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.

Stories

Mother of pearl price boom welcome new revenue for Australian pearlers

Updated 18 February 2015, 17:44 AEDT

Pearl farmers in Australia are cashing in on all time high prices for mother of pearl, signalling a possible new revenue stream for Pacific pearlers.

Vanuatu long way off from deep sea mining: Regenvanu

Updated 18 February 2015, 13:39 AEDT

The Vanuatu government has been handed the first major consultation report on the prospects for deep sea mining, following a national conference designed to guage public sentiment.

Australia renews commitment to assist in Solomon Islands growth

Updated 18 February 2015, 13:38 AEDT

Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Steve Ciobo, is in Solomon Islands, marking the first high-level visit from Canberra since national elections last November.

World Bank working to strengthen small island state economies

Updated 18 February 2015, 13:38 AEDT

The World Bank says it is working towards strengthening relationships with smaller Pacific Island nations.

American Samoa's food supplies run low in US ports dispute

Updated 18 February 2015, 13:37 AEDT

The people of American Samoa are doing it tough at the moment because of an ongoing dispute in the ports on the US west coast that has led to a slow down.

UNICEF seeks to raise Pacific school attendances

Updated 18 February 2015, 13:36 AEDT

Worldwide, 63 million adolescents are denied their right to education, and 58 million primary-aged children are not attending school.

New anti-obesity program targets young Samoans

Updated 18 February 2015, 13:35 AEDT

Obesity-related health complications are some of Samoa's biggest killers, with 95% of the population being declared overweight.

Learning process continues for Fiji on road to U20 World Cup

Updated 18 February 2015, 13:35 AEDT

The Fiji Under 20 football team have suffered a narrow loss in the opening match of their Asian tour, losing 1-0 to Myanmar in Mandalay.

Former PNG FA executive says Rufer's departure a wasted opportunity

Updated 18 February 2015, 13:34 AEDT

It was all looking so promising for soccer in Papua New Guinea with a series of matches abroad for the national side, players being considered for professional contracts with overseas clubs and new talent being unearthed.

Hopes Sime Darby purchase of New Britain Palm Oil retains best practice

Updated 17 February 2015, 18:11 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's palm oil industry has a new player in Sime Darby, but questions are already being asked about whether the country's reputation for sustainable practices is at stake.

New PNG hospital may not be for the grassroots

Updated 17 February 2015, 18:11 AEDT

Port Moresby finally has a modern, well equipped hospital capable of performing specialised operations.

Norfolk wants 'fair go' as Canberra plans end of island parliament

Updated 17 February 2015, 18:10 AEDT

Norfolk Islands' minister for culture and heritage has written to the Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, asking him to give the island a fair go.

Atoll nations probably not going to disappear says NZ Geographic found

Updated 17 February 2015, 18:09 AEDT

Are low lying Pacific atolls going to be drowned beneath rising sea levels?The answer, according to New Zealand journalist and founder of New Zealand Geographic magazine, Kennedy Warne, is maybe not.

Reliable data lacking in claims of increased shark numbers

Updated 17 February 2015, 18:09 AEDT

A shark attack on Australia's east coast last week that claimed the life of a 41-year-old Japanese surfer is the latest of a string around the country.

No quick fix for Tubeculosis in PNG: Global Fund

Updated 17 February 2015, 11:32 AEDT

The Global Fund has just announced a fifty-million dollar increase to funding in Papua New Guinea to tackle Malaria and Tuberculosis.

New air strip to make life-saving difference to PNG's Kaiam village

Updated 17 February 2015, 11:28 AEDT

To get to the village of Kaiam in Papua New Guinea's East Sepik region from Port Moresby, the journey used to take a flight and at least two days in a canoe.

Drug-resistant TB outbreak would be equal to Ebola threat: Costello

Updated 17 February 2015, 11:28 AEDT

The Chief Executive of World Vision Australia has compared the risk of drug-resistant-tuberculosis spreading through Papua New Guinea to the advance of Ebola in Africa.

Palau government grappling with abandoned Chinese cruise ship

Updated 17 February 2015, 11:29 AEDT

The government of Palau is wrestling with the problem of what to do with what to all intents and purposes is an abandoned Chinese cruise ship.

SPREP trainers push to keep Pacific developments under control

Updated 17 February 2015, 11:30 AEDT

A region-wide training programme is being rolled out across the Pacific as part of an effort to minimise the impact of development on an already fragile ecosystem.

PNG's youth aim to lead the way in sustainable development

Updated 17 February 2015, 11:39 AEDT

Two young women from Papua New Guinea have just returned home after representing their country on the world stage.

Contact the studio

Got something to say about what you're hearing on the radio right now?

Text/SMS
Send your texts to +61 427 72 72 72

Tweets
Add the hashtag #raonair to add your tweets to the conversation.

Email
Email us your thoughts on an issue. Messages may be used on air.