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.


Fiji hockey seeking government support to send team to World League round 2

Updated 18 December 2014, 12:29 AEDT

Hockey officials in Fiji have met to consider their options on which if any teams to send to the next round of the World Hockey League next year.

Potential Gold Ridge mine disaster raised in Solomon Islands ads

Updated 17 December 2014, 17:42 AEDT

Solomon Island locals living near the St Barbara Gold Ridge mine are being warned lives could be lost and they may possibly have to evacuate with fears the mine's tailings dam may overflow.

Indonesian president committed to Papuan rights: commissioner

Updated 17 December 2014, 17:43 AEDT

The head of Indonesia's Human Rights Commission says he's confident the new president is committed to addressing human rights abuses in Papua Province.

Cook Islands opposition welcomes by-election after appeal

Updated 17 December 2014, 17:44 AEDT

The Democratic Party in Cook Islands has questioned the legality of the Cook Islands Party's ability to rule, after a court decision's reduced it to a minority government.

Facebook call for medical help from remote PNG saves woman

Updated 17 December 2014, 17:45 AEDT

To a story that demonstrates the way in which social media can be used for good, where in PNG's remote north a heavily pregnant woman perhaps owes her life to a post on Facebook that pleaded for outside assistance.

Samoan Women's Parliamentary Program looks to 2016 election

Updated 17 December 2014, 17:46 AEDT

Samoan prime minster Tuilaepa Sailele has given a speech in parliament saying women thinking of running for government should not neglect their domestic duties.

Marshall Islands takes on the world's nuclear-armed states

Updated 17 December 2014, 10:50 AEDT

The Pacific mouse that roars is continuing its battle in the courts as it attempts to bring the world's nuclear armed states to book for violating their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and international law.

New Tuna Commission head calls for action on Pacific stocks

Updated 17 December 2014, 13:27 AEDT

The general concensus after the recent meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Apia was that with one or two minor exceptions, delegates had agreed on precisely nothing.

French Polynesia's Flosse charged with receiving stolen goods

Updated 17 December 2014, 11:04 AEDT

The disgraced former President of French Polynesia, Gaston Flosse, is in trouble with the law again.

Miss Samoa puts a focus on education

Updated 17 December 2014, 10:58 AEDT

Contestants in the Miss Pacific Islands 2014 pageant have had three days of photoshoots, charity visits and rehersals as they prepare for this weekend's competition.

Enhancing education in PNG through television

Updated 17 December 2014, 10:58 AEDT

About 180 schools in PNG's West New Britain province will receive broadcast equipment and satellite dishes, to enhance education through TV.

Club World Cup success brings welcome financial boost for Auckland City

Updated 17 December 2014, 11:02 AEDT

A place in the Club World Cup final against Real Madrid awaits the Oceania champions Auckland City if the club can keep their dream run going, The New Zealanders have surprised the soccer world by getting to the last four in Morocco, but playing the South American champions San Lorenzo tomorrow morning will be Auckland's biggest task yet.

Detail around Manus Island refugee resettlement lacking

Updated 16 December 2014, 17:46 AEDT

The first 50 male asylum seekers on Manus Island have had their refugee applications approved, but uncertainty remains as to when they will be freed into the community.

PNG MP not happy with Australian Federal Police off the beat

Updated 16 December 2014, 17:47 AEDT

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop also announced Monday a 'repositioning' of the Australian Federal Police contingent in PNG, whose 73 unarmed officers advise the local force.

Anti-independence implosion brings down New Caledonia government

Updated 16 December 2014, 17:48 AEDT

New Caledonia's government has collapsed after differences between a coalition of three anti-independence parties proved too much.

Difficult task ahead for Tuna Commission chief Feleti Teo

Updated 16 December 2014, 17:48 AEDT

The new head of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission says they need to move much faster than they have in the past in order to try to maintain the region's fish stocks.

NZ Pacific TV current affairs show Tagata Pasifika saved

Updated 16 December 2014, 17:49 AEDT

New Zealand's Pacific television current affairs program, Tagata Pasifika, will go ahead next year with the same team as before.

Hostages escape Sydney cafe as gunshots ring out

Updated 16 December 2014, 10:45 AEDT

The 16-hour siege at a Sydney cafe has ended with the death of three people, including the gunman.

Fears for hostages led police to storm Martin Place cafe

Updated 16 December 2014, 10:47 AEDT

Sydney police say the sound of shots coming from inside a cafe in Martin Place after a 16-hour siege forced them to storm the building.

Australian Foreign Minister details long-standing concerns

Updated 16 December 2014, 11:05 AEDT

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop was holding talks with the Papua New Guinean government when the seige in Sydney's Martin Place began.

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