Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.


Palau praises Micronesian Games

Updated 23 July 2014, 18:15 AEST

Palau's Minister for Community and Cultural Affairs Baklai Temengil is one of the thousands of spectators enjoying the Micronesian Games in Pohnpei.

Bainimarama says broken election promise the result of pressure from PNG, Tonga

Updated 23 July 2014, 17:44 AEST

Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has opened himself up to some rare and lengthy questioning by the local media.

Bill Clinton at the 20th International AIDS Conference. Photo: International AIDS Society/ James Braund © 2014

Bill Clinton addresses AIDS 2014 conference

Updated 24 July 2014, 11:37 AEST

Former US President Bill Clinton was given a rock star reception at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne.

Solomon Islands voters urged to check their enrolment

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:26 AEST

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission is encouraging voters to check their names against the Provisional Voters List to make sure their details have been recorded correctly.

Time running out for Pacific Bluefin tuna - WWF

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:48 AEST

The World Wildlife Fund is warning again that time is running out for the Pacific Bluefin Tuna.

PANG expresses concern over Fiji EU partnership

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:27 AEST

Fiji has formally ratified an economic partnership agreement with the European Union that allows free access in the EU for all its products.

Human caused sea level rise is real - new study

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:47 AEST

Parts of the Pacific region are already bracing for the return of the El Nino effect this year -- the weather phenomenon that brings wild storms to parts of the Pacific and severe drought to others.

'Sorry' outcry dogging campaigning NZ politicians

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:47 AEST

In New Zealand politics, sorry seems to be the hardest word.

Joko Widodo wins Indonesian presidential vote

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:47 AEST

Defiance, division and confusion lasted until the very end - but Indonesia finally knows who's won the right to lead the nation for the next five years.

Kanak women teaching textiles and weaving in Vanuatu

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:46 AEST

A group of women from New Caledonia are taking part in a cultural exchange program with French speaking women from Vanuatu.

FIFA umpires arrive for Micronesian Games football competition

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:46 AEST

The football competition at the 2014 The Micronesian Games in Pohnpei have been given new status with the provision of FIFA-registered umpires.

Vanuatu judo champion looking forward to Glasgow Games

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:46 AEST

Excitement is building among Commonwealth countries for Glasgow 2014.

Solomon Islands weightlifter hopeful of snatching Commonwealth medal

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:45 AEST

A Solomon Islands weightlifter could provide the country with its first Commonwealth Games medal.

Finishing touches underway for movie on Cook Islands rugby

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:45 AEST

The makers of the documentary One More Win, the film that tells the story of Cook Islands bid to win a place at the Rugby World Cup, is now well into post-production.

Bad weather hampers PNG flood relief

Updated 22 July 2014, 17:27 AEST

Five weeks after severe flash flooding in Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands, 40 families are still living under temporary canvases.

Media in PNG looks at better ways to serve the grassroots audience

Updated 22 July 2014, 17:27 AEST

An international conference at the University of Goroka in Papua New Guinea is looking at how the media can better serve grassroots people and improve coverage of cultural issues.

Fiji's National Federation Party launches election manifesto

Updated 22 July 2014, 17:26 AEST

Fiji's National Federation Party has released its manifesto ahead of the country's September elections, the first poll since the 2006 military coup.

Oil Search doubles revenue and wins praise at AIDS 2014 Conference

Updated 22 July 2014, 17:25 AEST

Papua New Guinea's biggest company almost doubled its revenue in the second quarter of this year.

Faith healing turns deadly in PNG

Updated 22 July 2014, 17:22 AEST

In Papua New Guinea revivalist churches are promoting prayer as a substitute for HIV/AIDS medication according to human rights groups.

AIDS 2014 hears of vaccine breakthrough

Updated 22 July 2014, 17:21 AEST

Delegates to the AIDS 2014 Conference in Melbourne were told Danish researchers have made a major breakthrough in the search for an HIV vaccine.

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