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.


Stars and stripes replaced with Hawaiian flag in university protest

Updated 11 December 2014, 10:51 AEDT

The University of Hawaii is due to deliver its formal response later today, after a group of students and activists took down the American flag flying at the main entrance.

Samoan team flying at Nations Cup netball tournament

Updated 11 December 2014, 10:52 AEDT

After four rounds of the Nations Cup netball tournament hosted by Singapore, Samoa are sitting on top of the ladder with a one hundred percent record.

Host nation topples Australians in 'thrilling' hockey tournament

Updated 11 December 2014, 10:52 AEDT

Hosts Fiji have had a memorable day at the international hockey festival in Suva with their men's side defeating Australian Country after a penalty shoot out, while the Fijian women lost their encounter with the Australian invitational team by just a goal, 2-1 the score.

NZ not taking sides in Fiji vs World Rugby dispute

Updated 10 December 2014, 17:34 AEDT

New Zealand's peak rugby body says it's not taking sides in the dispute between Fiji and World Rugby over TV rebroadcasting rights for the Rugby Sevens, which saw the event in Dubai blacked out in Fiji.

Opposition boycott backfired says ruling Fiji First Party

Updated 10 December 2014, 17:35 AEDT

The ruling Fiji First Party has criticised the opposition's decision to boycott parliament during debates on Fiji's budgetary estimates.

Funding falls as Pacific winning war against malaria

Updated 10 December 2014, 17:36 AEDT

There are fears that falling funding for malaria control could hurt Pacific countries' ability to eliminate the disease in coming years.

PNG landowners win restraining order against loggers

Updated 10 December 2014, 17:36 AEDT

A group of landowners from a remote corner of Papua New Guinea have taken a giant logging company to court to stop forests being cleared under a controversial agricultural lease.

Natasha Stott-Despoja inspired by Fijian women fighting violence

Updated 10 December 2014, 17:37 AEDT

Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls says she was inspired by the work grassroots women are doing in Fiji to combat violence against women.

Fiji's first female director reaching gender violence victims

Updated 10 December 2014, 17:37 AEDT

During the Pacific's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, ending today, advocates are encouraging women to speak out about their experiences.

Public support behind Solomon Islands' new Prime Minister

Updated 10 December 2014, 11:12 AEDT

The Parliament of Solomon Islands has elected its new Prime Minister, Manesseh Sogavare.

Forum Fisheries Agency criticises lack of action at WCPFC

Updated 10 December 2014, 11:13 AEDT

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has criticised the lack of action resulting from last week's Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Samoa.

American Samoan fishing industry in limbo

Updated 10 December 2014, 11:14 AEDT

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission's 11th session wrapped up in Apia last week.

Samoan women's hockey team focussing on improvement

Updated 10 December 2014, 11:14 AEDT

At the international hockey tournament in Fiji, the Samoan women's team have endured another tough day.

Manasseh Sogavare voted Solomon Islands PM 31 to 19

Updated 9 December 2014, 18:34 AEDT

Here's the moment Manasseh Sogavare was announced as the winner of today's vote by the governor general, and a portion of his first speech as prime minister.

Boat carrying pro-Sogavare MPs shot at on eve of election

Updated 9 December 2014, 18:35 AEDT

A boat used to transport politicians in Solomon Islands was shot at just hours before this morning's parliamentary vote to choose Manasseh Sogavare as prime minister.

Manasseh Sogavare may crack down on corruption

Updated 10 December 2014, 8:19 AEDT

Bob Pollard of Transparency Solomon Islands says Manasseh Sogavare has made some very positive statements about cracking down on corruption, and may do some good as prime minister.

Manasseh Sogavare's rocky relationship with Australia

Updated 10 December 2014, 11:08 AEDT

The election of Manasseh Sogavare as Solomon Islands prime minister could mean poorer relations with Australia says Jenny Hayward-Jones, director of the Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

Suva city leader says authorities working hard to restore water

Updated 9 December 2014, 18:38 AEDT

Fiji's main water authority is trucking water to around a quarter of Suva's residents after pipes were damaged in the city's weekend floods.

PNG commerce chief calls brawling army to account

Updated 9 December 2014, 18:39 AEDT

The head of Port Moresby's business community says heads need to roll and senior defence officials need to be held accountable for the latest violence to hit the streets of Port Moresby.

Fiji opposition walks out over alleged budget errors

Updated 9 December 2014, 18:36 AEDT

Fiji's opposition walked out of Parliament on Monday when the budget was debated, insisting that it was full of errors.

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