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.

Stories

Concerns poor may suffer from taxi fare hikes

29 March 2005, 10:58 AEST

Fiji's National Council of Women says poor people in the community would not be able to afford a proposed hike in taxi and bus fares.

Vice President's poetry reaches new audience

29 March 2005, 10:58 AEST

Dewe Gorode works as Vice President of New Caledonia, but the long-time independence activist has been writing poetry and short stories for over thirty years.

culture, tourism and trade feature in Japan show

28 March 2005, 13:47 AEST

Vanuatu is taking part in a major international trade fair in Japan, which will showcase its culture, trade and tourism.

Indigenous interests buy back land

28 March 2005, 13:47 AEST

In Vanuatu, an indigenous company has become the first Ni-Vanuatu organisation to buy back a major property from expatriate investors.

Bungalows planned for Brando island

28 March 2005, 13:47 AEST

The most expensive hotel ever to be built in French Polynesia will be ready by 2008.

Hopes Ona may participate in Bougainville election

24 March 2005, 14:37 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the surprise reappearance of Independence leader Francis Ona at a rally is being greeted as a major development, in the lead-up to May elections.

Aviation fuel flows again

24 March 2005, 14:37 AEST

Papua New Guinea's national airline, Air Niugini, is resuming normal and rescheduled flights out of Port Moresby today, as jet fuel supplies to the airport are restored.

Government criticises 'colonial' media outlets

24 March 2005, 14:37 AEST

The Tongan government has lashed out at international media coverage of the composition of its cabinet.

NGO criticises delay in ombudsman appointment

24 March 2005, 14:37 AEST

The corruption watchdog group Transparency International in Vanuatu has written to President Kalkot Mataskelekele asking why it's taking so long to appoint a new ombudsman.

Dawunincura to challenge for ONOC presidency

24 March 2005, 12:00 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Olympic supremo, John Dawanincura, has today confirmed he will challenge Australia's Kevan Gosper to lead the Oceania National Olympic Committee.

Visitors Bureau taps Aussie tourists

24 March 2005, 8:44 AEST

Not wishing to miss out on the lucrative tourist market, the Solomon Islands' Visitors' Bureau has appointed a representative to look after its promotion in Australia.

New military planning centre cuts staff numbers

24 March 2005, 8:44 AEST

Hawaii is set to become America's main military planning centre in the Pacific.

National rugby holiday worries business community

24 March 2005, 8:44 AEST

Today has been declared a public holiday in Fiji, with thousands of people expected to flood the streets of the capital Suva to catch a glimpse of their rugby champions.

Pro-democracy ministers' loyalties could be mixed

23 March 2005, 16:02 AEST

Tonga's newly appointed commoner cabinet ministers could find their loyalties torn if the government takes a stand at odds with the Human Rights and Democracy Movement.

Leaders examine regional integration plan

23 March 2005, 16:02 AEST

Pacific leaders have been meeting in New Zealand this week, to examine a plan for greater regional integration.

Full impact of fuel crisis hits cargo industry

23 March 2005, 16:02 AEST

There may be some good news on the horizon for businesses and passengers disrupted by Papau New Guinea's aviation fuel crisis.

Francis Ona stages demonstration in Bougainville capital

23 March 2005, 16:02 AEST

The Bougainville rebel leader, Francis Ona, has made a surprising intervention in the political landscape of the Papua New Guinea province.

Pukapuka and Nassau face two-year cyclone recovery

23 March 2005, 12:04 AEST

To the Cook Islands, now, where people from the outer islands of Pukapuka and Nassau may have to depend on government handouts for the next two years, as they struggle with damage from Cyclone Percy.

Renewed interest in regional human rights tribunal

23 March 2005, 12:04 AEST

An address by the former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, to a major legal conference on Australia's Gold Coast on Tuesday has reignited interest in setting up a human rights tribunal for the Pacific Islands region.

Indigenous artefacts dispute drags on

23 March 2005, 12:04 AEST

A dispute over the ownership of indigenous Hawaiian artefacts continues, at the conclusion of a hearing by a US federal committee.

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