Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.


ANZ's mobile banking snares international award

Updated 17 July 2014, 9:32 AEST

The ANZ Bank's Pacific mobile phone-banking app has won the 2014 Retail Banker International Award for best digital strategy.

Higher taxes key to cutting Pacific smoking rate

Updated 16 July 2014, 11:13 AEST

More details have been released about the World Health Organisation's ambitious drive to create a Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025.

Save the Children appeals to business to do more to cut infant deaths

Updated 16 July 2014, 11:13 AEST

The charity, Save the Children, has identified tax reform as the key to saving lives.

Urgent need for internet upgrade across the Pacific

Updated 17 July 2014, 11:28 AEST

A campaign has begun to ensure better and more affordable access to the internet in the Pacific.

SIDS summit theme song reflects hope of positive outcome

Updated 16 July 2014, 11:29 AEST

There is a lot of hope that the third United Nations Small Islands Developing States summit beginning in Samoa in just over six weeks will lead to a more propserous future for small island state people.

Vanuatu pushing for more locally made souvenirs

Updated 16 July 2014, 11:15 AEST

Vanuatu is attempting to solve a problem faced by manby countries throughout the world.

Murdoch lauds Australia's 'fortunate geography'

Updated 16 July 2014, 11:15 AEST

It was Paul Keating who once referred to Australia as the 'arse end of the world'.

NZ pressured to grant citizenship to Kim Dotcom - FOI emails

Updated 16 July 2014, 11:15 AEST

Kim Dotcom is back in the headlines in New Zealand.

Finland assisting SPREP help villages adapt to climate change

Updated 16 July 2014, 11:16 AEST

Village life in the Pacific may seem idyllic to some but it can be pretty tough for those living a basically subsistence existence.

Fiji's cricket team to tour India to be named after Korean matches

Updated 16 July 2014, 11:16 AEST

The touring Korean cricket team have won their latest match in Fiji, defeating a Fiji Board XI by five wickets in 20/20 contest in Suva.

Final planning for a national gridiron league in Tonga

Updated 16 July 2014, 11:16 AEST

After an attempt to establish an American Football competition stalled following the riots in Nuku'alofa in 2006, the sport is back on the agenda in Tonga.

Fiji sex worker report released

Updated 15 July 2014, 17:01 AEST

The "Integrated Behavioural and Biological Survey and Size Estimation of Sex Workers in Fiji: HIV Prevention Project" report was launched this morning.

Risk reduction a Pacific focus

Updated 15 July 2014, 17:02 AEST

Delegates from across the Pacific are in Nadi to learn how to more effectively manage disaster risk reduction.

Former MPs honoured for HIV work

Updated 15 July 2014, 17:00 AEST

Two former political rivals will be honoured for their joint work in combating the terrifying AIDS epidemic in Australia in the 1980s.

Organic foods found to be healthier

Updated 15 July 2014, 17:00 AEST

A UK study has found organic foods are up to 60 per cent higher in many antioxidants and have lower levels of a toxic metal than conventionally grown crops.

Bushfire victims win record massive payout

Updated 15 July 2014, 17:02 AEST

In the Australian state of Victoria, survivors of the 2009 Kilmore Kinglake bushfire have secured the biggest class action settlement in Australian legal history.

Vanuatu future exporters in training

Updated 15 July 2014, 17:03 AEST

A number of potential exporters in Vanuatu are spending the week, learning some of the tricks of the market.

Vanuatu meeting to seek a unified West Papuan voice

Updated 15 July 2014, 8:22 AEST

Preparations are underway for a major conference of West Papuan groups in Vanuatu next month.

PDP commits to review Fiji Constitution

Updated 15 July 2014, 8:29 AEST

As the race to the polls heats up in Fiji, the People's Democratic Party has become the first to launch its manifesto for the September election.

Tobacco and junk food to be targeted in Pacific health campaign

Updated 15 July 2014, 8:29 AEST

Up to three quarters of all deaths in the Pacific are caused by non-communicable diseases.

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