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.


Fuel shortage leads to water and power rationing

8 August 2006, 10:24 AEST

The island of Rotuma, north of Fiji is experiencing a critical fuel shortage which had lead to power cuts, the rationing of water and the closure of some schools.

Changes to mail services create havoc

8 August 2006, 10:24 AEST

The people of Marshall Islands are crying foul over the recent changes to their postal system which they say is creating a negative impact on the community.

Expert says economic future lies in agriculture

8 August 2006, 10:24 AEST

A Papua New Guinea economist has warned that the country's rich oil and gas resources are not the answer to the its economic future.

Amateur sports association wants financial independence

8 August 2006, 10:24 AEST

The president of the Northern Marianas amateur sports association, Michael White says there isn't enough money to send athletes to next year's Pacific Games in Samoa.

Violent incident over phone monopoly

7 August 2006, 15:50 AEST

The tussle for the mobile phone market in Fiji took a violent turn last week when a company premises was stormed and security officers guarding it allegedly manhandled.

NGO shows off marine projects

7 August 2006, 11:27 AEST

Our correspondent in Fiji Samisoni Pareti has been doing a bus tour visiting a series of environmental and marine projects on Viti Levu.

Government remains tight-lipped over coalition rift

7 August 2006, 11:27 AEST

The Solomon Islands government last week refused to end speculation over a reported rift within the five-party, grand coalition government of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Plan to improve disaster response

7 August 2006, 11:27 AEST

The Vanuatu government is working on a plan to develop strategies to better deal with natural and man-made disasters.

Are guns causing Highlands instability?

7 August 2006, 11:27 AEST

The flow of guns into Papua New Guinea's southern highlands province is worrying the country's opposition.

Smaller Islands States get new boss

7 August 2006, 11:27 AEST

The Pacific's Smaller Island States are expected to be given better attention by the Pacific Island Forum's Secretariat with the appointment of a new program officer.

Toafa in, Sopoanga out as last ballots counted

4 August 2006, 14:19 AEST

Tuvalu's general election has produced mixed results for the country's caretaker government, following last Thursday's general election.

Minister's letter of resignation backfires

4 August 2006, 13:16 AEST

The fallout from Samoa's March general elections has taken a turn for the worse for one of the country's Ministers.

Concern over increase in marijuana use

4 August 2006, 13:16 AEST

Vanuatu authorities fear the use and cultivation of marijuana may be on the rise in the country and they are taking the problem seriously.

Rugby supremos to examine future of combined team

4 August 2006, 13:16 AEST

The Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance meets on Sunday in Fiji with the Pacific Island combined team amongst topics for discussion.

Chinese influence may put pressure on Australia

4 August 2006, 13:16 AEST

The Premier of the island-state of Niue, Young Vivian, says Chinese influence in the Pacific is going to grow, and that could come at the expense of other regional powers.

Governor attacks state of emergency declaration

3 August 2006, 14:47 AEST

A state of emergency in Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands province is continuing.

Sugar railway blockade ended

3 August 2006, 12:46 AEST

The blockade of a vital cane railway in Fiji has been lifted.

Fears leaders of ethnic conflict may be escaping prosecuto

3 August 2006, 12:46 AEST

Many of the former militant leaders involved in the ethnic conflict in Solomon Islands since 1998 have already been brought before the courts or are currently being investigated.

English football experts to work with Fiji, Solomons

3 August 2006, 12:46 AEST

The English Football Association has announced plans to lend its technical expertise to the Fiji and Solomon Islands soccer associations.

Documentary examines concerns over global warming

3 August 2006, 12:46 AEST

As Tuvaluans go to the polls today, there are renewed concerns about the Pacific country's future.

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