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.


Re-captured Fijian security guard to be deported

27 February 2006, 15:57 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the Fiji national who escaped from custody in Honiara a fortnight ago has been recaptured.

Government dismisses 'silly' PNG tariff threat

27 February 2006, 11:30 AEST

The ongoing trade war between Fiji and Papua New Guinea is continuing this week, with Fiji saying PNG knows exactly why it has placed import bans on its corned beef.

Main parties gearing up to fight election

27 February 2006, 11:30 AEST

Both main political parties in Fiji say they're ready to fight an election at any time.

Anecdotal evidence points to prostitution increase

27 February 2006, 11:30 AEST

While there may not be too many statistics to prove it, anecdotal evidence is suggesting prostitution is on the rise in Vanuatu.

Chinese ships unused as operators steer clear

27 February 2006, 11:30 AEST

Two ships donated to Vanuatu by the Chinese Government are tied up in Port Vila harbour while the Vanuatu authorities attempt to find somebody to operate them.

Air Pacific announces more new services

24 February 2006, 13:55 AEST

Air Pacific has announced increased flight capacity to Australia, New Zealand the United States and Kiribati, as part of its continuing expansion program.

Muslims welcome green-light for bearded police

24 February 2006, 13:55 AEST

Fiji's Muslim population has welcomed the recent decision to allow Muslim Police officers to grow beards, in accordance with their religious practices.

Triathletes continue harsh Games training

24 February 2006, 13:55 AEST

As we reported last week, three Solomon Islands triathletes are preparing for the games in the northern Australian state of Queensland, under the guidance of duathlon champ, Jenny Alcorn.

No explaination for babies missing from morgue

24 February 2006, 13:55 AEST

In Fiji, police are mystified by the disappearance of the body of a second baby from the morgue at Lautoka hospital.

April election date now confirmed

24 February 2006, 13:42 AEST

The people of Solomon Islands have been waiting for two weeks for the Governor General to announce the date for the first post-Regional-Intervention national elections.

Record number of candidates for April poll

24 February 2006, 13:41 AEST

A record number of candidates are expected in this year's general elections in Solomon Islands, which have been scheduled for April 5.

Search for former Fiji soldiers continues

23 February 2006, 12:12 AEST

In Solomon Islands, immigration authorities are still searching for a former Fiji soldier who escaped from officials earlier this month.

Outlaw will be captured in the 'Melanesian way'

23 February 2006, 12:12 AEST

The man responsible for a number of failed money schemes in the Pacific, Noah Musingku, is continuing to evade authorities in Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Fiji as well as Papua New Guinea.

Australian NGOs want more development assistance

23 February 2006, 12:12 AEST

Australian non-government aid groups say it's time to reverse the decline in the amount of Australian development assistance delivered by NGOs.

NZ-based leaders says community supported 'no' vote

23 February 2006, 12:12 AEST

A Tokelauan community leader in New Zealand has backed claims suggesting the referendum which saw voters reject self-determination for the three atolls was influenced by Tokelauans living outside.

Australia to fund law and order initiative

23 February 2006, 12:12 AEST

Australia's international aid agency AusAid has announced a A$38 million program in Vanuatu to strengthen law and order and to fight corruption.

Australia says territory is now unsustainable

22 February 2006, 15:31 AEST

Since 1979, Australia's small Pacific external territory of Norfolk has enjoyed the freedom of self-government.

Government to repay Central Bank debt

22 February 2006, 15:31 AEST

The debt owed by the government of Solomon Islands to its Central Bank is to be restructured and repayed, following an agreement signed by Finance Minister, Peter Boyers, and Central Bank Governor, Rick Hou.

PM says eleventh-hour reshuffle was necessary

22 February 2006, 15:31 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister says his latest reshuffle of both ministers and departmental heads was necessary for the smooth functioning of the government in its final days.

Papuan activist challenges his attempted deportation

22 February 2006, 14:18 AEST

The court-case involving a Vanuatu-based Papuan independence activist and the government minister who tried - unsuccessfully - to deport him will be back in court on Wednesday for a verdict.

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