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.


Australian defence personnel farewell Vanuatu

Updated 20 April 2015, 12:13 AEST

The last of Australia's Defence force will leave Vanuatu this weekend, wrapping up its assistance mission post-Cyclone Pam.

Link between diabetes and TB

Updated 20 April 2015, 12:13 AEST

New research shows there's a link between diabetes and TB, with many people living in the Pacific at risk.

Honiara cleans up its act as by-law on clean streets takes effect

Updated 20 April 2015, 12:14 AEST

The Solomon Islands' capital Honiara has, for many years, had the undesirable reputation of being one of the Pacific's grubbiest capitals and having a major problem with litter.

New Zealand dollar closes in on parity with the Aussie

Updated 20 April 2015, 12:11 AEST

The New Zealand dollar has been edging closer to parity with the Australian dollar since the start of the month, and jumped half a cent in midweek to well above 99 cents before easing slightly in reaction to the latest economic data out of China.

Food and water an ongoing issue post-Cyclone Maysak in FSM

Updated 17 April 2015, 9:08 AEST

Two-and-a-half weeks after Typhoon Maysak lashed the Federated States of Micronesia, aid workers are still working to provide emergency assistance to those in need.

Census in Palau to establish new benchmarks for the Pacific

Updated 17 April 2015, 9:09 AEST

The latest census in Palau is breaking new ground and its compilers say it will set a new standard for the gathering of statistical information right across the Pacific.

Niue falls in love with Anjalee the orphaned elephant

Updated 17 April 2015, 9:10 AEST

The people of Niue have taken one of the more unusual visitors to the island to their hearts, and Anjalee the orphaned elephant seems to have taken to life in the Pacific.

No easy games at OFC Champions League as standards improve

Updated 17 April 2015, 9:11 AEST

Title holders Auckland City, past runners-up Ba and new boys Team Wellington are odds on to qualify for the OFC Champions League semi-finals this weekend, but the race for the fourth spot is boiling up nicely.

Hekari must win and win big to make progress in OFC Champions League

Updated 17 April 2015, 9:11 AEST

The 2010 winners of the OFC Champions League PNG's Hekari United take on Tahiti's Tefana later today in a game they must win to have any hope of making this season's semi-finals.

Who can break NZ stranglehold on Women's World 7s series?

Updated 17 April 2015, 9:14 AEST

Round four of the Women's World Rugby 7s series has taken the teams to the Canadian city of Langford on Vancouver Island, where New Zealand will be out to make it four tournament wins in a row.

Renewed calls for Australia to close its detention centres in Nauru and Manus

Updated 16 April 2015, 17:38 AEST

There are renewed calls for the Australian government to close both of its offshore detention centres Nauru and Manus Island in PNG.

NFP wants suggested Fiji election changes implemented

Updated 16 April 2015, 17:32 AEST

Fiji's Elections Office has responded positively to the recommendations made by the Multinational Observer Group which monitored last year's election.

Guam Health Dept refuses to issue marriage licences for same-sex couples

Updated 16 April 2015, 17:33 AEST

Guam's Public Health Department says it won't be issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples, despite being ordered to do so by the territory's Attorney General.

Mixed response to tourism in Vanuatu

Updated 16 April 2015, 17:33 AEST

Tourists are being cautioned still not to visit one of Vanuatu's most popular islands, a month on from Cyclone Pam.

More than a thousand Fiji kids rescued from child labour

Updated 16 April 2015, 17:34 AEST

Fiji has launched its first-ever child help line.

New seafloor mining exploration voyage in Solomon Islands

Updated 16 April 2015, 17:34 AEST

A major seafloor mining exploration voyage is due to get under way in Solomon Islands at the end of the month.

New windfarm agreement for Samoa

Updated 16 April 2015, 17:34 AEST

Samoa's lofty goal of having 100 per cent of its electricity provided by renewable energy sources received a boost this week, with agreement reached for the country's second windfarm.

Calls for government funds and action to tackle domestic violence 'epidemic' in Solomon Islands

Updated 16 April 2015, 9:21 AEST

The head of the National Council of Women in Solomon Islands says there is a domestic violence emergency in the country which the government must tackle immediately.

Domestic violence rates in Vanuatu set to soar in wake of Cyclone Pam

Updated 16 April 2015, 10:49 AEST

As Vanuatu continues to recover from Cyclone Pam, many women have an additional burden to bare - an increase in physical abuse.

Call for vital blood stocks at Port Vila's main hospital

Updated 16 April 2015, 10:50 AEST

Vanuatu's stocks of donor blood have hit critically low levels, with Port Vila's Central Hospital at risk of running out completely.

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