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.


A call for tourists to keep Vanuatu bookings current

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:41 AEDT

Tourism operators in Vanuatu are urging tourists not to cancel their holidays.

Facebook's Safety Check easing safety fears post Cyclone Pam

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:41 AEDT

As communications in Vanuatu have been gradually coming back online, social media has been contributing to the process of establishing that people are safe.

Bikini Atoll refugees now looking for another home

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:40 AEDT

The original inhabitants of Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, where the United States tested nuclear weapons 60 years ago, have been living in exile ever since, settling on Kili and Ejit islands.

Hunters lose out to Easts Tigers after hard fought encounter

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:40 AEDT

In rugby league and the Queensland Cup, the PNG Hunters have suffered their first loss of the season, going down to Easts Tigers by 14 points to 8.

Warratahs accused of homophobic slurs during win over Brumbies

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:40 AEDT

Round six of the Super Rugby season produced some nail biting finishes and the Hurricanes went to the top of the competition after recording yet another win on the road.

ABC #withVanuatu appeal raises more than $1 million

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:38 AEDT

The ABC, across its more than 60 local radio stations, Radio Australia and online, today held an on-air appeal for the victims of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, raising more than $A1 million.

Vanuatu families in Australia raise funds for relatives

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:38 AEDT

A Vanuatu family in Geelong, Victoria, have been anxiously following the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

Efforts underway to re-start Vanuatu fisheries

Updated 24 March 2015, 6:37 AEDT

There has been much discussion about the widespread damage to crops in the wake of Cyclone Pam, but fisheries have also been badly affected.

Food security a focus of rebuilding in Vanuatu

Updated 20 March 2015, 12:07 AEDT

Almost a week after Cyclone Pam devasted Vanuatu's many island communities, the Government says it's ready to start delivering the aid that has poured into the country from international donor governments and aid agencies.

Mass measles vaccination program targets children in Port Vila

Updated 20 March 2015, 12:07 AEDT

Vanuatu's ministry of health is racing to immunise as many children as possible to prevent a measles epidemic in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Rebuilding Port Vila hospital includes removing asbestos

Updated 20 March 2015, 12:08 AEDT

Australia's Urban Search and Rescue team removed over hundred kilograms of asbestos from Port Vila Central Hospital Gary Bailey from USAR said that they came to Vanuatu with a lot of equipment to remove the asbestos from the hospital and other facilities which have been damaged by cyclone Pam.

PacMAS plan to help restore vital radio links in Vanuatu

Updated 20 March 2015, 12:09 AEDT

Communications have been a major issue since Cyclone Pam struck.

Offer of help from small states around the world

Updated 25 March 2015, 17:08 AEDT

The Government of the Seychelles is calling for an emergency meeting in New York of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to help coordinate international help.

Medical rescue service comes to the fore in wake of Cyclone Pam

Updated 20 March 2015, 12:10 AEDT

Vanuatu's capital doesn't have an emergency service like you'd find in a place like Australia - usually the Vanuatu Mobile Force attends things like road accidents.

Big guns to clash in Super Rugby round six

Updated 20 March 2015, 12:11 AEDT

The fixture list for round six of the Super Rugby season is book-ended by two blockbuster matches, one in New Zealand and the other in Australia.

Super Rugby embracing multiculturalism in the state of Victoria

Updated 20 March 2015, 12:12 AEDT

As part of the build-up to their game against the Stormers tonight, the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby franchise is joining forces with the Multicultural Commission in Victoria to celebrate the state's Cultural Diversity Week.

Correspondents register initial rumblings of relief bottlenecks across Vanuatu

Updated 20 March 2015, 6:32 AEDT

The death toll following the destruction wraught upon Vanuatu by Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam continues to stand at 11, with government-led assessments continuing.

Concern growing at lack of speed in distributing cyclone aid

Updated 20 March 2015, 6:34 AEDT

The Vanuatu government is getting the distribution of relief supplies organised, but not everyone is happy at the speed with which this is happening.

Scenes of destruction on Tanna, but Futuna spared in Vanuatu's south

Updated 20 March 2015, 9:12 AEDT

The island of Tanna in Tafea province, south of the capital Port Vila, took a direct hit from Cyclone Pam, and assessments now show near total destruction of vegetation and buildings.

French frigate to reach Tanna to compliment already heavy relief effort

Updated 20 March 2015, 6:34 AEDT

The French frigate Vendemiaire is due to arrive in Tanna island Thursday, one of the hardest hit by Cyclone Pam.

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