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.


Whistleblowers accuse NZ PM John Key of authorising cyber surveillance

Updated 16 September 2014, 10:16 AEST

A celebrity who's-who of international whistleblowers and a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist have lined up to accuse New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, of dishonesty over the mass surveillance of his country's people.

Fiji's mens sevens coach praises cash-strapped Fijiana team

Updated 16 September 2014, 10:18 AEST

The man in charge of Fiji's men's sevens squad, the former England coach Ben Ryan, says Fijiana should be rightly proud of what they have achieved.

Cricket Fiji to tour Australia instead of India

Updated 16 September 2014, 10:19 AEST

Cricket Fiji has announced details of a tour to Australia's Sunshine Coast starting in late October and stretching into November.

Rising Stars Quad series targets Pacific's best young cricketers

Updated 16 September 2014, 10:59 AEST

Some of the Pacific's best players are involved in cricket's Rising Stars Quad Series which is being played in Northern Australia.

Excitement building ahead of Fiji's historic election

Updated 15 September 2014, 16:39 AEST

A media blackout has taken affect in Fiji, ahead of Wednesday's historic election.

NZ PM John Key accused of authorising mass spying

Updated 15 September 2014, 17:02 AEST

Just five days from the New Zealand election, the government of Prime Minister John Key is embroiled in an alleged spying scandal.

More delays in cancelling controversial land leases in PNG

Updated 15 September 2014, 16:38 AEST

Three months after Papua New Guinea's cabinet ordered the cancellation of flawed land leases, only 5 companies have voluntarily handed back their titles.

Victorious Fiji women's Rugby Sevens team arrives home

Updated 15 September 2014, 16:37 AEST

It's not unusual for the Rugby Sevens to be grabbing the sporting headlines in Fiji, but on this occasion, it's not the national men's team, but Fijiana -- the women's team.

Report says lots of opposition to Bougainville mining

Updated 15 September 2014, 16:36 AEST

A new report on how Bougainvilleans feel about the possible reopening of the giant copper and gold mine on the PNG island says there's much more opposition to it than many people realise.

NZ First Pacific MP questions her low list ranking

Updated 15 September 2014, 16:35 AEST

A Pacific island candidate standing for one of the minor parties in New Zealand's general election this weekend says many Pacific voters are upset that she's been moved down her party list to a possibly unwinnable position.

Hepatitis rates worsening in Indigenous communities

Updated 15 September 2014, 16:34 AEST

Across the region, hepatitis is a huge problem and it's getting worse.

China donates sewing machines to Fiji

Updated 15 September 2014, 16:34 AEST

China has donated 600 more sewing machines to womens' groups in Fiji.

French-language ABC journalist Pierre Riant dies

Updated 15 September 2014, 16:32 AEST

ABC Radio Australia has lost one of its most experienced journalists, with the death of the head of the French-language service, Pierre Riant.

Election blackout in Fiji with the polls two days away

Updated 15 September 2014, 10:17 AEST

With two days left before Fijians go the polls, a blackout is due to come into effect in less than half an hour from now, banning all political activity and, it would appear, any expression of political opinions.

Rabaul wrap up days of commemorations for World War One anniversary

Updated 15 September 2014, 10:16 AEST

To Rabaul now where five days of commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary the Australian capture of German New Guinea and the first casualties of World War One has come to an end.

Vanuatu's leaders to vote for a president on Wednesday

Updated 15 September 2014, 10:23 AEST

To Vanuatu now where the fallout continues from the deportation of Australian lawyer Robert Herd for being involved in local politics.

Putting health first using mobile phone technology

Updated 15 September 2014, 10:10 AEST

Mobile phone technology has been used in the Pacific to boost children's literacy, and now researchers say it has untapped potential for supporting health care.

Issues with state-owned enterprises in Marshalls Islands

Updated 15 September 2014, 10:08 AEST

The Asian Development Bank says Marshall Islands' state owned enterprises are trailing behind the rest of the Pacific.

Bangladeshi workers barred from entering Palau

Updated 15 September 2014, 10:07 AEST

Not for the first time, the government of Palau has imposed a temporary ban on migrant workers from Bangladesh coming into the country.

Cook Islands election petition court upholds election results

Updated 15 September 2014, 10:06 AEST

Cook Islands Opposition leader Wilkie Rasmussen has failed to win back his seat parliament via court petition, after losing it in the July 9 election.

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