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.


High Commissioner's sacking sparks political debate

7 March 2006, 15:42 AEST

The Cook Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand, Dr Robert Woonton, has been sacked.

MSG meeting to target regional security

7 March 2006, 15:34 AEST

Trade disputes and security concerns are expected to be at the top of the agenda at this year's Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting in Vanuatu.

Oral history recorded for future generations

7 March 2006, 12:51 AEST

Cook Islands authorities have stepped up efforts to preserve the country's oral history, for the sake of future generations.

Meeting to consider HIV-AIDS prevention measures

7 March 2006, 12:51 AEST

Papua New Guinea is this week hosting the country's first National HIV Prevention Summit, aimed at examining the context, strategies and the nature Of HIV Prevention in PNG.

National tuna company announces new jobs

7 March 2006, 12:51 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the government-owed tuna company, Soltai, has taken possession of two new pole-and-line fishing vessels that will spearhead its ambitious new expansion plan.

Athletes arrive in Melbourne ahead of Games

7 March 2006, 12:51 AEST

To sport, now, and Melbourne's Commonwealth Games Village has come to life with athletes from around the globe moving into the purpose-built accommodation.

Police suggest OITC billions may be a scam

6 March 2006, 15:59 AEST

In Fiji, there are fears that some chiefs may have already signed over land rights to a shadowy foreign organisation in what police believe may be a scam.

Threats to relinquish citizenship a 'stunt'

6 March 2006, 11:40 AEST

The Kiribati government has dismissed as a publicity stunt threats by a group of its expatriate citizens, who have warned they are ready to become citizens of Fiji.

US sets up seismic monitoring stations

6 March 2006, 11:40 AEST

Scientists from the United States will soon be working in Kiribati, operating seismic monitoring stations which should help global efforts to understand earthquakes.

Work to begin on National College facilities

6 March 2006, 11:40 AEST

Work has begun to rebuild the education facilities at the College of the Marshall Islands, which has been struggling to survive amid a number of serious concerns - including the health of its students.

Australian labour shortages lead to illegal employment

6 March 2006, 11:40 AEST

A new survey of fruit and vegetable growers in the Australian state of Victoria has labour shortages has led to them hiring illegal immigrants to work on their farms during the picking season.

Soccer federation struggles to reign in renegade teams

6 March 2006, 11:40 AEST

The Vanuatu Football Federation is facing considerable upheaval this month, as it attempts to bring both the country's oldest soccer clubs under its administration.

Minister resigns after misconduct allegations

3 March 2006, 15:27 AEST

Papua New Guinea's national planning minister, Arthur Somare, has stepped down from the position, after being referred to the public prosecutor by the Ombudsman Commission.

Temaru celebrates first year as president

3 March 2006, 14:23 AEST

In French Polynesia on Friday, local time, Oscar Temaru celebrates the anniversary of his first term in office as President of the French Pacific territory.

Australia, France, NZ agree to maritime surveillance

3 March 2006, 8:13 AEST

France, Australia and New Zealand have announced a joint approach to maritime surveillance in the South Pacific.

Kava traders speak out against export monopoly

3 March 2006, 8:13 AEST

The debate of who exactly should control the export of kava from Vanuatu is continuing to raise ire in the country.

Police investigate bank backers

2 March 2006, 16:16 AEST

Fiji police are investigating the background of an organisation which has promised up to four and a half billion Australian dollars in capital to a proposed new development bank.

Still little detail on Manam volcano eruption

2 March 2006, 15:29 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, it's all quiet today Manam Island volcano front, with volcanologists at the Madang observatory suggesting this week's stage-two eruption has settled - for now.

Australian minister hits back at miliary chief

2 March 2006, 15:29 AEST

Australia has repeated its call on Fiji's military commander to step back from any political role, as Fiji prepares for its election in May.

Military warns Australian minister to butt out

2 March 2006, 8:27 AEST

Fiji's military commander has warned Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer not to get involved in Fiji politics.

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