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.


Maori MP in Labour leadership bid

Updated 15 October 2014, 10:37 AEST

Nanaia Mahuta has suprised New Zealand and announced her candidacy in the Labour leadership race.

Tourist numbers booming in Guam

Updated 15 October 2014, 10:38 AEST

An effort to market Guam as a tourist destination to China, Korea and Russia appears to be paying off.

Chinese tuna company admits breaching Pacific catch quotas

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:36 AEST

A company claiming to be one of the biggest fishing for premium tuna in the Pacific has admitted Chinese firms have been breaching their catch quotas for years and says it expects to escape penalty for its actions.

Policy to detain asylum seekers at sea challenged in Aust High Court

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:40 AEST

The full bench of Australia's High Court in Canberra has today begun hearing a landmark challenge to the Federal Government's power to detain asylum seekers at sea.

PNG-UN links not coloured by death penalty disagreement

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:36 AEST

The United Nations says differences of opinion over whether or not Papua New Guinea should implement the death penalty do not colour relations.

Former Solomons speaker slams conduct of previous parliament

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:37 AEST

The immediate former speaker in Solomon Islands, Sir Allan Kemakeza has described the last parliament as the worst he'd observed of the previous five Parliament was dissolved on September 8th, ahead of national elections on November 19.

Woman's death from multi-drug resistant TB raises concerns in Australia

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:38 AEST

Tests on a woman who died from tuberculosis in the Cairns Hospital in far north Queensland, have confirmed she died from a multi drug resistant strain of the disease.

Female police say PNG domestic abuse a serious challenge

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:39 AEST

Two female police officers working in domestic violence recently swapped countries.

Palau's President pushing for business leaders' support on marine sanctuary

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:34 AEST

The President of Palau has moved to reassure the country's business sector over the expected revenue hit when plans for a Marine Sanctuary come into force, and commercial fishing in Palau's waters comes to an end.

West Papuan activists lobby Washington for imprisoned French journalists

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:35 AEST

More than two months after two French journalists were arrested in West Papua, new efforts are underway to have them released.

Henry Puna demands opposition 'stop playing games'

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:36 AEST

Henry Puna's position as Cook Islands Prime Minister is set to be tested in the coming months.

PNG needs to rebalance budget: Expert

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:37 AEST

Papua New Guinea's government is due to hand down its budget for the coming year in parliament next month.

Women increasingly taking on policing role in pacific

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:38 AEST

A record number of female recruits to the police force in Vanuautu reflects a growing trend across the Pacific.

IRB urged to allow players to switch country

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:39 AEST

The Chief Executive of the Rugby Union Players' Association is urging the International Rugby Board to decide once and for all where it stands on players switching allegiance from one country to another.

Last call for sponsors to jump on board with the PNG Games

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:40 AEST

A final call has gone out for sponsors to get behind Papua New Guinea's national games in Lae next month.

Pacific 'climate warriors' plan to stop Australian coal exports

Updated 13 October 2014, 17:26 AEST

The climate-change protest being organised at the Newcastle coal port by a group of young people from 12 Pacific Island countries has been as much a cultural journey as a political one.

Fiji Times staff to study NZ reporting of parliament

Updated 13 October 2014, 17:26 AEST

The Fiji Times is sending two of its staff to New Zealand to observe how the media in a democracy handle the reporting of parliament.

Calls to tackle human trafficking in Marshall Islands

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:18 AEST

Marshall Islands Justice Minister Rien Morris made headlines before the close of parliament earlier this month with his call for establishing a committee to strengthen the country's efforts to tackle human trafficking.

Call for Fiji to give union movement more freedom

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:19 AEST

The International Labor Organisation has wrapped up a visit to Fiji the first time an I-L-O mission has been allowed in the country since one was expelled in 2012.

Fiji to be readmitted to Chiefs of Police Conference

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:52 AEST

Police chiefs from across the Pacific are flying into New Zealand for annual talks on crime and law enforcement issues.

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