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.


Rugby league: Fiji coach bows out on winning note

Updated 20 October 2014, 8:58 AEST

Fiji have farewelled departing coach Rick Stone in style with an impressive over Lebanon in Sydney by 40 points to 28.

Rugby league: Kumuls outplay Tonga

Updated 20 October 2014, 8:58 AEST

Papua New Guinea's national rugby league team, the Kumuls, have come through a tough encounter with Tonga, winning the match by 32 points to 18 in Lae.

Wallabies coach McKenzie quits after All Blacks loss

Updated 20 October 2014, 8:58 AEST

Australia's rugby union side are seeking a new coach after Ewen McKenzie's sudden resignation, which came even before the Wallabies suffered a heartbreaking last minute defeat to the All-Blacks in Brisbane.

'Significant consequences' if Ebola spreads to Pacific: WHO

Updated 17 October 2014, 17:33 AEST

While Ebola is yet to emerge in the Pacific, the question is whether hospitals in island states have what it takes to prevent the disease from spreading, if or when an infection occurs.

NZ wins Security Council seat with Pacific support

Updated 17 October 2014, 17:32 AEST

New Zealand has successfully secured a two-year term on the United Nations Security Council from 2015.

Call for Port Moresby betel nut ban to be lifted

Updated 20 October 2014, 9:46 AEST

There has been a call for the ban on betel nut in Port Moresby to be scrapped.

Pacific Climate Warriors disrupt exports at Australian coal port

Updated 17 October 2014, 17:30 AEST

Hundreds of climate change activists, led by a group from the Pacific, have attempted to block a ship from leaving Newcastle port in New South Wales.

Children advocate wins community prize in PNG Outstanding Womens award

Updated 17 October 2014, 17:43 AEST

Imagine this - you're a child and you're in a big hospital, where you're only remaining parent is really sick.

Vanuatu cancels international conference over ebola fears

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:06 AEST

The Vanuatu Government has cancelled an international conference planned for Port Vila next month because of concerns over the spread of Ebola.

Children in Fiji's northern division suffering stunted growth

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:07 AEST

Almost half of children in Fiji's northern division are suffering from stunted growth, according to Save the Children.

Burst pipe causes water crisis

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:08 AEST

The President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Junior, has gone on national radio to apologise for the water crisis that's hit his country.

Program changes PNG men's attitudes to domestic violence

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:09 AEST

The incident involving the NBC staff has again drawn attention to PNG's staggeringly high rates of violence against women.

Big payouts for Solomon Island MPs

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:10 AEST

The dissolution of Solomon Islands ninth parliament ahead of next month's election is set to cost the country about two-point-seven million dollars.

Fiji Bati set to name their new coach after match against Lebanon

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:11 AEST

The Fijian Rugby League side is in action this weekend, after missing out to Samoa for a spot in the upcoming Four Nations series alongside Australia, New Zealand and England.

Backroom turmoil could derail Wallabies hopes of rare win over the All Blacks

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:12 AEST

On to rugby union, and Australia lock horns with New Zealand again in Brisbane tomorrow night, with on paper at least, very little at stake.

'Climate warriors' set to disrupt coal exports

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:13 AEST

Later today a group of young people calling themselves the Pacific Climate Warriors will paddle out into the harbour of Australia, and the world's, largest coal port in Newcastle - in a bid to stop coal exports for a day.

Betel nut ban, agressive police blamed for death of elderly woman

Updated 16 October 2014, 17:45 AEST

The ban on selling betel nut and alleged aggressive behavior by police are being blamed for an incident in which an elderly woman was hit by a bus and died in Port Moresby on Monday.

Pacific media groups say assault of NBC staff is a wake up call

Updated 16 October 2014, 17:46 AEST

Media organisations in the Pacific have responded to the alleged sexual assault on two PNG media workers with shock and concern.

Fiji opposition unhappy at PM pay rise

Updated 16 October 2014, 17:47 AEST

A pay rise for Fiji's prime minister and other parliamentary figures, announced just before the first sitting of parliament, has been criticised by the opposition.

Malaysian firm launches takeover bid for one of PNG's biggest companies

Updated 16 October 2014, 17:48 AEST

Malaysian Palm Oil giant Sime Darby has launched a massive $US1.

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