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

France warns it's still in control

19 September 2005, 12:41 AEST

France's new High Commissioner to French Polynesia has reminded residents that Paris is still responsible for foreign affairs in the territory.

National surge may not be enough

19 September 2005, 12:41 AEST

New Zealand's National party almost doubled its vote in the general election on Saturday, but now appears unlikely to form the next government.

Rules on marine waste dumping tightened

19 September 2005, 12:41 AEST

Regional rules on dumping material at sea have been tightened at a meeting in Samoa.

Second UNDP report promises more detail

19 September 2005, 12:41 AEST

The United Nations Development Program's annual global report stirred up some emotion in the Pacific last week, with some countries - in particular Fiji - unhappy about its ranking on the so-called Human Development Index.

Urwin says he wants Plan consultations to continue

19 September 2005, 12:41 AEST

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Greg Urwin, says he wants to draw as many people as possible into continuing consultations on the Pacific Plan.

Controversy over hurricane fund-raising

19 September 2005, 12:41 AEST

Vanuatu's Red Cross is planning a campaign to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which lashed the Gulf region of the United States on August 29.

Labour and National bid for Pacific Islands vote

16 September 2005, 15:37 AEST

Pacific Island New Zealanders are preparing to cast their ballots in the general election on Saturday.

Kidnapping allegations rocks Maori Party

16 September 2005, 15:37 AEST

Proving that just about anything goes in an election campaign, an allegation of kidnapping has now been thrown into the mix across in New Zealand.

Founding fathers urge to build on experience

16 September 2005, 15:37 AEST

In Papua New Guinea festivities are well and truly underway to mark the country's 30 years of independence.

High Commissioner to Australia reflects on anniversary

16 September 2005, 12:45 AEST

As Papua New Guinea celebrates thirty years of independence on Friday, there will also be plenty of festivities at PNG's High Commission in Australia.

ILO to continue with training programs

16 September 2005, 12:45 AEST

The Pacific office of the International Labour Organisation in Fiji will continue to assist the Solomon Islands government with a variety of labour force training programs.

Government releases cross-media ownership policy

16 September 2005, 12:45 AEST

The Fiji Government has just released the details of its new cross-media ownership policy and the initial reaction from the media community in Fiji is one of considerable confusion.

Dispute over Filipino workers

16 September 2005, 12:45 AEST

An industrial dispute in New Caledonia is continuing today over plans by the Goro Nickel mine to import workers from the Philippines.

CIP out of coalition, Democrats in

15 September 2005, 15:14 AEST

A tale of political treachery passed on by a backbench MP to the Prime Minister has led to a change of government in the Cook Islands.

Calls for leaders to reject Pacific Plan

15 September 2005, 15:14 AEST

A leading Pacific-wide non-government organisation is calling on Pacific Island leaders to reject the Pacific Plan when they meet for their annual summit in Papua New Guinea, in October.

High tides flood outer islands

15 September 2005, 13:50 AEST

Several islands of French Polynesia have been hit by high tides, which have flooded up to a hundred homes and caused major disruptions to traffic.

Local hospital urges graduates to return

15 September 2005, 13:50 AEST

While a chronic shortage of doctors is a problem all Pacific countries are struggling with, Guam appears to be particularly vulnerable.

Academic talks up Pacific guest-worker concept

15 September 2005, 13:50 AEST

A plan to bring Pacific island guest workers to Australia could help the economies of island countries by providing them with remittances.

Election campaign gets dirty

15 September 2005, 13:50 AEST

The election campaign in New Zealand appears to be getting dirty, with just days to go before Saturday's poll.

Report attacks police for human rights violations

15 September 2005, 13:50 AEST

A recent report by a New York based human rights group paints a disturbing picture of brutality by the police in Papua New Guinea.

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