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.


Excitement in Fiji as Indian PM Narendra Modi jets in

Updated 19 November 2014, 13:40 AEDT

In Fiji, India's newly-elected Prime Minister Naraneda Modi has just arrived for an official visit - flying in from Australia where he received a rock-star reception in both Sydney and Canberra.

Andrew Little tasked with leading NZ Labour out of the wilderness

Updated 19 November 2014, 13:41 AEDT

Andrew Little a former union boss and lawyer has been narrowly elected as the new leader of New Zealand's Opposition Labour Party.

Vanuatu police investigate hanging of accused sorcerers

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:09 AEDT

Vanuatu police have arrested suspects in the wake of the hanging of two men accused of practising sorcery.

Legal hurdles cleared for Solomon Islands election

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:17 AEDT

The Solomon Islands goes to the polls tomorrow, holding its first post-RAMSI general election.

Election observers happy with Solomon Islands preparations

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:12 AEDT

Three members of the Australian Parliament are in the Solomon Islands to observe tomorrow's elections.

Hollande says France stands beside Pacific on climate

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:13 AEDT

The French President Francois Hollande has wrapped up his lightening trip to the Pacific and is now back in Australia for an official state visit.

Fiji displays all its finery for Indian prime ministerial visit

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:11 AEDT

Fiji's capital Suva is at the centre of the attention this week with visits by the leaders of the world's two most populous nations, India and China.

Bishop says PNG tribal fight in Hela province causing chaos

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:18 AEDT

A Catholic Bishop in the Papua New Guinea Highlands says tribal fighting is causing chaos.

Warning against using troops to quell PNG Hela's tribal fighting

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:19 AEDT

Meanwhile, a former PNG defence force commander has warned against the idea of using soldiers to quell the tribal fighting in Hela province.

PNG budget 2015 continues run of deficits

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:11 AEDT

Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O'Neill has handed down the 2015 budget, and a supplimentary budget for 2014.

Long departed Rapa Nui musician returns home

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:17 AEDT

Hailing from the isolated island of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, Yoyo Tuki's music has crossed physical and musical boundaries like no other.

French president Hollande calls for climate funds for Pacific

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:50 AEDT

France is calling for financial aid specifically for Pacific nations at risk from climate change and rising seawaters.

Hollande says France to support New Caledonia on independence decision

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:51 AEDT

During his whislestop trip to New Caledonia, Francoise Hollande also laid a wreath at a World War II memorial in Noumea.

Ryan commits to Fiji Sevens squad despite player drain risk

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:52 AEDT

The coach of Fiji's rugby sevens squad, Ben Ryan, says he's committed to leading the team to the Olympics in Rio, despite the latest blow to his plans, with a rising number of players being lured to play in the Sri Lankan Super League, including some star names.

Big influx of women MPs unlikely after Solomon Islands election

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:52 AEDT

When voters go to the polls in Solomon Islands tomorrow, they'll be choosing from a list of candidates that features 26 women.

Super trawlers are 'superbad' says Greenpeace

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:53 AEDT

As Australia prepares to lift its ban on giant European super trawlers operating in its southern waters, Greenpeace is warning that regional food security could be threatened if the ships are allowed to continue fishing in the Pacific at current rates.

Google Seaview to put the spotlight on overfishing

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:54 AEDT

You may be familiar with Google streetview, but now it's also possible to delve into the depths of the ocean from a computer.

Palau government acts to fill special prosecutor vacancy, despite political opposition

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:55 AEDT

The battle to find a new Special Prosecutor in Palau is still deadlocked, with a majority of senators refusing to back the President's nominee, Charlie Lee, so now the Attorney-General, John Bradley has made an interim appointment.

Fiji "torture video" victim changes mind about complaint

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:22 AEDT

Fiji Police Commissioner Ben Groenwald says he's persuaded the alleged victim in the so called "torture video" to change his mind about not laying a complaint.

French presidential visit stirs passions in New Caledonia

Updated 17 November 2014, 17:36 AEDT

The French president Francois Hollande has headed to New Caledonia where climate change will be top of the agenda at a meeting with Pacific leaders.

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