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.


Club World Cup success brings welcome financial boost for Auckland City

Updated 17 December 2014, 11:02 AEDT

A place in the Club World Cup final against Real Madrid awaits the Oceania champions Auckland City if the club can keep their dream run going, The New Zealanders have surprised the soccer world by getting to the last four in Morocco, but playing the South American champions San Lorenzo tomorrow morning will be Auckland's biggest task yet.

Detail around Manus Island refugee resettlement lacking

Updated 16 December 2014, 17:46 AEDT

The first 50 male asylum seekers on Manus Island have had their refugee applications approved, but uncertainty remains as to when they will be freed into the community.

PNG MP not happy with Australian Federal Police off the beat

Updated 16 December 2014, 17:47 AEDT

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop also announced Monday a 'repositioning' of the Australian Federal Police contingent in PNG, whose 73 unarmed officers advise the local force.

Anti-independence implosion brings down New Caledonia government

Updated 16 December 2014, 17:48 AEDT

New Caledonia's government has collapsed after differences between a coalition of three anti-independence parties proved too much.

Difficult task ahead for Tuna Commission chief Feleti Teo

Updated 16 December 2014, 17:48 AEDT

The new head of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission says they need to move much faster than they have in the past in order to try to maintain the region's fish stocks.

NZ Pacific TV current affairs show Tagata Pasifika saved

Updated 16 December 2014, 17:49 AEDT

New Zealand's Pacific television current affairs program, Tagata Pasifika, will go ahead next year with the same team as before.

Hostages escape Sydney cafe as gunshots ring out

Updated 16 December 2014, 10:45 AEDT

The 16-hour siege at a Sydney cafe has ended with the death of three people, including the gunman.

Fears for hostages led police to storm Martin Place cafe

Updated 16 December 2014, 10:47 AEDT

Sydney police say the sound of shots coming from inside a cafe in Martin Place after a 16-hour siege forced them to storm the building.

Australian Foreign Minister details long-standing concerns

Updated 16 December 2014, 11:05 AEDT

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop was holding talks with the Papua New Guinean government when the seige in Sydney's Martin Place began.

Scientists one step closer to dengue fever vaccine

Updated 16 December 2014, 10:49 AEDT

Scientists may have uncovered the key to a dengue fever vaccine.

US$1 million to fight human trafficking in PNG and Solomon Islands

Updated 16 December 2014, 10:50 AEDT

There's significant funding available to fight human trafficking in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands with the announcement of a US-government grant worth US$1 million.

Softball making slow but steady progress in the Pacific

Updated 16 December 2014, 10:58 AEDT

New Zealand and Australia have both made it through to the 2015 Softball World Championships after a close battle in the Oceania qualifiers.

Sydney siege grips the nation's attention

Updated 15 December 2014, 18:17 AEDT

The heart of Australia's largest city has been brought to a virtual standstill as a result of what appears to be a hostage siege underway in Sydney's Martin Place.

No indication senior MPs to return early from PNG for siege

Updated 15 December 2014, 18:18 AEDT

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop, the minister for immigration and border protection Scott Morrison, defence minister David Johnston, and justice minister Michael Keenan are all in Papua New Guinea for a ministerial forum and business negotiations.

Australia's aid budget suffers another $3.7 billion budget cut

Updated 15 December 2014, 18:19 AEDT

Australia's foreign aid budget has been targetted once again for significant cuts, now reduced to Howard era levels with $3.

Rival Pacific Islands Forum executive welcomes regional review

Updated 15 December 2014, 18:19 AEDT

The head of the Fiji-based Pacific Islands Development Forum has welcomed Australia's proposal to host a summit next year that would plan a new approach to the Pacific's regional architecture.

Ok Tedi group says one-third mine proceeds lack consultation

Updated 15 December 2014, 18:20 AEDT

Landowners in Western Province say they were not consulted about the decision to grant them 33 per cent ownership of Ok Tedi Mine.

Solomon Islands PM prioritises tourism development

Updated 15 December 2014, 18:21 AEDT

Growing the Solomon Island's tourism industry is set to be a high priority for the country's new prime minister.

Lima climate talks end one step closer to global deal on emissions reduction

Updated 15 December 2014, 14:45 AEDT

But first, it took an extra two days of haggling but two weeks of climate talks have wrapped up in Lima a few steps closer to a new global agreement on reducing emissions.

Lima decisions on climate change finance welcomed by Pacific

Updated 15 December 2014, 11:25 AEDT

One of the delegates in Lima for the full two weeks of talks was Espen Ronneberg, climate change adviser with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program.

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