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.


Fijians embrace 'Diwali' festival

12 November 2007, 11:51 AEDT

Last Friday Fiji celebrated "Diwali", the "Festival of Light", traditionally a day of celebration for Hindu people.

University of the South Pacific suffering post coup

12 November 2007, 11:51 AEDT

The United States partner in a failed software development enterprise with the University of the South Pacific says last December's coup has affected all of the University's commercial ventures.

Family trees are hot property

12 November 2007, 11:51 AEDT

The formal documentation of family histories in the Pacific is changing the way governments and business consider rights to land and other resources.

Chief Justice praised for reforming justice system

12 November 2007, 11:51 AEDT

Tonga's Chief Justice has been praised by the World Bank for his efforts in reforming the Kingdom's court system.

Call for PNG team in Aus Rugby League comp

9 November 2007, 17:03 AEDT

The election campaign in Australia has prompted calls for political parties to back a campaign to see a Papua New Guinea team admitted to the Australian Rugby league competition.

Concern over street children

9 November 2007, 17:01 AEDT

There are increasing concerns in Samoa about the number of children taking to the streets to sell goods.

SOLOMON IS:Compensation claim for Ramsi post

9 November 2007, 17:00 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, landowners of a police post on South Guadalcanal are demanding the government pay them compensation of quarter of a million Solomons dollars or about 36-thousand US dollars.

Police says criminal gangs control capital

9 November 2007, 16:58 AEDT

Papua New Guinea Police have admitted the capital, Port Moresby has fallen into the hands of criminal gangs, terrorising residents who now live in fear.

Attempt for free former governor convicted of rape

9 November 2007, 16:48 AEDT

In Papua New Guinea, the younger brother of a former governor convicted of rape is contesting a by-election to try to secure his brother's release or pardon from prison.

Southern atolls short of water

9 November 2007, 16:46 AEDT

Ominous signs exist that Kiribati is in for a long dry summer.

Future of terrorism suppression laws in doubt

9 November 2007, 16:45 AEDT

The future of New Zealand's controversial terrorism suppression laws are in doubt after authorities ruled that none of those arrested in last month's raids on Maori communities will face terrorism charges.

Court demands NZ businessman appear in court

9 November 2007, 16:38 AEDT

The Fiji High court has given the Commissioner of Police and Commander of the Fiji Military Forces 12 days to produce New Zealand businessman Ballu Khan in court.

Finance Minister sacking linked to SolAir

9 November 2007, 16:38 AEDT

The sacking of the Solomon Islands Finance Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has been linked to his strong support for the board of the financially stricken national airline, Solomon Airlines.

Bail refused to 11 accused over plot

8 November 2007, 16:33 AEDT

Bail has been refused to the 11 men alleged to have conspired to assassinate Fiji's interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

DPP claims threats by investigators of plot

8 November 2007, 16:31 AEDT

In breaking news, Fiji's Office of Public Prosecutions claims it has been intimidated.

Police anticipate further arrests

8 November 2007, 16:29 AEDT

Fiji police last night raided the houses of a number of suspects charged over the alleged assassination plot against the interim prime minister and senior cabinet members.

Police Comm wants RAMSI immunity removed

8 November 2007, 16:28 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Police commissioner Jahir Khan wants the scrapping of immunity from local laws granted to personnel of the regional assistance mission, RAMSI.

Major chicken supplier to close

8 November 2007, 16:27 AEDT

In Vanutau, more than 50 people face an uncertain future after it was announced that the country's major supplier of local chickens will close its factory early next year.

War declared on men who abuse women

7 November 2007, 17:19 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Police Commissioner Gari Baki has declared war on men who abuse women.

Demand for action to stop power cuts

7 November 2007, 17:18 AEDT

Business leaders in Papua New Guinea says power cuts are costing tens of thousands of Kina and threatening the health of people across the country.

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