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.


Authorities cautious about future of American-owned medical s

8 May 2006, 14:01 AEST

The Cook Islands has opened its doors to an American-owned medical school, which will be operating from the country's main Island, Rarotonga.

Fiji-based pay TV continues its ambitious expansion plans

8 May 2006, 14:01 AEST

The manager of the Fiji-based pay satellite pay TV service, Sky Pacific, has just returned from Cook Islands, as part of his plan to expand the reach of the service.

New Prime Minister defiant over cabinet appointments

8 May 2006, 14:01 AEST

When on Thursday MP Manasseh Sogavare was declared Solomon Islands' new prime minister, the news was greeted with cheers by the crowd outside Parliament House.

EU observer team investigating election complaints

5 May 2006, 9:39 AEST

The European Union has sent a team of observers to Fiji to keep a close eye on the election process.

Excitement as world prices boost mineral export income

5 May 2006, 9:39 AEST

Papua New Guinea says it's very excited about the current boom in its minerals exports, a a result of an increase in world prices.

New PM says RAMSI's operations will be reviewed

5 May 2006, 9:39 AEST

The Solomon Islands newly appointed Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogovare, says he is happy with the operations of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands and wants it to continue.

Government printers defy critics and deliver ballots on time

5 May 2006, 9:39 AEST

In spite of initial fears, government printers in Fiji have overcome the odds by printing all ballot papers on time for this weekend's national poll.

Taiwan confident diplomatic ties will remain in place

4 May 2006, 15:59 AEST

One of the foreign policy challenges facing the Solomon Islands' newly elected Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, is what to do about the Solomons' relationship with Taiwan.

No reports of damage or injuries after strong quake

4 May 2006, 15:46 AEST

Tongans are today counting themselves lucky, after reports confirmed a massive earthquake which hit the country on Thursday morning didn't cause widespread damage.

Menassah Sogovare sworn in as new prime minister

4 May 2006, 15:35 AEST

Solomon Islands MP Manasseh Sogavare has been sworn-in by the country's Governor General as the new prime minister.

A tough initiation for Emperor Mines new CEO

4 May 2006, 13:55 AEST

Emperor Mines' new Chief Executive, Brad Gordon, is set to take over as the company experiences a rollercoaster ride, with hundreds of staff laid off in Fiji and a major new gold discovery at its Tolukuma mine in PNG.

PM expresses relief as Kingdom escapes quake damage

4 May 2006, 13:55 AEST

The entire South Pacific was place on a tsunami alert overnight, after a massive earthquake rocked the Tongan islands.

Police artefact bust highlights risk of cultural theft

4 May 2006, 13:40 AEST

Vanuatu police have thwarted attempts to ship a consignment of looted artefacts out of the country, which included a life-sized sacred carved-stone pig - traditionally used for drinking kava.

Rap, swearing and music - three strikes against NZ movie

3 May 2006, 15:40 AEST

Sione's Wedding, the New Zealand-made movie with an all-Samoan cast, has been attacked by a college president in American Samoa.

Election result could depend candiates popularity

3 May 2006, 15:08 AEST

Time is now running out for the 300 candidates out on the hustings, in the lead-up to Fiji's general elections.

Mother confident son's candidacy won't spark family feud

3 May 2006, 15:08 AEST

With voting set to kick off in Fiji general elections on Saturday, candidates have been busy canvassing for votes and support.

Sudden influx of foreign journalists affected crisis cover

3 May 2006, 13:02 AEST

One element of the recent political crisis in Solomon Islands was the wave of Australian and other foreign journalists who rushed to Honiara.

House of Reps shelves 10% cut in civil service wages.

3 May 2006, 13:02 AEST

When the newly elected governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Benigno Fitial, took office in January, he says he was faced with a dire economic situation.

Officials target human trafficking hot-spots

3 May 2006, 13:02 AEST

In American Samoa, the government's Territorial Intelligence Unit has developed a community education program in a bid to combat human trafficking.

Candidates promise to resolve causes of conflict

3 May 2006, 13:02 AEST

On Thursday, Solomon islanders will have a their second prime minister in under a month, after the recent riots forced the former controversial Prime Minister-elect, Snyder Rini, to resign.

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