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.


Long departed Rapa Nui musician returns home

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:17 AEDT

Hailing from the isolated island of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, Yoyo Tuki's music has crossed physical and musical boundaries like no other.

French president Hollande calls for climate funds for Pacific

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:50 AEDT

France is calling for financial aid specifically for Pacific nations at risk from climate change and rising seawaters.

Hollande says France to support New Caledonia on independence decision

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:51 AEDT

During his whislestop trip to New Caledonia, Francoise Hollande also laid a wreath at a World War II memorial in Noumea.

Ryan commits to Fiji Sevens squad despite player drain risk

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:52 AEDT

The coach of Fiji's rugby sevens squad, Ben Ryan, says he's committed to leading the team to the Olympics in Rio, despite the latest blow to his plans, with a rising number of players being lured to play in the Sri Lankan Super League, including some star names.

Big influx of women MPs unlikely after Solomon Islands election

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:52 AEDT

When voters go to the polls in Solomon Islands tomorrow, they'll be choosing from a list of candidates that features 26 women.

Super trawlers are 'superbad' says Greenpeace

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:53 AEDT

As Australia prepares to lift its ban on giant European super trawlers operating in its southern waters, Greenpeace is warning that regional food security could be threatened if the ships are allowed to continue fishing in the Pacific at current rates.

Google Seaview to put the spotlight on overfishing

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:54 AEDT

You may be familiar with Google streetview, but now it's also possible to delve into the depths of the ocean from a computer.

Palau government acts to fill special prosecutor vacancy, despite political opposition

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:55 AEDT

The battle to find a new Special Prosecutor in Palau is still deadlocked, with a majority of senators refusing to back the President's nominee, Charlie Lee, so now the Attorney-General, John Bradley has made an interim appointment.

Fiji "torture video" victim changes mind about complaint

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:22 AEDT

Fiji Police Commissioner Ben Groenwald says he's persuaded the alleged victim in the so called "torture video" to change his mind about not laying a complaint.

French presidential visit stirs passions in New Caledonia

Updated 17 November 2014, 17:36 AEDT

The French president Francois Hollande has headed to New Caledonia where climate change will be top of the agenda at a meeting with Pacific leaders.

Tribal fighting likely to remain part of PNG for many years

Updated 17 November 2014, 17:32 AEDT

Tribal fighting is still reported to be going on in Papua New Guinea's Hela province, although the provincial government has pledged extra money to help security forces.

Corruption 'out of control' in Solomon Islands: High Court Judge

Updated 17 November 2014, 11:29 AEDT

High Court Judge Stephen Pallaras, who is about to leave Solomon Islands at the end of a three-year contract, says corruption is out of control in the country, and he fears for its future.

Hollande in New Caledonia at crucial time in French territory's history

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:16 AEDT

After leaving the G20 meeting overnight, the French President Francois Hollande has headed to New Caledonia where climate change will be top of the agenda at a meeting with Pacific leaders.

New Zealand and Samoa's shared history celebrated

Updated 17 November 2014, 11:31 AEDT

From the New Zealand Forces' occupation of German Samoa one hundred years ago, Samoa and New Zealand have had a long history.

Big win for Tonga on second leg of their European tour

Updated 17 November 2014, 11:33 AEDT

There was plenty of drama for the rugby teams from the southern hemisphere over in Europe at the weekend, with three of five test matches going down to the wire.

Security planning for APEC 2018 in PNG begins

Updated 14 November 2014, 17:26 AEDT

The Australian Defence Force could be among several outside groups involved in providing security for APEC's 2018 summit to be hosted by Papua New Guinea.

Cook Islands' crucial by-election vote counting halted

Updated 14 November 2014, 17:25 AEDT

A legal challenge in Cook Islands has halted the counting of votes in a crucial by-election.

Modern slavery in deep-sea fishing fleets exposed in new book

Updated 14 November 2014, 17:25 AEDT

Pacific countries have long been trying to rein in poor fishing practices by the deep-sea fishing fleets that catch buillions of dollars worth of tuna and other species in their waters every year.

UN Environment Program says Pacific is leading the world

Updated 14 November 2014, 12:06 AEDT

The World Parks Congress has gathered environmental and world leaders to Sydney to discuss conservation and among them is the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, Achim Steiner.

World Diabetes Day highlights dire rates in the Pacific

Updated 14 November 2014, 11:40 AEDT

The latest figures show the ten countries with the highest prevalence of diabetes are all in the Pacific - a , have been described as staggering.

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