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.


Pacific Leaders meet to prevent ocean pollution

Updated 28 October 2014, 11:19 AEDT

Delegates from 13 Pacific island countries and territories have been meeting in Brisbane to plot the future path for PACPOL, the Pacific Ocean Pollution Prevention Programme.

West Papua activists concerned over new Indonesia defence minister

Updated 27 October 2014, 17:46 AEDT

Two French journalists detained in Indonesia's Papua province are expected to be freed today.

Warnings on compensation to tens of thousands of PNG landowers

Updated 27 October 2014, 17:48 AEDT

Compensation payments to tens of thousands of landowners affected by the Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea, could be delayed due to uncertainty over who will pay the cost of getting the money to the people.

Prasad to grill witnesses on Fiji public spending

Updated 27 October 2014, 17:48 AEDT

The newly appointed chairman of the Fiji parliament's Public Accounts Committee says he intends to thoroughly investigate problems with government spending over the past seven years.

Oil Search MD criticises ANU for divestment strategy

Updated 27 October 2014, 17:49 AEDT

The Australian National University's decision to divest itself of shares in Oil Search on ethical grounds has angered the company's Managing Director Peter Botton.

Tuna boats still catching endangered species: Greenpeace

Updated 27 October 2014, 17:51 AEDT

Greenpeace has released a video showing what it says is the unsavoury outcome of tuna fishing using marine magnets.

Domestic violence cases increase in Marshall Islands

Updated 27 October 2014, 12:15 AEDT

The number of domestic violence complaints to Marshall Islands' High Court has jumped to nine this year, from just two last year.

Cook Islands to increase health and education spending

Updated 27 October 2014, 12:16 AEDT

The Cook Islands' government has announced increases to health and education in the next annual budget, to be revealed this week.

New Zealand beats Australia in Four Nations

Updated 27 October 2014, 12:13 AEDT

In the clash between the big two, New Zealand extracted some revenge over world champions Australia, winning by 30 points to 12.

Samoa scares England in Four Nations opener

Updated 27 October 2014, 12:14 AEDT

In rugby league, Samoa gave England a huge scare in the opening match of the Four Nations tournament in Brisbane.

New Caledonia debates management of nickel deposits

Updated 28 October 2014, 9:10 AEDT

Time to focus on news from the French Territories in the Pacific, and coming up on the lighter side, we'll be hearing how Tahiti continues to dominate the world of va'a racing.

New ultrasounds to improve maternal care in rural PNG

Updated 27 October 2014, 12:18 AEDT

To Papua New Guinea, where a newly developed handheld ultrasound device will be rolled out to clinics around the country.

Domestic violence & political isolation greatest threats to women's freedom

Updated 27 October 2014, 12:19 AEDT

A study has found the greatest threats to freedom of choice for women in the Pacific are domestic violence and the absence of political participation.

PNG women confident ahead of OFC clash with NZ

Updated 27 October 2014, 12:10 AEDT

So what will the mind set of the PNG team be for today's match, having watched their opponents score 16 in round one?

NZ thrashes Tonga, PNG beats Cook Islands in OFC Womens Nations Cup

Updated 27 October 2014, 12:11 AEDT

On to soccer, and it's round two of the OFC Women's Nations Cup in Papua New Guinea today with the match between the host nation and New Zealand set to decide which team will advance to the World Cup.

Fiji wins Central Coast Sevens

Updated 27 October 2014, 12:07 AEDT

At the Central Coast Sevens in New South Wales, the big winners were from Fiji in the men's event, and Canada in the women's tournament.

Fiji's suspension from Forum lifted

Updated 24 October 2014, 17:45 AEDT

Fiji's suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum has been lifted.

Tagata Pasifika outsourcing not a government decision says minister

Updated 24 October 2014, 17:41 AEDT

New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples says changes to Pacific television is produced are a matter for Television New Zealand.

Surf movie uncovers 'the truth' about West Papua

Updated 24 October 2014, 17:43 AEDT

The central theme of many surf movies is the search for an undiscovered wave in an exotic location.

Women's chances at Solomon Islands election 'promising': UNDP

Updated 24 October 2014, 10:29 AEDT

The list of registered candidates for next month's elections in Solomon Islands has been released with a surprising drop in numbers compared to 2010.

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