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.


Fiji First's president says there are many lessons from the poll

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:26 AEST

The Fiji First party is dominating the early count with nearly two-thirds of the vote.

Fiji news director says vote counting has been surprisingly speedy

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:26 AEST

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation News director Rita Narayan worked through the night, watching a frantic night of counting.

Fiji election 'first step in long and difficult road to democracy'

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:24 AEST

Frank Bainimarama looks set to retain leadership of Fiji, but not with the total majority he had intended.

Australian Foreign Minister says Fiji election seems to have gone exceedingly well

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:23 AEST

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop says voting in Fiji's first post-coup election, yesterday, seems to have gone exceedingly well.

Kiribati President's Arctic expedition to observe climate change

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:22 AEST

Kiribati's president Anote Tong is visitng the Arctic to see first-hand how climate change is affecting polar regions.

Small island states' response to climate change now on world stage

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:21 AEST

This month's Small Island Developing States conference was a landmark event, not just for Samoa and small island states, but for inter-governmental organisations, who stand for the conference's theme of partnerships.

NZ leaders put key messages to electorate in final debate

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:17 AEST

With the fourth and final leaders debate last night, New Zealand Correspondent Dominique Schwartz brings us up-to-date with the latest on the NZ election.

Calls for third attempt at Vanuatu president vote

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:16 AEST

After two votes yesterday, none of the 13 candidates nominated for President of Vanuatu managed to drum up the minimum number of electoral college votes required to secure the post.

Fiji soccer advisor says national under-20 side has a challenge ahead

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:15 AEST

The former coach of the Socceroos, Frank Farina, is just over a week into his new role as technical advisor to Fiji's national under-20 squad.

PNG's rugby league stars of the future offered the chance to shine

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:14 AEST

The squads have been chosen for the rugby league all-stars match in Kokopo next month, a game that will be the curtain raiser for the annual encounter between Papua New Guinea and the Australian Prime Minister's XIII.

Putting goal-keeping on the front foot across the Pacific

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:12 AEST

The former New Zealand All-Whites goalkeeper James Bannatyne is on a mission to raise goalkeeping standards across the Pacific.

Cricket PNG takes on the challenge of international competition

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:10 AEST

To cricket and Papua New Guinea go into action in Darwin today against the United Arab Emirates in a one day international.

Thousands head to polls for Fiji's first election in 8 years

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:18 AEST

Fijians have today been voting in the nation's first elections, since the 2006 military coup.

International election observers happy with Fiji voting process

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:20 AEST

A team of nearly 100 international observers fanned across the country to monitor the voting process.

Fiji media blackout criticised as draconian

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:21 AEST

Fiji's 48-hour pre election media blackout ends when polls close at 6pm local Fiji time.

Young urban Fiji voices take to social media on election process

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:21 AEST

Despite the media blackout, people in Fiji did speak out openly on social media about the election.

No decision yet on Vanuatu's new President

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:09 AEST

Vanuatu's Electoral College will hold a third round of voting on Thursday, after failing to elect a new President today.

PNG Government urged to learn from past resettlement lessons

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:23 AEST

Papua New Guinea's government is being urged to look at the lessons learnt in previous experiences of dealing with displaced people, as it moves to finalise its resettlement of asylum seekers from the Manus Island detention centre.

Kiribati President on the future of Kiribati's land in Fiji

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:23 AEST

Kiribati President Anote Tong says he doesn't have immediate plans to develop the 20 square kilometres of land the Kiribati government bought in Fiji.

International election observers say voters are enthusiastic about the poll

Updated 17 September 2014, 13:08 AEST

The Multinational Observer Group has been in Fiji all week - comprising 92 observers from 12 countries from the European Union and the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

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