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.


Questions as to why MPs that passed party laws ran as independents

Updated 25 November 2014, 10:50 AEDT

In negotiating alliances needed to form government, Solomon Islands expert Dr Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka discusses why the hard work starts now among the 32 independent MPs.

Sharp leap in sea level temperatures after period of calm

Updated 25 November 2014, 10:51 AEDT

Climate change and rising sea levels are a constant focus for the Pacific and some of the latest figures from scientists measuring sea surface temperatures are worrying.

Palau president garners UN’s top environmental accolade

Updated 25 November 2014, 10:52 AEDT

Palua president Tommy Remengesau Jr's award from the United Nations hails him as a Champion of the Earth for what it describes as his pioneering green economic policies.

French Pacific shares in glow of Chinese presidential Fiji visit

Updated 25 November 2014, 10:55 AEDT

French Polynesia is the latest nation basking in the focus of China's economic interests in the region.

NRL strategy rolls out to Fiji in Pacific-wide effort

Updated 25 November 2014, 10:56 AEDT

After taking its message to Samoa, Australia's National Rugby League has switched focus to Fiji to roll out its Pacific strategy.

Fiji one day cricket team prepares for Japan and league slot

Updated 25 November 2014, 10:58 AEDT

With the battle for the ICC East Asia-Pacific Twenty20 title over now, and the trophy safely back with PNG, the focus switches to 50 over cricket.

Samoan cricketers hoping to replicate T20 victory over Philippines

Updated 25 November 2014, 10:59 AEDT

When Samoa played the Philippines in the Twenty20 tournament a week ago, the match went down to the last ball with the Samoans just getting over the line.

Count complete in Solomon Islands, coalition building begins

Updated 24 November 2014, 17:03 AEDT

Officials from the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission have declared the results of all 50 seats.

Tribal fighting subsides in PNG's Hela province

Updated 24 November 2014, 17:04 AEDT

Tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea's Hela Province has died down as reinforcements arrive for local police.

ABC cuts programming, NZ bureau to close

Updated 24 November 2014, 17:05 AEDT

After months of speculation, and last week's confirmation about the size of the cuts to the national broadcaster, the ABC's managing director Mark Scott has outlined the changes to his staff.

Westpac to close vital Pacific remittance service

Updated 24 November 2014, 17:05 AEDT

Thousands of Australians who send money to their families overseas could be left in the lurch today as one of Australia's major banks shuts its doors on money transfer businesses.

Tonga police commissioner to return to NZ

Updated 24 November 2014, 13:16 AEDT

Tonga's Police Commissioner is returning home to New Zealand after serving two years.

Independents poll strongly in Solomon Islands election

Updated 24 November 2014, 12:26 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, officials from the Electoral Commission have declared the results of 44 of the 50 seats.

China's Pacific push forges links with eight regional countries

Updated 24 November 2014, 12:27 AEDT

China has ended its latest diplomatic push into the Pacific by forming what it calls a "strategic partnership" with eight countries.

Regional meeting to focus on conservation of Pacific tuna stocks

Updated 24 November 2014, 12:28 AEDT

Conservation of tuna stocks in the Pacific will be a major focus on the agenda at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission's annual meeting in Samoa next week.

Counting in Cook Islands' by-election still on hold

Updated 24 November 2014, 12:28 AEDT

In Cook Islands, there have been further complications in the Mitiaro by-election and even though the election was held almost two weeks ago, counting is still to start as journalist Helen Greig explains.

More silverware for PNG's cricketers and Auckland City FC

Updated 24 November 2014, 11:37 AEDT

The Barramundis are still the dominant force in Pacific Cricket, Auckland City have fought off Amicale yet again to win the inaugural OFC President's Cup, and the Flying Fijians have ended their European tour with a win.

Shock nationally as Solomon Islands caretaker PM loses seat

Updated 24 November 2014, 18:00 AEDT

Counting continues in the Solomon Islands election, with the biggest news of the day being caretaker prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo unseated by his former campaign manager Jimson Tana in the seat of Gizo-Kolombangara.

Vanuatu MP wants death penalty for witchcraft

Updated 21 November 2014, 17:56 AEDT

A Vanuatu politician is calling for witchcraft to be a crime punishable by death.

Chinese president jets into Fiji

Updated 21 November 2014, 17:56 AEDT

China's President Xi Jinping has arrived in Fiji for an official visit where he'll hold meetings with several Pacific leaders.

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