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.


Oceania's admission to Asian Indoor Games a boost for fringe sports

Updated 25 September 2014, 9:34 AEST

The 18 countries that make up ONOC, the Oceania National Olympic Committees, have been invited to participate at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan.

Revived Melanesian Super Cup all set for the big kick off

Updated 25 September 2014, 9:35 AEST

The revived Melanesian Super Cup kicks off in in Vanuatu tomorrow with the champion clubs from Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and the host nation set to take part.

Fiji employers welcome return to democracy

Updated 24 September 2014, 17:07 AEST

Fiji employers have welcomed the election and say they're looking forward to working with the new Fiji First Party government.

Australia wants to see Fiji back in Forum and Commonwealth

Updated 24 September 2014, 17:08 AEST

After years of tensions between Canberra and Suva, will Fiji's general election mark a new era in the relationship?Australia's welcomed the election result and says it looks forward to the country returning to the Commonwealth and the Pacific Island Forum.

Pacific leaders frustrated over climate inaction

Updated 24 September 2014, 17:09 AEST

US President Barack Obama has told the UN climate summit in New York the world needs to move beyond the divide between rich and poor countries if it wants to tackle climate change.

Up to eight Pacific MPs may be elected in NZ

Updated 24 September 2014, 17:09 AEST

New Zealand could wind up electing eight Pacific Island MPs, not seven as previously reported.

Fears mobile TV will decimate Vanuatu culture

Updated 24 September 2014, 17:26 AEST

There is concern in Vanuatu that an influx of foreign media programming on a proposed new mobile television network will decimate local culture and custom.

PNG's infant mortality rates among worst in Pacific

Updated 24 September 2014, 17:13 AEST

Every year in Papua New Guinea, 5,000 babies will die in their first 24 hours of life.

Regional plan to combat online child abuse

Updated 24 September 2014, 17:13 AEST

As the use of the internet skyrockets across the Pacific, the risk of children being abused or exploited online is often just a mouse-click away.

Marshallese poet moves Summit delegates to tears

Updated 24 September 2014, 11:40 AEST

Marshallese poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (pron: jet-nil kitchen-er) has apparently reduced delegates at the United Nations Climate Change summit to tears with her new poem about how rising sea levels are affecting her islands.

Living the dream - New Zealand trip opens doors for young Tongan footballers

Updated 24 September 2014, 11:46 AEST

A group of 40 young footballers from Tonga are on the trip of a lifetime in New Zealand, where they're playing a series of games against high school teams in Auckland.

Three teams to compete in OFC Champions League for first time

Updated 24 September 2014, 11:45 AEST

Three of the four teams that will compete in the preliminary round of the OFC Champions League in Samoa next month will be making their tournament debut.

New Zealand labour leadership succession still undecided

Updated 24 September 2014, 11:44 AEST

In New Zealand, the Labour Party is still deciding whether to dump its leader David Cunliffe after its worst electoral defeat in 92 years.

Could the US be guilty of committing war crimes in Hawaii?

Updated 24 September 2014, 11:44 AEST

Two legal specialists from the University of Hawaii say the US Attorney-General is now obligated to investigate claims that Washington has committed war crimes in the 50th state.

Summit delegate from Carteret Islands on the climate change frontline

Updated 24 September 2014, 11:43 AEST

The U-N Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has described climate change as the defining challenge of our age.

Honiara delegate says Summit chance to air youth concerns

Updated 24 September 2014, 11:42 AEST

If the worst happens, it won't be the current generation that bears the brunt of climate change and rising sea levels, especially in the Pacific, it will be the next generation or the one after that.

Pacific message on climate change gaining traction with major powers

Updated 24 September 2014, 11:41 AEST

Representatives from more 120 countries are holding a summit on climate change at the United Nations.

SODELPA alleges Fiji vote rigging

Updated 24 September 2014, 7:15 AEST

Fiji's opposition SODELPA party claims the election last week was rigged.

NZ elects seven Pacific MPs, including second Tongan

Updated 24 September 2014, 7:15 AEST

Seven Pacific Island MPs have won seats in the New Zealand election.

Vanuatu's new President attributes vote to prayer

Updated 24 September 2014, 7:16 AEST

After days of negotiations - Vanuatu electoral college elected its seventh President.

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