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.


Australia and New Zealand work together on security

22 May 2006, 14:45 AEST

Australian and New Zealand defence chiefs believe both countries are now better resourced and better equipped to respond to security and peacekeeping operations in the Pacific than they've ever been.

Government to return Waitako River to Maori tribes

22 May 2006, 8:55 AEST

Last week marked the 40th Anniversary of Dame Te Atairangikaahu's instalment as Queen of a Maori community - one of the largest events on the Maori calendar in New Zealand.

Betel nut shortage forces chewers to go cold turkey

22 May 2006, 8:55 AEST

Residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are doing it tough at the moment, with betel nut again in short supply.

Banks express confidence in current economic climate

22 May 2006, 8:55 AEST

One of the oldest banks operating in Papua New Guinea has expressed confidence in the current economic climate and praised the fiscal discipline of the PNG government.

Labour Party to submit list of names for cabinet consideration

22 May 2006, 8:55 AEST

The Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, says that on Monday he'll provide Fiji's Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, with a list of prospective Labour Party ministers.

Australia, NZ urge government to continue with RAMSI

22 May 2006, 8:55 AEST

Australia and New Zealand have applied diplomatic pressure on the new government of Solomon Islands, saying the regional intervention has to be maintained.

Australia to highlight concerns over 'exit strategy' call

19 May 2006, 15:43 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister is making a quick dash to Honiara today, to talk to the new Solomon Islands government about the future of the regional security mission, RAMSI.

Business satisfied with government's strong economic direction

19 May 2006, 10:34 AEST

The Business Council of Papua New Guinea says it's optimistic about the future of business in PNG, following a series of tough economic decisions by the government.

No return to school for striking teachers, despite reassurances

19 May 2006, 10:34 AEST

Teachers in Papua New Guinea remain on strike, despite assurances by Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare that his government will address their grievances immediately.

Cabinet reshuffle brings in first-ever woman minister

19 May 2006, 10:34 AEST

The Kingdom of Tonga now has its first-ever woman minister, following a cabinet reshuffle.

Newly reappointed PM offers cabinet positions to opposition

19 May 2006, 10:34 AEST

The newly re-appointed Prime Minister of Fiji has invited the opposition Fiji Labour Party to join his Government and take up seven relatively senior ministries.

Rebel leader denies reports he's preparing coup

19 May 2006, 10:34 AEST

Bougainville rebel army leader Noah Musingku has denied reports he's preparing to overthrow the island's autonomous government, the ABG.

Qarase sworn in for second term as PM

18 May 2006, 15:30 AEST

Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has been sworn in for a second term as the country's leader.

Military chief pulls back from threat to stop new government

18 May 2006, 14:24 AEST

Fiji's Military Commander has given up his push to stop the newly elected Government of Fiji led by Laisenia Qarase from taking power.

Electoral Offices releases results for 70 of 71 seats

18 May 2006, 12:02 AEST

In Fiji, results are now known in all but one of the country's 71 lower house constituencies, placing caretaker Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase in a strong position to form a government.

Maori migrating to Australia in large numbers

18 May 2006, 12:02 AEST

It's well known that New Zealanders are moving to Australia in large numbers.

Money offer for training not taken up by sporting officials

18 May 2006, 12:02 AEST

The Samoan government has given the country's sports federations until the end of June to take advantage of a US$5000 grant to train sports technicians for the 2007 South Pacific Games.

European shareholders call for copper mine re-opening

18 May 2006, 12:02 AEST

The European-based shareholders of the company which owns Bougainville's copper mine have called for the re-opening of the operation.

PM says two independent MPs will support SDL government

17 May 2006, 15:01 AEST

Fiji's caretaker Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has claimed victory for his SDL party, as counting from last week's racially charged general election continues.

PM says he may include Labour MPs in his next cabinet

17 May 2006, 14:53 AEST

Fiji's caretaker Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has claimed victory in last week's general election, and says he now has enough support in the new parliament to rule.

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