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 examines fuel prices in rural areas

25 January 2005, 14:55 AEST

The Solomon Islands government is about to embark on a major investigation, to look at ways of bringing down fuel prices in rural areas.

New magazine caters to Islander, Maori communities

24 January 2005, 15:46 AEST

New Zealand's large and growing Pacific islands population now has its own glossy magazine.

Media coverage of diplomat's bashing raises concerns

24 January 2005, 12:09 AEST

The brutal assault on Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji earlier this month has again raised concerns about safety in the country's capital, Suva.

High inflation bad news for region's economic miracle

24 January 2005, 12:09 AEST

The latest figures released by Samoa's Central Bank show an inflation rate of 14.

Musicians' plastic fantastic bad news for water supply

24 January 2005, 12:09 AEST

Some enterprising musicians in Solomon Island have attracted the ire of the country's health authorities.

Ground-breaking linguist dies in NZ

21 January 2005, 15:05 AEST

The man who wrote the standard grammar of Bislama, the national language of Vanuatu, has died.

Bishop warns of weaknesses in RAMSI operation

21 January 2005, 14:17 AEST

A prominent church leader in Solomon Islands has accused the Regional Assistance Mission, or RAMSI, of developing some fatal weaknesses.

World Bank urges review of natural disaster response

21 January 2005, 10:12 AEST

Participants at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction conference, in the Japanese city of Kobe, have been told that authorities in the region must take a more pro-active approach to disaster management.

Start of free education policy still uncertain

21 January 2005, 9:16 AEST

The Solomon Islands government's new policy of free education for primary school students has got off to a shaky start, with key educational players saying they have had no official communication about the change.

Malaria on the rise among Manam Island evacuees

21 January 2005, 9:07 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, living conditions for evacuees from Manam Island appear not to be improving.

Most telecommunications links restored

20 January 2005, 15:49 AEST

International telecommunications links have been fully or partially restored to most of the Pacific Island states, which have been cut off from the outside world by the loss of a key satellite.

Tsunami relief appeal sparks surge of generosity

20 January 2005, 11:38 AEST

Cook Islanders have contributed generously to a Red Cross appeal for funds to help victims of the Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

Hockey supremo warms to Fiji bid to host World Cup

20 January 2005, 11:38 AEST

The head of the Oceania Hockey Federation says he would like to see Fiji host a regional World Cup qualifying tournament in October.

US aid initiative reflects closer ties with kingdom

20 January 2005, 11:23 AEST

The US government is helping Tonga set up a National Emergency Operations Centre, in which supplies will be stored in the capital, Nukualofa, in the event of a natural disaster.

Tide turning against RAMSI?

19 January 2005, 15:32 AEST

The murder of an Australian policeman in Solomon Islands two weeks ago continues to send shock waves through the community.

IWC membership another win for commercial whaling

19 January 2005, 14:31 AEST

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has just become the 59th member of the International Whaling Commission.

Anglicans elect Tongan to head Polynesian diocese

19 January 2005, 14:31 AEST

The Anglican Diocese of Polynesia has elected a Tongan as its first Bishop for Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Essential services a priority for satellite company

18 January 2005, 17:38 AEST

International communications are slowly being restored to a number of Pacific Island countries, three days after the loss of a satellite left remote areas in the region without telephone and internet services.

Concerns about hiring and firing of public servants

18 January 2005, 17:38 AEST

Official procedures for the hiring and firing of Papua New Guinea's senior public servants are not being observed according to one of the country's leading political analysts.

Samoan-American mayor makes history

17 January 2005, 15:06 AEST

His name's Mufi Hannemann, and when he took office as the new mayor of Honolulu on January the 2nd, he made American history.

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