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.


Concrete roads a mixed blessing in PNG

Updated 22 May 2015, 8:59 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Opposition Leader Don Polye has promised to repair all the country's deteriorating major roads with concrete, if he wins government.

Hunting and by-catch in the spotlight on World Turtle Day

Updated 22 May 2015, 8:59 AEST

Today is World Turtle Day, and while there has been good news in recent times with one Pacific species, the western hawksbill turtle, doubling its population numbers over the past two decades, there is still more work to be done.

Oxfam: Australia and NZ have a moral duty in PACER-Plus talks

Updated 22 May 2015, 9:00 AEST

More than a decade after the original Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations was signed, talks aimed at establishing a PACER Plus free trade deal show little sign of coming to fruition.

Fiji Police Commissioner foils Suva restaurant robbery

Updated 22 May 2015, 9:01 AEST

Fiji's Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald has been on a mission to transform the country's constabulary.

Papua New Guinea financial stalwart to become nation's fourth bank

Updated 21 May 2015, 18:04 AEST

Papua New Guinea's largest non-bank financial institution, Kina Group, is about to become the country's fourth largest bank.

EU denies falling out with Pacific Islands Forum over trade

Updated 21 May 2015, 18:03 AEST

The European Union's Ambassador to the Pacific has denied any strain in Europe's relationship with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

Child sexual abuse Royal Commission neglects offshore detention

Updated 21 May 2015, 18:02 AEST

Australia's wide-ranging Royal Commission into child sexual abuse could be about to widen its net and investigate allegations of mistreatment in Australian immigration detention centres.

Plans to reforest Fiji's Viti Levu sugarbelt could make millions for locals

Updated 21 May 2015, 10:25 AEST

A $20 million project that aims to develop forest plantations in the sugarbelt of Viti Levu and also to improve the livelihoods of the sugarbelt communities is underway in Fiji.

Cutting through weather jargon key for new SPREP project

Updated 21 May 2015, 10:25 AEST

With climate change and disaster management at the top of the agenda for Pacific nations, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program has a project to reduce the vulnerability of island communities by helping weather bureaux around the region to improve their communication.

CQ University to partner with Papua New Guinea's University of Technology

Updated 21 May 2015, 10:26 AEST

Central Queensland University wants to build closer ties with Papau New Guinea's University of Technology, with a view to expanding higher education and vocational training opportunities in PNG.

Preserving Pacific's many languages key to cultural strength

Updated 21 May 2015, 10:30 AEST

A forum discussing the survival of minority languages in Australia and the French Pacific will be held in Sydney on Monday.

Disappointment for Tongan and Fijian U20 rugby teams after last gasp losses

Updated 21 May 2015, 10:31 AEST

Fiji and Tonga have both lost their games in the world under 20 Rugby championships in Portugal.

Plotting the way forward for rugby development across the Pacific

Updated 21 May 2015, 10:32 AEST

Rugby union delegates from throughout the Pacific are meeting in Sydney to exchange ideas and discuss a range of issues affecting the game, during what's being called Oceania Rugby Super Week.

PNG athletes bound for Special Olympics shine a light on intellectual disability

Updated 21 May 2015, 10:32 AEST

A team from Papua New Guinea will be competing for the first time at the Special Olympics World Summer Games, when they open in Los Angeles in July.

Tongan MP claims UN convention CEDAW will never pass parliament

Updated 20 May 2015, 17:13 AEST

A Tongan MP claims the United Nations convention that aims to eliminate discrimination against women, known as CEDAW, will never be ratified.

Bougainville president John Momis calls for dropping of Australian travel ban

Updated 20 May 2015, 17:15 AEST

The president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government has called on Papua New Guinea's foreign minister to lift the ban on Australians travelling to Bougainville.

Bougainville chief briefly detained for discouraging election voting

Updated 20 May 2015, 17:16 AEST

Bougainville police have briefly detained a chief in the island's central region after he told people not to vote in the island's general election.

Thousands greet Fiji Rugby Sevens' world winning team in grand homecoming

Updated 20 May 2015, 17:17 AEST

Fiji's world-conquering rugby sevens team has been given a heroes welcome in Nadi this afternoon.

Australian parties of all peruasions respond to first day of Nauru Senate Inquiry

Updated 20 May 2015, 17:14 AEST

As we reported yesterday, an Australian Senate Inquiry has ended its first day of consultations following the independent Moss Review found evidence of serious crimes of sexual assault in Nauru's asylum seeker Regional Processing Centre.

Australia expresses regret to PNG over diplomatic row

Updated 20 May 2015, 9:06 AEST

Australia has expressed its regret at the highest level to the Papua New Guinea government about the ongoing row over Canberra's plan for a diplomatic mission in Bougainville.

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