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.


MSG leaders meet to discuss issues of common interests

15 August 2005, 10:18 AEST

Papua New Guinea is this week hosting leaders and officials from the five Melanesian countries for the 16th Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting which starts in Goroka on Monday.

Strikers to continue occupation of park

15 August 2005, 10:18 AEST

Striking civil servants in Tonga will continue their occupation of the public park opposite the country's Parliament today.

60th anniversary of the end of WWII

15 August 2005, 10:18 AEST

Monday marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War and the Australian Parliament has passed a resolution to commemorate it.

Native Hawaiians to continue fight to keep native school

15 August 2005, 10:18 AEST

Native Hawaiians have vowed to again appeal a United States federal appeals court decision which ruled against Hawaii's Kamehameha Schools' policy of only admitting Native Hawaiians.

Expert claims autonomy process vulnerable

15 August 2005, 10:18 AEST

The success of Bougainville's autonomy process depends on relationships, including personal relationships, between key players in Port Moresby and on Bougainville.

Religious group claims lost arc of the covenant in Malaita

15 August 2005, 10:18 AEST

A number of small, breakaway religious groups in Solomon Islands appear convinced that the Biblical Ark of the Covenant is buried somewhere in the mountains on the island of Malaita.

Remembering World War Two on Bora Bora

12 August 2005, 14:16 AEST

This month marks the 60th anniversary of the end of World War Two in the Pacific, and people around the region are commemorating the end of the conflict.

Mosquitos hope to bring AFL cup home

12 August 2005, 14:16 AEST

The Papua New Guinea Mosquitoes football team will have a moment to savour tomorrow at the home of Australian Rules Football, the MCG in Melbourne.

Australia to consider movement of labour around the Pacific

12 August 2005, 9:48 AEST

The Australian Government plans to give serious study to admitting unskilled or semi-skilled labour from the South Pacific.

Alternatives to Enhanced Cooperation Program canvassed

12 August 2005, 9:48 AEST

A replacement Australian aid package for Papua New Guinea, potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, is being discussed in the capital Canberra.

Significant increase in tourists

12 August 2005, 9:48 AEST

Tourism in Papua New Guinea is showing a significant turnaround with a 25 per cent increase in the visitor numbers in the first six months of 2005.

Mixed results for Pacific at World Athletics Champs

12 August 2005, 9:48 AEST

The eyes of the world are on Oceania's athletes in Helsinki this week because of one Samoan shot put star who failed to turn up for competition at the world athletics championships.

Pro-democracy campaigners march on Palace

11 August 2005, 15:02 AEST

And there was yet another march to the Palace today in Tonga.

PSA rejects King's offer of independent audit

11 August 2005, 15:02 AEST

The Tongan Civil Servants Strike Committee has flatly rejected the King's decision to have an independent auditor examine the figures of both sides in the pay dispute between the striking public servants and the Tongan Government.

Former Deputy PM unsure of reasons for sacking

11 August 2005, 15:02 AEST

Former Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Henry says he has no idea why he was sacked by the Prime Minister earlier this week.

Opposition boycotts Assembly nuclear commission

11 August 2005, 15:02 AEST

Opposition members in French Polynesia are boycotting a Parliamentary inquiry into the impact of French nuclear testing at Moruroa and Fangataufa atolls.

China offers to take over ADB loan

11 August 2005, 11:13 AEST

Papua New Guinea's foreign minister Sir Rabbie Namilu has received an in principle agreement from China to take over the funding of repairs to the Highlands Highway.

New fire truck sees normal service resume at Henderson airport

11 August 2005, 11:13 AEST

Air services to Honiara are set to return to normal, after a new fire engine arrived from New Zealand.

Fiji Biscuit Tax still in discussion stage

10 August 2005, 15:24 AEST

In Vanuatu, the Director-General of Trade, George Maniuri, says plans to impose an import tax on biscuits from Fiji are still at the discussion stage.

Government responds to Senate Pacific inquiry

10 August 2005, 15:12 AEST

An Australian non-government organisation has criticised the Australian government for its delay in replying to a 2003 Senate inquiry on Australia's relations with the Pacific.

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