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.


Illegal tobacco the focus of World Tobacco Day

Updated 2 June 2015, 11:08 AEST

The World Health Organisation says illegal cigarettes are a big issue in the Pacific and wants regional governments to strengthen their laws to help stop the black market trade.

University of Hawaii to remove some telescopes from Mauna Kea

Updated 2 June 2015, 11:09 AEST

The University of Hawaii is being urged to decommission at least three of the 13 telescopes already on Mauna Kea by the time the Thirty Meter Telescope begins operations.

Australia Week star Benson Saulo says PNG's youth must lead the way

Updated 2 June 2015, 11:10 AEST

Youth campaigner Benson Saulo is one of the stars of Australia Week being celebrated in Papua New Guinea - and not just because he has heritage from both countries.

NZ, Australia involvement in Pacific Games not quite what was hoped for

Updated 2 June 2015, 11:11 AEST

Next month's Pacific Games in Port Moresby will be the first to feature teams from Australia and New Zealand, with both countries invited to take part in selected sports.

Fiji scores it's first ever FIFA World Cup goal

Updated 1 June 2015, 17:48 AEST

Despite going down to soccer powerhouse Germany in their opening match of the under-20 FIFA World Cup in Christchurch, Fiji has created a small piece of sporting history.

Cooks denies move to break NZ links

Updated 1 June 2015, 17:46 AEST

The Cook Islands government has strongly denied reports it wants full independence from New Zealand.

Pacific Island cancer survivor publishes a book

Updated 1 June 2015, 17:48 AEST

A New Zealand Pacific Island cancer survivor says there are some specific differences in the way Pacific people deal with cancer.

Fiji economy firing on all cylinders says ANZ Bank

Updated 1 June 2015, 17:47 AEST

The Fiji economy is firing on all cylinders according to the ANZ Bank.

Momis builds lead in Bougainville presidential race

Updated 1 June 2015, 17:47 AEST

Bougainville's incumbent president John Momis has opened up a big lead on his rivals in the island's general election.

Child marriages to become illegal in Papua New Guinea

Updated 1 June 2015, 11:34 AEST

A new law making marriage under the age of 18 illegal is expected to be tabled in Papua New Guinea's parliament soon.

Pacific countries watching PNG on child marriage laws

Updated 1 June 2015, 11:35 AEST

UNICEF figures show that two percent of girls in PNG were married by the time they were 15 years old and 21 percent by the time they were 18 - that's one in five married below what will soon be the new threshhold.

Palau opts to burn fishing boats caught operating illegally in its EEZ

Updated 1 June 2015, 11:36 AEST

The government of Palau is cracking down on illegal fishing in its waters, with plans to raise the minimum fine to $500,000.

Successful Solomons skills program looks to spread across the region

Updated 1 June 2015, 12:42 AEST

In Solomon Islands, a program to give unemployed young people skills to help them find an internship or start a business is having such success that the Secretariat of the Pacific Community is looking to develop it in other countries.

Cook Islanders outraged by PM's alleged citizenship plans

Updated 1 June 2015, 11:39 AEST

Celebrations for Cook Islands 50 years of independence continue, with the arrival of the Mua Voyage after months at sea and a journey of more than 10 thousand kilometres.

Fiji under 20s side to play their most important game ever today

Updated 1 June 2015, 11:40 AEST

The great day has arrived for Fiji soccer, with the under 20 team making their World Cup debut against Germany in Christchurch later today.

Three teams on top of the NRL ladder as Round 12 continues

Updated 1 June 2015, 11:41 AEST

To the NRL, and the Dragons, the Broncos and the Cowboys sit joint top of the ladder with one match left to play in round 12.

Fiji PM uses UN commission chair to put Australia in climate 'coalition of the selfish'

Updated 29 May 2015, 17:26 AEST

Fiji's prime minister has used his keynote address as chair of a UN commission to take another swipe at Australia over climate change.

Nauru president Baron Waqa details Facebook, media issues at UN commission

Updated 29 May 2015, 17:26 AEST

Nauru's president has used his keynote address at the United Nations' Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP, to launch a fiery defence of his government's ban on Facebook.

Lawyers give thanks for community release of mentally ill Nauru-based child

Updated 29 May 2015, 17:26 AEST

Lawyers working to stop the return of a 5-year-old Iranian asylum seeker to the Australian-run detention centre on Nauru have given thanks that the immigration minister has released her, and her family, into the community in Brisbane.

Bougainville election results on track despite delay to counting

Updated 29 May 2015, 12:39 AEST

Bougainville's Electoral Commission has just started counting the first votes in the general election.

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