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.


New soccer coach says team is improving

31 August 2005, 15:27 AEST

Solomon Islands soccer's new Brazilian coach, Airton Andrioli, has had all of three weeks to prepare the side for Saturday's World cup qualifier against Australia in Sydney.

Japanese mining company to explore Isabel

31 August 2005, 15:27 AEST

One of the world's biggest mining companies is taking a very strong interest in the Solomon Islands, to the delight of local authorities.

Typhoon Nabi sparks state of emergency declaration

31 August 2005, 15:27 AEST

Authorities on Guam have today declared a state of emergency, as typhoon Nabi lashes the region.

'Homecoming' for WW2 Victoria Cross hero

31 August 2005, 13:39 AEST

The body of the only Fiji man to have been awarded a Victoria Cross is coming home, after more than 60 years.

Government vows not to repeal gay laws

31 August 2005, 13:39 AEST

Debate is continuing in Fiji, in the wake of last week's High Court decision ruling parts of the country's so-called sodomy laws.

Maori language course a hit with Hawaiians

31 August 2005, 13:39 AEST

The Maori language has become something of a hit in Hawaii.

Morobe governor attacks new ECP aid package

30 August 2005, 14:18 AEST

The outspoken governor of Papua New Guinea's Morobe province has criticised the recently revived Australian Enhanced Co-operation Program aid package, saying it's not 'genuine'.

Nationals' promise to end 'race-based' policies

30 August 2005, 13:57 AEST

Less than three weeks out from the New Zealand election, the country's opposition National Party has propelled race to the centre of the campaign.

Europe earmarks millions for sugar producers

30 August 2005, 11:00 AEST

The European Commission has set up a A$65 million scheme for African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, which have traditionally exported sugar to the European Union.

Heavy rains blamed for flooding, high tides

30 August 2005, 11:00 AEST

Continuing heavy rains and unusual weather conditions in Papua New Guinea have again been blamed for much of the damage caused to infrastructure, roads, bridges, homes and food gardens over the weekend.

All blacks update pre-game haka

30 August 2005, 11:00 AEST

If three losses on the trot weren't bad enough for Australia's Wallabies rugby team, it might now have a new worry ahead of this weekend's Bledisloe Cup match across the Tasman.

Reducing disposable nappy pollution

30 August 2005, 11:00 AEST

Used disposable nappies are becoming a big problem right across the Pacific.

Pacific unions may assist striking civil servants

30 August 2005, 11:00 AEST

New Zealand, Australian and Pacific island trade unions are soon to be approached about providing assistance to the striking public servants in Tonga.

Smaller parties hold key of political outcome

30 August 2005, 11:00 AEST

It's just three weeks now until Election Day in New Zealand, in what's shaping as one of the closest polls in years.

Tourist walks free as 'sodomy' charge dropped

29 August 2005, 14:42 AEST

An Australian tourist was scheduled to leave Fiji on Saturday after the country's High Court overturned his conviction under anti-homosexuality laws.

Gates Foundation funds malaria research

29 August 2005, 14:42 AEST

PNG's Institute of Medical Research has received a research grant of US $2.

New Zealand arbitrators fails to resolve impasse

29 August 2005, 14:42 AEST

Tonga's ongoing civil servants' strike appears to have reached an impasse, with the three-man team of arbitrators from New Zealand flying home at the weekend.

Forum delegation builds closer ties

29 August 2005, 14:42 AEST

The Pacific Islands Forum has been working to build closer links with the French territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

Forum delegation discusses PICTA

26 August 2005, 16:57 AEST

This week has seen two initiatives to build links between the Pacific Islands Forum and the French territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

High court rules 'private' gay sex legal

26 August 2005, 16:57 AEST

Fiji's High Court overturned the conviction of two men, who had been charged under the country's so-called "sodomy laws".

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