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.


Coronation seventh Maori king

21 August 2007, 15:58 AEST

Celebrations are continuing in New Zealand following today's coronation of the seventh maori monarch - King Tuheitia Paki.

US Senate to revise Federalisation Bill

21 August 2007, 15:58 AEST

The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas played host to a delegation from the US Administration and Department of Insular Affairs last week for a public debate on the US-proposed Federalisation Bill, taking control of immigration and labour laws away from the CNMI.

No sugar subsidies in 2007

21 August 2007, 15:58 AEST

The European Union will not subsidy payments for Fiji's sugar industry this year.

Stock Exchange untouched by international troubles

21 August 2007, 12:00 AEST

The Port Moresby Stock Exchange has escaped the roller-coaster ride that has thrown the world's big exchanges into chaos over the past week.

Taiwan courts island nations votes at UN

21 August 2007, 11:57 AEST

Six Pacific Island countries have joined nine other countries who also recognise Taiwan, and put their names to a letter addressed to United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, calling on him to allow the Chinese island state's application to become a full member.

USP students offfered some relief.

21 August 2007, 11:57 AEST

Hundreds of desperate Solomon Islands students at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji have finally been paid part of their outstanding book and living allowances.

PM says Australia also used airline as troop carrier

20 August 2007, 15:32 AEST

The row over Australia chartering Air New Zealand planes to fly troops to Iraq has spread across the Tasman.

Dual citizenship welcomed by NZ Tongan leader

20 August 2007, 15:32 AEST

Tongans who emigrate can now retain their Tongan citizenship when they become citizens of other countries.

Dometic air services grounded indefinitely

20 August 2007, 15:32 AEST

Marshall Islanders are again feeling the isolation of island life, after the shut down of it's only domestic airline.

United Nations denies links with alleged investor

20 August 2007, 15:32 AEST

The United Nations most senior representative in the South Pacific has denied the UN has any connection with an organisation calling itself the Office of International Treasury Control and warned people to ask lots of questions before becoming involved with it.

Police crack down on drugs for guns racket

20 August 2007, 15:32 AEST

Papua New Guinea police have arrested 9 people including four women allegedly involved in a ''drugs for guns'' racket in PNG's Western province.

Birth registration begins

20 August 2007, 11:39 AEST

For the first time, Papua New Guinea is to start registering the birth of children.

Tsunami scare in Honiara following quake

17 August 2007, 15:43 AEST

Residents living along the coast of the Solomon Islands capital Honiara ran to higher ground last night in fear of a tsunami following an earthquake.

Election campaign proceeds without fuss

17 August 2007, 15:43 AEST

In Nauru, around four thousand voters will go to the polls in eight days on the 25th of August to elect a new government.

Locals not worried by Russian nuke bomber incident

17 August 2007, 15:43 AEST

The government of Guam says people on the island were not worried by an incident last week in which Russia claims a pair of its bombers overflew the US Pacific territory.

Health minister advises Methodist church on debt payments

17 August 2007, 15:43 AEST

Fiji's interim health minister has suggested that the methodist church use some of its fund raising money to pay its dues for the Ba Mission Hospital.

Disagreement over US Federalisation takeover

17 August 2007, 9:25 AEST

There's disagreement in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariannas over Washington's plans to assume control of immigration and labour of the island group.

Second military contingent headed to Iraq

16 August 2007, 16:10 AEST

A second contingent of Tongan soldiers is being deployed to Iraq to help guard the headquarters of the US led Coalition forces in the country.

Long overdue reforms to prison system

16 August 2007, 16:10 AEST

Reforms to the Solomon Islands Correctional Services Act are due to go before the country's parliament at this sitting.

SkyAirWorld agreement stands

16 August 2007, 16:10 AEST

The Australian company that has grounded a plane leased to Solomon Airlines says its wants to keep doing business with the company despite a falling out.

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