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.


Democracy movement to continue gatherings

17 October 2007, 15:43 AEST

Tonga's pro democracy movement says it will continue to hold a large-scale political meeting during the Pacifc islands Forum.

Tsunami relief aid diverted to government project

17 October 2007, 15:42 AEST

The Premier of Solomon Islands' Western Province says he is outraged by the national government's move to divert funds meant for tsunami rehabilitation work.

Dolphins loaded for export.

17 October 2007, 15:37 AEST

In Solomon Islands.

Foreign Minister condemns radical group

16 October 2007, 17:21 AEST

New Zealand police have arrested more than a dozen people so far in a major operation aimed at what's being described as guerilla style training camps in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Export of live dolphins resumes

16 October 2007, 16:23 AEST

A Solomon Islands company is again exporting live dolphins.

Export of live dolphins resumes

16 October 2007, 16:16 AEST

A Solomon Islands company is again exporting live dolphins.

Protests in Melbourne over NZ terrorist raids

16 October 2007, 16:11 AEST

Political activists opposed to this week's police operation in New Zealand against alleged guerilla-style training camps in the eastern Bay of Plenty have staged a demonstration in the Australian city of Melbourne.

New Zealand study prompts Biritish nuclear inquiry

16 October 2007, 16:08 AEST

A New Zealand study has prompted the British Parliament to conduct another inquiry into nuclear testing in Kiribati in the 1950's.

NZ v Fiji game to be played tomorrow

16 October 2007, 16:08 AEST

Soccer's world governing body, FIFA, says it could be a year before New Zealand and Fiji play their abandoned World Cup qualifying match.

Huge anti-terrorim exercise underway

16 October 2007, 14:19 AEST

The United States has begun its largest ever counterterrorism exercise starting with a simulated attack on a power station on Guam.

Deposed PM hopes Forum will press for democracy

16 October 2007, 14:13 AEST

As the Pacific's leaders gather in Tonga for the annual Pacific Island Forum, the most controversial figure there will no doubt be Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

Call for independent inquiry into shipping deaths

16 October 2007, 14:12 AEST

The Vanuatu Maritime Authority has asked the government to establish an independent commission of inquiry into a shipping tragedy earlier this month.

Maori MP sceptical over terror claims

16 October 2007, 14:07 AEST

An MP in New Zealand says the police operation aimed at what have been described as guerilla style training camps in the eastern Bay of Plenty was over the top.

Cleared MP denies intimidation of witnesses

12 October 2007, 15:07 AEST

One of two members of parliament acquitted of criminal charges by the Solomon Islands High Court says justice has been done and the judge's decision should be respected.

Nukualofa prepares to welcome Pacific leaders

12 October 2007, 14:59 AEST

Tonga's capital, Nukualofa, is getting ready to host the annual Pacific Islands Forum meeting next week.

Westech denies evicting workers from gold mine

12 October 2007, 14:58 AEST

The Mining Company, Westech International denies claims that it's evicting former workers from its company quarters at Fiji's Vatukoula Gold Mine.

Two MP's cleared of riot charges

11 October 2007, 18:00 AEST

The two Solomon Islands Members of Parliament facing criminal charges relating to last year's riots in Honiara, have been cleared by the High Court.

Kingdom ready to welcome Pacific Forum leaders

11 October 2007, 17:02 AEST

Tonga's prime minister says the Kingdom is fully prepared to host the Pacific Islands Forum, which gets underway next week.

Chiefs of Police adopt new policing strategy

11 October 2007, 15:55 AEST

The 36th annual Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police conference has concluded in New Zealand with the adoption of a new plan.

New party happy with reform later rather than sooner

11 October 2007, 15:53 AEST

The leader of a newly established Tongan political party says he has no troubles with political reform being implemented in 2010 or 2011 rather than next year.

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