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.


Fewer cyclones in western Pacific forecast

Updated 23 October 2014, 17:40 AEDT

We're coming up to cyclone season, so everyone is interested in what we can expect.

Warning to Fiji parents about keeping kids safe near water

Updated 23 October 2014, 17:41 AEDT

Parents in Fiji are being warned they must supervise their children to prevent drowning.

Pioneering surgeon remembered in PNG

Updated 23 October 2014, 17:41 AEDT

Papua New Guinea is today remembering the pioneering neurosurgeon Dr William Kaptigau, who has died after a long battle with cancer.

PNG think tank slams government handling of sovereign wealth fund

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:23 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's National Research Institute has raised serious concerns about the level of secrecy they says surrounds the creation of the country's Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Pacific nations focus on early detection to combat TB

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:24 AEDT

The 7th Tuberculosis Control Meeting of the Pacific Islands has wrapped up in Nadi, laying out a framework for tackling TB in the Pacific.

Deep sea deposits prompt rethink of Vanuatu's minerals policy

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:25 AEDT

A national consultation has begun in Vanuatu on a draft Deep Sea Minerals Policy.

PNG's new look Gerehu Market reopens for business

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:26 AEDT

Port Moresby's Gerehu Market is reopening after more than three years of reconstruction.

Fijians celebrate Diwali

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:27 AEDT

Hindus all over the world are celebrating Diwali.

Coach Ben Ryan says Fiji 7s squad worth more in sponsorship

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:28 AEDT

After two dominant performances at the Oceania Sevens, and then round one of the World Sevens Series, the Fiji squad has gone back into camp to prepare for the next two rounds in Dubai and South Africa.

PNG looking to impress on home soil in OFC Women's Nations Cup

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:29 AEDT

The OFC Women's Nations Cup kicks off in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, with the host nation lining up against Tonga, Cook Islands and New Zealand.

New agreement to Pacific take control of albacore tuna fishery

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:35 AEDT

Pacific Island nations are to take more control over the troubled albacore tuna fishery after an historic agreement was reached today on new joint harvest control measures.

Pacific protesters demand ANZ stop funding fossil fuels

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:35 AEDT

Pacific Islanders have led a protest that's disrupted operations at the headquarters of one of Australia's biggest banks.

Fiji oppositiion welcomes release of post-coup auditor general reports

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:36 AEDT

The new head of the Fiji Parliament's Public Accounts Committee says he needs more time to scrutinise the Auditor Generals reports dating back to 2007.

NZ to host Pacific human rights conference

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:37 AEDT

New Zealand will host a conference on human rights in the Pacific in December.

Scientists model Hawaiian 'monster wave'

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:37 AEDT

Scientists in Hawaii have discovered evidence of a massive nine metre tsunami striking the islands some 500 years ago.

Next big Disney animation to be set in ancient South Pacific

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:38 AEDT

Disney animation has announced its big-budget children's movie for 2016 will be a sweeping comedy-adventure called 'Moana' set in the South Pacific.

Red Cross praises Bougainville Govt's missing persons policy

Updated 22 October 2014, 10:35 AEDT

Bougainville's President John Momis has been applauded by the Red Cross for his government's policy on those still missing after the Bougainville Crisis.

Cash transfers critical in HIV prevention: UN

Updated 22 October 2014, 10:34 AEDT

A UN report claims that cash transfers can play a significant role in preventing HIV.

The making of PNG's traditional surf boards

Updated 22 October 2014, 10:32 AEDT

A couple of years ago ABC Newcastle's Ben Millington went on quite an adventure - travelling to an island called Kairuru, near the town of Wewak in Papua New Guinea.

Donation drive seeks fiberglass boards for PNG surfers

Updated 22 October 2014, 10:32 AEDT

Young Papua New Guineans, aiming to take up surfing, are lacking the most important element - the surf board.

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