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.


Government ready to adopt euro

6 September 2005, 15:06 AEST

French Polynesia has moved a step closer to adopting the euro, with President Oscar Temaru calling the local Pacific franc "finished" as a currency.

Symposium to examine exchange of medical knowledge

6 September 2005, 15:06 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highlands Province is hosting more than 100 local and international medical doctors and health professionals for this years medical symposium.

'Code of Readiness' vital to ride out typhoons

6 September 2005, 13:16 AEST

A Code of Readiness - that's the credo for authorities in the United States territory of Guam in the western Pacific, when typhoons are heading their way.

World haka record set in Melbourne

6 September 2005, 13:16 AEST

Has the world record for the biggest haka, or traditional maori war dance, been set in Australia? The answer is yes, according to the organisers of Festival New Zealand, which took place in Melbourne at the weekend to mark the contribution of New Zealanders to the city.

Basketball bonus for young refugees

6 September 2005, 13:16 AEST

A number of boards and hoops are already dotted around the schools in the refugee settlement of East Awin, in Papua New Guinea's remote Western Province.

Prominent Maori MP could lose his seat

6 September 2005, 13:16 AEST

One of New Zealand's most prominent politicians is in danger of losing his seat in the upcoming election.

Landowners take on Phosphate Trust

6 September 2005, 13:16 AEST

A group of Nauru's landowners wants the Nauru Phosphate Royalties Trust to cough up the money they claim it owes them.

Strike ends, political reform debate begins

5 September 2005, 15:13 AEST

Tonga's public service strike is officially over, with an agreement reached late on Saturday night between the strikers and a government negotiating committee.

Help is on the way for landslide victims

5 September 2005, 14:41 AEST

Living conditions in Solomon Islands still appear grim for communities in remote mountain villages of Guadalcanal.

Governance program to reach every adult

5 September 2005, 12:27 AEST

An ambitious program has begun in Solomon Islands to educate the people about how they can improve governance in their country.

Delay in large cuts to phone charges

5 September 2005, 12:27 AEST

The large and long-awaited cuts to phone charges in Fiji are to be delayed past the October 1 deadline, because of outstanding issues to be resolved with the three big phone companies.

Fisheries Commission's finally finds home, leader

5 September 2005, 12:27 AEST

The newly formed Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission finally has a permanent home and a permanent leader.

Indigenous party vows to protect Maori seats

5 September 2005, 12:27 AEST

A battle is brewing over parliamentary seats set aside for New Zealand's indigenous Maori population, following calls for the seats to be abolished.

Business angered by Fiji kava ban

5 September 2005, 12:27 AEST

Vanuatu says Fiji's ban on its kava is unfair, and in retaliation Vanuatu kava exporters are moving into Fiji's international Kava markets.

Methodists plan march to support 'sodomy' laws

2 September 2005, 15:21 AEST

One story which received widespread coverage by the media in the past few weeks has been the High Court ruling on the country's so called 'sodomy laws'.

Australia 'encouraged' by recent developments

2 September 2005, 15:12 AEST

The Australian government has reacted cautiously to news that Tonga's government has offered striking public servants a substantial wage increase.

Civil servants may return to work next week

2 September 2005, 15:12 AEST

Tonga's striking civil servants could return to work by Wednesday or Thursday next week, according to one their spokesmen.

RAMSI personnel can claim legal immunity

2 September 2005, 15:12 AEST

John Kwakwala Makasi is suing the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, over the way in which he was questioned by police investigating the murder of Australian soldier Adam Dunning.

Women lash out at trouser, shorts ban

2 September 2005, 15:12 AEST

As items of clothing go, trousers and shorts aren't usually considered too risque in most parts of the Pacific.

NGO calls for end to police brutality

2 September 2005, 14:44 AEST

A human rights group wants the Australian Government to help stop what it calls an epidemic of police brutality against children in Papua New Guinea.

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