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.


Fiji Electoral Commission displays independence

Updated 25 August 2014, 16:48 AEST

Fiji academic Dr Waden Narsey says the country's Electoral Commission has shown independence by disagreeing with the Supervisor of Elections.

Tuvalu to hold by-election after MP resignation

Updated 25 August 2014, 16:49 AEST

Tuvalu's former prime minister Willy Telavi has resigned from politics.

Sceptism about Fiji police alleged brutality investigation

Updated 25 August 2014, 16:50 AEST

Fiji's NGO Coalition on Human Rights is sceptical the country's Police Commissioner will be able to properly investigate an alleged case of police brutality.

Safe driving in spotlight in Cook Islands

Updated 25 August 2014, 10:59 AEST

Safe driving practices have been in the spotlight in Cook Islands, after a toddler fell out of a moving vehicle last week.

Pacific Games preparations on track

Updated 25 August 2014, 10:55 AEST

The countdown to the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea next year has begun in earnest, with the launch of the official song, followed by the call for volunteers next month.

PNG Hunters sweat on possible Qld Cup finals spot

Updated 25 August 2014, 10:56 AEST

The PNG Hunters' Queensland Cup finals hopes are still alive after they scored nine tries to crush Souths Logan Magpies by 44 points to 14 in Brisbane.

PNG Mosquitoes win AFL International Cup

Updated 25 August 2014, 10:58 AEST

The AFL International Cup is back in Papua New Guinea's hands after they gained their revenge over Ireland for defeat three years ago, with a three point win in this year's Grand Final.

Australia to launch aerial surveillance pilot of Pacific EEZs

Updated 25 August 2014, 11:00 AEST

The Australian government has said it will not only replace 22 patrol boats given to Pacific countries, it will also launch a pilot aerial surveillance project to help combat illegal fishing.

Rubbish powered golf carts for SIDS Conference

Updated 25 August 2014, 10:57 AEST

Like many small Pacific nations, much of Samoa's power is generated from imported petroleum products.

Angry protesters greet Frank Bainimarama in Sydney

Updated 25 August 2014, 11:01 AEST

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama was greeted by angry protests over the weekend during his first trip to Australia since staging a coup in 2006.

Fiji police open criminal investigation into death in custody

Updated 22 August 2014, 17:19 AEST

Police in Fiji have opened a criminal investigation after the death of a suspect in custody.

Amnesty International concerned at Fiji death in custody

Updated 22 August 2014, 17:28 AEST

Amnesty International says it is concerned about Vilikesa Soko's death while in Fiji police custody in Nadi.

Fiji domestic election observers unable to monitor campaign yet

Updated 22 August 2014, 17:29 AEST

A group of domestic election observers in Fiji say they haven't received any response to a request to the government for them to be allowed to monitor next month's poll.

PNG's Mosquitos look to a solid performance at the MCG

Updated 22 August 2014, 17:29 AEST

It will be a big day for Aussie Rules followers in Papua New Guinea tomorrow when their national team takes on Ireland in the grand final of this year's AFL International Cup.

We Are Heroes: The Pacific Games launches 2015 anthem

Updated 22 August 2014, 8:38 AEST

The Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea are now less than a year away, and the excitement is starting to build with the launch of the Games' official song.

Last chance for Wallabies in Bledisloe clash

Updated 22 August 2014, 8:38 AEST

It's round two of the Bledisloe Cup tomorrow night, when Australia and New Zealand lock horns again, this time in Auckland, where the Wallabies haven't beaten the All-Blacks for 28 years.

Solomon Airlines says don't blame us for stand-off with Fiji Airways

Updated 22 August 2014, 8:38 AEST

A Solomon Airlines executive has dismissed a Fiji Airways claim that Solomon Islands is to blame for a stoush between the airlines that's led to the suspension of flights between the two countries.

Researchers investigate post-harvest loss of Pacific crops

Updated 22 August 2014, 8:38 AEST

The problem of post-harvest loss and post-harvest quality for fruit and vegetable growers in Pacific Island countries is hitting the economy hard.

Solomons PM in Australia to boost business ties

Updated 22 August 2014, 8:39 AEST

Solomon Islands' Prime Minister says he wants to tell Australian businesses that reforms undertaken by his government have it easier and cheaper to do business in his country.

Ideas exchanged at Horticulture Olympics

Updated 21 August 2014, 13:41 AEST

Delegates at the International Horticulture Congress underway in Brisbane are using the gathering as an opportunity to exchange information on better ways of operating in their home countries.

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