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

Mounting excitement among PNG Hunters fans ahead of QLD Cup

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:25 AEDT

There's rising anticipation among the many thousands of rugby league fans in Papua New Guinea ahead of a second season in the Queensland Cup for their team, the Hunters.

Tongan PM Akilisi Pohiva criticised for attorney-general overreach

Updated 19 February 2015, 17:54 AEDT

Tonga's new prime minister, Akilisi Pohiva, is being criticised for going too far in criticising the acting attorney-general.

Australia evacuates whole island as Cyclone Lam strikes north

Updated 19 February 2015, 17:53 AEDT

In Australia's Northern Territory, hundreds of people have been evacuated from Goulburn Island to Darwin as severe tropical cyclone Lam approaches.

50 Shades of Grey banned in Papua New Guinea

Updated 19 February 2015, 17:51 AEDT

The PNG Censorship Office has banned the controversial adult film 50 Shades of Grey, refusing to give it a classification citing its sexual content.

Return of death penalty to nations' books not a proven deterrent

Updated 19 February 2015, 17:53 AEDT

Papua New Guinea is preparing to carry out the executions of 13 inmates before the year is out, at the same time neighbouring Indonesia is caught up in a war of words with Australia over its expected executions of the coordinators of the Bali 9 trafficking group.

NZ releases Tongan aid after grounding of Chinese plane

Updated 19 February 2015, 17:52 AEDT

Tonga has apparently bowed to New Zealand's wishes over the dispute about the safety of a Chinese supplied aircraft.

'Fish bank' the hope of closing entire high seas to commercial fishing

Updated 19 February 2015, 17:51 AEDT

Closing the high seas to commercial fishing would create a fish bank for the world and protect fish numbers according to a new report.

Race issues still a problem in Fiji says Citizens' Consitutional Forum

Updated 19 February 2015, 17:52 AEDT

The Citizens' Consitutional Forum in Fiji says racial discrimination is still a major issue in the country.

Pacific rugby players throw weight behind Free West Papua campaign

Updated 19 February 2015, 10:59 AEDT

Pacific Island rugby players are publicly voicing their support for the Free West Papua campaign.

Millions of tonnes of plastic dumped into oceans annually: CSIRO

Updated 19 February 2015, 11:01 AEDT

A worldwide study coordinated by the University of Georgia in the US has found evidence to suggest up to 12.

Queensland fruit fly sparks huge concerns in New Zealand

Updated 19 February 2015, 11:00 AEDT

Authorities in New Zealand are investigating the discovery of a male fruit fly from Queensland in a surveillance trap in AucklandThe NZ Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says it has responded swiftly by setting up additional traps to see if other flies are present in and around the suburb of Grey Lynn, and established an exclusion zone restricting the movement of fruit and vegetables from the area.

Awareness campaign among Pacific farmers aims to save precious soil

Updated 19 February 2015, 11:02 AEDT

2015 is the UN International Year of Soils, and World Soil Day will be celebrated on December 5th.

Restoring harmony a priority for Samoa Rugby Union interim chief

Updated 19 February 2015, 11:03 AEDT

The Samoa Rugby Union appears to be on track with its governance reform programme after talks with officials from World Rugby in Apia.

Justice department chief explains PNG death penalty stance

Updated 18 February 2015, 18:23 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea Government says the people have had enough of serious crime, and perpetrators must now die for their crimes.

Former head of UN executions watchdog says Australian position weak

Updated 18 February 2015, 18:11 AEDT

While there has been very little Australian reaction to Papua New Guinea's moves to carry out executions, there is a huge, high level effort at the moment focused on saving two Australians from the firing squad in Indonesia.

Australian government to work with ANZ on grassroots Pacific finance

Updated 18 February 2015, 18:11 AEDT

The Australian government is going into partnership with the ANZ bank in the Pacific.

Seasonal worker places hampered in Australia by backpackers, illegal labour

Updated 18 February 2015, 18:09 AEDT

A new report from the World Bank has found that backpackers and illegal labour are hampering the Government's seasonal worker program for Pacific island countries.

Tonga and Fiji rise in world press freedom rankings

Updated 18 February 2015, 18:08 AEDT

Reporters Without Borders' annual world press freedom rankings has seen Fiji rise 14 places to 93rd in the world, while Tonga has risen 19 places to rank 44th.

Mother of pearl price boom welcome new revenue for Australian pearlers

Updated 18 February 2015, 17:44 AEDT

Pearl farmers in Australia are cashing in on all time high prices for mother of pearl, signalling a possible new revenue stream for Pacific pearlers.

Vanuatu long way off from deep sea mining: Regenvanu

Updated 18 February 2015, 13:39 AEDT

The Vanuatu government has been handed the first major consultation report on the prospects for deep sea mining, following a national conference designed to guage public sentiment.

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