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.


Bougainville seeks international assistance with upcoming general election

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:35 AEDT

The autonomous region of Bougainville has begun preparations for its forthcoming general election.

Pacific youth discuss future responses to combating corruption

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:37 AEDT

More than 40 young Pacific representatives have gathered in Fiji for the Pacific Youth Forum Against Corruption.

Tuvali improves record on discrimination against women: UN

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:37 AEDT

Tuvalu's record on discrimination against women was up for scrutiny in Geneva on the weekend at a UN review.

Cook Islands authorities silent on incident involving fisheries official

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:38 AEDT

A top fisheries official from Cook Island faces an uncertain future following an incident at a meeting in New Zealand.

Overwhelming response to call for Pacific Games volunteers

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:39 AEDT

The call has gone out for volunteers to help deliver this year's Pacific Games in Port Moresby, and already there has been a flood of applications.

Palau's plan to ban commercial fishing gaining traction

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:40 AEDT

A growing list of countries and international conservation groups are lining up with funds to support Palau's bid to ban commercial fishing in its waters and establish a National Marine Sanctuary.

Local administration challenges Marshall Island's government in court

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:41 AEDT

The Marshall Islands government's fisheries operations are under threat by a high court challenge from local government.

Rugby Union: Reds, Crusaders and Waratahs bounce back in Super 15

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:41 AEDT

There was something of a turnaround in round two of the new Super Rugby season over the weekend to the extent there are only three sides left with a 100 percent record.

Mixed signals in PNG minister's call for local ownership of SMEs

Updated 20 February 2015, 18:24 AEDT

There's confusion over whether the Papua New Guinea government is planning to force the foreign owners of small and medium-sized businesses to sell them to locals.

Australia's indigenous affairs minister set on outright kava ban

Updated 20 February 2015, 18:23 AEDT

Claims that organised gangs of Pacific islanders are smuggling kava into Aboriginal communities in Australia's Northern Territory could see the traditional Pacific island drink banned.

International Women's Development Agency hails Voices Against Violence

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:57 AEDT

The groundbreaking book and documentary film 'Voices Against Violence' is the first time Solomon Island survivors of domestic abuse have shared their stories in public.

Australian think tank disagrees with PNG 50 Shades of Grey ban

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:56 AEDT

A conservative think-tank in Australia has criticised the banning of the controversial movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" in Papua New Guinea.

Medical flights a lifeline for rural Australia

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:59 AEDT

Getting access to the most basic of services in the Queensland bush can be a struggle, just like this week's story of missionary medical flights in Papua New Guinea's highlands.

Fiji movement marches in support of West Papua

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:19 AEDT

Advocates in Fiji have launched the Fiji Solidarity Movement for West Papua's Freedom.

Pacific carriers enter code-sharing deal

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:20 AEDT

The national airlines of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea have signed a partnership deal.

New documentary highlighs domestic violence in Solomon Islands

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:22 AEDT

Domestic Violence in Solomon Islands is the subject of a groundbreaking book and documentary film funded by the European Union.

New Zealander considers organic mascara to help fund Pacific eye opera

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:21 AEDT

A young New Zealand entrepreneur is hoping to fund cataract operations in the Pacific by selling organic mascara.

World Rugby officials examine reforms to Samoan rugby

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:24 AEDT

After the resignation of two top officials and a threatened players' boycott, Samoa Rugby Union has been working to bring the team back together.

Super Rugby 2015 season, round two - more shocks in store?

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:24 AEDT

Round one of the new Super Rugby season produced six away wins out of seven, and shock defeats for the Crusaders and the reigning champions, the Warratahs.

Mounting excitement among PNG Hunters fans ahead of QLD Cup

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:25 AEDT

There's rising anticipation among the many thousands of rugby league fans in Papua New Guinea ahead of a second season in the Queensland Cup for their team, the Hunters.

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