 2014, 17:49 AEST

There's no sense of Melanesian unity as the fight between Fiji Airways and Solmon Airlines worsens.

New farming techniques help Palau fight climate change

Updated 30 July 2014, 17:49 AEST

Palau is succeeding in the fight against the impact of climate change by using a new drainage system to improve food security and production.

Illegal fishing treaty ratified at PIF

Updated 30 July 2014, 17:50 AEST

Leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau have ratified a treaty to combat illegal fishing and boost regional cooperation to protect their vulnerable fish stocks.

More corruption charges laid against PNG lawyer

Updated 30 July 2014, 17:50 AEST

Papua New Guinea's anti-corruption squad Task Force Sweep has laid more charges against the lawyer at the centre of the country's biggest corruption scandal.

Protect our most valuable resource - the Pacific - Remengesau

Updated 30 July 2014, 11:19 AEST

The Pacific Islands Forum has officially opened with a ceremony and dinner to welcome leaders to Palau's capital.

Temaru condemns inaction on suspending Gaston Flosse

Updated 30 July 2014, 11:20 AEST

The French High Commissioner in French Polynesia has delayed taking action against President Gaston Flosse saying he may be pardoned by President Francois Hollande.

Climate crisis caused by ethical & institutional 'vacuum'

Updated 30 July 2014, 9:23 AEST

The perils of climate change are creating a 'perfect moral storm' that will pass on 'really nasty' problems to future generations .

Tonga drinking age rise a 'quick fix' for complex cultural problem

Updated 30 July 2014, 9:23 AEST

Tonga's drinking age is set to be raised from 18 to 21.

Concern in Solomon Islands as re-arming of police nears

Updated 30 July 2014, 9:23 AEST

Concerns are being raised in Solomon Islands about the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission's plan to re-arm the country's police force.

An early 20th Century postcard made from a photograph of South Sea Islander workers on the Pioneer River at Mackay

South Sea Islanders offered the chance to reconnect with their roots

Updated 30 July 2014, 11:42 AEST

More than 150 years after the first South Sea Islanders were brought to Australia, as a ready supply of cheap or even free labour. Now there are moves to re-connect their descendents with their Pacific roots.

Six volunteers end of Mars experience on Hawaiian volcano

Updated 30 July 2014, 9:25 AEST

Six volunteers have returned to Earth after spending four months on Mars.

Aust and England battle for supremacy on Glasgow medal tally

Updated 30 July 2014, 9:22 AEST

There's been more shooting success for Australia on day six of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Six PBs for Samoan swimmer aiming for the Olympics

Updated 30 July 2014, 9:21 AEST

At just 16 years old, Samoan swimmer Brandon Schuster has had a successful run in Glasgow.

Personal best for Solomon Islands weightlifter despite injury

Updated 30 July 2014, 9:21 AEST

Solomon Islands weightlifter David Gorosi showed great form at Glasgow.

Olympic Sevens rules will see Pacific players available for home count

Updated 30 July 2014, 9:20 AEST

The eligibility rules surrounding Rugby Sevens inclusion in the Olympic Games in Rio have opened the door for a group of former All-Blacks to make themselves available for Samoa, Tonga and Fiji at the World Cup next year.

Vanuatu PM warning against disruption again

Updated 29 July 2014, 16:15 AEST

Vanuatu prime minister Joe Natuman has removed three of his MP's for allegedly being involved in a planned motion of no confidence against him.

IUCN Regional Director on Australia and the need for climate action

Updated 29 July 2014, 16:17 AEST

This years Pacific leaders meeting will have a special focus on oceans and it will continue the work started at last year's Pacific Islands Forum for greater global action on climate change.

Climate adaptation report card table

Updated 29 July 2014, 16:17 AEST

A five year climate adaptation project in 14 Pacific Island nations winds up at the end of this year.

UN Human Rights head calls MH-17 shoot down a war crime

Updated 29 July 2014, 16:18 AEST

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says the shooting down of the Malaysian passenger jet may amount to a war crime.

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