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.


Rugby legend ready for major league return

11 April 2005, 11:29 AEST

Former All Black winger, Jonah Lomu will play rugby for North Harbour in New Zealand's National Provincial Championship this season.

MPs examine how to become better leaders

11 April 2005, 11:29 AEST

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has turned its attention on the Pacific.

Diplomatic relations with Australia strained

8 April 2005, 15:01 AEST

In PNG, an incident at an Australian aiport last month involving Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare may blow up into a major diplomatic row.

Special celebratory masses honour Pope's memory

8 April 2005, 15:01 AEST

The late Pope John Paul II is being buried tonight in Rome, following a Requiem Mass at St.

Emergency system receives boost

8 April 2005, 9:27 AEST

Australia is to provide 2.

Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources resigns.

8 April 2005, 9:27 AEST

In Fiji the Minister who was convicted this week for his role in the 2000 coup, has resigned.

Australia signs major aid deal with Vanuatu

8 April 2005, 9:27 AEST

In Port Vila this week, a high level delegation signed off on a new development co-operation strategy between Australia and Vanuatu for 2005-2010.

Indonesian ambassador sponsors soccer club

8 April 2005, 9:27 AEST

The Indonesian Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Johannes Djopari, has revealed himself to be quite a soccer fan.

New agreement to end GIP protests

8 April 2005, 9:26 AEST

For the second time in as many weeks, the Government of French Polynesia has negotiated an agreement to end a dispute with the Polynesian Intervention Group - the GIP.

Jailed minister and chief quits

7 April 2005, 15:26 AEST

Fiji's jailed Minister for Lands, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, has quit.

Activists rally to fight sodomy ruling

7 April 2005, 15:26 AEST

On the program yesterday, we brought you the story of two men in Fiji, who have become the first people since independence to be found guilty, under the country's sodomy laws.

Indonesia refuses visa to human rights campaigner

7 April 2005, 15:26 AEST

The Director of Fiji's Human Rights Commission has been refused entry to Indonesia.

Vanuatu ban on Fiji biscuits may spark trade war

7 April 2005, 15:26 AEST

For the second time in the space of six months, the humble biscuit is at the centre of a trade dispute between Pacific neighbours Fiji and Vanuatu.

Call for Fijian midwives to obtain US licence

7 April 2005, 12:09 AEST

Fijian midwives working in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas have been told they now require professional licences to work there.

ADB report highlights hardship

7 April 2005, 12:09 AEST

An Asian Development Bank report on Tonga says 23 per cent of people in the country are living below the poverty line, earning less than 15 US dollars a week.

No regrets over Sir John's ONOC challenge

7 April 2005, 12:09 AEST

Papua New Guinea's National Olympic Committee president Sir John Dawanincura says he does not regret launching what proved to be an unsuccessful campaign for the presidency of the Oceania National Olympic Committee, or ONOC.

Anger over Fiji gay convictions

6 April 2005, 16:32 AEST

The man whose case drew international attention to Fiji's so-called sodomy laws late last year, Samson Verma, has reacted angrily to Wednesday's convictions.

US Congressman tells Australian not to forget Papua

6 April 2005, 16:29 AEST

A US Congressman wants Australia not to allow its pursuit of good relations with Indonesia stop it paying attention to the struggle for independence by the mainly Melanesian people of the Indonesian province of Papua.

Volcano ash spews to record heights

6 April 2005, 16:27 AEST

To the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, now, and while the eruption overnight of the volcano on Anatahan hasn't caused injuries or damaged property, it was the most spectacular in the island's history.

Senior public servant stands by anti-gay sentence

6 April 2005, 16:27 AEST

In Fiji, two men are today behind bars, after becoming the first people since independence to be found guilty under the country's sodomy laws.

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