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.


Samoan qualifiers fight back to draw on Champions League debut

Updated 13 April 2015, 11:18 AEST

The title holders Auckland City have started their 2015 OFC Champions League campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Suva.

Hekari United hold on for first-up Champions League win

Updated 13 April 2015, 12:13 AEST

Hekari United, the last team from outside New Zealand to win the OFC Champions League hung on to win their opening match against Tafea by three goals to two. 

PNG Hunters suffer back to back losses on the road

Updated 13 April 2015, 11:20 AEST

The PNG Hunters have dropped down to seventh on the Queensland Cup ladder after a second consecutive away defeat, this time at the hands of Wynnum Manly.

Fiji opposition angry at changes to boarding schools

Updated 13 April 2015, 11:40 AEST

Fiji's opposition has bitterly criticised plans to change the way some government boarding schools are run.

UNICEF trains Vanuatu professionals to help traumatised children

Updated 13 April 2015, 11:40 AEST

The UN agency for children, UNICEF has been in Vanuatu this week to provide specialist training to professionals who work with children.

Fiji torture video case now with prosecutors office

Updated 13 April 2015, 11:40 AEST

In Fiji, the reopened investigation into what became known as the torture video is now with the Office of Public Prosecutions.

Solomon Islands Leadership Code Commission lacks adequate funds

Updated 13 April 2015, 11:40 AEST

The Solomon Islands Leadership Code Commission is faced with the challenge of ensuring leaders abide by the leadership code, with the limited resources at its disposal.

Melbourne hosts Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival

Updated 13 April 2015, 11:40 AEST

Melbourne is playing host to the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival this week.

Australian Aid cuts to hit hard in the Pacific

Updated 10 April 2015, 11:17 AEST

Oxfam says it will have to cut programs that aim to help 14,000 women and girls in the Pacific after massive cuts to the Australian government's aid budget.

Vanuatu needs hundreds of millions of dollars in relief funds, says World Bank

Updated 10 April 2015, 11:20 AEST

The World Bank has rejected a call for international leaders to grant debt relief to Vanuatu in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

PNG Education Minister confident schools will re-open in second term

Updated 10 April 2015, 11:18 AEST

PNG's Education Minister says there's no reason why any school in the country should shut its doors because of a lack of government funding.

Emergency supplies heading for FSM's Chuuk state

Updated 10 April 2015, 11:24 AEST

The International Federation of the Red Cross says aid agencies will find it difficult to supply adequate aid to Micronesia until damage assessments of Typhoon Maysak are finished.

FSM's devastated Yap state gradually getting vital aid

Updated 10 April 2015, 11:22 AEST

Yap State's disaster coordinator says aid is slowly but surely reaching the typhoon-devastated Micronesian islands.

Japan's royal family pays its respects to Palau's WW2 soldiers

Updated 10 April 2015, 11:23 AEST

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have paid tribute to the thousands of soldiers who died in Palau during fierce fighting near the end of World War Two.

Forum SG Dame Meg Taylor in-depth on her Pacific listening tour

Updated 10 April 2015, 11:25 AEST

The new Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum secretariat Dame Meg Taylor is more than half-way through a listening tour of the Pacific and she is optimisitic about the future of her organisation.

Fiji opposition says Bainimarama is childish

Updated 9 April 2015, 17:10 AEST

Fiji's opposition leader has apologised to Australia, New Zealand and the other Pacific Islands Forum members for the behaviour of Fiji prime minister Frank Bainimarama.

Fiji First says opposition is wrong on funding claims

Updated 9 April 2015, 17:10 AEST

Fiji's ruling Fiji First Party says the opposition is incorrect to claim they are treated badly when it comes to funding their offices and staff.

US politics will influence Trans-Pacific partnership negotiations

Updated 9 April 2015, 17:07 AEST

It is crunch time for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the ambitious and controversial attempt to create a free trade bloc in the Asia-Pacific.

'Porgera rape settlement deal has wide-ranging impact'

Updated 9 April 2015, 10:36 AEST

An international legal expert says the settlement between the world's biggest gold miner and a group of women who were raped by security guards and police at the company's Pogera mine in Papua New Guinea has wider significance.

Large crowds greet Japan's emperor and empress in Palau

Updated 9 April 2015, 10:37 AEST

Crowds of flag-waving children and hundreds of well-wishers welcomed Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko when they arrived in Palau's capital Koror yesterday afternoon.

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