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.


All Blacks star forward proud to partner with UNICEF

Updated 12 September 2014, 10:16 AEST

Two All-Blacks have been in New York, building New Zealand's clout in America ahead of the November test in Chicago.

Nauru's new Chief Justice confident he'll be able to do his job without fear of political interference

Updated 11 September 2014, 17:15 AEST

Nauru's new Chief Justice is confident that he'll be able to carry out his job without fear of political interference.

Fiji First says non-racial stance may be costing them votes

Updated 11 September 2014, 17:14 AEST

The Fiji First Party says its stance on non-racialism may be costing it support among indigenous i-Taukei people.

Fiji police warn against political intolerance

Updated 11 September 2014, 17:13 AEST

With just a week to go before Fiji's general election, the country's Police Commissioner is warning people against political intolerance.

Possible appeal over Cooks' election petitions

Updated 11 September 2014, 17:13 AEST

The Cook Islands' Opposition leader isn't ruling out launching an appeal against a court's decision that's seen him lose his parliamentary seat.

Tongan organic coconut oil scores big sales in New Zealand

Updated 11 September 2014, 17:12 AEST

A project to export coconut oil from Tonga has scored a major success.

First Australians killed in WWI remembered in PNG

Updated 11 September 2014, 17:11 AEST

Commemorative services have been held in Rabaul, in Papua New Guinea, to mark the centenary of the first Australians killed in World War One.

West Papua activist Ondawame remembered

Updated 11 September 2014, 17:16 AEST

Large crowds have turned out in Vanuatu's capital to remember the West Papuan pro-independence activist John Otto Ondawame, who died in Port Vila last week.

Tongan organic coconut oil scores big sale in New Zealand

11 September 2014, 16:01 AEST

A project to export coconut oil from Tonga has scored a major success.

Moving ceremony in Rabaul to commemorate 100-year anniversary

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:32 AEST

To Papua New Guinea now where a dawn service in Rabaul to mark the 100th anniversary the Australian capture of German New Guinea and the first casualties of World War One has just been held.

Tape reveals the dark side of Australia's first World War 1 battle

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:34 AEST

It's exactly 100 years since Australia invaded German New Guinea and fought the battle of Bitapaka, the start of Australia's involvement in the Great War.

Marshall Islands people to tell the world of climate change fears

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:36 AEST

As the climate change debate rumbles on across the Pacific, the government of Marshall Islands is tapping into the local community to find out what climate change means to them.

Poor state of petroleum industry in Tuvalu a threat to the environment

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:36 AEST

Over the last two decades the amount of imported petroleum flowing into Tuvalu has risen dramatically, with most of it being used to generate electricity.

Australian scientists hope to exploit a newly-discovered weakness in malaria parasite

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:38 AEST

A new breakthrough in the understanding of the life cycle of malaria could hold hope for new and better treatment of the disease.

Fiji's youngest candidate champions media freedom

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:39 AEST

Fiji's historic election is less than a week away, and as we count down to polling day on September 17th, here on Pacific Beat we'll be meeting some of the candidates.

Fijiana heads for Hong Kong to play for a spot in the World Sevens series

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:40 AEST

The team from Fiji will be flying the flag for the Pacific at the qualifying tournament for the IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Hong Kong this weekend.

PNG army troops to provide extra security for Pacific Games

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:40 AEST

A contingent of 300 troops from the PNG Defence Force will be deployed as part of the security operation for the Pacific Games in Port Moresby next year.

Death threats against Fiji journalists condemned

Updated 10 September 2014, 16:41 AEST

The Fijian Media Association has condemned death threats made against local journalists on social media.

Growing support for legalising medical marijuana in Guam

Updated 10 September 2014, 16:40 AEST

There's growing support to legalise marijuana in Guam, but only for medical purposes.

Allegations of political dirty tricks over Auckland Pacific church

Updated 10 September 2014, 16:37 AEST

Both of New Zealand's main political parties are throwing claims of dirty politics at each other, over allegations that members of a Pacific Islands church were misled into joining the ruling National Party.

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