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

Pacific's next generation of cricketers battle it out for U19 World Cup place

Updated 24 February 2015, 10:08 AEDT

The best young cricketers in the Pacific have gathered in Blenheim in the heart of New Zealand's Marlborough wine growing region to compete for the 2015 ICC East Asia-Pacific under 19 trophy.

Fiji Sun disputes Media Authority ruling against it

Updated 23 February 2015, 18:21 AEDT

The pro Fiji government newspaper the Fiji Sun says it's consulting lawyers after a ruling against them by the country's Media Industry Development authority.

Fiji Sun backed by Media Association over free speech

Updated 23 February 2015, 18:20 AEDT

The President of the Fijian Media Society, Ricardo Morris, says it's ironic that the newspaper which until now has enthusiastically backed the government of Frank Bainimarama including its controversial media decree is now finding it's own reporting hampered by it.

Political tensions escalate in New Caledonia

Updated 23 February 2015, 18:20 AEDT

New Caledonia's political crisis appears deeper than ever.

Fiji Methodists back West Papua

Updated 23 February 2015, 18:19 AEDT

Fiji's influential Methodist church says the cause of independence for West Papua is a central one for all Melanesians.

New agreement expected to improve hospital patient care in PNG

Updated 23 February 2015, 18:19 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's biggest hospital, Port Moresby General Hospital, once had a terrible reputation for poor care and shabby facilities.

Australia's new parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs visits Solomon Islands

Updated 24 February 2015, 10:59 AEDT

Australia's parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs, Steve Ciobo, has just returned from making the first high-level visit from Canberra to Solomon Islands since the elections last November.

Bougainville seeks international assistance with upcoming general election

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:35 AEDT

The autonomous region of Bougainville has begun preparations for its forthcoming general election.

Pacific youth discuss future responses to combating corruption

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:37 AEDT

More than 40 young Pacific representatives have gathered in Fiji for the Pacific Youth Forum Against Corruption.

Tuvali improves record on discrimination against women: UN

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:37 AEDT

Tuvalu's record on discrimination against women was up for scrutiny in Geneva on the weekend at a UN review.

Cook Islands authorities silent on incident involving fisheries official

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:38 AEDT

A top fisheries official from Cook Island faces an uncertain future following an incident at a meeting in New Zealand.

Overwhelming response to call for Pacific Games volunteers

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:39 AEDT

The call has gone out for volunteers to help deliver this year's Pacific Games in Port Moresby, and already there has been a flood of applications.

Palau's plan to ban commercial fishing gaining traction

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:40 AEDT

A growing list of countries and international conservation groups are lining up with funds to support Palau's bid to ban commercial fishing in its waters and establish a National Marine Sanctuary.

Local administration challenges Marshall Island's government in court

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:41 AEDT

The Marshall Islands government's fisheries operations are under threat by a high court challenge from local government.

Rugby Union: Reds, Crusaders and Waratahs bounce back in Super 15

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:41 AEDT

There was something of a turnaround in round two of the new Super Rugby season over the weekend to the extent there are only three sides left with a 100 percent record.

Mixed signals in PNG minister's call for local ownership of SMEs

Updated 20 February 2015, 18:24 AEDT

There's confusion over whether the Papua New Guinea government is planning to force the foreign owners of small and medium-sized businesses to sell them to locals.

Australia's indigenous affairs minister set on outright kava ban

Updated 20 February 2015, 18:23 AEDT

Claims that organised gangs of Pacific islanders are smuggling kava into Aboriginal communities in Australia's Northern Territory could see the traditional Pacific island drink banned.

International Women's Development Agency hails Voices Against Violence

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:57 AEDT

The groundbreaking book and documentary film 'Voices Against Violence' is the first time Solomon Island survivors of domestic abuse have shared their stories in public.

Australian think tank disagrees with PNG 50 Shades of Grey ban

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:56 AEDT

A conservative think-tank in Australia has criticised the banning of the controversial movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" in Papua New Guinea.

Medical flights a lifeline for rural Australia

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:59 AEDT

Getting access to the most basic of services in the Queensland bush can be a struggle, just like this week's story of missionary medical flights in Papua New Guinea's highlands.

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