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.


OSCE reports progress in recovering MH 17 bodies in Ukraine

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:20 AEST

It's been a painfully slow wait for the identification of the remains of those who died on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

Extra votes sees return of Cook Islands Party government

Updated 21 July 2014, 11:08 AEST

The Cook Islands Party government has been returned, after gaining a 13 seat majority in last week's elections.

Mentoring program continuing for potential Pacific women MPs

Updated 21 July 2014, 11:10 AEST

A group of women from across the Pacific has been meeting in Tonga, looking at ways to boost female political representation in their countries.

Michael Kirby speaking at the Opening Session of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), run by the International AIDS Society at the Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia. Photo: International AIDS Society/Steve Forrest

AIDS 2014 opens with call for an end of bans on homosexuality

Updated 21 July 2014, 10:36 AEST

12-thousand delegates from 200 countries gathered for the Opening Ceremony of the International AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne last night.

AIDS conference

Carnival atmosphere surrounds AIDS 2014 in Melbourne

Updated 21 July 2014, 13:31 AEST

The AIDS 2014 Conference has been officially opened in Melbourne.

Maintenance grounds Air Marshall islands flights

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:23 AEST

In Marshall Islands, the second Air Marshall Islands plane, a Dash-8, was grounded a week ago and is awaiting installation of a weather radar before it can continue flying.

Port Vila residents lament lack of consultations over wharf redevelopment

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:23 AEST

There is alarm in some sections of the community in Port Vila over the way the Vanuatu government is going about developing a wharf to handle inter island shipping and ferries.

Soweto Gospel Chior joins voices with Hermannsberg singers

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:23 AEST

Songs of praise have united two of the world's oldest cultures in a remote Central Australian community.

Waratahs and Brumbies set for Super Rugby blockbuster final

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:24 AEST

The winners in week one of the Super Rugby finals series were the Brumbies from Australia, and South Africa's Sharks.

Tight finish in NRL with 13 clubs vying for top 8

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:24 AEST

In the National Rugby League the race for the finals remains just as tight, with two of the leading sides losing.

A nailbiting finish sees PNG Hunters back in winners circle

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:25 AEST

The PNG Hunters are back in the winners' circle, but only just, after a nailbiting finish to their match against the Sunshine Coast Falcons in Kokopo.

Vanuatu PM confident of support

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:11 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Joe Natuman says a meeting of his caucus today shows he still has the support of a majority of the country's MPs.

Former International AIDS Society President believed to be on MH-17

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:17 AEST

Also believed to be on board flight MH-17 was the former president of the International Aids Society Professor Joep Lange and his partner.

Malaysia AIrlines crash shocks world

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:16 AEST

The shocking reality of the plane crash in eastern Ukraine is still sinking in.

Cook Islands election still close

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:13 AEST

A coalition is looking likely in Cook Islands with official results expected to be announced tomorrow.

Scientists use missile technology for new malaria test

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:13 AEST

Australian scientists have used state of the art military hardware to come up with a speedy new test for malaria.

Mystery surrounds Bainimarama's Australia visit

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:14 AEST

Mystery surrounds reports that Fiji's military-backed Prime Minister Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama will visit Australia next month.

PNG court stays arrest warrant against Prime Minister

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:14 AEST

A court in Papua New Guinea has stayed the arrest warrant against the country's Prime Minister, pending two separate examinations of the issue.

Many crash victims heading to Melbourne for AIDS conference

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:16 AEST

The Malaysia Airlines crash has claimed the lives of some of the world's top medical researchers who were on their way to Melbourne for the 20th International AIDS Conference.

Missile cause being checked in Malaysia Airlines tragedy

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:36 AEST

295 people are dead after a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in Ukraine, with claims the plane was shot down by a surface to air missile.

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