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.


Palau prison authorities ordered to not use solitary confinement

Updated 14 January 2015, 9:39 AEDT

A senior judge in Palau has ordered prison authorities not to use solitary confinement on prisoners, with allegations being made that the conditions inside it are "cruel and inhumane".

Australian money pre-positioned to help with Fiji disasters

Updated 14 January 2015, 15:25 AEDT

Money from the Australian government is being pre-positioned in Fiji to be used in the event of natural disasters.

Tongan volcano disrupts air travel

Updated 13 January 2015, 17:09 AEDT

An active volcano in Tonga is creating problems for air travel.

PNG village homestay one of the hottest tourist spots of 2015

Updated 13 January 2015, 17:07 AEDT

A Papua New Guinea village homestay enterprises has been named one of the hottest tourist experiences of 2015.

Guam to trial electronic tracking for pre-trial detainees in a bid to cope with prison overcrowding

Updated 13 January 2015, 9:25 AEDT

Low-risk prison detainees awaiting their trial in Guam could be allowed to live within the community -- if they wear an electronic device that allows authorities to track their movements.

New agency set with the task to help resettle hundreds of refugees in Nauru

Updated 13 January 2015, 11:22 AEDT

Work to resettle refugees within the community in Nauru will continue this year under a new agency, which has taken over the Australian Government contract from the international advocacy group, Save the Children.

No cyclones so far, but it won't last says Fiji Met Service

Updated 12 January 2015, 16:40 AEDT

If you're thinking the Pacific has been pretty lucky with the lack of cyclones so far this season, you're right.

Former NZ foreign minister comments on Chaudhry passport issue

Updated 13 January 2015, 7:48 AEDT

A former New Zealand foreign minister says the Fiji governments' confiscation of the diplomatic passport of former Fiji prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry was nasty and uncalled for.

More Charlie Hebdo solidarity rallies in the French Pacific

Updated 12 January 2015, 16:41 AEDT

More than 3 and a half million people are estimated to have today marched through the French capital, Paris in a show of mass solidarity after the terrorist attacks last week which killed 17 people.

Marshall Islands' mayors accuse government of undermining good governance

Updated 12 January 2015, 11:24 AEDT

All 24 local mayors in the Marshall Islands have signed a petition, condemning a decision by cabinet that saw it redirect funds that are intended for the outer-islands.

Children admire Rone’s artwork in Melemaat village, Vanuatu

Australian street artist takes a break from Vanuatu holiday to paint community centre

Updated 13 January 2015, 6:27 AEDT

One of Australia's best known street artists has helped to give new life to a community centre in a village just outside Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila.

Former PNG health minister's call to not vaccinate children slammed as 'absurd'

Updated 12 January 2015, 11:25 AEDT

Medical professionals in PNG have hit back at comments by a former Health Minister, who suggested parents make it their 2015 New Years resolution not to vaccinate their children.

Pacific cricketers on the hunt for first win of Aus. country champions

Updated 12 January 2015, 11:23 AEDT

It's been a tough tournament so far for the East Asia Pacific team at this year's Australian Country Cricket Championships.

More French Pacific demonstrations in support of Charlie Hebdo

Updated 9 January 2015, 16:43 AEDT

Demonstrations in support of the French satirical newspaper attacked by Islamic extremists in Paris have continued in the French Pacific territories today.

Former Fiji PM says passport seizure is harrasment

Updated 9 January 2015, 16:41 AEDT

Former Fiji prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry has accused the government of deliberate harassment after his diplomatic passport was confiscated at Nadi airport and he and his wife were unable to travel to Sydney.

Desperate call for blood donations in Solomon Islands

Updated 9 January 2015, 9:46 AEDT

The Solomon Islands' major health service, the National Referral Hospital, is calling on the public for urgent blood donations, as supplies hit critically low levels.

American Samoan influenza outbreak taking a major toll on health sector

Updated 9 January 2015, 9:38 AEDT

Hospitals in American Samoa are being inundated with a growing number of patients with influenza and health workers are warning the outbreak is taking a toll on health professionals.

This is the first discovery of snailfish in the Mariana Trench and is very likely a new species.

More new species predicted in further expeditions of the Mariana Trench

Updated 9 January 2015, 9:43 AEDT

The Mariana Trench may be the world's deepest point -- but marine scientists say they've found two new species of fish - living and surviving at record depths.

Fiji police make big drugs seizure

Updated 8 January 2015, 17:20 AEDT

Almost three thousand marijuana plants have been seized in Fiji after three days of police raids in Cakaudrove province on the northern island of Vanua Levu.

Large demonstration in Tahiti to support Charlie Hebdo

Updated 8 January 2015, 17:18 AEDT

The world is in shock following the murder of 12 staff at France's leading satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo.

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