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.

Stories

The Melanesian Spearhead Group's role defended

21 August 2006, 10:56 AEST

The Solomon Island's Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Jerry Manele is defending the relevance of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Calls for Australia to speed up processing of asylum seekers

18 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

The Government of Nauru says asylum seekers sent by Australia to the Pacific island nation should be processed quickly and not be left languishing for years.

Residents continue to pray for ailing King

18 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

Tonga's King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV remains gravely ill in a New Zealand hospital although palace staff are now describing his condition as "stable".

Commuters affected by ethnic clash in Port Moresby

18 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

In Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby commuters have been drawn into a bitter ethnic feud, as the owners and drivers of taxis and buses went on strike this morning.

Labour Party's attempt to discipline five members hampered

18 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

In Fiji, attempts by the leader of the Fiji Labour Party to discipline some senior party members have hit a snag after the members took the matter to court.

Promotion alone won't improve the tourism industry

18 August 2006, 10:54 AEST

The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau says the tourism industry can not just rely on marketing alone to improve its performance.

Chinese company to open tuna processing plant

18 August 2006, 10:54 AEST

A Chinese company is planning to open a new tuna processing plant in the Marshall Islands in 2007.

Fiji could host Forum in place of Tonga

18 August 2006, 10:54 AEST

As the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meeting in Tonga draws nearer, speculation is mounting that the summit may have to be moved out of the kingdom to another venue altogether.

Labour agrees to drop disciplinary action against dissidents

17 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

Lawyers for the Fiji Labour Party have told the High Court that the party has withdrawn disciplinary charges against five dissenting members.

Summit held to address rising drug problem

17 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

Guam is hosting more than 400 Pacific and international law enforcement officials this week to discuss the island's problem with illegal drugs.

New PM vows to lift restrictions on media freedom

17 August 2006, 9:28 AEST

Tuvalu's new prime minister has vowed to lift what he says have been restrictions on press freedom in the country.

Authorities bust female drug ring

17 August 2006, 9:28 AEST

Tahitians were suprised this week by the revelation that authorities had discovered an all-female drug trafficking ring.

European Union disappointed over naming of new bridge

17 August 2006, 9:28 AEST

The European Union says it's disappointed the Fiji government has refused to name a new bridge linking the capital Suva with Nausori the Rewa-Europa bridge.

PM's statement raises concern over King's health

16 August 2006, 15:36 AEST

As we go to air today, concern is mounting over the health of Tonga's king, Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, who is in an Auckland hospital.

Severe food shortages unlikely, despite rapid population growth

16 August 2006, 14:24 AEST

The issue of food security is on the agenda in Papua New Guinea, amid concern over the country's population growth is moving faster than its increase in food production.

Calls for fewer restrictions on foreign airlines

16 August 2006, 13:33 AEST

The Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has signed an open-skies petition, calling on the United States to ease its restrictions on foreign airlines.

Atlantic terrorism fear prompts airport security upgrade

16 August 2006, 13:33 AEST

The recent terrorism scares on the Atlantic air route between Britain and the United States have prompted the American Pacific territory of Guam to boost airport security, in line with other international airports.

Mourning begins to mark death of Maori Queen

16 August 2006, 13:33 AEST

A week of mourning has begun in New Zealand, following the death of Dame Te Atairangikaahu, known as the Maori Queen.

Summit to examine foreign land ownership

16 August 2006, 13:33 AEST

Concern about foreign control of land has prompted Vanuatu to hold a national lands summit later this month.

Proposed Bills causes a stir in opposition ranks

15 August 2006, 15:45 AEST

Two controversial pieces of legislation in Fiji have caused an even deeper rift between the Leader of the Labour Party and the Prime Minister.

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