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.

Stories

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.

Energy chief Lisieli Taviri wins PNG Outstanding Women award

Updated 16 October 2014, 17:49 AEST

The head of the petroleum company Origin Energy PNG, Lesieli Taviri, has been announced as this year's winner of the Westpac Outstanding Women Award in Papua New Guinea.

Marine biologist wins youth prize in PNG Outstanding Women awards

Updated 16 October 2014, 17:50 AEST

One of PNG's youngest marine biologists has won the IBBM Young Achievers prize at the 2014 Westpac Outstanding Women awards.

FFA says Pacific solidarity intact despite Kiribati's surprise move

Updated 17 October 2014, 13:29 AEST

Kiribati's decision to reduce the number of fishing days it offers the United States tuna fleet has not undermined regional solidarity on fisheries issues, according to the Pacific Forum's Fisheries Agency.

Defence team to clear World War II bombs from Bougainville

Updated 16 October 2014, 10:47 AEST

A defence team which got rid of more than 12-thousand unexploded bombs in Solomon Islands last year is about to go to work in Bougainville.

Future Pacific leaders meet in New Caledonia

Updated 16 October 2014, 10:48 AEST

Future leaders from 18 Pacific countries are travelling to New Caledonia and Vanuatu this week for talks on governance and development.

51 countries sign off on protocol to access genetic material

Updated 16 October 2014, 10:49 AEST

A group of 51 countries have signed off on an international protocol that has wide ranging implications for protecting the rights of the Pacific Islands when it comes to accessing their genetic resources.

Pacific ship safety program expands

Updated 16 October 2014, 10:50 AEST

The Pacific Islands Domestic Ship Safety Programme continues to expand, with Papua New Guinea and the Federated States of Micronesia set to join the fold next year.

Coaching coup for Tonga as former World Cup winner Jake White jumps on

Updated 16 October 2014, 10:51 AEST

The Tonga Rugby Union has drafted in former World Cup winning coach Jake White as technical advisor ahead of the squads European tour next month when they'll take on Georgia, Scotland and the United States.

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