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

Hopes Pasifika workers can adapt to new environment

21 November 2005, 13:25 AEST

The New Zealand government is attempting to lock New Zealand's Pacific Island population into new industries, amid changing demands for a specialised workforce.

Nauru welcomes increased UNDP presence

18 November 2005, 14:08 AEST

The news that the United Nations Development Program is to enhance its physical presence in smaller Pacific Island states has been welcomed by Nauru's Ambassador to the UN.

Robbers vote with their guns in electoral heist

18 November 2005, 14:08 AEST

Armed robbers have made away with over half a million Australian dollars in a major heist at the PNG Electoral Commission.

Fiji mercenaries may have been 'advance party'

18 November 2005, 13:46 AEST

In Papua New Guinea there have been further developments in the almost unbelievable story of a team of Fijian mercenaries on the autonomous province of Bougainville.

Diplomat says 300 Fiji mercenaries in training

18 November 2005, 13:46 AEST

PNG's High Commissioner to Fiji, Peter Eafeare, says he now suspects more Fijian mercenaries - perhaps up to 300 - had been preparing to join the initial nine on Bougainville.

Education co-operation with Vanuatu

18 November 2005, 13:46 AEST

New Caledonia is seeking to build closer relations with neighbouring Pacific countries, as it discusses associate membership of the Pacific Islands Forum and signing up to PICTA - the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement.

PM ready to replace doctors, following resignations

18 November 2005, 13:46 AEST

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says there's no room left to negotiate with striking doctors and his government will advertise overseas to replace them.

Fiji's Emperor Mines to acquire key PNG assets

17 November 2005, 15:29 AEST

Fiji's Emperor Mines has signed a deal which will see it become the third largest gold mining company on the Australian Stock Exchange and, with any luck, end a year of problems which has seen its share price slashed by two-thirds.

President attacks PNG over Fiji 'mercenaries'

17 November 2005, 15:29 AEST

Bougainville's President, Joseph Kabui, has accused the PNG government of not taking security seriously, following further revelations on the presence of Fiji mercenaries on Bougainville.

SPC conference examines youth issues

17 November 2005, 11:48 AEST

The fourth regional conference of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community is today winding down in Palau today, with delegates committing to finding solutions to problems confronting the region's youth.

Arrests spark major fake currency investigation

17 November 2005, 11:48 AEST

Four Fiji nationals have been arrested for using counterfeit currency in Port Vila this week.

Minister says WTO membership won't lead to takeovers

17 November 2005, 11:48 AEST

Tonga's membership in the World Trade Organisation won't necessarily mean a wave of foreign businesses taking over retailing in the country.

UN agency may deal directly with Forum Secretariat

17 November 2005, 11:48 AEST

The United Nations Development Program says it's ready to change the emphasis of its development programs in the Pacific region, as a result of the recently adopted Pacific Plan.

Budget announces gradual economic recovery

16 November 2005, 15:44 AEST

Papua New Guinea has often been referred to as a country on the brink of economic collapse.

Fiji church distances itself from 'mercenaries'

16 November 2005, 15:44 AEST

There have been a number of developments in the case of the Fiji mercenaries who are believed to be working in the no-go zone of the autonomous province of Bougainville, in Papua New Guinea.

New evidence sets date of human settlement

16 November 2005, 12:53 AEST

A team of international researchers is claiming it has found new evidence showing the Islands of Micronesia may have been settled by humans as early as 5,000 years ago.

First space tourism rocket launch in 2008

16 November 2005, 12:53 AEST

An American company which plans to use Tonga as a base to launch tourists into space says the project will take longer to get ready than first estimated.

Weathercoast still at risk of famine

16 November 2005, 12:53 AEST

In Solomon Islands, there's now an urgent need to help people living on Guadalcanal's remote Weathercoast to improve their crops, if serious hunger is to be avoided.

Battery-free torch could help environment

16 November 2005, 12:53 AEST

Some months ago, Pacific Beat ran an interview with an American volunteer marine scientist, Chris Bartlett, who had helped establish a Vanuatu village project aimed at protecting coral reefs by cutting down the number of dead batteries being dumped in the sea.

Historical weather data being transferred to computer

16 November 2005, 12:53 AEST

Efforts are underway to save valuable weather records from several Pacific nations.

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