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.

Stories

Pacific trade campaign

21 September 2005, 15:12 AEST

French Polynesia's Finance Minister, Emile Vanfasse, is leading a major trade mission to Australia in a bid to boost French Polynesia's exports.

Former Deputy PM's divorce from Labour

21 September 2005, 13:20 AEST

Fiji's former Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Tupeni Baba, is calling on the Fiji Labour Party to move beyond race-based grievances.

Japan's 'Miniskirt Police' filming on Saipan

21 September 2005, 13:20 AEST

Cops in Miniskirts - it's a uniform which might appeal to some, but who would take the arm of the law seriously if it was showing too much leg? The issue is being debated in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, where one tourism executive is up in arms over one of Japan's popular television shows "Miniskirt Police" being filmed on Saipan.

Government defends cabinet appointment

21 September 2005, 13:20 AEST

The government of French Polynesian is growing.

Race-based campaign firms up Maori Party vote

21 September 2005, 13:20 AEST

As the make-up of the next New Zealand government is determined over the coming fortnight, many pundits are reflecting on the role race played in the campaign.

Deal to upgrade High Commission in NZ

20 September 2005, 15:16 AEST

The Cook Islands government is examining a deal with a property developer to replace the country's High Commission in Wellington with a modern seven storey luxury building.

Government commits to reduce aid dependence

20 September 2005, 15:16 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has pledged his government's commitment to reduce its dependence on overseas aid.

Top brass commits to kava ban for police

20 September 2005, 13:36 AEST

Media reports in Vanuatu in recent days have raised concerns about the conduct of members of the Vanuatu Police Force - particularly those on duty.

Community debate over Amnesty Bill rolls on

20 September 2005, 13:36 AEST

The Fiji government has extended public consultation of its controversial Reconciliation, Tolerance and Unity Bill until parliament's November sitting.

ACP head urges region to speak as one

20 September 2005, 13:36 AEST

The Secretary General of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific grouping of countries has urged member states in the region to present a united front when pushing for assistance on trade issues.

Patients evacutated as fire damages hospital

19 September 2005, 15:16 AEST

A state of emergency was declared in Marshall Islands on Friday afternoon after a fire broke out at Majuro Hospital.

Role of Maori crucial to government outcome

19 September 2005, 15:16 AEST

And as party leaders in New Zealand anxiously await the counting of special votes, the role of Maori is being seen as crucial.

France warns it's still in control

19 September 2005, 12:41 AEST

France's new High Commissioner to French Polynesia has reminded residents that Paris is still responsible for foreign affairs in the territory.

National surge may not be enough

19 September 2005, 12:41 AEST

New Zealand's National party almost doubled its vote in the general election on Saturday, but now appears unlikely to form the next government.

Rules on marine waste dumping tightened

19 September 2005, 12:41 AEST

Regional rules on dumping material at sea have been tightened at a meeting in Samoa.

Second UNDP report promises more detail

19 September 2005, 12:41 AEST

The United Nations Development Program's annual global report stirred up some emotion in the Pacific last week, with some countries - in particular Fiji - unhappy about its ranking on the so-called Human Development Index.

Urwin says he wants Plan consultations to continue

19 September 2005, 12:41 AEST

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Greg Urwin, says he wants to draw as many people as possible into continuing consultations on the Pacific Plan.

Controversy over hurricane fund-raising

19 September 2005, 12:41 AEST

Vanuatu's Red Cross is planning a campaign to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which lashed the Gulf region of the United States on August 29.

Labour and National bid for Pacific Islands vote

16 September 2005, 15:37 AEST

Pacific Island New Zealanders are preparing to cast their ballots in the general election on Saturday.

Kidnapping allegations rocks Maori Party

16 September 2005, 15:37 AEST

Proving that just about anything goes in an election campaign, an allegation of kidnapping has now been thrown into the mix across in New Zealand.

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