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.


Maori up in arms over Israeli cigarette brand

15 December 2005, 12:00 AEST

Until recently, smokers in Israel were been urged to relax and light-up with the sultry taste of the "Maori Mix".

Prosperity the key to youth development

15 December 2005, 12:00 AEST

Promoting sustainable lifestyles should lie at the foundation of the relationship between Pacific governments and young people.

Tongan church hall burnt down in Sydney

14 December 2005, 16:03 AEST

A Tongan church hall in Sydney was burned to the ground on Tuesday night, in an attack which could be linked to recent race riots.

Fears former militia could derail by-election

14 December 2005, 15:17 AEST

Authorities in Bougainville fear demands by former militia members for a payment of 10 million kina could jeopardise a by-election scheduled for next month.

Government examines value-added tax

14 December 2005, 15:14 AEST

Just three months away from a national election, the Solomon Islands Government has launched a debate on whether it should introduce a value-added tax.

Radar reveals a casket fit for kings

14 December 2005, 13:13 AEST

A long-lost casket buried by Hawaii's King Kamehameha V in 1872 has been found, using modern ground penetrating radar.

Tackling racial tension among students

14 December 2005, 13:13 AEST

Racial tension is nothing new to the Pacific - recent events in Fiji and Solomon Islands prove the region isn't immune to the problem.

Confidence new airline will boost tourism

14 December 2005, 13:13 AEST

Tonga's new domestic airline - Airlines Tonga - believes it will have a dramatic impact on the country's tourism industry, boosting tourist numbers by 30 per cent in the next two years.

Solomons, PNG to protect leatherback turtle

14 December 2005, 13:13 AEST

At least three countries in East Asia Pacific region will benefit from a five-year marine conservation project, aimed at protecting declining numbers of leatherback turtles at sea.

Australian court rules against landowners

13 December 2005, 15:42 AEST

The Government of Nauru has won a favourable ruling from the Federal Court of Australia in a class-action brought by Nauru landowners.

Still no solution to Fiji mercenary impasse

13 December 2005, 15:26 AEST

The saga of the former Fiji military on Bougainville is continuing this week, amid reports six of the eight remaining men are refusing to leave the island.

Methodists won't oppose visit of US televangelist

13 December 2005, 13:47 AEST

Fiji's influential Methodist Church has decided not to oppose next month's visit to the country of United States televangelist Benny Hinn.

Tuna commission faces tough decisions

13 December 2005, 13:47 AEST

The region's Tuna Commission got down to business in the Federated States of Micronesia on Monday, for the first of a week-long meeting designed to sketch out the future of tuna fisheries in the region.

Australia to help improve census services

13 December 2005, 13:47 AEST

Australia is providing almost A$1 million to help Pacific nations count their population more accurately.

Calls for government caution in squatter relocation

13 December 2005, 13:47 AEST

Rights groups in Tonga are calling on the government to involve residents of a squatter camp in plans to relocate them.

Calls for a final deal on Koniambo project

12 December 2005, 14:56 AEST

The future of the major Koniambo project in the Northern province of New Caledonia is in the balance, as discussions continue in Toronto and Paris.

Lawyer welcomes human rights commission proposal

12 December 2005, 14:56 AEST

A human rights lawyer in Papua New Guinea has welcomed the announcement that the country's government is now considering a proposal to set up a human rights commission.

Global warming already affects low-lying islands

12 December 2005, 14:56 AEST

Rising sea levels in Vanuatu have forced the relocation of an entire village.

Air Pacific spreads wings to Tonga and beyond

12 December 2005, 14:56 AEST

Air Fiji has won the tender to service Tonga's domestic air routes and is planning to use its new Tongan joint venture as the springboard for some ambitious regional expansion plans.

Dentists, radiographers face uncertain future

12 December 2005, 14:56 AEST

Graduates in dentistry and radiography from the region's leading medical school are finding it difficult to get jobs.

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