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.


Soldiers face murder charges

30 October 2007, 15:02 AEDT

Fiji's military spokesman is questioning the timing of the warrants issued by the Department of Public Prosecutions for the arrest of six soldiers.

NZ accused of being behind referendum

30 October 2007, 14:57 AEDT

A New Zealand opposition Member of Parliament has accused the country's foreign ministry of being behind efforts to persuade the people of Tokelau to vote for self-determination.

Public servants ask govt to honour pay promise

30 October 2007, 14:55 AEDT

Fiji's Public servants want confirmation from the interim government that it will honour a promise to begin restoring their pay cuts in December.

Police probe illegal artifacts trade

30 October 2007, 14:55 AEDT

An investigation is underway in Vanuatu into an attempt to illegally traffic cultural artefacts from the Island of Malekua.

World Bank project to build mining skills

29 October 2007, 16:50 AEDT

Papua New Guinea is one of the most resource rich countries in the world.

New High Commissioner appointed

29 October 2007, 16:50 AEDT

In New Caledonia, the French government has appointed a new high commissioner, Yves Dassonville.

New AusAid pilot project for commerical businesses

29 October 2007, 16:48 AEDT

In a major change in direction, Australia's aid organisation "AusAid" has decided to help develop commerical businesses in the Pacific.

Vatican representative wants explanation from Mataca

29 October 2007, 16:11 AEDT

Parishioners of the Catholic church in Fiji are divided over the appointment of Archbishop Petereo Mataca as co-chair of the People's Council.

Warrant prevents soldiers from leaving country

29 October 2007, 16:08 AEDT

Fiji's military has declined to explain why five of its members were prevented from leaving the country to take part in the peackeeping force in Iraq.

Prime Minister opens first wind farm

29 October 2007, 14:24 AEDT

Fiji's Interim Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has officially opened the country's first wind farm.

Third vote on self-determination unlikely

29 October 2007, 14:24 AEDT

It's likely to be some time before Tokelauans vote on self-determination again.

Police deny corruption allegations

26 October 2007, 14:46 AEST

The Executive Officer of Transparency International in Solomon Islands fears that corruption within the police force could be on the rise.

Call to link conservation to culture

26 October 2007, 14:10 AEST

There have been calls for conservation efforts in the Pacific to be linked more closely to people, their culture and their traditional knowledge.

Expects to expand fish trade to EU

26 October 2007, 14:08 AEST

Solomon Islands expects to benefit from its tuna trade to the European Union market under an interim trade arrangement with the Pacific ACP states.

GUAM:good prospects for economic growth

26 October 2007, 14:06 AEST

The ANZ bank says Guam has good prospects for economic growth with conditions being positive for both its major industries - tourism and support for US military personel on the island.

Australia holds WHO health conference

26 October 2007, 14:03 AEST

Representatives from Pacific nations are gathering in Australia for a World Health Organisation conference to try to reduce the number of deaths from non-communicable diseases.

NZ leader wants another vote & change of rules

26 October 2007, 14:02 AEST

The leader of the largest single overseas Tokelauan community wants a third referendum held on self-determination.

TOKELAU; Referendum lost on self-determination

25 October 2007, 15:44 AEST

Tokelau's referendum on self-determination has been lost by 16 votes.

War of words over Japanese Tuna under reporting

25 October 2007, 14:54 AEST

Australia's claim that Japan has massively under-reported its catch of tuna over decades has caused a virtual standstill in conservation negotiations.

Media freedom ranking challenged

25 October 2007, 14:21 AEST

In Fiji, there's criticism of a World Press Freedom survey which has seen the country tumble from 58th most free in the world, to 107th.

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