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.


Workshop will tackle gender equality issue in Fijian agriculture

Updated 18 June 2015, 8:47 AEST

A workshop in Fiji is to tackle the issue of gender equality within the agricultural sector to help women progress from subsistence farming to commercial production - an achievement that would also improve the country's efforts to reduce poverty.

A packed-out MCG sees NSW beat Queensland to keep 2015 State of Origin series alive

Updated 18 June 2015, 8:48 AEST

In rugby league, a record crowd turned out at the MCG last night to see New South Wales claw their way back into the State of Origin series with a victory over Queensland by 26 points to 18.

PNG chasing another 240 runs to defeat the Dutch in Amsterdam

Updated 18 June 2015, 8:48 AEST

Two wickets late on day two could prove crucial to Papua New Guinea's chances of winning their first-ever four day game, against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

A trophy in the cabinet at last for Vanuatu Football

Updated 18 June 2015, 8:49 AEST

The inaugural Four Nations Friendship Cup has been won by the host nation Vanuatu after they beat their closest rivals Fiji by one goal to nil.

Opposition MP Roland Kun escorted from plane, passport cancelled

Updated 17 June 2015, 19:13 AEST

Officials in Nauru have pulled opposition MP Roland Kun off a flight bound for Australia and cancelled his passport.

PNG education minister says the state has been defrauded by schools

Updated 17 June 2015, 18:00 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Education Minister says the state has been defradued of 50-million Kina from the Tuition Fee-Free funds.

Melbourne's West Papuan community rallies for pro-independence group

Updated 17 June 2015, 18:12 AEST

In a matter of days the Melanesian Spearhead Group will decide whether or not to grant associate membership to a West Papuan pro-independence group.

Guam shocks the football world with back to back World Cup wins

Updated 17 June 2015, 18:13 AEST

The fortunes of the national soccer team from Guam have taken a dramatic turn for the better.

The price of eggs to rise in Samoa after US bird flu outbreak

Updated 17 June 2015, 18:14 AEST

The price of eggs in Samoa could soon double thanks, in part, to an outbreak of bird flu in the United States.

NZ Maori Wardens on the streets of Melbourne

Updated 17 June 2015, 18:15 AEST

New Zealand Maori Wardens operating in Australia say they are meeting a positive response from young people.

Fiji's flag protection bill at odds with basic legal principles

Updated 17 June 2015, 18:16 AEST

Fiji's proposed new Flag Protection Bill contains draconian provisions which turn basic legal principles upside down.

Arrested Nauru MP tricked, says suspended MP Sprent Dabwido

Updated 13 August 2015, 11:19 AEST

Emotions are running high in Nauru after an Opposition MP was arrested during a rowdy protest outside parliament by supporters of five suspended opposition MPs.

Pope Francis' climate encyclical to spread Pacific message more widely

Updated 17 June 2015, 10:42 AEST

A draft version of Pope Francis' much anticipated encyclical on humans, nature and the environment, has been leaked in the Italian media ahead of it's official release later this week.

Federated States of Micronesia looking to improve disaster response

Updated 17 June 2015, 10:41 AEST

With the Federated States of Micronesia still reeling from the effect of three typhoons that swept through the region in April and May, disaster authorities are looking at the lessons that can be learned.

Barramundis make a great four-day debut, but with plenty of work to be done

Updated 17 June 2015, 10:41 AEST

The Barramundis have made a remarkable start to their first ever four-day cricket match, with the PNG national team reducing their Dutch opponents to 7 for 117 at one stage on day one in Amsterdam.

Vanuatu the favourites to win the first-ever Friendship Cup

Updated 17 June 2015, 10:40 AEST

Four of the eight teams that will line up at the Pacific Games soccer tournament in Papua New Guinea next month, are in action today in Vanuatu in the final round of the Friendship Cup.

Samoan national soccer side puts out Pacific-wide call for players

Updated 17 June 2015, 10:39 AEST

The coach of the Samoan national soccer team has put out a Pacific-wide call for players with a Samoan heritage who might be interested in playing in World Cup qualifying matches later this year.

Australian baby bundles save lives in PNG

Updated 16 June 2015, 17:33 AEST

An Australian project that involves sending pregnant women in Papua New Guinea a "gift", including baby clothes and essential items, has been shown to cut the maternal death rate by 78 per cent.

Bougainville's president embarks on second term

Updated 16 June 2015, 17:35 AEST

Dr John Momis has today formally embarked on his second term as Bougainville's President.

Protests outside Nauru's parliament house by supporters of suspended MPs

Updated 16 June 2015, 17:27 AEST

There has been a rowdy protest outside Nauru's parliament house by supporters of the five opposition MPs who have been suspended from parliament.

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