Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.


Blind lawn bowlers get help in Glasgow

Updated 29 July 2014, 16:20 AEST

At the age of 75 most athletes would be well past their prime, but Bruce Jones is just reaching his peak.

Economic concerns among Fiji voters ahead of September's election

Updated 29 July 2014, 8:56 AEST

With just 50 days to go before Fiji election, the primary concerns of voters has been poverty, unemployment and rising living costs.

Disaster declaration lifted four months after Honiara flood

Updated 29 July 2014, 10:49 AEST

It has been nearly four months after the floods that devasted Solomon Islands.

Palau tales a high tech approach to monitoring illegal and over fishing

Updated 29 July 2014, 8:59 AEST

Palau has demonstrated its high tech approach to monitoring tuna fishing in its waters ahead of the Pacific Islands Fprum which begins tomorrow.

Palauans hoping for a return of tuna numbers

Updated 29 July 2014, 8:59 AEST

Tuna is disappearing from the waters of the state of Hatohobei in Palau mainly due to overfishing and illegal fishing.

Family seeking more information on American Samoan crash

Updated 29 July 2014, 8:59 AEST

The search for one of the two victims still missing after a light plane crashed into the sea off American Samoa has been called off.

Final review of pacific climate change projects

Updated 29 July 2014, 9:00 AEST

The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project is undergoing its final multi-partite review before wrapping up in December this year.

Australia maintains top position on Glasgow medal tally

Updated 29 July 2014, 9:00 AEST

Australia is still topping the medals table, with more gold in the pool and in shooting.

Rio Games the new focus for Samoan Sevens after Glasgow

Updated 29 July 2014, 9:00 AEST

The Samoan rugby team were defeated by Australia in the bronze medal match at the Commonwealth Games, but they have not been disheartened.

Mick Donohoe, Badminton, Norfolk Island

Norfolk Islands team in Glasgow for the experience

Updated 29 July 2014, 11:29 AEST

The tiny territtory of Norfolk Island has a population of about 1,500 but even they are represented at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

New Fiji rugby boss working towards 'winning culture'

Updated 29 July 2014, 9:01 AEST

In what has already been an eventful, and sometimes turbulent year for rugby in Fiji, there will soon be a new man at the helm.

Boost for women's football in Cook islands

Updated 29 July 2014, 9:08 AEST

The development of women's football in Cook Islands has taken a big step forward with the world governing body FIFA coming on board.

Pacific Islands Forum gets underway in Palau

Updated 29 July 2014, 11:08 AEST

Up to 600 participants and guests are expected in Palau this week for the 45th Pacific Islands Forum.

PNG in 'visionary' move to sustainable development

Updated 28 July 2014, 17:08 AEST

The Papua New Guinea government is going to re-orient all its economic and development efforts, including mining and logging, around an overriding goal of sustainable development.

South Africa takes Commonwealth Sevens' Gold

Updated 28 July 2014, 17:08 AEST

In the Commonwealth Games news Rugby Seven's final this morning South African 17 defeated New Zealand 12.

Tamil asylum seekers arrive in Australia

Updated 28 July 2014, 17:09 AEST

They have not been given any opportunity to claim asylum but the Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, says the 157 Tamils that the government has taken to the Curtin Detention Centre are economic migrants.

Queensland deckhands helping to ensure sustainable fishing

Updated 28 July 2014, 17:10 AEST

Deckhands on board fishing boats in the Gulf of Carpentaria are playing a critical role in ensuring the future of their fishery is sustainable.

Caretaker government for Cook Islands as nine challenge election Vote

Updated 28 July 2014, 11:11 AEST

Nine candidates have filed petitions with the High Court in Cook islands to challenge the outcome in their constituencies after this month's general election.

Fiji's Forum membership to be decided after September's election - Slade

Updated 28 July 2014, 11:10 AEST

Fiji's membership of the Pacific Islands Forum will be discussed at the Forum summit in Palau this week.

A smoking ban, exercise and healthy eating on Forum agenda

Updated 28 July 2014, 11:10 AEST

Exercise and healthy eating are on the agenda at this week's Pacific Islands Forum in Palau but smoking has been banned from all Forum events.

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