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.


Call for Pacific wide taxes on unhealthy foodstuffs

Updated 21 October 2014, 17:28 AEST

A prominent Cook Islands businessman has called for Pacific Island governments to tax sugary soft drinks.

Work begins to rid Bougainville of WWII bombs

Updated 21 October 2014, 11:07 AEST

A multi-national defence team charged with clearing explosive remnants from World War II will begin work in Bougainville tomorrow.

Kiribati tightens control over fishing waters

Updated 21 October 2014, 10:30 AEST

Kiribati's decision to greatly restrict the number of fishing days US vessels has sent shockwaves across the Pacific.

New rugby academy to nurture new generation of Samoan players

Updated 21 October 2014, 10:28 AEST

The former captain of Manu Samoa, Mahonri Schwalger, wants to give promising young players the chance to fulfill their dream of playing the game professionally.

Rugby league: Fiji great Civoniceva hails local talent

Updated 21 October 2014, 10:25 AEST

In rugby league, former Fiji captain Petero Civoniceva says the appearence of a group of home-grown players in the Bati sides that took on Lebanon at the weekend is great for rugby league's development back in the islands.

Rugby union: Waratahs coach Chieka set to coach Wallabies

Updated 21 October 2014, 10:24 AEST

It appears the Australian Rugby Union has moved swiftly to fill the coaching vacancy left by Ewen McKenzie who resigned prior to the Wallabies weekend defeat by the All Blacks.

Call for more action on violence in PNG

Updated 21 October 2014, 8:48 AEST

There's been a call for the Papua New Guinea government to do more to combat violence in the country.

Drugs for guns arrests in Torres Strait

Updated 20 October 2014, 17:37 AEST

Police say nine people have been charged over their alleged involvement in a drug syndicate which imported large amounts of ingredients from Papua New Guinea.

New tuna research has implications for vulnerable bigeye

Updated 20 October 2014, 17:37 AEST

Latest resasearch on bigeye tuna - the most vulnerable of all the tuna species fished in the waters of Pacific Island nations - shows there is much more mixing of stocks from the western and eastern Pacific than previously thought.

PNG MPs using district money as "slush funds"

Updated 20 October 2014, 17:36 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Auditor General is calling on the PNG Government to withhold district funding for Members of Parliament who can't explain how the money is spent.

TB spread from PNG to Australia 'inevitable': health authorities

Updated 20 October 2014, 9:01 AEST

While there's been plenty of attention in Australia about the potential risk posed by ebola reaching the country from Africa, the recent death of a woman in Far North Queensland has renewed fears about the spread of another deadly disease, from Papua New Guinea.

What can we expect from Joko Widodo?

Updated 20 October 2014, 9:01 AEST

The new president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo will be sworn in today; he's a man who's made a rapid climb from small-town mayor to city governor, and then to national leader in just under a decade.

Tonga government denies threatening to stop strike action

Updated 20 October 2014, 9:01 AEST

The Public Service Association in Tonga has called off a stirke planned for today.

Tonga's public servants cancel strike action

Updated 20 October 2014, 9:00 AEST

Tonga's Minister for Justice Clive Ewards has accused the Public Service Association of cancelling its planned strike action, not because the government planned to block it using emergency powers, but because it lacked internal support.

More services needed to support post-war trauma in Bougainville

Updated 20 October 2014, 9:00 AEST

Ongoing social disorder in the autonomous region of Bougainville is being blamed largely on the trauma caused by the ten-year civil war.

Chamorro chant master keeps tradition alive in Guam

Updated 20 October 2014, 9:00 AEST

The man responsible for keeping Guam's ancient Chamorro chants alive has been named Master of the Chamorro Chant in honour of his work.

Cooks progressing towards 2020 renewable energy target

Updated 20 October 2014, 8:59 AEST

Rarotonga's largest power plant is now operational, and is expected to supply 5 per cent of the island's power.

Improving gender equality in Solomon Islands

Updated 20 October 2014, 8:59 AEST

Women's rights in Solomon Islands are to come under scrutiny at the United Nations.

Rugby league: Fiji coach bows out on winning note

Updated 20 October 2014, 8:58 AEST

Fiji have farewelled departing coach Rick Stone in style with an impressive over Lebanon in Sydney by 40 points to 28.

Rugby league: Kumuls outplay Tonga

Updated 20 October 2014, 8:58 AEST

Papua New Guinea's national rugby league team, the Kumuls, have come through a tough encounter with Tonga, winning the match by 32 points to 18 in Lae.

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