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.


Tonga's new Prime Minister urges voters to give him time to get the job done

Updated 23 January 2015, 11:15 AEDT

Tonga's new Prime Minister has rejected accusations of nepotism and defended appointing his son as his personal assistant.

Cook Islands Police Commissioner yet to receive complaint about vote buying

Updated 23 January 2015, 11:14 AEDT

The Cook Islands' Prime Minister has accused the Opposition of illegal campaigning in the lead up to next month's key by-election.

PNG athletes promised cash for winning gold

Updated 23 January 2015, 11:40 AEDT

Papua New Guinean athletes competing in this year's Pacific Games are being offered an extra sweetener -- that's on top of a podium finish.

Tri-Series helping to raise the bar for Pacific netball teams

Updated 23 January 2015, 11:12 AEDT

New Zealand's Silver Ferns have overcome the host nation, Fiji, to complete a clean sweep of this week's Oceania Tri-Series, with their third consecutive victory.

Pacific cyclone season expected to ramp up

Updated 23 January 2015, 11:11 AEDT

The Pacific's first cyclone of the season, Cyclone Niko, has been upgraded to a category two.

Solomon Islands chief justice speaks out on corruption

Updated 22 January 2015, 17:52 AEDT

Solomon Islands chief justice Sir Albert Palmer has called on the government to get its house in order on corruption, and to ensure new appointments do not go to cronies and relatives of those in power.

Outlying islanders fear Radio Vanuatu problems put them at risk

Updated 22 January 2015, 17:50 AEDT

People living on Vanuatu's outer islands are worried they'll miss out on cyclone warnings because they can no longer tune in to the national broadcaster.

Fiji town hall meetings with MPs hailed a success

Updated 22 January 2015, 17:51 AEDT

A series of town hall meetings in Fiji involving members of parliament and the general public have been hailed a great success by the organisers.

Experts say PNG government needs to recalibrate 2015 budget

Updated 22 January 2015, 17:50 AEDT

The plummeting resource prices of oil and copper will have a large impact on local business in Papua New Guinea, and on the budget in particular.

Unrest on Manus Island continues as first refugees transferred out of centre

Updated 22 January 2015, 11:07 AEDT

Protests and a hunger strike continue at the Manus Island detention centre over plans to resettle refugees in Papua New Guinea.

MSF urges pharmaceutical companies to cut prices, save lives

Updated 22 January 2015, 11:09 AEDT

Global pharmaceutical giants are being called on to slash the price of their pneumococcal vaccines for developing nations, including many in the Pacific.

Vaccinations head to Solomon Islands to prevent child deaths

Updated 22 January 2015, 11:10 AEDT

More than 60 thousand doses of the Pneumococcal vaccine are set to rolled out in Solomon Islands next month.

Hawaii home to world-first laser communications terminal

Updated 22 January 2015, 11:11 AEDT

Hawaii is set to be the site of the world's first laser communications ground terminal, thanks to a collaboration between NASA and Hawaiian space agencies.

Cook Islanders cycle to celebrate 50 years of self-governance

Updated 22 January 2015, 11:12 AEDT

People in Cook Islands have hopped on their bicycles this week as part of a campaign to mark 50 years of the country's self-governance.

Fiji Pearls charge forward in Oceania Netball Tri-Series

Updated 22 January 2015, 11:13 AEDT

Day three of the Oceania Netball Tri-Series was a battle of the Pacific, with the hosts Fiji taking on Samoa.

Fiji Teachers Union upset at low pay for graduates

Updated 21 January 2015, 17:45 AEDT

A row has broken out in Fiji over the salaries of new teachers.

Fiji education minister hits back at low pay criticism

Updated 21 January 2015, 17:45 AEDT

Fiji's education minister, Dr Mahendra Reddy, says the teachers union has got it wrong over the salaries of new teachers.

Asylum seekers vow to continue protests under policy scrutiny

Updated 21 January 2015, 17:45 AEDT

Asylum seekers at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea have vowed to continue their hunger strike.

More budget worries for PNG as oil, copper prices go lower

Updated 21 January 2015, 17:45 AEDT

Debate continues in Papua New Guinea about the impact plummeting resource prices will have on local business and, in particular, on the PNG budget.

Warning about new pyramid investment schemes operating in PNG

Updated 21 January 2015, 10:34 AEDT

People in Papua New Guinea are being warned not to put their hard-earned savings into investment schemes that seem too good to be true.

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