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.


Lava threatens homes on Hawaii's Big Island

Updated 28 October 2014, 17:50 AEDT

Flowing lava has forced some people living near a volcano in Hawaii to leave their homes.

PNG man alleges beating at the hands of police

Updated 28 October 2014, 17:49 AEDT

A man from Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands province claims he was assaulted by police recently.

Scepticism over PNG crackdown on police violence

Updated 28 October 2014, 17:48 AEDT

People in Papua New Guinea are taking a wait and see attitude towards newly announced official measure to crack down on police violence.

Ancient Australian crystals discovered in Vanuatu

Updated 28 October 2014, 17:48 AEDT

The discovery of tiny zircon crystals on Vanuatu could reshape the way we think about how continents are formed.

Claims Fiji prime minister's priorities in the north contradict his promises

Updated 30 October 2014, 10:18 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says he will give financial priority to his supporters, when carrying out developments in the country's north.

Bainimarama favouring his own supporters is 'childish': North MP

Updated 28 October 2014, 11:14 AEDT

North MP Niko Nawaikula, elected by the indigenous people of Vanua Levu, was in parliament giving his maiden speech when Mr Bainimarama first indicated that he would be favouring Fiji First voters in the north with development funds.

A call for the UN to address human rights abuses in Fiji

Updated 28 October 2014, 11:15 AEDT

Fiji's human rights record will face the UN's Universal Periodic Review tomorrow.

A total of 106 candidates to contest Tonga election

Updated 28 October 2014, 17:21 AEDT

The final list of candidates who'll contest next month's general election in Tonga were finalised after nominations closed at the weekend.

American Samoan congressman hopes for another term

Updated 29 October 2014, 8:04 AEDT

After being absent for many months, American Samoa's long serving congressman, Eni Faleomavaega, is back in town and determined to win another election when voters go to the polls next week.

Flying Fijians in Europe to prepare for trio of test matches

Updated 28 October 2014, 11:17 AEDT

In rugby the three leading Pacific teams are embarking on their annual tours of the Northern hemisphere, with each of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga set to play three test matches during November.

Vanuatu's new cricket coach has high hopes for team

Updated 28 October 2014, 11:18 AEDT

First it was Fiji, and now Vanuatu has called for Australian cricketing expertise by bringing in Shane Deitz, the former South Australian batsman as national coach and high performance manager.

NZ into Women's World Cup Finals, barring freak results

Updated 28 October 2014, 11:19 AEDT

On to soccer and at the OFC Women's Nations Cup, New Zealand have all but sealed their place at the World Cup in Canada next year after defeating Papua New Guinea 3-nil.

Pacific Leaders meet to prevent ocean pollution

Updated 28 October 2014, 11:19 AEDT

Delegates from 13 Pacific island countries and territories have been meeting in Brisbane to plot the future path for PACPOL, the Pacific Ocean Pollution Prevention Programme.

West Papua activists concerned over new Indonesia defence minister

Updated 27 October 2014, 17:46 AEDT

Two French journalists detained in Indonesia's Papua province are expected to be freed today.

Warnings on compensation to tens of thousands of PNG landowers

Updated 27 October 2014, 17:48 AEDT

Compensation payments to tens of thousands of landowners affected by the Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea, could be delayed due to uncertainty over who will pay the cost of getting the money to the people.

Prasad to grill witnesses on Fiji public spending

Updated 27 October 2014, 17:48 AEDT

The newly appointed chairman of the Fiji parliament's Public Accounts Committee says he intends to thoroughly investigate problems with government spending over the past seven years.

Oil Search MD criticises ANU for divestment strategy

Updated 27 October 2014, 17:49 AEDT

The Australian National University's decision to divest itself of shares in Oil Search on ethical grounds has angered the company's Managing Director Peter Botton.

Tuna boats still catching endangered species: Greenpeace

Updated 27 October 2014, 17:51 AEDT

Greenpeace has released a video showing what it says is the unsavoury outcome of tuna fishing using marine magnets.

Domestic violence cases increase in Marshall Islands

Updated 27 October 2014, 12:15 AEDT

The number of domestic violence complaints to Marshall Islands' High Court has jumped to nine this year, from just two last year.

Cook Islands to increase health and education spending

Updated 27 October 2014, 12:16 AEDT

The Cook Islands' government has announced increases to health and education in the next annual budget, to be revealed this week.

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