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.


PNG amending child protection legislation

Updated 25 February 2015, 17:57 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea government is amending its child protection legislation to give courts the ability to take a child away from its family.

Tongan AG seeks meeting with PM over criticism

Updated 25 February 2015, 17:58 AEDT

Tonga's attorney general has asked for a meeting with the prime minister, Akilisi Pohiva, after being criticised over his handling of a high profile legal case.

NZ super may soon be portable to Cooks, Niue and Tokelau

Updated 25 February 2015, 17:58 AEDT

A former New Zealand foreign minister says it is likely that New Zealand pensioners will be able to retire in Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau by May this year.

Vanuatu authorities on alert amid rise in volcanic activity

Updated 25 February 2015, 10:09 AEDT

There are no immediate evacuation plans for the island of Ambrym in Vanuatu after the weekend volcanic eruption, but the National Disaster Management office say they are ready to act if needs be.

Pacific youth passionate about fighting corruption: UN

Updated 25 February 2015, 10:08 AEDT

The Pacific Youth Forum Against Corruption has wrapped up in Nadi, Fiji following three days of seminars, workshops and even a photographic competition.

Fiji U19s World Cup bound after stunning win over PNG at ICC EAP Trophy?

Updated 25 February 2015, 10:08 AEDT

The opening day of the ICC East Asia-Pacific under 19 trophy in New Zealand has produced the biggest shock in the tournament's history with Papua New Guinea beaten for the first time ever.

Pacific Games ambassador Kristine Seko keen to spotlight her sport of golf

Updated 25 February 2015, 10:07 AEDT

As the countdown continues to the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea, the organisers have now chosen six of their ten sporting ambassadors who will be at the forefront of promoting the event.

Fiji tourism workers call for new service charges

Updated 25 February 2015, 9:59 AEDT

Tourists in Fiji could soon be hit with new service charges, if a petition from local workers in the tourism sector is successful.

Norfolk Island angry with Canberra MP

Updated 24 February 2015, 17:59 AEDT

Norfolk Island's chief minister is angry about statements made by an Opposition Labor Party MP questioning the island's ability to be economically self sufficient.

Canberra MP says Norfolk Island is not economically viable

Updated 24 February 2015, 17:59 AEDT

The Opposition Labor Party MP for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann rejects the Norfolk Island Chief Minister's criticisms of her role.

Oil Search announces big annual profit

Updated 25 February 2015, 9:11 AEDT

Oil Search has announced a big annual profit of $US353 million last year, up 72 per cent on 2013 and a substantial dividend to shareholders.

Foreign investors still confused about PNG Trade Minister's plans

Updated 24 February 2015, 17:58 AEDT

Foreign investors in PNG businesses are still confused and concerned by the Trade Minister's apparent push to force them out of the country.

World Bank flags millions in investments for Fiji

Updated 24 February 2015, 10:12 AEDT

The World Bank says it has opened a new chapter with Fiji, with plans for a $50 million investment in transport infrastructure to be put to the bank's board next week.

State funeral for Indigenous and South Sea Islander activist Faith Bandler

Updated 24 February 2015, 10:11 AEDT

A state funeral has been held for Faith Bandler, the human rights activist who campaigned for decades on behalf of Indigenous Australians and Australian South Sea Islanders.

South Sea Islanders reflect on the life of activist Faith Bandler

Updated 24 February 2015, 10:10 AEDT

Emelda Davis, the president of the Australian South Sea Islanders NSW State Alliance is among those to take over the reins of the late rights activist Faith Bandler, who fought for the rights of indigenous Australians and South Sea Islanders.

UNDP Photographic Competition Winner

Pacific youth photography competition takes aim at corruption

Updated 24 February 2015, 10:10 AEDT

Daniel Fisher from the Cook Islands is among three winners of an international photographic competition aimed at encouraging more young people to join the fight against corruption.

Pacific's next generation of cricketers battle it out for U19 World Cup place

Updated 24 February 2015, 10:08 AEDT

The best young cricketers in the Pacific have gathered in Blenheim in the heart of New Zealand's Marlborough wine growing region to compete for the 2015 ICC East Asia-Pacific under 19 trophy.

Fiji Sun disputes Media Authority ruling against it

Updated 23 February 2015, 18:21 AEDT

The pro Fiji government newspaper the Fiji Sun says it's consulting lawyers after a ruling against them by the country's Media Industry Development authority.

Fiji Sun backed by Media Association over free speech

Updated 23 February 2015, 18:20 AEDT

The President of the Fijian Media Society, Ricardo Morris, says it's ironic that the newspaper which until now has enthusiastically backed the government of Frank Bainimarama including its controversial media decree is now finding it's own reporting hampered by it.

Political tensions escalate in New Caledonia

Updated 23 February 2015, 18:20 AEDT

New Caledonia's political crisis appears deeper than ever.

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