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.


Two Nauru Opposition MPs taken to police station

Updated 19 June 2015, 17:49 AEST

Nauru resident, Lockley Denuga says police came to the house of Opposition MP Squire Jeremiah.

Bougainville open and ready for tourism

Updated 19 June 2015, 17:50 AEST

A tourism company based in Bougainville is hoping to boost its business.

Pacific tourism needs more airline access

Updated 23 June 2015, 9:38 AEST

A critical bottleneck in developing tourism in the Pacific is the lack of airline access.

Suspended Nauru MP says people are living in fear as government cracks down on dissent

Updated 19 June 2015, 8:38 AEST

There are reports that arrest warrants have been issued for suspended opposition MP and former Nauru president Sprent Dabwido, as well as his opposition colleague Squire Jeremiah.

Solomon Islands will not support West Papua's MSG bid next week

Updated 19 June 2015, 8:40 AEST

The government of Solomon Islands has announced it won't support the United Liberation Movement for West Papua's bid for full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group when it meets in Honiara next week.

More than 2,600 PNG police, solidiers and prison guards to secure Pacific Games

Updated 19 June 2015, 8:42 AEST

The National Security Advisory Council in Papua New Guinea has assured athletes and visitors they will be safe during the Pacific Games in Port Moresby next month.

Push for automatic US citizenship in American Samoa comes under scrutiny

Updated 19 June 2015, 8:43 AEST

In American Samoa, the debate continues over the US Court ruling against giving automatic American citizenship to the people of the territory.

Centurion Assad Vala leads the way as PNG's cricketers record historic win

Updated 19 June 2015, 8:44 AEST

The Barramundis have passed their first exam on the road to becoming a test cricket playing nation with an emphatic win over the Netherlands in the Intercontinental Cup in Amsterdam.

Focus the key, as the PNG Hunters aim for an eighth consecutive win

Updated 19 June 2015, 8:44 AEST

As the PNG Hunters prepare to take on Tweed Heads Seagulls, the team are still basking in the glory of winning in front of a sell-out crowd at the Pacific Games stadium in Port Moresby last weekend.

Back to business, as tightest NRL season in memory resumes

Updated 19 June 2015, 8:45 AEST

After the midweek drama of State of Origin II, it's back to business in the NRL this weekend and what is turning out to be the closest season in history.

ACT Brumbies set out to win the 2015 Super Rugby title the hard way

Updated 19 June 2015, 9:11 AEST

The Super Rugby Finals series kicks off this weekend with an all-New Zealand clash in Dunedin, while in Cape Town it's a South Africa versus Australia affair.

Date set for Vanuatu Opposition court challenge

Updated 18 June 2015, 18:12 AEST

A court in Vanuatu has allocated a time next Monday to hear an Opposition legal challenge.

Anti-corruption official welcomes former PNG police chief's arrest

Updated 18 June 2015, 18:12 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, a senior anti-corruption official is encouraged by the nation's former Police Commissioner being found guilty of contempt.

Claims Nauru has sacked dozens of protestors

Updated 18 June 2015, 18:09 AEST

There are claims the Nauru government has sacked dozens of people for taking part in a rowdy protest outside the country's parliament.

Nauru Government expects more arrests after protests

Updated 18 June 2015, 18:09 AEST

The Nauru government says it expects many more people will be arrested and charged over the over the protest at parliament.

NZ's Fiji immigration ballot criticised as unfair

Updated 18 June 2015, 18:11 AEST

New Zealand's immigration ballot system for Fiji citizens has been criticised as unfair by an immigration consultant.

Fiji flag campaigner prepared to break new law

Updated 18 June 2015, 18:11 AEST

A man campaigning against Fiji adopting a new flag says he intends to keep using the current flag on social media despite possibly breaking the law.

Security in spotlight for Pacific Games

Updated 18 June 2015, 18:10 AEST

There are 16 days until the 2015 Pacific Games kick off in Port Moresby.

Former PNG Police Commissioner convicted for refusing to arrest PM Peter O'Neill

Updated 18 June 2015, 8:44 AEST

Papua New Guinea's former police commissioner has been found guilty of contempt for not arresting the Prime Minister on corruption charges.

Vanuatu opposition leader to challenge no confidence decision in court

Updated 18 June 2015, 8:46 AEST

Vanuatu's opposition leader Edward Natapei is going to court to challenge the decision by the new parliamentary speaker to rule out a planned no confidence motion against the new government after just a week in office.

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