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.


US Pacific focus justified

Updated 14 August 2014, 16:44 AEST

When Asia Pacific policy is being discussed the Pacific Islands are often an afterthought.

French journalists still detained in Papua

Updated 14 August 2014, 16:44 AEST

Two French journalists arrested in the Indonesian province of Papua late last week remain in detention on charges relating to misusing their visas.

Play underway in Fiji International Golf tournament

Updated 14 August 2014, 16:45 AEST

The Fiji International Golf tournament is underway at Natadola Bay.

AFL international underway

Updated 14 August 2014, 16:45 AEST

The AFL International Cup underway in Melbourne is bringing together fans of Australian Rules football from some unlikely places.

New way to measure stress in Australian native animals

Updated 14 August 2014, 16:46 AEST

Queensland scientists have pioneered an unusual technique to measure the stress levels of bilbies.

Tongan women keen to take on Australian Rules football

Updated 14 August 2014, 9:27 AEST

Women are well represented in this year's AFL International Cup.

Vijay Singh hopes Fiji International inspires young golfers

Updated 14 August 2014, 9:27 AEST

The opening round at the Fiji International golf tournament is under way with 120 pro golfers taking part in what's being hailed as the country's biggest ever sporting event.

AFL International Cup round-up

Updated 14 August 2014, 10:39 AEST

On day two of the of the AFL International Cup in Melbourne, there have been some more big blow-outs, but also some very competitive encounters too.

Bridging the gap between Pacific culture and tourism

Updated 14 August 2014, 10:47 AEST

There's a commonly held belief that the tourism industry in the Pacific and Pacific culture are intertwined but that may not be the case.

NRL launches Pacific Strategy to strengthen rugby league

Updated 14 August 2014, 9:29 AEST

The rise of rugby league in the region is gathering momentum with the National Rugby League in Australia launching what it calls its Pacific strategy.

Pacific expert turns attention towards training young journalists

Updated 14 August 2014, 9:30 AEST

Long time Pacific reporter Sean Dorney is leaving the ABC and turning his attention to training young journalists in the Pacific.

Tiny Palmerston Atoll revelling in global media spotlight

Updated 14 August 2014, 9:29 AEST

The tiny Palmerston Atoll in Cook Islands is one of the more remote places on earth and yet in recent times it and its population of 62 people have been attracting media attention from around the world.

Australia announces Fiji election observer team

Updated 14 August 2014, 10:38 AEST

The Australian government has announced details of the observer group it will send to monitor Fiji's general election next month.

Samoa feeling the affect of Chickugunya outbreak

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:36 AEST

Samoa is experiencing its first outbreak of Chickungunya with eight confirmed cases and around 90 suspected cases.

Fiji NGO's refute accusation of cowardice

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:36 AEST

Fijian Prime Minsiter Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama has accused NGO's of cowardice for not speaking out against comments made by former prime mininster Laisenia Qarase.

Act now and act drastically or stocks will crash says Pacific tuna industry

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:35 AEST

In a sign of just how bad the situation has become for the Pacific's tuna stocks, the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association has joined environmental organisations and scientists calling for a reduction in the catch of bigeye tuna.

WHO calling on better disaster sanitation controls

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:34 AEST

The World Health Organisation believes more work needs to be done on water and sanitation infrastructure during periods of natural disasters.

'Business cluster' project creates new dynamism in Pacific private sector

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:34 AEST

Small businesses in the Pacific are finding new ways of turbo-charging their activities through 'business clusters'.

How to take 'business clusters' to the next level in the Pacific

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:33 AEST

The idea behind business clusters began in Europe and is taking hold around the world.

UNDP urges PNG to reach Millennium Development Goals

Updated 13 August 2014, 8:14 AEST

The regional head of the United Nations Development Program, Haoling Xu, is warning many countries will fail to achieve their 2015 Millennium Development Goals, and he's calling the future of global development stategies into question.

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