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.

Stories

Cyclone Becky attracts coastal warning

28 March 2007, 15:52 AEST

To Vanuatu and Cyclone Becky which is around 70 nautical miles west of the southern coast of the group.

Transparency International meeting in Honiara

28 March 2007, 15:52 AEST

The six Transparency International chapters from the Pacific region are meeting in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara to discuss corruption.

Australia to help region with climate forecasts

28 March 2007, 15:52 AEST

Australia is sending its meteorologists to the Pacific to help 10 island states improve their long-range climate predictions.

Radisson to advertise 200 hotel jobs

28 March 2007, 15:52 AEST

Fiji's tourist industry has received some welcome news with the announcement that the international Radisson chain of hotels is about to start advertising 200 full-time jobs at its new resort at Denarau Island, near Nadi.

call to rebuild PNGDF

28 March 2007, 11:50 AEST

In Papua New Guinea there's a growing demand for the deployment of PNG Defence Force soldiers to provide security in the notorious Highlands during the upcoming general election.

More rain on the way

28 March 2007, 11:50 AEST

Fiji's Red Cross disaster management team reports that up to 75 families are receiving assistance following severe flooding at the weekend.

ADB says economic growth in 2007 will be modest

27 March 2007, 15:33 AEST

Pacific Island economies are forecast to grow modestly in 2007, according to the Asian Development Bank's flagship annual economic publication, the Asian Development Outlook.

No disaster warning system

27 March 2007, 15:33 AEST

Vanuatu authorities say the country needs faster access to critical information on potentially disastrous events such as tsunamis.

Pangu Party says it will boost defence force numbers

27 March 2007, 15:33 AEST

In Papua New Guinea there's a growing demand for the deployment of PNG Defence Force soldiers to provide security for the 2007 election in a few months time in the notorious PNG Highlands.

Cyclone Becky heading Vanuatu's way

27 March 2007, 15:33 AEST

Fiji's Red Cross disaster management team reports that up to 75 families are receiving assistance following severe flooding at the weekend.

HIV/AIDS numbers still rising

27 March 2007, 11:22 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Ministry of Health conducted a national surveillance workshop last week to try to establish the extent of the HIV/AIDS problem in the country.

New plan for a gas pipeline to Australia

27 March 2007, 11:22 AEST

Just when we all thought the idea of piping Papua New Guinea gas to Australia was dead, two new companies have come up with a proposal for a pipeline taking a completely different route.

Ramsi Deputy leaves with confidence

27 March 2007, 10:10 AEST

The Deputy Head of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, Paul Ash leaves the country this week confident that RAMSI is achieving its mandate.

MSG has potential to be a major power

26 March 2007, 15:41 AEST

20 years after it was first created, the member nations of the Melanesian Spearhead Group have signed a formal constitution.

Pacific Island countries taking up guest worker schemes

26 March 2007, 15:41 AEST

Australia and New Zealand may share a commitment to restoring peace and prosperity to troubled Pacific Island states, but that doesn't extend to the issue of labour mobility.

Anti-smacking bill gets Maori Party support

26 March 2007, 15:41 AEST

In New Zealand, a controversial bill to ban the use of force to discipline children now looks like passing, due in part to support from the Maori Party.

Calls for a more community approach towards policing

26 March 2007, 11:48 AEST

Australia's Federal Police Chief says that for regional policing missions to better succeed in the Pacific a more community orientated approach is required.

Evacuation centres set up as floods cause havoc

26 March 2007, 11:29 AEST

Heavy rains over the past two days have caused serious flooding in Fiji.

Air Tahiti Nui maintaining service

26 March 2007, 10:20 AEST

Mention the name "Tahiti" and the imagination runs riot - picturing an exotic South Sea destination full of romance and Polynesian-Gallic charm.

Watchdog group calls for Governor to step down

26 March 2007, 10:20 AEST

American Samoa's watchdog group "Common Cause" has called on the Governor and Lt.

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