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.


700 pregnant cows to rebuild cattle industry

18 October 2007, 16:17 AEST

Taiwan is pouring millions of dollars into Solomon Islands to rebuild the country's cattle industry.

Questions over Fiji election commitment

18 October 2007, 16:17 AEST

As the Pacific Forum Leaders Meeting in Tonga starts to wind down, there appears to be a big difference between what Fiji says it has promised in relation elections in 2009, and what the Leaders say was promised.

Cautious welcome for election commitment

18 October 2007, 16:17 AEST

The announcement that Fiji will hold elections in early 2009 has received a cautious welcome from several interest groups in Fiji.

Presidential election survives court challenge

18 October 2007, 15:48 AEST

In Kiribati, Anote Tong has been returned as president for a second term by a substantial majority.

No travel bans for leaders flight to Vava'u

18 October 2007, 14:21 AEST

The Leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tonga have flown to Va'vau for the leaders retreat where they are currently discussing Solomon Islands and the role of the Regional Assistance Mission.

Deposed PM welcomes election commitment

17 October 2007, 16:56 AEST

Fiji's deposed prime minister has responded positively to the announcement that the country will return to democracy early in 2009.

PACIFIC:Vanuatu and PNG show strong economic growth

17 October 2007, 15:49 AEST

Economic growth in Vanuatu this year is expected to reach seven-point-two percent according to the latest Pacific Quarterly Report from the ANZ Bank.

Democracy movement to continue gatherings

17 October 2007, 15:43 AEST

Tonga's pro democracy movement says it will continue to hold a large-scale political meeting during the Pacifc islands Forum.

Tsunami relief aid diverted to government project

17 October 2007, 15:42 AEST

The Premier of Solomon Islands' Western Province says he is outraged by the national government's move to divert funds meant for tsunami rehabilitation work.

Dolphins loaded for export.

17 October 2007, 15:37 AEST

In Solomon Islands.

Foreign Minister condemns radical group

16 October 2007, 17:21 AEST

New Zealand police have arrested more than a dozen people so far in a major operation aimed at what's being described as guerilla style training camps in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Export of live dolphins resumes

16 October 2007, 16:23 AEST

A Solomon Islands company is again exporting live dolphins.

Export of live dolphins resumes

16 October 2007, 16:16 AEST

A Solomon Islands company is again exporting live dolphins.

Protests in Melbourne over NZ terrorist raids

16 October 2007, 16:11 AEST

Political activists opposed to this week's police operation in New Zealand against alleged guerilla-style training camps in the eastern Bay of Plenty have staged a demonstration in the Australian city of Melbourne.

New Zealand study prompts Biritish nuclear inquiry

16 October 2007, 16:08 AEST

A New Zealand study has prompted the British Parliament to conduct another inquiry into nuclear testing in Kiribati in the 1950's.

NZ v Fiji game to be played tomorrow

16 October 2007, 16:08 AEST

Soccer's world governing body, FIFA, says it could be a year before New Zealand and Fiji play their abandoned World Cup qualifying match.

Huge anti-terrorim exercise underway

16 October 2007, 14:19 AEST

The United States has begun its largest ever counterterrorism exercise starting with a simulated attack on a power station on Guam.

Deposed PM hopes Forum will press for democracy

16 October 2007, 14:13 AEST

As the Pacific's leaders gather in Tonga for the annual Pacific Island Forum, the most controversial figure there will no doubt be Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

Call for independent inquiry into shipping deaths

16 October 2007, 14:12 AEST

The Vanuatu Maritime Authority has asked the government to establish an independent commission of inquiry into a shipping tragedy earlier this month.

Maori MP sceptical over terror claims

16 October 2007, 14:07 AEST

An MP in New Zealand says the police operation aimed at what have been described as guerilla style training camps in the eastern Bay of Plenty was over the top.

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