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

Appeal for reform at FEMM opening session

8 June 2005, 15:22 AEST

The annual meeting of Economic Ministers from Pacific Islands Forum countries has opened in Tuvalu, with a surprising call from primary school children for minister to ease up on businesses and allow them to make more profits.

Change to foreign tuna boat rules

8 June 2005, 15:22 AEST

A major change to the way foreign purse-seine vessels operate in the Pacific has been hammered out at a series of meetings in the Marshall Island capital, Majuro.

Changes mooted for Ni-Vanuatu business

8 June 2005, 15:22 AEST

Radical changes to the list of businesses reserved for Ni-Vanuatu is causing pandemonium in Vanuatu's business community.

PM asks Taiwan to help with Nauru bill

8 June 2005, 13:27 AEST

The prime minister of Tuvalu, Maatia Toafa, has revealed that he asked the President of Taiwan to help fix the problem of Tuvaluan and I-Kiribati workers stranded on Nauru.

Local health board takes expertise to region

8 June 2005, 13:27 AEST

A local health authority in New Zealand hopes its outreach program in the Pacific islands will help prevent the spread of diseases through Pacific diaspora communities.

Calls for end to three-language policy

8 June 2005, 13:27 AEST

A senior director from Vanuatu's Education Ministry says the standardisation of the Bislama language and its recognition as the country's main language is the only way forward.

New faces dominate provincial elections

8 June 2005, 13:27 AEST

If this month's provincial elections are any indication, the Solomon Islands parliament is in for a shake-up.

Aussie Rugby urged to drop recruitment ban

7 June 2005, 15:36 AEST

The Queensland Reds rugby team is calling on the Australian Rugby Union to relax restrictions on the use of overseas players.

PM rejects Australian pressure on whaling

7 June 2005, 15:36 AEST

Tuvalu's Prime Minister says his country will not give in to pressure from Australia and New Zealand over whaling.

Deputy PM appointment a 'victory' for constitution

7 June 2005, 15:36 AEST

The appointment of a senior Papua New Guinea minister to the position of deputy prime minister has been greeted as a 'victory' for the country's consititution.

Union concerns over Samoan prison recruits

7 June 2005, 11:39 AEST

The New Zealand government is defending its treatment of recruited Samoan jail workers, following accusation of negligence by union officials.

Opposition to constitutional changes

7 June 2005, 11:39 AEST

Niue's former finance minister says he will opposed proposed changes to Niue's political framework.

Legislator blasts governor over power crisis

7 June 2005, 11:39 AEST

Last month, the governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Juan T.

Legal action over biscuit ban moving ahead

7 June 2005, 11:39 AEST

The Fiji government has added a ban on Air Vanuatu flights to the list of measures it's considering in response to Vanuatu's refusal to drop its ban on the importation of cabin cracker biscuits from Fiji.

UN mission to leave B'ville by July

7 June 2005, 11:39 AEST

The completion of elections on Bougainville ticks off one of the final tasks of the United Nations observer mission to the Papua New Guinea province.

Kabui elected as first Bougainville president

6 June 2005, 15:10 AEST

Joseph Kabui has been elected the first president of Bougainville, defeating his main rival John Momis by a resounding 17 thousand vote margin.

Forum members meet to discuss economic future

6 June 2005, 15:10 AEST

A dozen ministers from Pacific Island Forum countries are gathering in Tuvalu's capital Funafuti on Monday, for the annual Forum Economic Ministers Meeting.

Defeated B'ville candidate calls poll 'fraudulent'

6 June 2005, 15:10 AEST

Defeated Bougainville presidential candidate John Momis is mounting a legal challenge against the election of Joseph Kabui.

Audit Office saving govt millions

6 June 2005, 12:56 AEST

Millions of dollars of government money have been lost through poor management, corruption and fraud in Solomon Islands.

Researcher obtains first RMI doctorate

6 June 2005, 12:56 AEST

A woman from the Marshall Islands has become the first person from that country to gain a doctorate, with a study of Marshallese students in the United States.

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