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.


Pacific's young leaders tackle future challenges together

Updated 29 October 2014, 12:37 AEDT

Future leaders from 18 Pacific countries gathered Vanuatu this week to develop their leadership skills, and meet the region's other bright stars.

Pressure mounting for a ban on fishing technique that targets endanger

Updated 29 October 2014, 12:38 AEDT

The drive to stop some longline tuna boats from targetting endangered sharks is gathering momentum.

Ebola virus a target of NZ portable DNA testing device

Updated 29 October 2014, 12:40 AEDT

A portable DNA testing device has been developed by researchers from New Zealand's Otago University, which could be used to help curtail the spread of Ebola.

Football Ferns leaving nothing to chance as World Cup place beckons

Updated 29 October 2014, 12:41 AEDT

On to soccer, and only the most extraordinary results can prevent New Zealand from being crowned women's champions of Oceania later today.

Tongan women's soccer looks to the future after bruising competition

Updated 29 October 2014, 12:45 AEDT

The Tongan team had a very tough day at the office in round 1 of the competition, shipping 16 goals without replay against the New Zealanders.

50 years on - keeping the spirit of rugby alive in Hawaii

Updated 29 October 2014, 12:46 AEDT

When rugby is talked about in the Pacific, the name of Hawaii is unlikely to be mentioned often, if ever, but this year marks 50 years since the sport officially arrived on the islands of America's 50th state.

Fiji PM to reward supporters with development

Updated 28 October 2014, 17:51 AEDT

Fiji's prime minister has been accused of using development projects as a way of rewarding his supporters and punishing thiose who voted against him.

Refugee boys bashed on Nauru

Updated 28 October 2014, 17:50 AEDT

Reports from Nauru say four young refugees were badly bashed by a group of locals over the weekened.

Lava threatens homes on Hawaii's Big Island

Updated 28 October 2014, 17:50 AEDT

Flowing lava has forced some people living near a volcano in Hawaii to leave their homes.

PNG man alleges beating at the hands of police

Updated 28 October 2014, 17:49 AEDT

A man from Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands province claims he was assaulted by police recently.

Scepticism over PNG crackdown on police violence

Updated 28 October 2014, 17:48 AEDT

People in Papua New Guinea are taking a wait and see attitude towards newly announced official measure to crack down on police violence.

Ancient Australian crystals discovered in Vanuatu

Updated 28 October 2014, 17:48 AEDT

The discovery of tiny zircon crystals on Vanuatu could reshape the way we think about how continents are formed.

Claims Fiji prime minister's priorities in the north contradict his promises

Updated 30 October 2014, 10:18 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says he will give financial priority to his supporters, when carrying out developments in the country's north.

Bainimarama favouring his own supporters is 'childish': North MP

Updated 28 October 2014, 11:14 AEDT

North MP Niko Nawaikula, elected by the indigenous people of Vanua Levu, was in parliament giving his maiden speech when Mr Bainimarama first indicated that he would be favouring Fiji First voters in the north with development funds.

A call for the UN to address human rights abuses in Fiji

Updated 28 October 2014, 11:15 AEDT

Fiji's human rights record will face the UN's Universal Periodic Review tomorrow.

A total of 106 candidates to contest Tonga election

Updated 28 October 2014, 17:21 AEDT

The final list of candidates who'll contest next month's general election in Tonga were finalised after nominations closed at the weekend.

American Samoan congressman hopes for another term

Updated 29 October 2014, 8:04 AEDT

After being absent for many months, American Samoa's long serving congressman, Eni Faleomavaega, is back in town and determined to win another election when voters go to the polls next week.

Flying Fijians in Europe to prepare for trio of test matches

Updated 28 October 2014, 11:17 AEDT

In rugby the three leading Pacific teams are embarking on their annual tours of the Northern hemisphere, with each of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga set to play three test matches during November.

Vanuatu's new cricket coach has high hopes for team

Updated 28 October 2014, 11:18 AEDT

First it was Fiji, and now Vanuatu has called for Australian cricketing expertise by bringing in Shane Deitz, the former South Australian batsman as national coach and high performance manager.

NZ into Women's World Cup Finals, barring freak results

Updated 28 October 2014, 11:19 AEDT

On to soccer and at the OFC Women's Nations Cup, New Zealand have all but sealed their place at the World Cup in Canada next year after defeating Papua New Guinea 3-nil.

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