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.


Japanese studying WW2 battlegrounds

19 October 2007, 15:03 AEST

A team of Japanese World War two researchers is in Solomon Islands, studying the battlegrounds of the Second World War.

Exporter denies link to dead dolphins

19 October 2007, 15:00 AEST

The Director of the company in Solomon Islands that exports dolphins has denied any involvement the death of three dolphins including a calf.

Concern at US federalisation of local immigration

19 October 2007, 14:53 AEST

Under the Covenant the CNMI currently holds with the United States, it enjoys local autonomy, self-government, local control of its immigration and guest worker programme.

Pacific candidate lose Mayoralty races

19 October 2007, 14:50 AEST

The two Pacific island candidates running for Mayors of their cities in New Zealand last weekend both lost.

Aid donors on a spending spree at Forum

19 October 2007, 14:48 AEST

A number of the more prominent regional organistions are the recipients of large sums of money from a number of the large donor bodies attending the post forum dialogue in Tonga.

Political fallout over anti-terrorist raids

19 October 2007, 14:45 AEST

This week's anti-terrorist operation in New Zealand has triggered a heated political clash over police tactics and street protests.

Fiji promises elections by March 2009

18 October 2007, 17:47 AEST

Fiji's interim Prime Minster Frank Bainimarama has promised the Pacific Island Leaders Meeting in Tonga, that his country will go to elections by March 2009.

Anti-Australian rehetoric increasing in Pacific

18 October 2007, 16:47 AEST

An Australian foreign policy think tank says the political limits of Australia's role in the South Pacific are being tested.

New immigration rules for family reunions

18 October 2007, 16:45 AEST

New Zealand is making it easier for permanent residents to have family members visit.

Japanese delegation looks at gas investment

18 October 2007, 16:43 AEST

A high level business delegation from Japan representing eight major oil and gas corporations is in Papua New Guinea on a ''fact-finding mission'' for investment in P-N-G's first own Liquefied Natural Gas-LNG plant.

MSG offers to mediate RAMSI concerns

18 October 2007, 16:18 AEST

As the 38th Pacific Islands Forum winds down many of the worlds power brokers have gathered in Nukualofa for the Post Forum Dialogue.

Labour wants election pledge rescinded

18 October 2007, 16:18 AEST

The Fiji Labour Party wants the interim prime minister to ignore his pledge to hold elections by March 2009.

Tourist rape suspect released on bail

18 October 2007, 16:17 AEST

In Vanuatu, a man from the island of Tanna who has been charged with the rape of a 70-year old American tourist has been released on bail.

700 pregnant cows to rebuild cattle industry

18 October 2007, 16:17 AEST

Taiwan is pouring millions of dollars into Solomon Islands to rebuild the country's cattle industry.

Questions over Fiji election commitment

18 October 2007, 16:17 AEST

As the Pacific Forum Leaders Meeting in Tonga starts to wind down, there appears to be a big difference between what Fiji says it has promised in relation elections in 2009, and what the Leaders say was promised.

Cautious welcome for election commitment

18 October 2007, 16:17 AEST

The announcement that Fiji will hold elections in early 2009 has received a cautious welcome from several interest groups in Fiji.

Presidential election survives court challenge

18 October 2007, 15:48 AEST

In Kiribati, Anote Tong has been returned as president for a second term by a substantial majority.

No travel bans for leaders flight to Vava'u

18 October 2007, 14:21 AEST

The Leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tonga have flown to Va'vau for the leaders retreat where they are currently discussing Solomon Islands and the role of the Regional Assistance Mission.

Deposed PM welcomes election commitment

17 October 2007, 16:56 AEST

Fiji's deposed prime minister has responded positively to the announcement that the country will return to democracy early in 2009.

PACIFIC:Vanuatu and PNG show strong economic growth

17 October 2007, 15:49 AEST

Economic growth in Vanuatu this year is expected to reach seven-point-two percent according to the latest Pacific Quarterly Report from the ANZ Bank.

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