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.


Patience rewarded for Solomons soccer fans with two matches in 4 days

Updated 25 March 2015, 10:08 AEDT

For the first time in two years Solomon Islands is to host an international soccer match, with the under 23 squad taking on Papua New Guinea in Honiara tomorrow, and again on Sunday.

Flash appeal by Vanuatu government puts figure on next three months

Updated 24 March 2015, 18:29 AEDT

Vanuatu is now officially calling on the international community to dig deep to help it get through the next three months after the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam.

Nauru government vow to address Moss Review draws opponents' doubt, senate inquiry

Updated 24 March 2015, 18:30 AEDT

Nauru's government has vowed to fix the problems at the Australian-run detention centre which were highlighted in the Moss Review, released last Friday when Australia was mourning the death of former prime minister and asylum seeker advocate Malcolm Fraser.

PNG men adrift for 500km in outboard motorboat rescued in Solomon Island

Updated 25 March 2015, 9:45 AEDT

Now for a tale of survival, or maybe luck, as a small boat carrying seven men from Papua New Guinea washes up in Solomon Islands 13 days after the crew ran out of petrol and started to drift.

Asian Development Bank sees positive 2015 economic outlook for Pacific

Updated 24 March 2015, 18:31 AEDT

Most Pacific Island nations can expect stronger economic growth this year according to the Asian Development Bank, but disasters like Cyclone Pam highlight the need to build resilience to climate change.

World Food Program due to take over food aid in Vanuatu

Updated 24 March 2015, 13:47 AEDT

The Vanuatu government is aiming to provide immediate food assistance to more than 160,000 people affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

UN launches flash appeal following Cyclone Pam

Updated 24 March 2015, 13:48 AEDT

International aid has been pouring into Vanuatu in the 10 days since Cyclone Pam devastated the country.

Australia's foreign aid budget in the political spotlight

Updated 24 March 2015, 13:49 AEDT

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has won an assurance there will be no further cuts to the foreign aid budget.

A bird's-eye view of Cyclone Pam's destruction in Vanuatu

Updated 24 March 2015, 13:49 AEDT

An Australian pilot working in Vanuatu has captured the full scale of Cyclone Pam's destruction in a series of before-and-after photographs.

Fiji Warriors lose out to Argentina in emotion filled Pacific Challenge Final

Updated 24 March 2015, 13:50 AEDT

The final of the World Rugby Pacific Challenge was a sombre occasion with a silent tribute before kick-off for the Fiji Warriors player, Bele Tabalala, who died in his sleep over the weekend.

Time to shine for young rugby stars in Canberra

Updated 24 March 2015, 13:51 AEDT

The final day of the Australian National Under 20s Championship will see NSW take on Queensland for the title in Canberra tomorrow.

Fast turnaround for former NZ soccer boss, now coaching PNG's Pacific

Updated 24 March 2015, 17:57 AEDT

As part of their preparations for the Pacific Games in Port Moresby, PNG's under 23 soccer team is heading to Solomon Islands for two warm up matches against their Pacific rivals.

Government's Moss Review backs NGO evidence of sexual assault in Nauru detention

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:45 AEDT

The Moss Review of sexual abuse in Australia's detention centre on Nauru was released on Friday and found evidence of rape, sexual assault of minors and guards trading marijuana for sexual favours.

Australia's Vanuatu aid effort in full swing wth HMAS Tobruk arrival

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:44 AEDT

The latest United Nations report states that approximately 14,000 homes have been reported to be destroyed or damaged throughout Vanuatu provinces of Penama, Malampa,Tafea and Shefa where the capital Port Vila lies.

NZ military in Vanuatu bolstered by navy frigate HMNZS Canterbury

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:44 AEDT

The New Zealand military's response to the cyclone disaster in Vanuatu has received a big boost with the news that the navy frigate HMNZS Canterbury is being sent there.

Cruise ships carry relief supplies to Vanuatu

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:43 AEDT

Carnival Legend became one of the first ships to arrive in Vanuatu on Thursday delivering bottled water, a generator and other goods to Santo.

Australia takes on New Zealand in race to Buy Samoan Made

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:43 AEDT

Samoa's deputy prime minister and a large group of Samoan businesspeople are in Sydney to launch a Buy Samoan Made campaign.

Vanuatu's disaster preparation the reason fatalities were low

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:42 AEDT

It's now more than a week since Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu, bringing widespread devastation to the island nation and leaving some 65,000 people homeless.

State of emergency declared as Vanuatu death toll remains 11

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:42 AEDT

Vanuatu's president has declared a State of Emergency across all six provinces of Vanuatu.

President Loeak says climate change Pacific's number one threat

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:41 AEDT

The president of Marshall Islands says Cyclone Pam is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of small island states to climate change.

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