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.


strong currency blamed for companies moving offshore.

11 October 2007, 15:50 AEST

The volatility of the New Zealand dollar is being blamed for an exodus of local companies.

Appeal over NZ decision to bar goalkeeper

11 October 2007, 15:49 AEST

The president of Fiji soccer plans to take New Zealand's decision to refuse to allow his goal keeper into the country to the International Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Possibility of first Samoan Mayor

11 October 2007, 15:49 AEST

A Samoan is poised to become the first Mayor of a major city in either Australia or New Zealand.

Talks underway on business opportunities

11 October 2007, 15:47 AEST

Business opportunities in the Pacific have been at the centre of talks during Guam's fourth Department of the Interior's Conference.

PM accused of disrespect and contempt for Forum

10 October 2007, 16:01 AEST

Transparency Solomon Islands has accused the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of showing disrespect and contempt for other Pacific Islands Forum leaders.

Coup critic prevented from flying to Forum

10 October 2007, 15:58 AEST

A prominent critic of Fiji's coup has been prevented from boarding a flight to Tonga.

Campaign to prevent outbreak of dengue fever

10 October 2007, 12:39 AEST

A campaign has been launched to prevent the spread of Dengue fever to Guam.

PNG plans for one-off origin style match

10 October 2007, 12:38 AEST

Papua New Guinea rugby league has announced a one off 'Origin' style clash between residents and international players, in the national capital Port Moresby at the end of October.

Government critical of Australian travel advisory

9 October 2007, 16:34 AEST

The Fiji military has strongly criticised the Australian government's upgraded travel advisory for the country.

European Union to cut sugar subsidies

9 October 2007, 16:34 AEST

After a month of speculation, the European Union has confirmed it will not be providing subsidies for this year's sugar crop in Fiji.

Airline still planning to fly to Solomons

9 October 2007, 16:33 AEST

Australian airline company, SkyAirWorld says it will pursue its goal to resume flying between Australia and Solomon Islands.

SDL vows not to make inciteful statements

9 October 2007, 16:33 AEST

Fiji's mainly ethnic Fijian SDL Party says it's made a commitment not to make any statements which might lead to trouble.

NZ, Australia and Fiji out of World Cup rugby

8 October 2007, 16:05 AEST

Now to Rugby Union and Fiji is out of the World Cup despite a close game against South Africa.

PM to boycott Pacific Leaders forum

8 October 2007, 15:58 AEST

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Manessah Sogavare, will be boycotting this year's Pacific Islands' Leader's Forum in Tonga.

Former PNGDF commander calls for end to military rule

8 October 2007, 15:53 AEST

A former commander of Papua New Guinea's Defence Force has called on Fiji interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, to step down by Christmas.

Credit Corp expands to Vanuatu

8 October 2007, 11:17 AEST

The Papua New Guinea finance company, Credit Corporation, will see a long held dream become reality this week when it opens its first office today in Vanuatu.

One in seven Maori now live in Australia

8 October 2007, 11:16 AEST

There are now so many Maori living in Australia that New Zealand's Maori Party has suggested, tongue in cheek, that an eigth Maori seat in parliament be created for them.

UN should look after West Papuan refugees

5 October 2007, 14:59 AEST

The former governor of Papua New Guinea's West Sepik province, John Tekwie says the United Nations should take responsibility for the West Papuan refugees in PNG.

PNG:Calls for Australian Aid for Kokoda landowners

5 October 2007, 14:44 AEST

An Australian politican is calling for urgent action from the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments to deal with the environmental threat to the Kokoda Track.

Anti-Polynesian emails target Samoan Mayoral candidate

5 October 2007, 14:43 AEST

In New Zealand, the local body election campaign has turned nasty, with a Samoan Mayoral candidate being sent e-mails accusing him of wanting to import Pacific Islanders.

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