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.


Cook Islanders cycle to celebrate 50 years of self-governance

Updated 22 January 2015, 11:12 AEDT

People in Cook Islands have hopped on their bicycles this week as part of a campaign to mark 50 years of the country's self-governance.

Fiji Pearls charge forward in Oceania Netball Tri-Series

Updated 22 January 2015, 11:13 AEDT

Day three of the Oceania Netball Tri-Series was a battle of the Pacific, with the hosts Fiji taking on Samoa.

Fiji Teachers Union upset at low pay for graduates

Updated 21 January 2015, 17:45 AEDT

A row has broken out in Fiji over the salaries of new teachers.

Fiji education minister hits back at low pay criticism

Updated 21 January 2015, 17:45 AEDT

Fiji's education minister, Dr Mahendra Reddy, says the teachers union has got it wrong over the salaries of new teachers.

Asylum seekers vow to continue protests under policy scrutiny

Updated 21 January 2015, 17:45 AEDT

Asylum seekers at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea have vowed to continue their hunger strike.

More budget worries for PNG as oil, copper prices go lower

Updated 21 January 2015, 17:45 AEDT

Debate continues in Papua New Guinea about the impact plummeting resource prices will have on local business and, in particular, on the PNG budget.

Warning about new pyramid investment schemes operating in PNG

Updated 21 January 2015, 10:34 AEDT

People in Papua New Guinea are being warned not to put their hard-earned savings into investment schemes that seem too good to be true.

Vanuatu's Leadership Code a 'watchdog with no teeth'

Updated 21 January 2015, 10:33 AEDT

Transparency International Vanuatu has criticised the complete lack of prosecutions under the Leadership Code Act.

Turning on the lights in Tonga's Ha'apai Islands made possible by EU grant

Updated 21 January 2015, 10:33 AEDT

Tonga's battered Ha'apai region will receive a grant of €1 million - or $1.

Community volunteers work to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence

Updated 21 January 2015, 10:32 AEDT

A new program has been launched in a bid to reduce the high rates of crime amongst Pacific Islanders in New Zealand's capital, Wellington.

Accused witches in PNG freed after police, missionaries visit

Updated 20 January 2015, 17:31 AEDT

Four women in Papua New Guinea accused of witchcraft have been saved by police and missionaries.

Resolution of Manus Island standoff praised by leaders

Updated 20 January 2015, 17:52 AEDT

The blockade in one part of Papua New Guinea's Manus Island detention centre has ended, but questions about the facility remain.

Second former PNG minister falls to endangered Taskforce Sweep

Updated 20 January 2015, 17:35 AEDT

The head of Taskforce Sweep in Papua New Guinea says the jailing of a former minister vindicates the work of his corruption-busting investigators.

Solomon Islands PM meets business leaders for first time

Updated 20 January 2015, 17:35 AEDT

Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare has met with local business leaders for the first time since his election late last year.

Week-long standoff on Manus Island detention centre comes to an end

Updated 20 January 2015, 10:47 AEDT

A Papua New Guinean government spokesman has confirmed that asylum seekers at the Manus Island detention centre had to be restrained by security guards during an intervention on Monday.

Manus Island situation remains "volatile"

Updated 20 January 2015, 11:09 AEDT

The Australian Immigration Minister says the situation on Manus Island remains volatile after local authorities resolved a stand-off at the detention centre.

Climate change Kiribati's main concern at UN human rights review

Updated 20 January 2015, 10:46 AEDT

Kiribati has been praised at the United Nations Human Rights Council for its progress in recent years, but concerns remain about improvements in areas such as domestic violence.

Teachers threaten strikes in PNG's Highlands over pay dispute

Updated 20 January 2015, 10:38 AEDT

Teachers in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea are threatening to boycott classes when the school year returns next Monday.

Ancient stone artefacts centre of cultural row in Vanuatu

Updated 20 January 2015, 12:01 AEDT

A former head of Vanuatu's Cultural Centre has hit out at the centre's current management for allowing 11 historic stone artefacts to be handed over to a foreign collector.

Fuel prices to start falling in Vanuatu soon and to keep falling

Updated 20 January 2015, 10:39 AEDT

Vanuatu motorists are being promised that fuel prices will soon drop, after a recent outcry that prices remained higher there than elsewhere in the Pacific.

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