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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.

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Recovery effort slow after tsunami

11 April 2007, 13:33 AEST

It's over a week since the Western province of Solomon Islands was hit by a massive earthquake and Tsunami.

Gizo open for business

11 April 2007, 11:31 AEST

We begin today's program in Gizo, Solomon Islands where we are joined on-line now by our Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney.

Government deny claims of media repression

11 April 2007, 10:27 AEST

The Tongan government is disputing claims it is targeting a pro-democracy newspaper for political reasons.

Confusion over Tsunami death toll

11 April 2007, 10:27 AEST

There's still confusion about the number of people who died in the tsunami.

Recovery to take years

10 April 2007, 15:48 AEST

Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney spoke to those involved in the recovery effort in Gizo which is expected to take months, even years.

Casualty statistics still sketchy

10 April 2007, 15:48 AEST

Stories of survival and absolute fear are emerging from the tsunami and earthquake ravaged Western Province in Solomon Islands.

GG says aid efforts must be appreciated

10 April 2007, 14:04 AEST

Solomon Islands Governor General, Sir Nathaniel Waena says the difficulties in getting aid into the tsunami devastated areas of the country must be appreciated.

Possible police brutality under investigation

10 April 2007, 10:22 AEST

Three Tongan police personnel have been suspended pending an investigation over allegations of brutality.

Momase Governors'Council gives bio-diesel plant the go-ahead

10 April 2007, 10:22 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Momase region is to have the country's first bio-diesel processing plant.

Australia provides funding to tackle disease

10 April 2007, 10:22 AEST

Australia has pledged to provide up to six million US dollars towards medical research in Papua New Guinea over the next five years.

Swains sovereignty not disputed in international law

10 April 2007, 10:22 AEST

Tokelau may face very serious problems if it seriously intends to lay claim to Swains Island, according to an expert in international law.

Rescue effort continues in Solomon Islands

10 April 2007, 10:22 AEST

Campbell Cooney, our Pacific Correspondent flew off to the Solomon Islands over the weekend.

Government raises concerns over gold mine sale

10 April 2007, 10:22 AEST

The fate of Fiji's Vatukoula gold mine is still uncertain, with the government expressing reservations about the company which wants to buy it.

GG says aid efforts must be appreciated

5 April 2007, 16:07 AEST

Solomon Islands Governor General, Sir Nathaniel Waena says the difficulties in getting aid into the tsunami devastated areas of the country must be appreciated.

Tsunami awareness saves lives

5 April 2007, 16:04 AEST

Hawaii's Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says awareness of conditions immediately prior to the tsunami may have saved lives in Solomon Islands.

New diplomatic hurdles loom with Australia

5 April 2007, 16:04 AEST

Aid from non-government organisations has started to arrive in the worst hit areas of Solomon Islands following Monday's Tsunami.

Medical staff working under trying conditions

5 April 2007, 16:04 AEST

Doctors in Gizo are now trying to contain a diarrhoea outbreak with limited medical supplies from a make shift hospital.

Another journalist arrested

5 April 2007, 16:04 AEST

Now to another part of the Pacific, a second senior reporter with Tonga's pro-democracy movement newspaper, the Kele'a, has been arrested and charged with defamation.

Aid on the way to Solomon Islands

5 April 2007, 12:04 AEST

Australia is contributing to the relief effort in Solomon Islands.

Tsunami victims depressed

5 April 2007, 12:04 AEST

In Solomon Islands, barely three days on from the tsunami, stories are beginning to emerge that more could and should be done by officials to assist victims.

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