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.


Vanuatu advised to diversify economy and not rely on tourism to rebuild

Updated 16 April 2015, 10:51 AEST

Vanuatu's tourism authorities wasted no time in calling for international visitors to return to the country in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

In praise of seagrasses and their special place in the Pacific

Updated 16 April 2015, 10:51 AEST

An international project that's helping save the threatened dugongs of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu has produced some amazing facts about their seagrass habitats.

Team Wellington shows it's a contender for the OCL finals

Updated 16 April 2015, 10:52 AEST

In the OFC Champions League, debutantes Team Wellington have beaten Hakare United of PNG, 2-0.

Strain of Cyclone Pam takes toll on Vanuatu's Tafea in OCL

Updated 16 April 2015, 10:53 AEST

With one round to go in the group stage of the OFC Champions League in Fiji, host club Ba and defending champions Auckland City, along with Amicale and Team Wellington are set fair for the semi-finals.

Fijiana searching for consistency ahead of Women's World 7s round four

Updated 16 April 2015, 10:53 AEST

The Women's 7s team from Fiji will be hoping for a much improved performance in Canada this weekend in round four of the Women's World Series.

Guam out to make footballing history in World Cup qualifiers

Updated 16 April 2015, 10:54 AEST

The last time a team from Guam entered the FIFA World Cup, it didn't end well, as they lost 19-0 to Iran and 16-0 to Tajikistan back in 2001, but things have changed significantly since then.

Kiribati keen to join innovative business cluster project

Updated 15 April 2015, 17:09 AEST

Kiribati is the latest Pacific nation to become part of the innovative business cluster project led by PIPSO - the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation.

International observers recommend changes in future Fiji elections

Updated 15 April 2015, 17:10 AEST

The Fiji government is being asked to change the way it conducts elections in the future.

Solomon Islands' government adamant Gold Ridge mine operators behaviour

Updated 16 April 2015, 8:51 AEST

The stoush between the Solomon Islands government and the operator of the country's Gold Ridge mine is continuing.

Chinese shark divers may not want shark fin soup afterwards

Updated 15 April 2015, 17:09 AEST

It's hoped that increasing Chinese tourists going to Fiji to to dive with sharks may help lead to a reduction in the demand for shark fins in future.

New NZ-Samoan comedy movie has broad appeal

Updated 15 April 2015, 17:08 AEST

The producers of a new film shot in New Zealand and Samoa are using social media to distribute it.

Temporary halt to fishing best to solve skipjack crisis says industry

Updated 15 April 2015, 9:18 AEST

Fishing industry leaders say the price of skipjack tuna will continue to fall because there is simply too much fish on the market.

Election observers' report "justifies" Fiji media complaints about govt restictions

Updated 15 April 2015, 9:18 AEST

The international group that monitored Fiji's election last September have declared the poll 'credible' but they're calling for restrictions on media and civil society groups to be eased.

New Zealand keen to help Vanuatu rebuild its ports & shipping services

Updated 15 April 2015, 9:17 AEST

The New Zealand government has pledged to boost its support for a joint Asian Development Bank project in Vanuatu aimed at improving port facilities and expanding shipping services to remote islands.

Protecting dugongs - just what is the scale of the threat to the sea cow?

Updated 15 April 2015, 9:10 AEST

An international project to protect dugongs - and the vital seagrass environment they need to survive - is being rolled out in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

PNG surfers learn how to craft boards, Hawaiian style

Updated 15 April 2015, 9:20 AEST

Surfers in Papua New Guinea have been going back to basics, and learning the traditional Hawaiian techniques of timber surfboard building.

Home support could be the difference as Ba press for OCL glory

Updated 15 April 2015, 9:07 AEST

At the OFC Champions League in Fiji, host club Ba are on course for a second successive semi-final place after a 3-1 win over Samoa's Lupe Ole Soaga.

Auckland City and Amicale set for another Champions League show down

Updated 15 April 2015, 9:21 AEST

Defending champions Auckland City are well placed to make the semi-finals of this season's OFC Champions League after a comfortable 3-0 win over Solomon Islands' Western United.

Socceroos to enter unchartered World Cup waters on road to Russia 2018

Updated 15 April 2015, 10:45 AEST

The draw's been made for the next stage of World Cup qualification in Asia, with Australia, alongside two of the region's smallest competitors, Guam and Timor Leste, all learning their fate.

Business in Solomon Islands says budget 'visionary' but others not so sure

Updated 14 April 2015, 17:39 AEST

The Solomon Islands' business community has described the first budget of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's government as visionary -- but community organisations are not so sure.

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