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.


Micronesian challenge to protect the environment

30 January 2006, 12:02 AEST

The Island states of Micronesia have issued a joint proposal, called the "Micronesia Challenge", daring the International community to conserve water and land resources.

Former premier Hannett elected as new governor

27 January 2006, 15:07 AEST

The people of Bougainville are today celebrating the election of the island's new Governor, after the successful candidate was declared winner early this morning.

Opposition wants a better deal for garment exports

27 January 2006, 15:07 AEST

Fiji's opposition leader was in Australia on Friday in a bid to get a fairer deal for his country's textile and clothing industry.

Local idiom recognised by Fiji English dictionary

27 January 2006, 9:53 AEST

If you are in search of alcohol and you enter a "grog-shop" in Fiji, you may be disappointed.

Federal authorities given precedence in Abramoff inquiry

27 January 2006, 9:53 AEST

The Abramoff political affair in the United States is continuing to take on a very Pacific flavour, with more Pacific governments and organisations revealing the extent of their relationship with US lobbyists.

US Marines conduct 'urban' training exercises

27 January 2006, 9:53 AEST

The Marines are coming.

Coffee growers call for government transport assistance

27 January 2006, 9:53 AEST

Coffee farmers in remote areas of Papua New Guinea are calling on the government to contribute 1 million Kina, or around A$450,000, to subsidise their freight costs.

PM satisfied with country's progress

26 January 2006, 13:31 AEST

As the Solomon Islands prepares for a general election, likely to be scheduled for April, the country's caretaker Prime Minister says he is very happy with the on going progress of development in the country.

New governor could be declared on Friday

26 January 2006, 12:01 AEST

Electoral authorities in Bougainville say the final result of the by-election to elect a new provincial governor would be declared by Friday afternoon.

Expat appointment could scupper new aid deal

26 January 2006, 9:58 AEST

Australia's aid program to Papua New Guinea has hit yet another hurdle.

Land lease dispute threatens Indian school

26 January 2006, 9:58 AEST

An Indo-Fijian school in required police protection on Wednesday, when landowners threatened to close it down over a dispute over the lease of land.

US evangelist's 'healing' claims defended

26 January 2006, 9:58 AEST

Fiji supporters of controversial American evangelist Benny Hinn have defended the preacher's so-called "Miracle Healing Crusade" in Fiji.

Education initiatives for Micronesian students

26 January 2006, 9:58 AEST

Migrant students to Hawaii, especially those from Micronesia, are set to benefit from a new education program, designed to help them learn English.

Traditional 'village' to promote regional tourism

26 January 2006, 9:58 AEST

Images of South Pacific beaches may not be far from most people's minds, but translating the post-card pictures into tourist numbers isn't always easy.

Military build-up heightens tension

25 January 2006, 13:25 AEST

A military build-up in the Indonesian province of Papua has heightened tensions between the government and independence activists.

Oil Search delivers record results for 2005

25 January 2006, 9:18 AEST

Papua New Guinea's biggest company, Oil Search, has had another record year delivering its best yet revenue and production figures for 2005.

Region's first Catholic Cardinal to be buried in Apia

25 January 2006, 9:18 AEST

The Catholic Church in the Pacific will farewell the region's first Cardinal during a requiem Mass at the Catholic Cathedral in Samoa's capital Apia on Saturday.

US evangelist criticised for giving false hope

25 January 2006, 9:18 AEST

US evangelist Benny Hinn has been criticised for giving people false hope he can heal them.

Chamorros ready for first-pan-Pacific conference

25 January 2006, 9:18 AEST

The indigenous people of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Chamorros, are set to meet in March for their first-ever pan-Pacific Chamorro conference.

Landslide claims 13 lives

24 January 2006, 15:04 AEST

A remote village in Papua New Guinea's Morobe Province has been buried under landslides caused by torrential rain.

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