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.


Oxfam report expected to criticise EU's regional trade deal

13 June 2006, 10:35 AEST

The European Union is set to come in for some strong criticism in Fiji this week, with new research raising serious concerns about Europe's regional aid and trade deal.

Sugar cane harvest underway

13 June 2006, 10:35 AEST

In Fiji the sugar cane crushing season is now underway.

Maori claim on native flora and fauna disputed

13 June 2006, 10:35 AEST

A claim that New Zealand's maori people should control the use of all native flora and fauna is being described as ridiculous.

Need to boost women's participation in politics

13 June 2006, 10:35 AEST

Concerns about the lack of equal representation of women in politics in the Pacific have again been raised with calls for more efforts to address the issue.

Surfer named sportsman of the year

13 June 2006, 10:35 AEST

22 year old surfer Michael Burling has been named Tongan Sportsman of the Year.

Plans to develop indigenous industries in the Pacific

13 June 2006, 10:35 AEST

Twelve island nations in the Pacific are working towards boosting exports by marketing indigenous products.

Long time people's advocate joins government

13 June 2006, 10:35 AEST

After more than 30 years working as an advocate for the people of Solomon Islands, John Roughan has crossed the floor and joined the government ranks.

Samoa ready for Junior All Blacks

9 June 2006, 14:52 AEST

Samoa's coach Michael Jones is looking forward to the first match in the Five nations rugby union series in New Zealand against the Junior All Blacks.

More deaths in Iraq renew debate on security guard recruitment

9 June 2006, 14:52 AEST

Fiji is today reeling from the news that yet another three of its nationals have been killed in Iraq, in what appears to be a road-side terrorist attack.

PNG introduces policy to stop new miners from fly in fly out business

9 June 2006, 11:03 AEST

The Papua New Guinea government says all new mining companies working in the country will not be allowed to operate on a fly in fly out basis.

Whooping cough claims 16 lives

9 June 2006, 11:03 AEST

An outbreak of whooping cough has claimed the lives of 16 people in Papua New Guinea's East Sepik Province.

VANUATU:NZ proposing to give training to Vanuatu police

9 June 2006, 11:03 AEST

New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister says his country should consider providing training to Vanuatu's police force.

Celebrates its 150th

8 June 2006, 15:37 AEST

The Australian territory of Norfolk Island has been putting on a party to mark a very significant anniversary.

Delegates address impact of rising fuel costs

8 June 2006, 15:37 AEST

More than 30 Pacific Island lawmakers have gathered for the meeting of the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures in the Northern Marianas this week, with the rising cost of fuel high on the agenda.

Unions warn of general strike over shipping impasse

8 June 2006, 10:58 AEST

Unions in New Caledonia have issued a warning to the authorities to expect a general workers strike if the government does not step in to resolve the on-going dispute with foreign shipping companies at the Noumea port.

Legal challenge closes Parliament

8 June 2006, 10:58 AEST

A legal challenge from seven people's representatives and one Noble has seen Tonga's parliament closed until next week.

Crack down on overstaying Chinese nationals

8 June 2006, 10:58 AEST

The Marshall Islands is cracking down on people staying on illegally on the Pacific island nation, in particular, the overstaying population of Chinese nationals.

Fresh referendum on self-government might pass

8 June 2006, 10:58 AEST

News that Tokelauans will get a second chance to vote on greater self-determination has come as a surprise to Tokelauans living overseas.

Opposition leader appointment sparks uncertainty over role

7 June 2006, 15:04 AEST

In Fiji, the political tug-of-war over the role of leader of the opposition is continuing today, with former opposition leader Mahendra Chaudhry apparently refusing to vacate his offices.

The pros and cons of being an LDC

7 June 2006, 10:29 AEST

To be on the list, or not to be on the list? That's the question two Pacific nations are asking at the moment, with Samoa and Papua New Guinea's position on the United Nationals Least Developed Countries list under review.

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