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.


West Papua activist Ondawame remembered

Updated 11 September 2014, 17:16 AEST

Large crowds have turned out in Vanuatu's capital to remember the West Papuan pro-independence activist John Otto Ondawame, who died in Port Vila last week.

Tongan organic coconut oil scores big sale in New Zealand

11 September 2014, 16:01 AEST

A project to export coconut oil from Tonga has scored a major success.

Moving ceremony in Rabaul to commemorate 100-year anniversary

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:32 AEST

To Papua New Guinea now where a dawn service in Rabaul to mark the 100th anniversary the Australian capture of German New Guinea and the first casualties of World War One has just been held.

Tape reveals the dark side of Australia's first World War 1 battle

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:34 AEST

It's exactly 100 years since Australia invaded German New Guinea and fought the battle of Bitapaka, the start of Australia's involvement in the Great War.

Marshall Islands people to tell the world of climate change fears

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:36 AEST

As the climate change debate rumbles on across the Pacific, the government of Marshall Islands is tapping into the local community to find out what climate change means to them.

Poor state of petroleum industry in Tuvalu a threat to the environment

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:36 AEST

Over the last two decades the amount of imported petroleum flowing into Tuvalu has risen dramatically, with most of it being used to generate electricity.

Australian scientists hope to exploit a newly-discovered weakness in malaria parasite

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:38 AEST

A new breakthrough in the understanding of the life cycle of malaria could hold hope for new and better treatment of the disease.

Fiji's youngest candidate champions media freedom

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:39 AEST

Fiji's historic election is less than a week away, and as we count down to polling day on September 17th, here on Pacific Beat we'll be meeting some of the candidates.

Fijiana heads for Hong Kong to play for a spot in the World Sevens series

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:40 AEST

The team from Fiji will be flying the flag for the Pacific at the qualifying tournament for the IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Hong Kong this weekend.

PNG army troops to provide extra security for Pacific Games

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:40 AEST

A contingent of 300 troops from the PNG Defence Force will be deployed as part of the security operation for the Pacific Games in Port Moresby next year.

Death threats against Fiji journalists condemned

Updated 10 September 2014, 16:41 AEST

The Fijian Media Association has condemned death threats made against local journalists on social media.

Growing support for legalising medical marijuana in Guam

Updated 10 September 2014, 16:40 AEST

There's growing support to legalise marijuana in Guam, but only for medical purposes.

Allegations of political dirty tricks over Auckland Pacific church

Updated 10 September 2014, 16:37 AEST

Both of New Zealand's main political parties are throwing claims of dirty politics at each other, over allegations that members of a Pacific Islands church were misled into joining the ruling National Party.

More fraudulent Vanuatu citizenships could be revoked

Updated 10 September 2014, 16:37 AEST

The head of Vanuatu's Citizenship Commission expects more citizenship certificates will be revoked - claiming they were obtained by fraudulent means.

Tackling alarming rates of NCDs

Updated 10 September 2014, 16:35 AEST

Representatives from six Pacific Island countries have been meeting in Guam today.

Australian Navy continues search for missing WWI sub in PNG waters

Updated 10 September 2014, 16:34 AEST

A memorial service has been held off the coast of Papua New Guinea for the crew of Australia's first submarine, the AE1, which disappeared a century ago.

Printing your own solar panels

Updated 10 September 2014, 16:32 AEST

Australian scientists are one step closer to making available fast and cheap solar cells by printing them onto plastic.

International election monitors head for Fiji in poll leadup

Updated 10 September 2014, 10:49 AEST

When Fiji goes to the polls next week for the first time in eight years, former Australian Defence and Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith will be heading Australia's observer group.

Rabaul commemorations remember Battle of Bita Paka in 1914

Updated 10 September 2014, 10:51 AEST

To Papua New Guinea now where official ceremonies in Rabaul to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Bita Paka are underway.

Research shows female candidates at disadvantage in Solomon Islands

Updated 10 September 2014, 10:52 AEST

Solomon Islanders will go to the polls later this year, but researchers say it's unlikely any women candidates will be successful.

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