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.


Deep sea deposits prompt rethink of Vanuatu's minerals policy

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:25 AEST

A national consultation has begun in Vanuatu on a draft Deep Sea Minerals Policy.

PNG's new look Gerehu Market reopens for business

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:26 AEST

Port Moresby's Gerehu Market is reopening after more than three years of reconstruction.

Fijians celebrate Diwali

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:27 AEST

Hindus all over the world are celebrating Diwali.

Coach Ben Ryan says Fiji 7s squad worth more in sponsorship

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:28 AEST

After two dominant performances at the Oceania Sevens, and then round one of the World Sevens Series, the Fiji squad has gone back into camp to prepare for the next two rounds in Dubai and South Africa.

PNG looking to impress on home soil in OFC Women's Nations Cup

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:29 AEST

The OFC Women's Nations Cup kicks off in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, with the host nation lining up against Tonga, Cook Islands and New Zealand.

New agreement to Pacific take control of albacore tuna fishery

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:35 AEST

Pacific Island nations are to take more control over the troubled albacore tuna fishery after an historic agreement was reached today on new joint harvest control measures.

Pacific protesters demand ANZ stop funding fossil fuels

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:35 AEST

Pacific Islanders have led a protest that's disrupted operations at the headquarters of one of Australia's biggest banks.

Fiji oppositiion welcomes release of post-coup auditor general reports

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:36 AEST

The new head of the Fiji Parliament's Public Accounts Committee says he needs more time to scrutinise the Auditor Generals reports dating back to 2007.

NZ to host Pacific human rights conference

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:37 AEST

New Zealand will host a conference on human rights in the Pacific in December.

Scientists model Hawaiian 'monster wave'

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:37 AEST

Scientists in Hawaii have discovered evidence of a massive nine metre tsunami striking the islands some 500 years ago.

Next big Disney animation to be set in ancient South Pacific

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:38 AEST

Disney animation has announced its big-budget children's movie for 2016 will be a sweeping comedy-adventure called 'Moana' set in the South Pacific.

Red Cross praises Bougainville Govt's missing persons policy

Updated 22 October 2014, 10:35 AEST

Bougainville's President John Momis has been applauded by the Red Cross for his government's policy on those still missing after the Bougainville Crisis.

Cash transfers critical in HIV prevention: UN

Updated 22 October 2014, 10:34 AEST

A UN report claims that cash transfers can play a significant role in preventing HIV.

The making of PNG's traditional surf boards

Updated 22 October 2014, 10:32 AEST

A couple of years ago ABC Newcastle's Ben Millington went on quite an adventure - travelling to an island called Kairuru, near the town of Wewak in Papua New Guinea.

Donation drive seeks fiberglass boards for PNG surfers

Updated 22 October 2014, 10:32 AEST

Young Papua New Guineans, aiming to take up surfing, are lacking the most important element - the surf board.

Climate change fears under the spotlight in Marshall Islands film

Updated 22 October 2014, 10:28 AEST

A new film from Marshall Islands captures the local fear of climate change and sea level rise from a child's perspective.

Pacific rugby unions' court action against the IRB neither confirmed nor denied

Updated 22 October 2014, 10:27 AEST

Reports from Samoa claim that the rugby unions of Samoa, Fiji and Tonga will challenge the International Rugby Board in court over the contentious player eligibility rules.

Cream of Fiji's young cricketing talent to tour Australia's Sunshine Coast

Updated 22 October 2014, 10:26 AEST

The Fiji cricket development squad heading to Australia for a two and a half week tour of the Sunshine Coast have had their final training session before calling in at the President's residence for an official reception. 

PNG's Somare remembers Whitlam's help with independence

Updated 21 October 2014, 17:30 AEST

Adding to the remembrance of former prime minister Gough Whitlam here in Australia, he is also being praised in Papua New Guinea.

Europe lifts 'yellow card' on Fiji tuna but problems remain

Updated 21 October 2014, 17:29 AEST

The European Union - the biggest market in the world for fish - has has lifted its 'yellow card' warning against Fiji's fish exports.

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