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

Tackling youth crime at a community level

13 January 2006, 9:00 AEST

The rate of crime among young Pacific islanders in the tougher areas of South Auckland, in New Zealand, has long been considered high - too high, according to many community members.

A farewell to the 'people's prime minister'

13 January 2006, 9:00 AEST

On Thursday, the people of Papua New Guinea farewelled a former Prime Minister - the late Sir William Skate.

Cellphone upgrade to benefit tourists and business

13 January 2006, 9:00 AEST

Tourists in Samoa will be entitled to see themselves as well-connected, with a new telecommunications initiative set to bring the global village to the doorstep of their hotel rooms.

'Safehaven' for exploited Asian girls not on agenda

13 January 2006, 9:00 AEST

At the end of last year, Pacific Beat brought you the story of the outgoing Attorney General of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Pamela Brown.

NGO demands AP-Six commitment to clean technology

12 January 2006, 10:11 AEST

One lobby group which hasn't been invited to the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate in Sydney is the Australian Conservation Foundation, or ACF.

World polluters meet to discuss global warming

12 January 2006, 10:11 AEST

Six nations responsible for half the world's global warming pollution are meeting in the Australian city of Sydney this week.

Exports reject call for kava processing plant

12 January 2006, 10:09 AEST

Vanuatu's exporters have rejected calls for the country to set up its own kava factory, describing the proposal as 'ridiculous'.

Training changes as netball team prepares for Games

12 January 2006, 10:09 AEST

As the count-down continues for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March, the Queen's baton has now left the shores of Fiji and is making its way around Cook Islands.

Mini Games organisers bank on aid funding

11 January 2006, 9:11 AEST

Well, the race is on for regional athletes, sports officials and Commonwealth Games organisers alike as March gets closer - and Melbourne prepares to host the big event.

Australian experts to help protect lagoon

11 January 2006, 9:11 AEST

Australian marine environment experts from the University of Queensland are working with the Solomon Islands government to conserve and protect the Marovo Lagoon in the country's Western Province.

New passenger ships spark debate on progress

11 January 2006, 9:11 AEST

A recent opinion piece in the Solomon Star newspaper, in Solomon Islands, has highlighted the issue of progress, with the author posing the question of who it benefits and what it can do for the country.

New government to face questions over US lobbyist

11 January 2006, 9:11 AEST

In the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Benigno Fitial has been sworn in as governor, in a small overnight ceremony attended by family and political supporters.

Green light for US Millennium Challenge funding

11 January 2006, 9:11 AEST

Good news for Vanuatu in recent times, after the country was given the green light for its bid to receive from the US Millennium Challenge Account.

Police stock-take of equipment, weapons

11 January 2006, 9:11 AEST

Fiji's police department has undertaken a clean-out of its fire arms and equipment.

Forest owners want injunction on Malaysian company

10 January 2006, 10:32 AEST

A number of timber owner groups in Papua New Guinea's Sandaun Province are pleading with the National Forest Authority to step in and stop a foreign logging company from operating in their forests.

Military steps up pressure on 'racial' policies

10 January 2006, 10:32 AEST

Fiji's military chief, Frank Bainimarama, has threatened to take over the running of the country if the government continues with 'racial' policies.

Sir William funeral preparations underway

10 January 2006, 10:32 AEST

Preparations continue today for the funeral of Sir William Skate, the former prime minister of Papua New Guinea who died last Tuesday.

Support for 'environmental refugee' plan

10 January 2006, 10:32 AEST

The issue of creating a special category for 'environmental refugees' has again found its way into the press.

Last minute reprieve for struggling college

10 January 2006, 10:32 AEST

The struggling College of the Marshall Islands, in the country's capital Majuro, has been offered a reprieve, after the government approved US$25 million in funding to rebuild and develop the school.

Australian opposition warns of 'environmental refugees'

6 January 2006, 18:54 AEST

Australia's opposition Labor Party has challenged the country's government to offer the people of Pacific states hospitality if, or when, they become 'environmental refugees'.

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