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.


Land lease dispute threatens Indian school

26 January 2006, 9:58 AEST

An Indo-Fijian school in required police protection on Wednesday, when landowners threatened to close it down over a dispute over the lease of land.

US evangelist's 'healing' claims defended

26 January 2006, 9:58 AEST

Fiji supporters of controversial American evangelist Benny Hinn have defended the preacher's so-called "Miracle Healing Crusade" in Fiji.

Education initiatives for Micronesian students

26 January 2006, 9:58 AEST

Migrant students to Hawaii, especially those from Micronesia, are set to benefit from a new education program, designed to help them learn English.

Traditional 'village' to promote regional tourism

26 January 2006, 9:58 AEST

Images of South Pacific beaches may not be far from most people's minds, but translating the post-card pictures into tourist numbers isn't always easy.

Military build-up heightens tension

25 January 2006, 13:25 AEST

A military build-up in the Indonesian province of Papua has heightened tensions between the government and independence activists.

Oil Search delivers record results for 2005

25 January 2006, 9:18 AEST

Papua New Guinea's biggest company, Oil Search, has had another record year delivering its best yet revenue and production figures for 2005.

Region's first Catholic Cardinal to be buried in Apia

25 January 2006, 9:18 AEST

The Catholic Church in the Pacific will farewell the region's first Cardinal during a requiem Mass at the Catholic Cathedral in Samoa's capital Apia on Saturday.

US evangelist criticised for giving false hope

25 January 2006, 9:18 AEST

US evangelist Benny Hinn has been criticised for giving people false hope he can heal them.

Chamorros ready for first-pan-Pacific conference

25 January 2006, 9:18 AEST

The indigenous people of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Chamorros, are set to meet in March for their first-ever pan-Pacific Chamorro conference.

Landslide claims 13 lives

24 January 2006, 15:04 AEST

A remote village in Papua New Guinea's Morobe Province has been buried under landslides caused by torrential rain.

Tough sentence indicates changing attitudes on rape

24 January 2006, 13:45 AEST

Rape is one of Papua New Guinea's most prevalent and inadequately punished crimes, with over 800 cases reported last year alone.

Maori broadcaster to boost indigenous radio coverage

24 January 2006, 8:36 AEST

News about what's happening in the Maori world is going to be provided to mainstream New Zealanders from a different source from this week.

Call for international elections monitors

24 January 2006, 8:36 AEST

There's been a call for international observers to be sent to Fiji to monitor the election process, amid complaints over how voters are being registered in the race-based electoral system.

Calls for massive overhaul of Suva's port

24 January 2006, 8:36 AEST

Fiji's trade outlook may be looking positive for the next decade, but catering for the increased traffic of goods may have to come at a price.

Public Service Commission to investigate military claims

23 January 2006, 16:03 AEST

Fiji's Armed Forces and the country's Public Service Commission have agreed to carry out separate investigations into their respective members who the country's military believes have challenged the leadership of Army chief, Voreqe Bainimarama.

Nauru offers reassurance on air link's future

23 January 2006, 15:26 AEST

Kiribati is hopeful that Air Nauru will be able to re-establish scheduled flights from Tarawa, after an announcement late last week of financial help from Taiwan.

PAPUA calls for Pacific Forum support of freedom plight

23 January 2006, 15:26 AEST

A leading Papuan activist has called on Pacific Islands Forum member countries to throw their support behind the plight of the Papuan people, following the arrival of 43 Papuan asylum seekers in far north Australia last week.

No places available for fee-paying medicine students

23 January 2006, 8:15 AEST

In Fiji, privately funded students will have to wait until next year to fight for one of a limited number of places at the Fiji school of medicine.

Oxfam blames administration error for royal gaffe

23 January 2006, 8:15 AEST

The Tongan government has dismissed criticisms of its accession to the World Trade Organisation by the international aid agency Oxfam.

Students grounded by airline's woes

23 January 2006, 8:15 AEST

Hundreds of students in Nauru and Kiribati won't be able to return to school in Fiji on time for the new school year, because of Air Nauru's continuing problems.

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