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.


Push to restore power and water to Vanuatu communities

Updated 18 March 2015, 11:11 AEDT

The cleanup continues in the wake of cyclone Pam.

Charter flights scramble to ferry aid workers to Tanna

Updated 18 March 2015, 11:10 AEDT

Since Tanna's airport opened on Monday there's been a steady stream of charter flights ferrying aid workers.

Island of Pentecost reeling from Cyclone Pam

Updated 18 March 2015, 11:12 AEDT

While much of the atttention has been on Port Vila and Tanna in the south of Vanuatu, the islands of Maewo, Pentecost, Ambrym and Epi were also in Pam's path.

Crowdsourcing platform helps with Cyclone Pam relief effort

Updated 18 March 2015, 11:12 AEDT

Volunteers from around the world are helping the relief effort with Vanuatu without even leaving their computers.

Malaria vaccine one step closer to reality

Updated 18 March 2015, 11:38 AEDT

Researchers say they've made a major advance in the push to create a vaccine for malaria.

Legacy programme aims to get more girls playing rugby in Fiji

Updated 18 March 2015, 11:14 AEDT

The six sides competing in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge in Suva have also taken on an off-field role in helping to develop Fiji's future female players.

Chance of a lifetime for Samoa team heading to 2015 World Games

Updated 18 March 2015, 11:17 AEDT

It's been described as a life changing announcement with Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, releasing the names of the 18 athletes and six coaches who will represent the country at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles in late July.

Residents of Vanuatu's capital make the best of post-cyclone resources

Updated 17 March 2015, 18:00 AEDT

The death toll from Cyclone Pam's srike on Vanuatu according to the United Nations so far is 24, although as information comes through from outer islands that figure could rise.

Australia announces surge in health services for Vanuatu

Updated 17 March 2015, 18:01 AEDT

Australia has announced a surge in its emergency response in Vanuatu with an increase in assessment, search, rescue and health personnel.

Rapid Australian Medical Assistance Team increases Vanuatu relief effort

Updated 17 March 2015, 18:00 AEDT

Bronte Martin is the rapid assessment team leader for the Australian Medical Assistance Team, known as AUSMAT, already in Port Vila and who inspected Port Vila's hospital yesterday.

Tuvalu delays general election in wake of Cyclone Pam

Updated 17 March 2015, 17:59 AEDT

While much of the world's attention has been focused on Vanuatu, the tiny nation of Tuvalu has also been dealing with the impact of Cyclone Pam.

Fiji sends disaster response team to assist Vanuatu

Updated 17 March 2015, 17:59 AEDT

Fiji has sent a team to Vanuatu to offer assistance in the wake of Cyclone Pam including military, foreign affairs and disaster management officials.

Warning on fake cyclone relief charity collectors

Updated 17 March 2015, 17:59 AEDT

Imposters posing as charity workers are preying on generous Australians by pretending to be collecting money for Cyclone Pam victims.

Many Vanuatu islands still isolated after Cyclone Pam

Updated 17 March 2015, 12:59 AEDT

With the official death toll now at 24 - across Shefa and Tafea provinces - aid agencies are coming to terms with the magnitude of the task before them.

Port Vila residents face food, water and fuel shortages

Updated 17 March 2015, 12:58 AEDT

Although the death toll has risen to 24 with new confirmed figures from the southern islands overnight, there are fears it will rise higher.

Tanna Island the focus of Cyclone Pam aid efforts

Updated 17 March 2015, 12:58 AEDT

A team of aid groups has made an initial assessment of Tanna Island, 200km south of the capital.

Port Vila residents lead the Cyclone Pam cleanup effort

Updated 17 March 2015, 12:57 AEDT

The confirmed death toll from the effect of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu has risen to 24 as authorities have been able to get access to outer islands, especially in the south.

Vanuatu's PM calls for international assistance

Updated 17 March 2015, 12:57 AEDT

Vanuatu's prime minister Joe Natuman says the scale of the damage is still not clear but already, it appears Cyclone Pam was the worst cyclone in living memory for Vanuatu.

Vanuatu radio communications yet to be restored

Updated 17 March 2015, 12:57 AEDT

Cyclone Pam has destroyed much of Vanuatu's vital radio infrastructure.

Solomon Islands' Anuta Islands badly hit by Cyclone Pam

Updated 17 March 2015, 14:38 AEDT

Late last week, as Cyclone Pam intensified, it initially hit the Solomon Islands' province of Temotu including the remote Reef Islands, Tikopia and Anuta.

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