Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.


Newspaper publishes controversial cartoons of Mohammed

6 February 2006, 15:48 AEST

A Fiji newspaper has published some of the cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed which have led to demonstrations, embassy burnings and diplomatic retaliation involving European and Middle East countries.

Public service corruption crackdown to continue

6 February 2006, 11:23 AEST

Recent disciplinary actions against public servants in Fiji have received a lot of publicity - and according the head of the country's Public Service Commission, that's not a problem.

PNG police to help tackle cross-border raids

6 February 2006, 11:23 AEST

Police in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea have agreed to work together to resolve the recent raid by armed men from Bougainville.

Planned tourism precinct could become regional 'hub'

6 February 2006, 11:23 AEST

In what appears to be some good news for tourism on Guam, Governor Felix Camacho has signed an executive order adopting a master plan to develop about 3,000 acres of former US government-held land.

Maori TV taps into islander communities

6 February 2006, 11:23 AEST

New Zealand's Maori Television is branching out, with a 13 part current affairs show aimed at both Maori and Pacific Islanders.

Samoan diplomat says seasonal worker scheme inevitable

6 February 2006, 11:23 AEST

Samoa's top diplomat in Australia has forecast that special entry to Australia for South Pacific workers is inevitable.

Six locals vie for job as top cop

6 February 2006, 11:23 AEST

After a delay of more than 16 months, Vanuatu has advertised for a new Police Commissioner.

Fiji gears up for the IRB Wellington Sevens

3 February 2006, 14:29 AEST

Australia will play Papua New Guinea on Friday when day one of the International Rugby Board Wellington sevens gets underway.

Seasonal monsoons fill Cyclone Jim's shoes

3 February 2006, 11:49 AEST

A nasty monsoonal trough has taken over in the region where Cyclone Jim has left off.

New Zealand arrested over 2002 murder

3 February 2006, 11:49 AEST

There has been a development in Norfolk Island's four-year murder investigation, with the arrest of a 28-year-old New Zealand who worked on the island as a chef.

Anti-corruption partners take on voting irregularities

3 February 2006, 11:49 AEST

The Papua New Guinea Government and its anti-corruption partners have embarked on an ambitious campaign ahead of next year's general election.

Gold mine announces significant results

3 February 2006, 11:49 AEST

Australian Solomons Gold, the owners of the Gold Ridge Mine in Solomon Islands, have announced significant results for their drilling campaign and plans to list on a major resource-based stock exchange.

Officials ready for referendum on self-determination

3 February 2006, 11:49 AEST

This week, officials in Tokelau have been finalising registrations for next week's referendum on self-determination.

Politicians travel to Pago Pago to raise funds

3 February 2006, 11:49 AEST

Samoa is scheduled to go to the polls at the end of March and already campaigning is fast and furious.

Minister to discuss bilateral relations in Honiara

2 February 2006, 15:47 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Foreign Affairs Minister will visit Honiara on Friday to discuss existing bilateral relations with Solomon Islands.

US Carrier decision to be purely military

2 February 2006, 15:31 AEST

Politicians from Guam and Hawaii who are lobbying hard to have a US Navy carrier based in their jurisdictions could be wasting their time.

Urgent action needed to minimise climate impact

2 February 2006, 15:31 AEST

Urgent action is needed to reduce the impact severe climate events in the Pacific, according to a report released on Thursday by the World Bank.

Witness in leadership challenge inquiry won't testify

2 February 2006, 8:41 AEST

In Fiji, investigations into a recent challenge to the leadership of military Commander Frank Bainimarama have suffered a set-back.

Creditors say they are ready to sell Air Nauru plane

2 February 2006, 8:41 AEST

Hopes are fading this week that Air Nauru will be able to buy back its only aircraft, with the airline's creditors saying they are now ready to sell the plane to the highest bidder.

Call for Pacific leader to visit troubled province

2 February 2006, 8:41 AEST

A leading Human rights group in Papua has called on Pacific island leaders to visit the Indonesian province to witness, first-hand, the problems facing the local population.

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