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.


PM Puna on campaign trail ahead of Cook Islands by-election

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:32 AEDT

Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna has confirmed an upcoming by-election could decide the fate of his government.

Satellite tracking system set to transform campaign against illegal fishing

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:32 AEDT

Space technology could be the way forward to tackling illegal fishing across the Pacific, with Project Eyes on the Seas already having a significant impact in the waters around Palau and Easter Island.

Flights resume after Solomon Airlines' seven-month impasse

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:31 AEDT

After a diplomatic stoush grounded travellers wanting to fly between Fiji and Solomon Islands for seven months, Solomon Airlines is back in the air and flying again between Honiara and Nadi.

Junior All Whites & Tahiti to fight it out for World Cup place

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:30 AEDT

The final of the OFC under 17 football championship will see the favourites New Zealand face off against Tahiti in Pago Pago tomorrow, with a place at the under 17 World Cup finals in Chile at stake.

Auckland City honoured for remarkable run in Club World Cup

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:30 AEDT

The Auckland City team that astonished the football world by winning the bronze medal at the recent Club World Cup in Morocco have been honoured with a civic reception in their home city.

Focus on statistics to improve resources in the Pacific

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:29 AEDT

Pacific nations are aiming for a dramatic improvement in their gathering of population statistics over the next decade.

King tides flooding Marshall Islands sign of things to come

Updated 23 January 2015, 17:38 AEDT

There's been widespread flooding in Marshall Islands after a king tide battered the shores of several islands, including the capital Majuro.

Murdered PNG woman gets memorial plaque as sorcery fight continues

Updated 23 January 2015, 17:37 AEDT

A memorial plaque and headstone have been dedicated at the grave of a young PNG woman murdered by people who thought she was a witch.

Fiji opposition party against low pay for new teachers

Updated 23 January 2015, 17:36 AEDT

The leader of Fiji's opposition National Federation Party says new teachers should be paid more than they are.

Kahana Kakana cookbook promotes Fijian healthy eating

Updated 23 January 2015, 17:35 AEDT

A cookbook encouraging Fijians to eat healthy is now available on the website of the Health Ministry.

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.

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