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.


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.

Fiji's education minister defends boarding school changes

Updated 14 April 2015, 17:36 AEST

Fiji's Education Minister is defending plans to make changes in the way several government boarding schools admit students from urban areas.

Fiji Times newspaper says PM's attack was uncalled for

Updated 14 April 2015, 17:51 AEST

The head of the Fiji Times newspaper says comments about it by the country's prime minister were unfortunate and uncalled for.

Guam same-sex couple files lawsuit for right to get married

Updated 14 April 2015, 17:40 AEST

A gay couple in Guam are pushing ahead with their fight to be allowed to get married.

Australian South Sea Islanders see little improvement in housing, health, education

Updated 14 April 2015, 17:37 AEST

It's 20 years since Australian Government recognised South Sea Islanders as a distinct cultural group.

PNG corruption hotline nets hundreds of possible cases of graft

Updated 14 April 2015, 8:44 AEST

An anonymous text message line has uncovered 250 cases of potential corruption in the Papua New Guinea's Department of Finance.

Red Cross in for the long haul in Vanuatu

Updated 14 April 2015, 8:45 AEST

Category five Cyclone Pam was one of the strongest storms ever to hit the Pacific and it devastated thousands of communities across five countries.

Transparency Vanuatu cautious in its approval of cyclone relief effort

Updated 14 April 2015, 8:57 AEST

Transparency Vanuatu has given a qualified thumbs up the National Disaster Management Office for its handling of the relief effort in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam.

Fiji economic growth forecast bucks weak global trend with upward revision

Updated 14 April 2015, 8:58 AEST

Fiji's economic growth is better than expected with the Reserve Bank revising up its growth forecast for 2015 to 4.

Oil price drop puts PNG's oil shares under pressure

Updated 14 April 2015, 8:59 AEST

The PNG government could be forced to sell its shares in Oil Search to ease pressure on the country's economy in the face of plummeting prices on the world oil markets.

Growing belief key to further success for OCL minnows from Samoa

Updated 14 April 2015, 8:59 AEST

Eight of the dozen teams competing in the OFC Champions League in Fiji will play the second of their pool matches later today, with two games in Suva and two in Ba.

Western United face must-win OCL game in Suva

Updated 14 April 2015, 9:00 AEST

In the other games in Suva on Matchday 3 in the OFC Champions League, the local favourites take on last season's runners-up Amicale from Vanuatu, while defending champions Auckland City meet Western United from Solomon Islands.

Teenage brothers from Victoria to play basketball for PNG at Pacific Games

Updated 14 April 2015, 8:57 AEST

Two teenage basketballers from the town of Yarrawonga in Victoria have been called up to play for Papua New Guinea at the Pacific Games in July.

Concerns international financial assistance is slowing in Vanuatu's cyclone recovery

Updated 13 April 2015, 17:29 AEST

There's concern that international financial assistance to help Vanuatu recover from Cyclone Pam is starting to slow.

Cyclone recovery on Tanna gaining momentum after initial delays

Updated 13 April 2015, 17:28 AEST

Locals on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu's south, which was devastated by Cyclone Pam, spent the weekend bracing for yet another strong storm.

PNG police on manhunt for murder suspect

Updated 13 April 2015, 17:27 AEST

Police in PNG's highlands say a dispute over payments given to rival tribes to put an end to fighting sparked violence which left four people dead and a mother and her child seriously injured.

Sexual harrasment in Fiji Police alleged

Updated 13 April 2015, 17:26 AEST

Fiji women's rights advocate Shamima Ali says she will continue to pursue the case of alleged sexual harassed, in which a female police officer alleges she was targetted by a more senior male colleague.

Australian cattle genetics being taken to PNG to improve local beef production

Updated 13 April 2015, 17:25 AEST

Papua New Guinea's cattle industry is getting a helping hand, with Australian cattle genetics being taken to PNG to improve beef production.

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