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.


March to remember those still missing from Bougainville conflict

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:11 AEST

Dozens of people have marched in silence today in Arawa in Bougainville, to remember their family members who remain missing, nearly two decades after the conflict there ended.

Plugging the information gap on human rights

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:43 AEST

As more Pacific Island governments sign up to international human rights conventions, the demand for reports on each country's human rights performance is growing.

Training course for Fiji's reopened parliament

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:41 AEST

For nearly eight years Fiji's Parliament in Suva has stood largely unused but that will change after next month's national election.

Expert says Pacific businesses key to easing poverty

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:45 AEST

One of the region's leading private sector experts will tell an Australian parliamentary inquiry this morning that if Canberra wants to use the private sector to help alleviate poverty in the Pacific the best way to do that is by supporting growth of Pacific businesses.

Cunliffe tops Key in NZ leaders debate

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:43 AEST

Things are heating up politically in New Zealand as September's national election draws near.

Australian Senator wants more pressure over Papua

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:36 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has signed a new agreement with her Indonesian counterpart that allows the two countries' relationship to return to normal.

New Samoa sevens coach cracks down on poor discipline

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:35 AEST

The man who has returned to the job of coaching Samoa's national rugby sevens squad after a five year gap has hit out at some of his players over a lack of dedication to the cause.

Pacific garbage clean up viable says engineer

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:56 AEST

You may have heard of the giant pile of rubbish in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Vortex.

ADB urges diversification to create jobs for Pacific youth

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:44 AEST

The Asian Development Bank says the unemployment rate among young people in the Pacific stands at 16%.

Historic Family Violence Bill warmly received in Solomon Islands

Updated 28 August 2014, 16:57 AEST

For the first time ever, acts of domestic violence in Solomon Islands are to be criminalised, after parliament passed the Family Violence Bill on Wednesday.

Samoan PM calls on Canberra to do more to tackle climate change

Updated 28 August 2014, 16:51 AEST

Samoa's prime minister has issued an impassioned plea on behalf all Pacific nations for more help to cope with climate change and he has called on Australia, to lift its focus from the federal budget and lead the way.

Changing Pacific police culture not easy or quick

Updated 28 August 2014, 16:52 AEST

There have been several high profile instances recently showing police using their authority in questionable ways, in several countries.

Tongan candidates in NZ elections speak in South Auckland

Updated 28 August 2014, 16:58 AEST

A meeting involving Tongan candidates in next month's New Zealand election has been held in South Auckland this week.

ANZ Bank says it is time for PNG to fund its deficit through sovereign

Updated 28 August 2014, 16:58 AEST

The ANZ bank says it is time for Papua New Guinea fund its ballooning government deficit by issuing sovereign bonds.

PNG Hunters dominate unofficial QLD Cup awards

Updated 28 August 2014, 16:59 AEST

The PNG Hunters Rugby League team have taken out 3 of 4 unofficial 'End of Season Awards', handed out by a keen Queensland sports journalist.

Former Socceroos coach all set to assist with Fiji's World Cup preparations

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:14 AEST

The former coach of the Socceroos, Frank Farina, is due to arrive in Fiji next week to take up the position of technical advisor with the national under-20 squad, ahead of Fiji's debut at the World Cup in New Zealand next year.

Call for better pathways for Fiji schoolboy rugby

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:15 AEST

There were celebrations when Fiji won the bronze medal in the rugby sevens competition at the Youth Olympics in China, but national coach Ben Ryan believes the team could've done better.

Aged care needs of Pacific Islanders in NZ "all about dignity"

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:15 AEST

End of life care is probably something most people prefer not to think about, but when it becomes necessary, specialists in the field say it's important to get the right care and to respect the cultural needs of the individual.

Hawaii volcano threat eases for now

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:15 AEST

In Hawaii the threat to homes on the Big Island from the Kilauea volcano looks to have diminished for now.

Women essential to improving food security

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:16 AEST

The question of global food security is up for debate in Canberra at the Crawford Fund's annual conference, where delegates are focussed on how to feed a world population that's approaching the nine billion mark.

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