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

Senior EU policy advisor visits region

1 November 2005, 13:57 AEST

The European Commission's newly appointed director responsible for the Pacific arrives in Fiji on Wednesday as part of a Pacific tour which kicked off in Papua New Guinea last week.

South Korea could be new pumpkin export market

1 November 2005, 13:57 AEST

Tonga hopes to begin selling squash in the potentially lucrative South Korean market by next year.

Flash floods break drought and force evacuations

1 November 2005, 13:57 AEST

Drought conditions which gripped parts of Fiji's main island Viti Levu appear to have been broken after two days of heavy rain caused flooding and forced evacuations in parts of the island.

Family breakdowns blamed for increase in street kids

1 November 2005, 10:54 AEST

In Fiji, broken homes and dysfunctional families have again been cited as reasons behind the increasing number of under-aged children living on the streets.

Inaugural Bounty reunion hailed a success

1 November 2005, 10:54 AEST

The Society of the Descendants of Bounty Mutineers in Papeete, French Polynesia, organised a reunion over the weekend to celebrate and commemorate the arrival of His Britannic Majesty's ship, the Bounty 217 years ago.

Women say actions speak louder than words

1 November 2005, 10:54 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the National Council of Women is frustrated at the prospect of yet more policy targeting women's rights.

Polynesian Blue begins new Apia service

31 October 2005, 16:15 AEST

The new airline, Polynesian Blue, is a model for how state enterprises can be improved through private sector investment and management, according to the International Finance Corporation.

Economic boost expected from relocation of Marines to Guam

31 October 2005, 16:15 AEST

Guam is expecting a huge economic boost following the decision that up to 7,000 United States Marines will relocate there from the Okinawa base in Japan.

New research into Malaria vaccine

31 October 2005, 10:51 AEST

Papua New Guinea is working closely with the world Health Organisation on a major medical research project looking into the treatment for malaria.

Concern illegal import of fighting birds could bring bird flu

31 October 2005, 10:51 AEST

As international concerns rise over a possible bird flu pandemic, quarantine authorities in Papua New Guinea have warned the smuggling of Asian cock fighting birds from Indonesia to PNG, poses a health risk.

Average number of cyclones expected this season

31 October 2005, 10:51 AEST

Cyclone season officially gets underway in the Pacific on the first of November.

Researcher calls for greater sugar mill productivity

31 October 2005, 10:51 AEST

The clash of cultures between indigenous land-owners and mainly Indo-Fijian sugar farmers has long been seen as one of the biggest threats to the future of Fiji's sugar industry.

Interest rates increased

28 October 2005, 14:14 AEST

The Reserve Bank of Fiji has raised interest rates in an effort to dampen consumer demand for imported goods, and combat inflation.

Guilty verdicts for killers of melanesian brothers

28 October 2005, 14:14 AEST

In Solomon Islands, three men were found guilty on Friday by the High Court of the murders of six Melanesian brothers.

Municipal elections net government huge profits

28 October 2005, 14:14 AEST

In Vanuatu on Monday, about 20 thousand voters go to the polls to elect a new council for Port Vila.

Forum ends with leaders disappointed on Aust labour stance

28 October 2005, 10:04 AEST

The Pacific Summit has closed with Island leaders voicing their disappointment at John Howard's refusal to allow in seasonal workers.

Analysts see room to move on labour mobility

28 October 2005, 10:04 AEST

The issue of labour mobility in the Pacific dominated much of the debate at the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Papua New Guinea this week.

Forum Secretary General hails endorsement of Pacific Plan

28 October 2005, 10:04 AEST

The Forum leaders endorsed the Pacific Plan, stating that it will launch a new era to strengthen and deepen regional co-operation and integration.

Government protects 771 thousand hectares of forests and lagoons

28 October 2005, 10:04 AEST

The Papua New Guinea Government has announced it will give legal protection to 12 biologically diverse areas of forests, wetlands and reefs, covering almost eight hundred thousand hectares.

Australia PM criticised for refusal to accept seasonal labour

27 October 2005, 15:09 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister John Howard is being accused of double standards at the Pacific Islands Forum in the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby.

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