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.


Publisher says remittances won't last forever

4 February 2005, 11:43 AEST

The man behind a new newspaper for Tongan Americans has warned Tonga that one day, remittances to the country from expatriate communities will simply come to an end.

Unionist calls public service reforms 'a facade'

4 February 2005, 11:43 AEST

The union representing Fiji's public service is unimpressed at the sacking of two CEOs of government departments.

Two ministers sacked as RAMSI debate continues

3 February 2005, 17:22 AEST

But first, the Solomon Islands yesterday awoke to the news that two cabinet ministers had been dumped by prime minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza.

Australian opposition supports RAMSI

3 February 2005, 17:22 AEST

Australia's opposition spokesman on Pacific affairs, Bob Sercombe, is in Solomon Islands, on an official visit.

Residents feel effects of CNMI volcanic eruption

3 February 2005, 17:22 AEST

Officials in Guam have played down any links between Wednesday's earthquake and the ongoing volcanic eruption on Mount Anatahan.

Debate over language policy at Maori media awards

3 February 2005, 12:52 AEST

A Maori-language only policy at this year's Maori Media Awards in New Zealand has led to a boycott by a prominent indigenous radio station.

Stocks traded double in 2004

3 February 2005, 12:44 AEST

The number of shares traded on the South Pacific Stock Exchange in Suva more than doubled in 2004.

Minister labels RAMSI a 'liability'

3 February 2005, 12:44 AEST

The Australian-led intervention mission in Solomon Islands has been labelled "overkill" and a potential "liability" for the country by a high-ranking cabinet minister.

Drought in West affecting health of children

3 February 2005, 12:44 AEST

The drought conditions that have gripped the western division of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu, are beginning to have an impact on the wellbeing of children in the area.

Calls for submission to amend constitution

3 February 2005, 12:44 AEST

A committee to review Nauru's constitution is hoping for a complete overhaul of the document, with Committee Chairman Kieren Keke saying current arrangements haven't served the country well.

Court hears gruesome details of Geve's death

2 February 2005, 16:35 AEST

The High Court of Solomon Islands resumed hearing evidence today, on Day Three of the trial into the alleged murder of Father Augustine Geve.

Election campaigning underway

2 February 2005, 16:35 AEST

Campaigning is underway in French Polynesia, as nearly 112,000 voters prepare to go to the polls on February the 13th.

MPs examine RAMSI performance

2 February 2005, 16:35 AEST

Solomon Islands parliamentarians have this week been considering the performance of the Regional Assistance Mission which has brought police, troops and public servants from around the Pacific to their country.

Government risks 'irking' United Nations

2 February 2005, 16:35 AEST

Fiji's ambassador to the United Nations says an attempt to have the world body help return one of its employees to Fiji to face desertion charges risks irking the world body.

Former military spokesman could face court martial

2 February 2005, 13:02 AEST

Fiji's military commander has asked the United Nations to co-operate in returning former military spokesman, Lieutenant- Colonel Filipo Tarakinikini, to assist with investigations into the 2000 coup and subsequent military mutiny.

Giant new hotel development

2 February 2005, 13:02 AEST

Fiji is to have a new integrated resort development on the scale of Denarau Island.

Man presumed dead after Manam erupts again

2 February 2005, 13:02 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Manam Island is back in the news after Monday's eruption where a man is missing presumed dead.

Parliament reviews RAMSI intervention

1 February 2005, 16:58 AEST

As we discussed yesterday, alleged Solomon Islands rebel leader Harold Keke has pleaded not guilty to murdering former minister, Augustine Geve, on August 2002.

Australian resident to face rape charges in NZ

1 February 2005, 14:30 AEST

Another Pitcairn Island man is set to answer rape charges in a special sitting of a Pitcairn court in the New Zealand city of Auckland.

Forum mission could discuss trade and PICTA

1 February 2005, 13:53 AEST

A Pacific Islands Forum mission to New Caledonia later this year will discuss trade and well as political issues, according to the Forum's Secretary General.

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