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.


Sir John Guise stadium proves its potential ahead of Pacific Games

Updated 15 June 2015, 12:13 AEST

A capacity crowd filled the new Sir John Guise stadium in Port Moresby as a test run for the Pacific Games watching the PNG Hunters play under lights for the first time.

NRL short on games, but no shortage of surprise results

Updated 15 June 2015, 12:12 AEST

Ahead of State of Origin II on Wednesday, there were just the three NRL matches played over the weekend, and each of them arguably produced a surprise result.

Fiji's new flag designs divide opinion in first week of consultations

Updated 12 June 2015, 17:09 AEST

Fiji's new flag will be chosen from one of 23 designs released this week, but there's opposition to them on the grounds of taste and the process used.

Kiribati president Anote Tong garners Sunhak Peace Prize for climate work

Updated 12 June 2015, 17:11 AEST

The president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, is set to share in a $US1 million award after being chosen as one of the two inaugural winners of the Sunhak Peace Prize.

Flogging in indigenous Fiji villages to be outlawed

Updated 12 June 2015, 17:12 AEST

Womens rights activists in Fiji have welcomed a commitment from the government to ban public floggings in indigenous Fijian villages.

Sato Kilman voted Vanuatu's prime minister for the third time

Updated 12 June 2015, 11:34 AEST

Vanuatu has a new prime minister, for the fifth time in four years.

Three MPs cross the floor to topple Vanuatu's prime minister

Updated 12 June 2015, 11:53 AEST

Vanuatu prime minister has been toppled after three MPs crossed the floor to pass a no-confidence motion on Thursday afternoon.

Last-minute compromise reached at climate talks

Updated 12 June 2015, 11:55 AEST

Climate change negotiators meeting in Bonn have come up with a last-minute compromise that may put the talks on track for a new global agreement on greenhouse gases.

PNG police use guns to disperse ID card protest

Updated 12 June 2015, 11:55 AEST

Police fired guns in the air to scatter protesters at the official launch of the Papua New Guinea National Identification Programme (NID) in Mt.Hagen on Wednesday.

Lukautim Pikinini child protection laws welcomed in PNG

Updated 12 June 2015, 11:56 AEST

The government of Papua New Guinea has passed new child protection laws that will hold parents accountable for neglecting their children.

China steps in to ensure Fiji volleyball squad makes it to Pacific Games

Updated 12 June 2015, 11:57 AEST

In the leadup to next month's Pacific Games, there has been somewhat of a crisis for team Fiji - with news the volleyball team was going to be dropped from the sides sent to Port Moresby.

PNG Hunters set to star under lights at Pacific Games stadium in Port Moresby

Updated 12 June 2015, 11:59 AEST

Tickets are being snapped up for the PNG Hunters' first ever appearence in Port Moresby on Saturday night, for what will also be the country's first ever rugby league match under lights.

Blow for Maroons as Cooper Cronk misses out on Origin 2 at the MCG

Updated 12 June 2015, 12:00 AEST

With just four games in the NRL this weekend many eyes are already turning to the goings-on in the New South Wales and Queensland camps ahead of the second State of Origin clash on Wednesday.

Joe Natuman toppled as Vanuatu prime minister by his former foreign minister

Updated 11 June 2015, 17:50 AEST

Vanuatu's prime minister Joe Natuman has been toppled in a no-confidence motion and replaced by the foreign minister he sacked from his cabinet last week, Sato Kilman.

Cooks PM Henry Puna faces no-confidence vote over independence talk

Updated 11 June 2015, 18:21 AEST

The recent controversy over Cook islands possibly seeking independence from New Zealand has led to a vote of no confidence in prime minister Henry Puna.

Australian aid focus on Pacific neighbours, just as EU assists Africa: Bishop

Updated 11 June 2015, 17:49 AEST

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop has reiterated the government's focus on the Pacific in defending cuts to Australia's aid budget at a presentation in Sydney.

New Zealand MP persuading Fiji parliamentarians to adopt arms treaty

Updated 11 June 2015, 17:51 AEST

A New Zealand opposition MP is in Fiji at the moment, hoping to persuade parliamentarians there to join and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty.

Triathlon getting more popular in Samoa as half-ironman approaches

Updated 11 June 2015, 17:51 AEST

The Samoa half-ironman competition later this year is attracting more interest from Samoans interested in competing.

Port Moresby businesses angry at razor wire plan

Updated 11 June 2015, 9:01 AEST

Businesses in Port Moresby say they are considering legal action against the National Capital District Commission over a new policy to remove the city's razor wire.

Pacific delegates negotiate on climate deal

Updated 11 June 2015, 9:02 AEST

Pacific delegates have been at the negotiating table in Germany, for what's described as a prelude to the main climate change summit in Paris later this year.

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