Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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

Ceremony for birth of autonomous state

15 June 2005, 11:25 AEST

A new day, a new dawn for Bougainville, which today celebrates the birth of its autonomous government.

Beauty pageant not pretty to all

15 June 2005, 11:25 AEST

A club in the Vanuatu capital Port Vila is hoping to follow the success of its recent Vanuatu Idol talent quest competition with a beauty pageant.

Minister's concerns over Chinese presence

15 June 2005, 11:25 AEST

A senior Pacific academic has recently highlighted the growing influence of China in the region.

Nuclear vets welcome tribunal decision

14 June 2005, 16:48 AEST

Former workers at the nuclear testing site in French Polynesia have welcomed a recent tribunal decision to award a pension to a former French nuclear test site employee.

Water-catcher to change village life

14 June 2005, 16:48 AEST

A New Age water-catcher may revolutionise village life, according to a Fiji-born inventor.

Controversial investment bill withdrawn

14 June 2005, 16:48 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Ham Lini, has announced the withdrawal of a controversial bill to amend the country's foreign investment legislation.

Drug shortage could endanger patients' lives

14 June 2005, 16:48 AEST

Health authorities in Papua New Guinea's highlands provinces say they have run out of essential medical drugs and patients' lives are now in danger.

Mint flips coins to dark side

14 June 2005, 16:48 AEST

The Cook Islands have thrilled fanatics world wide with the release of a set of Star Wars commemorative coins.

Plan to return Emperor Mine to profit

14 June 2005, 16:48 AEST

Fiji's Emperor Gold Mines has announced a US$ 11.

Celebrations for new autonomous government

14 June 2005, 16:48 AEST

Bougainville is with thousands of people converging on Buka, in the island's north, to celebrate the birth of the new Bougainville autonomous government.

Concerns over Chinese small-businesses

14 June 2005, 11:58 AEST

The annual meeting of Pacific economic ministers wrapped up in Tuvalu last week, with participants committing to a series of principles relating to the management of public utilities.

UN offers support for food security

13 June 2005, 9:46 AEST

Agricultural authorities in Cook Islands say a food security program sponsored by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation will go a long way in helping Cook Islanders.

Sugar farmers threaten national strike

13 June 2005, 9:46 AEST

Fiji's sugar cane-cutting season got underway last week - but it didn't get off to a good start.

Vote chief says poll was 'fair'

13 June 2005, 9:46 AEST

The manager of Bougainville's historic election says he's confident the results of the poll were fair.

Power authority in world-first carbon credit trade

13 June 2005, 9:46 AEST

The Fiji Electricty Authority and its Australian partner, Pacific Hydro, became a small part of environmental history last week.

Security experts arrive in Auckland for meet

13 June 2005, 9:46 AEST

Senior law enforcement and security officials from around the Pacific are meeting in Auckland tomorrow and Wednesday for the Pacific Island Forum's annual Regional Security Committee meeting.

FEMM ends with state enterprise pledge

10 June 2005, 15:22 AEST

The annual meeting of Pacific economic minister has adopted a list of seven principles with which to manage publicly-owned enterprises.

'Bone-crunchers' prepare for Wallabies clash

10 June 2005, 15:22 AEST

Five players have been picked to make their Samoan debut in this Saturday's Test match against Australia in Sydney.

Woman MP calls for more services

10 June 2005, 14:20 AEST

The only female member of the caretaker cabinet of Papua New Guinea's autonomous province of Bougainville has urged the new government to focus on providing basic services to the island's female population.

Budget to highlight economy's recovery

10 June 2005, 14:20 AEST

The Finance Minister of Tonga says the economy is showing signs of a sustained recovery, with growth of 2.

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