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.

Stories

Mumbai terror bombings cause sorrow

17 July 2006, 15:18 AEST

It's been a week since the train attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed more than 180 people.

Maori warrior heads returned from UK

17 July 2006, 15:18 AEST

The National Museum of New Zealand has had another victory in the quest for restitution of Maori human remains.

Government may reach deal on cellphone competition

17 July 2006, 15:18 AEST

The Fiji government's battle to end one of the country's strongest telecommunications monopolies appears on track this week, amid suggestions it's close to reaching a deal with mobile phone company Vodafone.

Study finds more workers being pushed in poverty

17 July 2006, 15:18 AEST

Wages in Fiji are so low that more and more workers are being pushed into poverty.

Call for RAMSI to help avert forest industry collapse

14 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

The Solomon Islands Forest Industries Association is blaming governments past and present for the depletion of natural forests.

Call to secede a cry for help

14 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

In the Solomons, leaders of Ontong Java in the outer islands of Malaita have given notice that they want to secede from the national government.

Skate Jnr wins early victory in by-election case

14 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commission is fighting a legal battle over recent polls in the National Capital District.

Teachers stike prompts legal action threat

14 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, angry parents are threatening to take legal action against government over the ongoing teachers' strike.

Skate Jnr takes by-election battle to court

14 July 2006, 12:30 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, one of the candidates in last weekend's by-election in the National Capital District has gone to court to have the poll declared null and void.

Bougainville denies ban on Fiji nationals

14 July 2006, 12:30 AEST

The vice president of Bougainville, Joseph Watavi, has denied reports that Fiji nationals will be banned from entering the province.

US WWII pilot's body repatriated

14 July 2006, 12:30 AEST

A team from the American military is in Fiji to repatriate the remains of a pilot whose plane crashed in thick Fijian jungle at the height of World War II.

Japanese telco takeover sparks foreign ownership fears

14 July 2006, 12:30 AEST

When Japanese telecommunications giant NTT DoCoMo announced its plan to buy two of Guam's largest mobile phone companies, it appeared set to gain an important foothold in the Pacific market.

Total France buys up Shell assets in Fiji, Tonga

13 July 2006, 17:54 AEST

Dutch petrol giant Shell moved a step closer to finalising its complete withdrawal from the Pacific this week, announcing the sale of its network of service stations and storage deports across five countries.

Government confirms commitment to Taipei

13 July 2006, 17:54 AEST

The Solomon Islands government says it maintains diplomatic recognition of Taiwan over mainland China.

Power rates to increase by more than 100 percent

13 July 2006, 17:54 AEST

The power crisis in the Northern Marianas is deepening, with Saipan suffering rolling blackouts.

Prime Minister Qarase optimistic about multi-party cabinet

13 July 2006, 17:54 AEST

Fiji's prime minister Laisenia Qarase says the country's political leaders are trying to make the multi-party cabinet work because that's what the people want.

Witnesses, lawyers fear for safety in criminal cases

12 July 2006, 15:17 AEST

Concerns are being raised in Solomon Islands about the safety of witnesses appearing in high-profile criminal trials.

Kava issue threatens to bring down government

12 July 2006, 15:17 AEST

In New Caledonia, kava consumers have vowed to continue their blockade of the Vanuatu consulate office in Noumea until the government reverses its decision to give exclusive import rights to a Noumea-based company.

National Day celebrations kick off

12 July 2006, 15:17 AEST

Kiribati has been celebrating is national day today.

Leaders meet about how multi-party cabinet will work

12 July 2006, 15:17 AEST

Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, met today with opposition leader Mick Beddoes and Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry in Suva.

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