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.


Tsunami victims depressed

5 April 2007, 12:04 AEST

In Solomon Islands, barely three days on from the tsunami, stories are beginning to emerge that more could and should be done by officials to assist victims.

SOLOMONS; Social service groups aid relief effort

5 April 2007, 10:32 AEST

Solomons' social service groups have begun organising their own assistance for the Western Province.

Update on the latest situation

5 April 2007, 10:32 AEST

Pacific Correspondent Sean Dorney is in the Solomons and spoke to the Australia Network from Munda.

SOLOMONS:residents fear more quakes

4 April 2007, 16:10 AEST

On Gizo, many residents who've lost their homes are sleeping in the open as the island continues to be shaken.

Refugees disappointed with aid

4 April 2007, 16:10 AEST

A father of four has told how he grabbed his wife and four children and fled with the rest of his village to higher ground to escape the tsunami.

People waiting for relief supplies

4 April 2007, 16:10 AEST

The Western Province Disaster Committee in Solomon Islands says most of the people on the earthquake tsunami devastated islands have still not received any emergency relief supplies.

refugees describe tough conditions

4 April 2007, 10:34 AEST

Pacific Beat has managed to get through to a public telephone box on the island of Gizo, badly damged in the earthquake and tsunami.

Escapes full force of typhoon Kong Rey

3 April 2007, 16:51 AEST

Residents in Guam and CNMI can now breathe a sigh of relief as Typhoon Kong Rey has been down graded in some of the islands.

SOLOMONS; residents told to stay on high ground

3 April 2007, 16:04 AEST

Residents in the coastal areas in the Western Province through to the Shortland Islands are being asked to stay away from the coast and move to higher ground and remain alert.

Gizo residents wait for rescue effort

3 April 2007, 16:04 AEST

The Premier of Solomon Islands' Western Province, Alex Lokopio says the people of Gizo are preparing for another night under the stars, waiting for the organised aid effort to arrive.

Gizo resident describes disaster

3 April 2007, 16:04 AEST

Meanwhile local people in Gizo are helping the injured and working to clear their airstrip while they wait for the organised rescue and recovery effort to arrive.

UN - help is on the way

3 April 2007, 16:04 AEST

The United Nations Development Program has just received permission from Solomon Islands Government to bring in its teams from PNG and Fiji to help with disaster relief.

Tsunami warning causes panic in Morobe

3 April 2007, 16:04 AEST

The Solomon Islands tsunami caused widespread panic in Lae in Morobe province in neighbouring Papua New Guinea.

PM details Tsunami destruction

3 April 2007, 16:04 AEST

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare says yesterday's tsunami has caused widespread destruction in Western Province and the southern part of Choiseul Province.

Aid being sent to Western Province

2 April 2007, 18:03 AEST

Solomon Islands' disaster relief coordinators have begun sending aid to the country's Western Province, which was hit on Monday morning by earthquakes.

Typhoon Kong Rey strengthens

2 April 2007, 17:49 AEST

Guam, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia are also experiencing hostile weather patterns.

Official assessment of tsunami damage

2 April 2007, 16:28 AEST

Officials in Solomon Islands are trying to assess the damage caused by a powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit the country's Western Province on Monday.

74 per cent voter turnout

2 April 2007, 16:28 AEST

In Wallis and Fatuna, 74 percent of registered voters went to the polls at the weekend to elect a new 20 member Assembly.

Witness reports of damage

2 April 2007, 16:28 AEST

Meanwhile eyewitness reports from the island of Gizo in Solomon Islands tell of buildings destroyed by the eathquake, which continued after the tidal wave, and the washing away of low lying villages by the wave.

Research can unfairly exploit local knowledge

2 April 2007, 16:28 AEST

A new book about the way scientific research is conducted in the Pacific says local communities want more control over the process.

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