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.


Fiji in three horse race for Rugby 7s world title after Vegas win

Updated 17 February 2015, 11:31 AEDT

There are now just seven points separating the top three nations in the battle for the rugby sevens world title after Fiji took out round five in Las Vegas in emphatic style.

Tonga's 2019 Master Plan gets nod from Pacific Games Council

Updated 17 February 2015, 11:38 AEDT

The executive board of the Pacific Games council has endorsed the Master Plan for the 2019 Games after a week long visit to host nation Tonga.

Tongan Cardinal Mafi appointment welcomed by Pacific Catholics

Updated 17 February 2015, 14:27 AEDT

The Catholic Church has, for the very first time, appointed a Tongan cardinal.

Kolombangara forestry case significant for Solomon Islands

Updated 17 February 2015, 6:28 AEDT

A logging company majority-owned by Solomon Islands' forestry minister is facing a legal challenge from landowners keen to protect the cloud forest on Kolombangara Island.

Government queries accomodation choice of Manus Island police unit

Updated 17 February 2015, 6:29 AEDT

The Australian government is refusing to pay an exorbitant hotel bill for a Papua New Guinea police unit attached to the Manus Island detention centre.

ADB economist adds to criticism of World Bank 'doing business' ranking

Updated 17 February 2015, 6:29 AEDT

There's been fresh criticism of the World Bank's 'Ease of Doing Business' indicators that rate many Pacific countries poorly.

Catholic Church seeks international support to oppose death penalty in PNG

Updated 16 February 2015, 12:37 AEDT

The Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea has spoken out against the resumption of the death penalty, with government plans to execute 13 death row inmates by the end of the year.

Transparency Solomon Islands investigates community development fund misuse

Updated 16 February 2015, 10:47 AEDT

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) is embarking on a nationwide audit of Constituency Development Funds (CDF) as it seeks to answer the question it hears most often: where does all the money go?

Samoa Rugby Union's interim chief prepares for major challenges

Updated 16 February 2015, 10:52 AEDT

The speculation continues over why two of the most senior figures in Samoan rugby chose to resign within 24 hours of one another.

Super Rugby title holders go down at home in opening weekend of shock results

Updated 16 February 2015, 10:52 AEDT

The first weekend of the new Super Rugby season produced a string of shock results with the away team winning every game bar one.

Pacific disability adovcates push for convention ratification

Updated 16 February 2015, 10:51 AEDT

There are six nations in the Pacific yet to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Fiji flash mob protests against domestic violence

Updated 16 February 2015, 10:54 AEDT

Women around the world staged flash mobs and demonstrations over the weekend to protest against rates of violence against women.

Marshall Islands migrants sending more money back home

Updated 16 February 2015, 10:53 AEDT

The tens of thousands of Marshall Islanders who have taken up residence in the United States are starting to have an impact back home, with remittances in Marshall Islands on the rise.

Theatre group brings laughter to Tonga's cyclone-hit islands

Updated 16 February 2015, 10:54 AEDT

Tonga's cyclone-battered Ha'apai Islands have just experienced what a theatre company is hoping will be some emotional relief.

Cook Islands politician Norman George seeks millions in damages

Updated 16 February 2015, 10:56 AEDT

Former Cook Islands politician, Norman George, has filed a multi-million dollar damages lawsuit against the government over the country's longest running criminal trial.

World Radio Day: How the future of Pacific radio resides with women, youth

Updated 13 February 2015, 18:30 AEDT

Radio stations around the Pacific are celebrating having their voices heard on World Radio Day.

Cook Islands by-election postponed after candidate Kete Ioane dies

Updated 13 February 2015, 18:32 AEDT

A vital by-election in Cook Islands will have to be postponed because one of the candidates has died.

Loss of Cook Islands candidate Kete Ioane yet to set in with community

Updated 13 February 2015, 18:32 AEDT

The passing of Democratic Party candidate Kete Ioane will certainly lead to another two months of intense jostling, considering the governing of the entire nation is again at stake.

Amnesty welcomes Fiji repeal of death penalty, concern about PNG

Updated 13 February 2015, 18:33 AEDT

Amnesty International has welcomed Fiji's repeal of the death penalty, but a number of other Pacific countries still have the death penalty on their books.

China's development bank AIIB offers to complement, not compete

Updated 13 February 2015, 18:33 AEDT

One of the more controversial developments in the aid sector in recent times has been China's move to set up a multilateral development bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or AIIB.

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