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.

Stories

Alcohol traders unhappy with new restrictions

17 January 2006, 11:12 AEST

Alcohol traders in Cook Islands are up in arms over the government's newly introduced liquor trading hours, saying they are too restrictive and not trader-friendly.

Health authorities step up bird flu preparedness

17 January 2006, 11:12 AEST

Health and environmental authorities in Palau have stepped up efforts to address the issue of avian influenza, or bird flu.

Business leader warns media hype could damage tourism

17 January 2006, 9:13 AEST

Business leaders in Fiji have accused International media of overplaying the current political tensions in Fiji, to the detriment of the country's reputation.

Guam airport patrols go to the dogs - literally

17 January 2006, 9:13 AEST

Security at Guam's International airport has been stepped up recently, and it's all thanks to a pack of dogs.

Army chief takes a step back in stoush with government

16 January 2006, 16:46 AEST

The risk of a coup in the Pacific country of Fiji appears to be over today, after military chief Voreqe Bainimarama agreed to step back from his campaign against the government.

Poll marred by violence, ballot theft

16 January 2006, 9:25 AEST

Authorities on Bougainville say law-and-order problems may result in a poor voter turn out in the by-election, which is now underway.

Australia upgrades travel warning amid growing tension

16 January 2006, 9:25 AEST

Last last week, the Australian government upgraded its travel advice to Fiji, warning holiday-makers to keep up to date with the situation in the country.

Cellphone upgrade to benefit tourists and business

16 January 2006, 9:25 AEST

Tourists in Samoa would be entitled to see themselves as well-connected, with a new telecommunications initiative set to bring the global village to the doorstep of their hotel rooms.

Website gears up for cyclone season

16 January 2006, 9:25 AEST

As cyclone season approaches in the Pacific, an Australian-based non-government organisation is stepping up work on its Pacific early warning website.

Leaders meet to discuss military threats

13 January 2006, 12:16 AEST

Fiji's Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister are locked in talks with the country's acting president, in a bid to clarify the position of the country's outspoken army chief.

Tension mounts as military chief talks tough

13 January 2006, 12:16 AEST

There was an air of tension in Fiji's capital Suva on Thursday, after revelations of a meeting earlier this week between military commander Voreqe Bainimarama and the country's acting president, Ratu Joni Mandraiwiwi.

New techology to assist fish farmers

13 January 2006, 9:00 AEST

An Australian High-tech fish farming system is set to make its way to the Cook Islands, following recent negotiations between Australian and Cook Island officials in the country's main Island of Rarotonga.

Young people take to the streets to save whales

13 January 2006, 9:00 AEST

While Suva's central business district is humming with people doing their back-to-school shopping, a group of 20 young people has taken to the streets for an environmental cause.

Tackling youth crime at a community level

13 January 2006, 9:00 AEST

The rate of crime among young Pacific islanders in the tougher areas of South Auckland, in New Zealand, has long been considered high - too high, according to many community members.

A farewell to the 'people's prime minister'

13 January 2006, 9:00 AEST

On Thursday, the people of Papua New Guinea farewelled a former Prime Minister - the late Sir William Skate.

Cellphone upgrade to benefit tourists and business

13 January 2006, 9:00 AEST

Tourists in Samoa will be entitled to see themselves as well-connected, with a new telecommunications initiative set to bring the global village to the doorstep of their hotel rooms.

'Safehaven' for exploited Asian girls not on agenda

13 January 2006, 9:00 AEST

At the end of last year, Pacific Beat brought you the story of the outgoing Attorney General of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Pamela Brown.

NGO demands AP-Six commitment to clean technology

12 January 2006, 10:11 AEST

One lobby group which hasn't been invited to the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate in Sydney is the Australian Conservation Foundation, or ACF.

World polluters meet to discuss global warming

12 January 2006, 10:11 AEST

Six nations responsible for half the world's global warming pollution are meeting in the Australian city of Sydney this week.

Exports reject call for kava processing plant

12 January 2006, 10:09 AEST

Vanuatu's exporters have rejected calls for the country to set up its own kava factory, describing the proposal as 'ridiculous'.

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