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.


Public march in support of public service doctors

23 November 2005, 16:32 AEST

A rally is being organised on Friday in Samoa by supporters of the country's public service doctors.

Government to recruit churches in HIV-AIDS programs

23 November 2005, 12:47 AEST

A report into people's understanding of the HIV-AIDS epidemic in Papua New Guinea has revealed a lack of information on the disease, particularly in remote parts of the country.

Top Kumul star spreads health message in schools

23 November 2005, 12:47 AEST

Papua New Guinea Rugby League international Stanley Gene has returned home for the holidays.

Minister throws his weight behind WTO membership

23 November 2005, 12:47 AEST

The government of Vanuatu says full membership of the World Trade Organisation would benefit the country, and has brushed aside fears such as step would be detrimental to local industries.

Mail caught-up in shipping dispute

23 November 2005, 12:47 AEST

In Marshall Islands, the term "snail mail" has taken on a whole new meaning.

Opposition sparing with praise for 'piecemeal' budget

23 November 2005, 12:47 AEST

Papua New Guinea's opposition has given the government's 2006 budget a mixed report, saying that whatever its merits, it will not improve services to country's population.

Operation to clean up contaminated water

23 November 2005, 12:47 AEST

For decades, people across the Pacific have been consuming food and water contaminated by hazardous chemicals.

PINA elections foreshadows new restructure

22 November 2005, 15:38 AEST

In Tonga, the Pacific Islands News Association - PINA - has elected a new president, at its biennial meeting in Nuku'alofa.

Kava Council welcomes moves to lift European ban

22 November 2005, 11:31 AEST

Fiji's Kava Council has welcomed reports kava could be back on the export list to Germany and other European countries in the new year.

Mining CEO confident gold boom is nigh

22 November 2005, 11:31 AEST

The gold boom for mid and small sized gold mining companies in Papua New Guinea is only just beginning, according to Mark Wellesley Wood, Chief Executive of DRDGold.

Independents win close-call gubernatorial elections

22 November 2005, 11:31 AEST

The gubernatorial elections in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands have gone right down to the wire, with just 99 votes between victory and defeat.

Are Polynesians more susceptible to the bird flu?

22 November 2005, 11:31 AEST

New Zealand's Health Ministry is keeping an open mind on whether it may need to give Maori and other Polynesians in the country priority in the distribution of retroviral drugs, to held fend off a future pandemic mutation of bird flu.

Government and royals support moves for reform

21 November 2005, 14:34 AEST

The government of Tonga has just announced its plans for the process of political reform, as pressure by the country's pro-democracy campaigners continues to mount.

Australian company to resume phosphate mining

21 November 2005, 13:26 AEST

Australia's biggest fertilizer company has struck a deal with the Government of Nauru to rehabilitate the country's phosphate mine.

Urwin says free trade not 'congenial' to Forum members

21 November 2005, 13:26 AEST

The signing of the Pacific Plan by regional leaders last month has again opened up the debate on the impact of free trade on smaller states.

Court to decide who will run university

21 November 2005, 13:26 AEST

There's an air of confusion at the University of Papua New Guinea this week, with uncertainty over who is actually running the institution.

Legal rights for grassroots communities

21 November 2005, 13:26 AEST

Local communities in Papua New Guinea are often dealing with major timber and mining companies, but sign away their resources without a full understanding of their economic rights or the future environmental impacts.

Hopes Pasifika workers can adapt to new environment

21 November 2005, 13:25 AEST

The New Zealand government is attempting to lock New Zealand's Pacific Island population into new industries, amid changing demands for a specialised workforce.

Nauru welcomes increased UNDP presence

18 November 2005, 14:08 AEST

The news that the United Nations Development Program is to enhance its physical presence in smaller Pacific Island states has been welcomed by Nauru's Ambassador to the UN.

Robbers vote with their guns in electoral heist

18 November 2005, 14:08 AEST

Armed robbers have made away with over half a million Australian dollars in a major heist at the PNG Electoral Commission.

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