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.


Charity harnesses social media for PNG's disadvantaged children

Updated 27 January 2015, 13:08 AEDT

A group of Papua New Guineans are harnessing new technology to try and bring an end to the ongoing problem of disadvantage for young people.

Iranian engineer looking forward to life as a refugee in PNG

Updated 27 January 2015, 13:10 AEDT

One of the first refugees to be released from Australia's Manus Island detention centre has spoken exclusively to the ABC about his desire to start a new life in Papua New Guinea.

Family of Hanuabada victim says community angry at PNG police

Updated 26 January 2015, 18:25 AEDT

Tensions are still high in Hanuabada village in Port Moresby after police shot and killed two local men last Friday.

Guard has hand severed in Solomon Islands bank robbery

Updated 26 January 2015, 18:26 AEDT

There have been gruesome scenes in downtown Honiara as machete-weilding robbers cut off the hand of a security guard who'd been delivering cash containers to a bank.

How the Pacific can take advantage of growing Asian middle class

Updated 26 January 2015, 18:27 AEDT

Early results from a report due to be released later this year show the Pacific has much to gain from ecomomic growth in Asia over the next few decades, and the opportunites go beyond the usual resource industries.

Marshall Islands again the focus of 77-year Amelia Earhart search

Updated 26 January 2015, 18:28 AEDT

A group that claims to have found pieces of wreckage that belonged to the missing plane of pioneering woman aviator Amelia Earhart has returned to Marshall Islands to continue their work.

Australia Day honours: Award for Pacific infectious disease expert

Updated 26 January 2015, 18:38 AEDT

Professor Brendan Crabb has been made a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to medical science as a prominent researcher of infectious diseases, particularly malaria, and as an advocate, mentor and administrator.

Australia Day honours: Caring for disadvantaged Fijians

Updated 26 January 2015, 18:39 AEDT

Peter Drysdale, despite spending most of his life in Fiji, has been made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Some of Australia's new citizens sign up on national day

Updated 26 January 2015, 18:40 AEDT

The Australia Day citizenship and flag raising ceremonies wrapped up in Canberra this morning with a number of Australian residents travelling to the nation's capital to gain citizenship in the presence of prime minister Tony Abbott.

Hanuabada plans to march for answers about civilian deaths in police clash

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:35 AEDT

Police and community leaders are trying to calm serious tensions on the outskirts of the PNG capital Port Morseby after two men were shot and killed during clashes with police in the village of Hanuabada.

PNG Education Minister confident teacher pay dispute will be resolved

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:34 AEDT

Teachers in Papua New Guinea are returning to the classroom today to start the new school year amidst concerns they may take industrial action.

Marshall Islands king tides more frequent in past decade

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:33 AEDT

There's been relief in Marshall Islands as the nation avoided more floods after king tides battered the coast of several islands last week.

PM Puna on campaign trail ahead of Cook Islands by-election

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:32 AEDT

Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna has confirmed an upcoming by-election could decide the fate of his government.

Satellite tracking system set to transform campaign against illegal fishing

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:32 AEDT

Space technology could be the way forward to tackling illegal fishing across the Pacific, with Project Eyes on the Seas already having a significant impact in the waters around Palau and Easter Island.

Flights resume after Solomon Airlines' seven-month impasse

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:31 AEDT

After a diplomatic stoush grounded travellers wanting to fly between Fiji and Solomon Islands for seven months, Solomon Airlines is back in the air and flying again between Honiara and Nadi.

Junior All Whites & Tahiti to fight it out for World Cup place

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:30 AEDT

The final of the OFC under 17 football championship will see the favourites New Zealand face off against Tahiti in Pago Pago tomorrow, with a place at the under 17 World Cup finals in Chile at stake.

Auckland City honoured for remarkable run in Club World Cup

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:30 AEDT

The Auckland City team that astonished the football world by winning the bronze medal at the recent Club World Cup in Morocco have been honoured with a civic reception in their home city.

Focus on statistics to improve resources in the Pacific

Updated 26 January 2015, 13:29 AEDT

Pacific nations are aiming for a dramatic improvement in their gathering of population statistics over the next decade.

King tides flooding Marshall Islands sign of things to come

Updated 23 January 2015, 17:38 AEDT

There's been widespread flooding in Marshall Islands after a king tide battered the shores of several islands, including the capital Majuro.

Murdered PNG woman gets memorial plaque as sorcery fight continues

Updated 23 January 2015, 17:37 AEDT

A memorial plaque and headstone have been dedicated at the grave of a young PNG woman murdered by people who thought she was a witch.

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