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.


Foreigners face strict new Fiji land ownership laws

Updated 11 December 2014, 17:44 AEDT

Foreigners who own land in Fiji have had their rights to sell or develop their property heavily restricted by the Fijian government.

Speculation Solomon Islands PM Sogavare weighing up Taiwan-China options

Updated 12 December 2014, 17:08 AEDT

Speculation has been mounting in recent days that the Solomon Island's new Prime Minister could be preparing to turn his back on the country's long standing relationship with Taiwan, and open up to receiving assistance from China.

Fiji NGOs reject government claims about influence

Updated 11 December 2014, 17:46 AEDT

Fiji's NGO Coalition on Human Rights has rejected government accusations that they are involved in political activity, and have passed information to other nations.

PNG girls urged to value both education and home duties

Updated 11 December 2014, 17:46 AEDT

Girls in PNG should aspire to get the best education they can, while making sure to maintain their cultural roles in the home.

Fijian writer told to make her name more European

Updated 11 December 2014, 17:47 AEDT

A Fijian writer says she was told to change her name to a European one if she wants her book to sell.

Auckland City FC stunned at advance in football's Club World Cup

Updated 11 December 2014, 17:48 AEDT

Players and officials from Auckland City Football Club are scrambling to re-book the flights and hotel rooms after a dramatic win over the host nation at the Club World Cup in Morocco.

50/50 chance for Port Elizabeth 7s broadcast into Fiji

Updated 11 December 2014, 10:47 AEDT

The broadcaster that bought the rights to show the World Rugby Sevens series in Fiji says it is in touch with World Rugby officials in Dublin and seeking a solution to the dispute that led to a black out of the Dubai Sevens last weekend.

Solomon Islands UN ambassador calls for legally binding climate deal

Updated 11 December 2014, 17:38 AEDT

While the Pacific Islands and Australia are considered to be poles apart in the climate change debate, they may have found one very significant area of common ground.

Long-term development goals set with Pacific-New Zealand pact

Updated 11 December 2014, 10:48 AEDT

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community will tackle the Pacific's high rates of poverty, inequality and youth unemployment in a ten-year pact with the New Zealand Government.

Police rearmament on agenda for Solomon Islands' new PM

Updated 11 December 2014, 10:49 AEDT

The head of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says a key aspect of its mission will be to help rearm local police - an ambition that will likely resonate with the new Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Pacific MPs getting to grips with human rights

Updated 11 December 2014, 10:50 AEDT

Politicians from around the Pacific will be gathering in Fiji in late January for what's described as a regional consultation on human rights for good governance.

Stars and stripes replaced with Hawaiian flag in university protest

Updated 11 December 2014, 10:51 AEDT

The University of Hawaii is due to deliver its formal response later today, after a group of students and activists took down the American flag flying at the main entrance.

Samoan team flying at Nations Cup netball tournament

Updated 11 December 2014, 10:52 AEDT

After four rounds of the Nations Cup netball tournament hosted by Singapore, Samoa are sitting on top of the ladder with a one hundred percent record.

Host nation topples Australians in 'thrilling' hockey tournament

Updated 11 December 2014, 10:52 AEDT

Hosts Fiji have had a memorable day at the international hockey festival in Suva with their men's side defeating Australian Country after a penalty shoot out, while the Fijian women lost their encounter with the Australian invitational team by just a goal, 2-1 the score.

NZ not taking sides in Fiji vs World Rugby dispute

Updated 10 December 2014, 17:34 AEDT

New Zealand's peak rugby body says it's not taking sides in the dispute between Fiji and World Rugby over TV rebroadcasting rights for the Rugby Sevens, which saw the event in Dubai blacked out in Fiji.

Opposition boycott backfired says ruling Fiji First Party

Updated 10 December 2014, 17:35 AEDT

The ruling Fiji First Party has criticised the opposition's decision to boycott parliament during debates on Fiji's budgetary estimates.

Funding falls as Pacific winning war against malaria

Updated 10 December 2014, 17:36 AEDT

There are fears that falling funding for malaria control could hurt Pacific countries' ability to eliminate the disease in coming years.

PNG landowners win restraining order against loggers

Updated 10 December 2014, 17:36 AEDT

A group of landowners from a remote corner of Papua New Guinea have taken a giant logging company to court to stop forests being cleared under a controversial agricultural lease.

Natasha Stott-Despoja inspired by Fijian women fighting violence

Updated 10 December 2014, 17:37 AEDT

Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls says she was inspired by the work grassroots women are doing in Fiji to combat violence against women.

Fiji's first female director reaching gender violence victims

Updated 10 December 2014, 17:37 AEDT

During the Pacific's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, ending today, advocates are encouraging women to speak out about their experiences.

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