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.


Indigenous party vows to protect Maori seats

5 September 2005, 12:27 AEST

A battle is brewing over parliamentary seats set aside for New Zealand's indigenous Maori population, following calls for the seats to be abolished.

Business angered by Fiji kava ban

5 September 2005, 12:27 AEST

Vanuatu says Fiji's ban on its kava is unfair, and in retaliation Vanuatu kava exporters are moving into Fiji's international Kava markets.

Methodists plan march to support 'sodomy' laws

2 September 2005, 15:21 AEST

One story which received widespread coverage by the media in the past few weeks has been the High Court ruling on the country's so called 'sodomy laws'.

Australia 'encouraged' by recent developments

2 September 2005, 15:12 AEST

The Australian government has reacted cautiously to news that Tonga's government has offered striking public servants a substantial wage increase.

Civil servants may return to work next week

2 September 2005, 15:12 AEST

Tonga's striking civil servants could return to work by Wednesday or Thursday next week, according to one their spokesmen.

RAMSI personnel can claim legal immunity

2 September 2005, 15:12 AEST

John Kwakwala Makasi is suing the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, over the way in which he was questioned by police investigating the murder of Australian soldier Adam Dunning.

Women lash out at trouser, shorts ban

2 September 2005, 15:12 AEST

As items of clothing go, trousers and shorts aren't usually considered too risque in most parts of the Pacific.

NGO calls for end to police brutality

2 September 2005, 14:44 AEST

A human rights group wants the Australian Government to help stop what it calls an epidemic of police brutality against children in Papua New Guinea.

RAMSI awaits court detention judgement

1 September 2005, 17:56 AEST

In Solomon Islands, a court case wound up today, in which a local man alleges his constitutional rights were violated by officers serving in the Regional Assistance Mission, or RAMSI.

Government makes dramatic offer to end strike

1 September 2005, 15:15 AEST

Tonga's long-running public service strike is still on, despite a dramatic offer from the government.

Clean up begins in Typhoon Nabi's wake

1 September 2005, 15:15 AEST

Authorities in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are today counting the cost of damage caused by Typhoon Nabi, which passed by the Islands yesterday.

PNG, Fiji airlines consider direct route

1 September 2005, 15:15 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, has suggested the national airlines of Fiji and PNG get together to examine the viability of a direct air link between the two countries.

Pros and cons of switch to euro

1 September 2005, 13:52 AEST

Authorities in French Polynesia have been examining whether to adopt the euro as their currency in coming years, replacing the Pacific Franc.

ICRC wraps up visits to jails in Fiji, Solomons

1 September 2005, 13:52 AEST

The International Committee of the Red Cross - or ICRC - has recently completed a series of visits to prisons in Solomon Islands and Fiji.

Reconciliation process faces challenges

1 September 2005, 13:52 AEST

Big hurdles face reconciliation efforts in parts of the Solomon Islands.

Tora-Bainimarama clash continues

31 August 2005, 15:27 AEST

In Fiji, a war of words is being played out in parliament and the press between government senator Mohammed Apisai Tora and Military Commander Frank Bainimarama.

New soccer coach says team is improving

31 August 2005, 15:27 AEST

Solomon Islands soccer's new Brazilian coach, Airton Andrioli, has had all of three weeks to prepare the side for Saturday's World cup qualifier against Australia in Sydney.

Japanese mining company to explore Isabel

31 August 2005, 15:27 AEST

One of the world's biggest mining companies is taking a very strong interest in the Solomon Islands, to the delight of local authorities.

Typhoon Nabi sparks state of emergency declaration

31 August 2005, 15:27 AEST

Authorities on Guam have today declared a state of emergency, as typhoon Nabi lashes the region.

'Homecoming' for WW2 Victoria Cross hero

31 August 2005, 13:39 AEST

The body of the only Fiji man to have been awarded a Victoria Cross is coming home, after more than 60 years.

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