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.


Women essential to improving food security

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:16 AEST

The question of global food security is up for debate in Canberra at the Crawford Fund's annual conference, where delegates are focussed on how to feed a world population that's approaching the nine billion mark.

Concern in Niue over health privatisation proposal

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:16 AEST

There's concern in Niue about the Premier's proposal to privatise the country's health centre and turn it into a hotspot for "medical tourism".

PNG authorities weigh future of controversial oil palm project

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:17 AEST

The National Forest Board in Papua New Guinea is considering whether a Malaysian palm oil company can continue to log virgin rainforest.

More allegations of abuse at Nauru asylum seeker detention centre

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:53 AEST

An investigation is still underway by Australia's Commonwealth Ombudsman into the conditions and treatment of asylum seekers on Nauru.

Solomon Islands' uni students upset over missing allowances

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:53 AEST

Government-sponsored Solomon Islands university students studying in PNG are questioning whether their High Commission in Port Moresby has misused funds intended for them.

NZ Labour Party not taking Pacific vote for granted

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:52 AEST

New Zealand's opposition Labour Party says it's not taking Pacific voters for granted.

NZ National Party says it's attracting Pacific support

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:52 AEST

New Zealand's ruling National Party is confident it can make inroads into the opposition Labour Party's grip on the Pacific Island vote at this year's election.

Fiji 'outsmarts' Australia

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:52 AEST

An Australian academic says Fiji's interim leader, Frank Bainimarama's weekend visit to Sydney is yet another example of how he's 'outsmarted' Australia.

New figures show Solomon Islands heading for negative economic growth

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:52 AEST

The ANZ bank made a substantial downward revision for its economic growth forecast for Solomon Islands, as the full impact of a recent cyclone and flood become more apparent.

First Fijian-language Old Testament bible republished

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:51 AEST

The first ever translation of the Old Testament into the Fijian or iTaukei language has been republished.

WHO worried about Pacific malnutrition

Updated 27 August 2014, 11:17 AEST

The World Health Organisation says more than a third of all child deaths every year around the world are attributed to malnutrition.

Food security conference underway in Canberra

Updated 27 August 2014, 11:17 AEST

The Crawford Fund's annual conference on food security has opened in the Australian capital Canberra, and with the world's population rising towards the nine billion mark, delegates will be focussed on how to feed that many people and feed them well.

New soccer academy for Bougainville

Updated 27 August 2014, 11:16 AEST

The President of the Bougainville Soccer Association says the launch of a soccer academy for the autonomous region in Papua New Guinea will be a personal dream come true.

New coach for Fiji's netball squad

Updated 27 August 2014, 11:17 AEST

The drive to take sport in Fiji to the next level continues, with experienced coach Kate Carpenter appointed to take charge of the national netball squad, the Pearls.

Vanuatu's nationalist parties look to reunify

Updated 27 August 2014, 11:18 AEST

The Leaders of Vanuatu's nationalist political parties have signed a Reunification Agreement Roadmap with the aim of bringing all four under one banner, one name, one slogan and majority rule by 2020.

Niue fed up with PIF's small states group

Updated 27 August 2014, 11:19 AEST

As delegates from around the world head to Samoa for the UN's conference on Small Island Developing States, the leader of one of them says he's fed up with the lack of support for the smaller nations within the Pacific Islands Forum.

Fiji police suspended over death in custody

Updated 27 August 2014, 11:19 AEST

Four police officers have been suspended over the death in custody of a robbery suspect in Fiji.

Fiji police may reopen brutality cases if there's evidence

Updated 26 August 2014, 16:36 AEST

Fiji Police are not reopening alleged cases of brutality dating back several years, although they say they will if there's justification.

Refugee cycles 700km to deliver asylum petition to Canberra

Updated 26 August 2014, 16:36 AEST

An Afghan refugee has cycled more than 700 kilometres around Australia to collect signatures for a petition, that's calling for an end to offshore detention in Nauru and Manus Island in PNG.

Dramatic decline in bullying rates in Guam schools

Updated 26 August 2014, 16:35 AEST

Schools in Guam are reporting a massive decline in the number of reported bullying cases in the past four years.

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