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.


USP introduces international relations diploma

14 November 2005, 12:07 AEST

Pacific island students wanting to become diplomats, journalists and government officials could soon get the chance to study international relations at a high level.

Education professionals commit to native tongue

14 November 2005, 12:07 AEST

Serious attempts are now underway in Hawaii to revitalise the native Polynesian language which, according to some, now runs the risk of dying.

Authorities complete report into school shooting

11 November 2005, 14:47 AEST

Education authorities investigating the shooting of students in Papua New Guinea's Enga Province say a preliminary report has been completed into the incidents - although the findings won't be released until next week.

Fresh investigation into journalist's death

11 November 2005, 14:13 AEST

Police in French Polynesia have reopened the case into the 1997 disappearance of journalist Jean-Pascal Couraud.

First, tentative steps for Tuna Commission

11 November 2005, 14:13 AEST

It's one of the most important bodies ever established in the Pacific Islands region: the Central and Western Pacific Fisheries Commission or, as it is probably going to be more commonly called, the Tuna Commission.

King-tide victims need food, medicine

11 November 2005, 11:38 AEST

Authorities in Papua New Guinea's Western Province have been urged to immediately address the worsening food and medical shortage in villages in the Bamu and Gama River Delta, in the Western Province.

Thousands of sugar farmers face eviction

11 November 2005, 11:38 AEST

In Fiji, it has been alleged that more than 13,000 families face eviction for land rent arrears of over 5.

Private sector body hits the ground running

10 November 2005, 15:01 AEST

The Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation, the new regional peak body for the private sector, has officially come into being with the signing of its Constitution in Suva.

Police defend ban on anti-gay march

10 November 2005, 14:44 AEST

A decision by the Fiji police not to let the country's Methodist Church stage an anti-homosexual march means permission is unlikely to be granted for similar marches in the future.

Sasako back in ministerial revolving-door

10 November 2005, 14:44 AEST

Government ministers come and go at an alarming rate these days in Solomon Islands.

MP challenges women's place in Maori ceremony

10 November 2005, 14:17 AEST

Are Maori ceremonies and protocol being used inappropriately at New Zealand state functions? That's the question being asked by a female MP of the opposition National Party, who complains she had to sit behind the men at a ceremony to mark the opening of a new building at a school in her electorate.

Official calls for tough customs laws

10 November 2005, 14:17 AEST

An Australian customs official working at the Customs and Excise Unit of the Solomon Islands Ministry of Finance is warning that laws dealing with customs require urgent attention.

USP to establish Honiara campus

10 November 2005, 14:17 AEST

Good news for the Solomon Islands this week, with the council of the University of the South Pacific giving its approval to establish a fourth campus in Solomon Islands.

Forum hosts anti-terror exercise

9 November 2005, 16:07 AEST

Officials from a number of Pacific Forum states, as well as the French territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia, have just completed the first-ever discussion based regional counter terrorism exercise.

Ballot could scrap role of traditional leaders

9 November 2005, 16:07 AEST

Ballots are now being counted in Palau after Tuesday's election to amend the constitution in the state of Koror.

Green light for Simberi Gold Project

9 November 2005, 15:06 AEST

A new Papua New Guinea gold project has been given the go-ahead on Simberi Island, north-west of Lihir.

Struggling parents use kava to pay school fees

9 November 2005, 15:06 AEST

The promoters of a radical scheme in Fiji to allow struggling parents to pay school fees using yagona, or kava, are hoping the idea can be replicated by other schools in the country.

Job-share expected for role of Port Vila mayor

9 November 2005, 15:06 AEST

In Vanuatu, the announcement of who will be the new mayor for Port Vila Council is yet to be formally made.

Health minister resigns over criminal charges

8 November 2005, 16:10 AEST

The government of Solomon Islands announced on Tuesday the resignation of Health Minister Benjamin Una.

Representative urges US not to touch labour laws

8 November 2005, 16:10 AEST

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' newly re-elected Representative in Washington says the US government will bankrupt the country if it carries out its threat to impose federal laws.

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