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.


Kava Council welcomes moves to lift European ban

22 November 2005, 11:31 AEST

Fiji's Kava Council has welcomed reports kava could be back on the export list to Germany and other European countries in the new year.

Mining CEO confident gold boom is nigh

22 November 2005, 11:31 AEST

The gold boom for mid and small sized gold mining companies in Papua New Guinea is only just beginning, according to Mark Wellesley Wood, Chief Executive of DRDGold.

Independents win close-call gubernatorial elections

22 November 2005, 11:31 AEST

The gubernatorial elections in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands have gone right down to the wire, with just 99 votes between victory and defeat.

Are Polynesians more susceptible to the bird flu?

22 November 2005, 11:31 AEST

New Zealand's Health Ministry is keeping an open mind on whether it may need to give Maori and other Polynesians in the country priority in the distribution of retroviral drugs, to held fend off a future pandemic mutation of bird flu.

Government and royals support moves for reform

21 November 2005, 14:34 AEST

The government of Tonga has just announced its plans for the process of political reform, as pressure by the country's pro-democracy campaigners continues to mount.

Australian company to resume phosphate mining

21 November 2005, 13:26 AEST

Australia's biggest fertilizer company has struck a deal with the Government of Nauru to rehabilitate the country's phosphate mine.

Urwin says free trade not 'congenial' to Forum members

21 November 2005, 13:26 AEST

The signing of the Pacific Plan by regional leaders last month has again opened up the debate on the impact of free trade on smaller states.

Court to decide who will run university

21 November 2005, 13:26 AEST

There's an air of confusion at the University of Papua New Guinea this week, with uncertainty over who is actually running the institution.

Legal rights for grassroots communities

21 November 2005, 13:26 AEST

Local communities in Papua New Guinea are often dealing with major timber and mining companies, but sign away their resources without a full understanding of their economic rights or the future environmental impacts.

Hopes Pasifika workers can adapt to new environment

21 November 2005, 13:25 AEST

The New Zealand government is attempting to lock New Zealand's Pacific Island population into new industries, amid changing demands for a specialised workforce.

Nauru welcomes increased UNDP presence

18 November 2005, 14:08 AEST

The news that the United Nations Development Program is to enhance its physical presence in smaller Pacific Island states has been welcomed by Nauru's Ambassador to the UN.

Robbers vote with their guns in electoral heist

18 November 2005, 14:08 AEST

Armed robbers have made away with over half a million Australian dollars in a major heist at the PNG Electoral Commission.

Fiji mercenaries may have been 'advance party'

18 November 2005, 13:46 AEST

In Papua New Guinea there have been further developments in the almost unbelievable story of a team of Fijian mercenaries on the autonomous province of Bougainville.

Diplomat says 300 Fiji mercenaries in training

18 November 2005, 13:46 AEST

PNG's High Commissioner to Fiji, Peter Eafeare, says he now suspects more Fijian mercenaries - perhaps up to 300 - had been preparing to join the initial nine on Bougainville.

Education co-operation with Vanuatu

18 November 2005, 13:46 AEST

New Caledonia is seeking to build closer relations with neighbouring Pacific countries, as it discusses associate membership of the Pacific Islands Forum and signing up to PICTA - the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement.

PM ready to replace doctors, following resignations

18 November 2005, 13:46 AEST

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says there's no room left to negotiate with striking doctors and his government will advertise overseas to replace them.

Fiji's Emperor Mines to acquire key PNG assets

17 November 2005, 15:29 AEST

Fiji's Emperor Mines has signed a deal which will see it become the third largest gold mining company on the Australian Stock Exchange and, with any luck, end a year of problems which has seen its share price slashed by two-thirds.

President attacks PNG over Fiji 'mercenaries'

17 November 2005, 15:29 AEST

Bougainville's President, Joseph Kabui, has accused the PNG government of not taking security seriously, following further revelations on the presence of Fiji mercenaries on Bougainville.

SPC conference examines youth issues

17 November 2005, 11:48 AEST

The fourth regional conference of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community is today winding down in Palau today, with delegates committing to finding solutions to problems confronting the region's youth.

Arrests spark major fake currency investigation

17 November 2005, 11:48 AEST

Four Fiji nationals have been arrested for using counterfeit currency in Port Vila this week.

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