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.


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.

Pacific to benefit from new agreements on satellite broadband

Updated 10 September 2014, 10:54 AEST

Broadband connectivity poses a big challenge to small island developing states, with only 24 per cent of homes and businesses in SIDS having broadband access.

Court challenge to Hawaii's new same-sex marriage laws

Updated 10 September 2014, 10:55 AEST

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Hawaii since December last year, but it seems the battle for marriage equality is not over yet.

Implications of Scottish independence vote for Pacific flags

Updated 10 September 2014, 10:58 AEST

The vote for Scottish independence is just over a week away and both the separatist and unionist camps are neck and neck.

Samoa has high hopes for Four Nations Rugby League championship

Updated 10 September 2014, 10:59 AEST

Details of a 24-strong train-on squad have been announced by coach, Matt Parish, as the countdown continues to Samoa's debut appearence in what is now the Four Nations Rugby League championship next month.

New Zealand's under-20 soccer World Cup tournament call for volunteers

Updated 10 September 2014, 11:06 AEST

The call has gone out for fifteen hundred volunteers, whose contribution the organisers say will be essential to making the under-20 World Cup in New Zealand next year a success.

Fmr Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen fronts human rights inquiry

Updated 9 September 2014, 17:20 AEST

The Australian Human Rights Commission investigation into children in detention held its final hearing today.

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