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.


Chocolate maker confident Vanuatu cocoa farmer partners can rebuild

Updated 26 March 2015, 17:51 AEDT

The partnership between an Australian chocolate maker and Vanuatu cocoa farmers will continue, despite the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam.

Vanuatu's flash appeal attracting international funds

Updated 26 March 2015, 11:12 AEDT

Just two days ago, the Vanuatu Government and the United Nations launched a Flash Appeal to raise almost 30 million US dollars to fund the disaster response for the next three months.

Vanuatu resiliance a combination of ancient and modern skills

Updated 26 March 2015, 11:12 AEDT

The death toll from Cyclone Pam has been surprisingly low - the government has confirmed just 11 fatalities: 3 in Port Vila, 5 on Tanna, 1 on Lelepa and 2 on Mataso while, in contrast, the damage to homes, infrastructure and vegetation has been catastrophic.

Soccer competition set to resume in Port Vila after cyclone forced temporary halt

Updated 26 March 2015, 11:22 AEDT

As the country picks itself up after the cyclone struck, Premier League soccer will resume in Vanuautu this weekend after a two week suspension.

West Papua activist welcome or not in PNG?

Updated 26 March 2015, 11:14 AEDT

West Papua activist Benny Wenda has not been deported from Papua New Guinea as planned but he is still being closely monitored by immigration officials.

Tickets on sale for Pacific Games as baton relay begins its journey around PNG

Updated 26 March 2015, 11:21 AEDT

There are just 100 days to go before the opening ceremony at the Pacific Games in Port Moresby, and ticket sales start today with more than 600,000 tickets to be made available.

Sevens squad out to bring Tonga back from the brink in Hong Kong

Updated 26 March 2015, 11:15 AEDT

The Tongan squad have been out and about meeting the locals ahead of the Hong Kong 7s this weekend, when the team will bid to win a place in the core group for next year's World Rugby Series.

Reports of West Papuans beaten for gathering to support Vanautu cyclone

Updated 26 March 2015, 11:21 AEDT

Reports out of the Indonesian province of West Papua say police have violently broken up two gatherings where people had sought to raise money for victims of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

'Samoa China's best friend in Pacific' says Samoan deputy PM

Updated 26 March 2015, 13:35 AEDT

As China has grown in wealth and power over the past two decades it has been playing a bigger role in the Pacific, giving countries new options for aid, trade and investment.

Australian Defence Force's Vanuatu relief operation in full swing

Updated 26 March 2015, 11:36 AEDT

As international aid continues to pour into Vanuatu in the wake of Cyclone Pam, the Australian Defence Force is playing a leading role.

Solomon Islands' cyclone hit Temotu province to see relief surge

Updated 26 March 2015, 11:33 AEDT

A prominent member of the Temotu community in Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara, says the government is mounting a big effort to get relief there following Cyclone Pam.

Red Cross online tracking tool helps to unite Vanuatu families and friends

Updated 26 March 2015, 11:29 AEDT

The Red Cross has set up a website to help people who've lost contact with loved ones in Vanuatu in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Vanuatu's seasonal workers happy with Australian work but pine for home

Updated 26 March 2015, 11:33 AEDT

Fifteen workers from Vanuatu are currently on the Lindenow flats in East Gippsland, in the Australian state of Victoria, as part of its seasonal workers program.

Concerns with approach of new supertrawler to ply Australian waters

Updated 26 March 2015, 11:34 AEDT

Recreational fishers and environmental groups are once again taking up the battle against a factory freezer trawler fishing in Australia's eastern and southern waters.

Deportation of key West Papua activist delayed to meet PNG PM

Updated 26 March 2015, 11:35 AEDT

Our reporter at Port Moresby's airport says the unexpected deportation announcement of West Papua activist Benny Wenda has been delayed, as the country's prime minister organises to meet with him instead.

Vanuatu's radio station signals, including shortwave, restored

Updated 25 March 2015, 9:55 AEDT

Broadcast communications that were knocked out by Cyclone Pam have been fully restored.

Focused effort restores 80 percent of Vanuatu's telecommunications

Updated 25 March 2015, 9:54 AEDT

Vanuatu's two communications companies - Telecom Vanuatu and Digicel - say they have now restored 80 per cent of Vanuatu's network.

Local operators unhappy with long-line fishing changes in American Samoa

Updated 25 March 2015, 9:55 AEDT

Recent changes to fishing regulations have not gone down well with local operators in American Samoa after the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council reduced the long-line fishing boat limit from 50 miles offshore (80 kilometres) to just 12 miles (19 kilometres).

Fiji's "eighth man" making big difference to rugby 7s world title charge

Updated 25 March 2015, 9:59 AEDT

The Fiji rugby sevens squad will be out to make it two tournament wins in a row when the World Series resumes in Hong Kong this weekend.

Discipline the key to future Fiji success on the rugby field

Updated 25 March 2015, 10:07 AEDT

The young Fijian side competing at the Australian National Under 20s Rugby Championship, has made quite an impact, pushing a more experienced Queensland all the way before losing narrowly.

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