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.

Stories

Decline in visitor numbers from Japan

27 April 2005, 11:56 AEST

The peak tourist body of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands says it's very concerned about the continuing drop in visitor numbers from Japan.

Proposal to grant chiefs legal immunity

27 April 2005, 11:56 AEST

A proposal to give Fijian chiefs immunity from prosecution if they intervene to solve disputes has been criticised by a senior traditional leader.

Chiefs ban cash in bride-price payments

26 April 2005, 15:05 AEST

Vanuatu's National Council of Chiefs has struck a blow for young men throughout Melanesia by banning cash from bride-price payments.

Fijian woman released from detention

26 April 2005, 15:05 AEST

A Fijian woman who had been detained with her children as an illegal immigrant in Australia has been released, after nearly three years at Sydney's Villawood detention centre.

PM says squatting is most pressing social problem

26 April 2005, 15:05 AEST

Fiji's Prime Minister, Lasenia Qarase, says squatting is now the biggest social problem facing his country.

Judge warns journos must cough-up sources

26 April 2005, 11:59 AEST

A High Court judge in Fiji says journalists can be held in contempt if they fail to disclose sources in court.

New book reveals background to US deal

26 April 2005, 11:59 AEST

Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas are both territories of the United States.

Rising seas threaten Duke of York islands

26 April 2005, 11:59 AEST

People living in the outlying Duke of York Islands, in PNG's East New Britain Province, are facing major problems from rising sea levels.

WWF attacks lifting of turtle-hunting ban

26 April 2005, 11:59 AEST

The World Wide Fund for Nature South Pacific says it's disappointed with Tonga's decision to lift the ban on turtle hunting.

Regional leaders discuss parliamentary democracy

25 April 2005, 16:10 AEST

Samoa is hosting the annual meeting of parliamentary leaders in the country's capital Apia.

Dawn service to commemorate Anzac Day

25 April 2005, 16:10 AEST

Monday was Anzac Day in Australia, New Zealand and a number of Pacific Islands countries.

Plans to create a Micronesian regional hub

25 April 2005, 10:51 AEST

Guam looks set to become a medical and education hub for the Micronesian region.

PM under fire over failure to appoint deputy

25 April 2005, 10:51 AEST

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea has responded to concerns over why the country has been without a deputy P-M for the past 12 months.

NZ health authority goes international

25 April 2005, 10:51 AEST

A local health authority in New Zealand is offering its expertise in Pacific Island health issues to island countries.

Fair encourages new readers, writers

25 April 2005, 10:51 AEST

Thousands of people have gathered in Tahiti for the fourth annual Book Fair, which brings together writers from across the region.

Former PM's son sues state over May 2000 coup

25 April 2005, 10:51 AEST

The son of former Fiji Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has taken legal action against the country's government and police force, over events surrounding the May 2000 coup.

Courts receive a helping hand

25 April 2005, 10:51 AEST

Australia's efforts to restore order in the Solomon Islands are about to enter another phase.

Changes to Australia's maritime zone

22 April 2005, 14:39 AEST

Australia has quietly changed the name of the new one-thousand nautical mile zone extending around its coastline.

Closer Forum ties with non-independent islands

22 April 2005, 14:39 AEST

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Greg Urwin, is in Guam today, as part of the Forum's efforts to improve links with the non-independent territories in the Pacific.

NGO defends its response to fire in workers' quarters

22 April 2005, 11:40 AEST

A humanitarian organisation in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has defended its actions towards foreign garment workers whose living quarters were destroyed in a fire.

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