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

Agriculture initiatives economic cash-cow

8 September 2005, 12:38 AEST

The Solomon Islands government is pinning its hopes on a new agriculture strategy to help drive the economy back into the black.

World Indian group criticises PM's New Delhi visit

8 September 2005, 12:38 AEST

Plans by Fiji's prime minister to visit India have come under fire from a group representing people of Indian origin around the world.

Kumuls prepare for Australian 13 showcase match

8 September 2005, 12:38 AEST

Papua New Guinea will host an Australian Prime Minister's 13 Rugby League Team on September 18 as part of Independence Day celebrations in Port Moresby.

Australian dentists to build remote island clinic

8 September 2005, 12:38 AEST

Dental health services in Tonga are about to get a boost.

PM forecasts constitution changes

8 September 2005, 12:38 AEST

Tuvalu's prime minister, Maatia Toafa, is forecasting significant changes to the constitution, following the strengthening of government numbers in parliament.

GG calls for greater self-reliance

8 September 2005, 12:38 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Governor General has urged Papua New Guineans to be more self-reliant and end the handout mentality.

PM hints at constitutional change

7 September 2005, 15:01 AEST

Tuvalu's prime minister, Maatia Toafa, is forecasting significant changes to the constitution, following the strengthening of government numbers in parliament.

Increase in Hep B not an 'epidemic'

7 September 2005, 15:01 AEST

Health authorities in New Caledonia are today reporting an outbreak of Hepatitis B - although, it remains unclear whether the higher incidence of the disease amounts to an epidemic.

Non-government radio station hits airwaves

7 September 2005, 13:38 AEST

The Vanuatu capital, Port Vila, will soon be rocking to the sounds of the country's first non-government commercial radio station.

Residents oppose businessman's deportation

7 September 2005, 13:38 AEST

A group of Bougainville residents has organised a petition, in a last-hour bid to stop the deportation of an Asian businessman.

Fears of economic fallout over pay-rise

7 September 2005, 13:38 AEST

Tonga's public servants may have returned to work after their six-week strike, happy that they are getting pay rises of between 60 and 80 per cent.

Thousands march to demand democratic reforms

7 September 2005, 13:38 AEST

A massive protest march was held in the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa on Tuesday, although there are differing reports on just how many people took to the streets.

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.

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