Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.


New Zealand hot favourites to win Rugby Sevens gold in Glasgow

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:26 AEST

There's a feast of rugby sevens in store at the Commonwealth Games this weekend with 16 nations competing for the title won by New Zealand in Delhi four years ago.

Waratah Brumbies clash a mouth-watering prospect - ARU

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:26 AEST

They're down to the last four in this year's Super Rugby season with the two qualifying finals being played this weekend.

Jostling for a NRL top eight spot continues

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:27 AEST

In the National Rugby League some clubs' finals hopes rest on this weekend, as round 20 sees several sides competing for top eight places do battle with each other.

PNG Hunters urged to be "more polished" against Burleigh Bears

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:27 AEST

The PNG Hunters are hoping for victory tomorrow when they take on the Burleigh Bears in the second in a run of four back-to-back home games in the Queensland Cup.

AIDS 2014 - Pulitzer Centre helps journalists cover HIV/AIDS stories

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:56 AEST

The Pulitzer Center shines a spotlight on places and issues often ignored by the mainstream media by providing grants to support independent international journalism.

AIDS 2014 - TV's Love Patrol

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:56 AEST

Around the Pacific the theatre group Won Smolbag, and their TV production Love Patrol, are a well known part of the region's cultural life.

AIDS 2014 - The role of Business in fighting HIV/AIDS

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:57 AEST

Stephen Grant is from the Asia Pacific Business Coalition on AIDS, which is involved in the response by the private business sector to HIV/AIDS in our region.

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AIDS 2014 - Promoting female condoms

Updated 31 July 2014, 13:09 AEST

It won't come as a surprise to anyone that at a conference like AIDS 2014 the issue of sexual health is being addressed in a variety of ways.

AIDS 2014 - US Foundation funds HIV support through business

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:58 AEST

Peter Reis is the Senior Vice President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the United States.

Benjamin Christopher and Maura Elaripe at AIDS 2014

AIDS 2014 - Living with HIV in the Pacific

Updated 24 July 2014, 18:17 AEST

Now to get a personal perspective on what it's like to live with HIV/AIDS in the Pacific we're joined by Benjamin Christopher and Maura Elaripe.

AIDS 2014 - Anti-gay laws undermine HIV fight

Updated 24 July 2014, 18:00 AEST

This week's International Aids conference in Melbourne has heard laws which criminalise same-sex continue to underminine efforts to prevent and treat HIV.

AIDS 2014 - Is the situation in PNG improving?

Updated 24 July 2014, 18:19 AEST

Pacific Beat is broadcasting live from AIDS 2014, the 20th International AIDS Conference, and we started our conversation today by looking at the situation in PNG.

No date for removal of Flosse from office after appeal loss

Updated 24 July 2014, 8:48 AEST

French Polynesia's president Gaston Flosse may be forced from office now that France's highest court has upheld his conviction over a scam involving phantom jobs.

Greater regional effort needed to cut child labour - ILO

Updated 24 July 2014, 8:48 AEST

The International Labour Organisation is calling for a greater regional effort to eliminate child labour and child trafficking in the Pacific.

Deterioration in condition of asylum children on Christmas Island - HR

Updated 24 July 2014, 8:50 AEST

Virtually all of the 174 children in immigration detention on Christmas Island are sick .

Fiji EU trade deal abandons Pacific unity - Dorney

Updated 24 July 2014, 11:16 AEST

The trade deal agreed between Fiji and the European Union is being questioned again.

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Isolated Vanuatu community builds its own hydro power plant

Updated 24 July 2014, 9:52 AEST

The lights are on not on yet, but they do have electricity on the remote island of Maewo in Vanuatu, where the local community has more than played its part in the construction of a custom-built hydro electric power plant.

Campaign to halve Australia's suicide rate

Updated 24 July 2014, 8:50 AEST

Australia's mental health service providers want to halve the national rate of suicide in a decade.

Urgent need to update Pacific navigation charts - SPC

Updated 24 July 2014, 9:21 AEST

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says most Pacific navigation charts are no longer fit for purpose.

Sport to seize back Glasgow spotlight from Opening Ceremony

Updated 24 July 2014, 9:22 AEST

The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony is well under way in Glasgow.

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