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

Can Kava be returned to its former glory?

30 November 2004, 11:53 AEST

A major symposium is underway in Fiji to look at what's stopping kava from once again becoming one of the world's most popular alternative medicines.

Banking comes to remote communities

30 November 2004, 11:53 AEST

Thousands of people in remote areas of Papua New Guinea are able to access bank loans for the first time thanks to a new loans assessment procedure introduced by Bank South Pacific.

Australia's threat described as "premature"

29 November 2004, 17:12 AEST

A Vanuatu government spokesman says Australia's threat to withdraw aid is premature.

Disagreement over timing of fresh elections

29 November 2004, 17:12 AEST

French Polynesia's political stalemate moved a step closer to resolution over the weekend, with the territory's opposing political groupings agreeing to hold fresh elections.

Mystery plane case back in court

29 November 2004, 17:12 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the intriguing story of the Australian plane which made an allegedly illegal landing last month on a disused airstrip in Bougainville is back making news.

Vice President's release greeted with scepticism

29 November 2004, 17:12 AEST

Fiji's opposition leader believes the jailed vice-president, Ratu Jope Seniloli, has been released from prison as part of a political deal.

Opposition backs Downer on Vanuatu issue

29 November 2004, 13:19 AEST

The Australian opposition is backing the government's hard line on Vanuatu.

Proper funding essential to fight HIV/AIDS

29 November 2004, 13:19 AEST

Fiji's Public Health Department has developed an eight point plan which it hopes will see an end to new HIV/AIDS cases by 2015.

Are men to blame for spread of HIV/AIDS?

29 November 2004, 13:19 AEST

Latest statistics in Papua New Guinea show that more than one in every one hundred expectant mothers at Port Moresby's main hospital are testing positive for HIV/AIDS, confirming widespread fears the country has reached the one-percent trigger that points to a looming widespread epidemic of the disease.

El Nino sending jitters across the region

29 November 2004, 13:19 AEST

The regional weather office in Fiji says the current El Nino phenomenon is already impacting several countries including Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga and New Caledonia.

The identity crisis facing Niueans living abroad

29 November 2004, 13:19 AEST

The little country of Niue with fewer than 1700 inhabitants faces an identity struggle with Niueans living abroad.

Marine authorities celebrate recovering fish stocks

29 November 2004, 13:19 AEST

Fisheries authorities in Saipan, in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas, say once depleting fish stocks in its waters have rebounded following a blanket ban on fishing in some areas.

Community concerns about chiefs on payroll

26 November 2004, 16:57 AEST

There's increasing concern in Fiji about two high-profile chiefs remaining on the public payroll despite being found guilty of serious offences.

Reconciliation efforts underway in Highlands

26 November 2004, 16:57 AEST

Community leaders from Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands Province are now meeting counterparts from nearby Eastern Highlands Province to resolve their continuing tribal differences.

Former PM alarmed at Australia's aid threats

26 November 2004, 16:57 AEST

Vanuatu's opposition says it's extremely concerned Australia's threat to discontinue some aspects of aid to the country.

New directions in aid programs

26 November 2004, 13:24 AEST

The Australian government this week announced a new aid program which signalled a departure from the past in the dispensation of aid to countries in the Pacific.

Australia threatens to cut aid

26 November 2004, 13:24 AEST

Australia has read the diplomatic riot act to Vanuatu, formally threatening to downgrade relations and cut-off aid.

Broadcaster assured of independence

26 November 2004, 13:24 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Serge Vohor has given a guarantee that the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) will be free of political interference.

Rural areas missing out on prosperity

26 November 2004, 13:24 AEST

Vanuatu's Governor of the Reserve Bank, Odo Tevi believes more priority needs to be placed on meeting the needs of people living in the country's rural areas.

Respected leader dies

26 November 2004, 13:24 AEST

Papua New Guinea's business and government leaders are today mourning the death of one of the country's leading executives and senior academics.

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