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.


Solomon Islands' prepared for John Kerry visit

Updated 12 August 2014, 16:18 AEST

US Secretary of State, John Kerry will visit the Solomon Islands this week.

Rio Tinto subsidiary takes legal advice after being stripped of its Bougainville mining licences

Updated 13 August 2014, 12:47 AEST

The Rio Tinto subsidiary Bougainville Copper is unhappy with the Bougainville parliament's decision to strip the company of its exploration licences and the lease on its mine in the autonomous region.

Allegations fly in New Caledonia over nickel deal

Updated 12 August 2014, 16:23 AEST

The President of New Caledonia's Southern Province has accused the President of the country of negotiating a secret nickel deal.

US President authorised ebola drug tests

Updated 12 August 2014, 16:24 AEST

The US President, Barack Obama, has authorised samples of an experimental drug be sent to Liberia to treat doctors infected with Ebola as the death toll from the epidemic passes 1,000.

French film makers held in Papua

Updated 12 August 2014, 16:25 AEST

The fate of two French journalists detained by Indonesian police for almost a week in the restive region of Papua remains uncertain.

Tonga airport upgrades underway

Updated 12 August 2014, 16:28 AEST

The upgrading of Tonga's main airports will begin before the end of next year.

Fiji Solomon Islands' airlines dispute continues

Updated 13 August 2014, 12:13 AEST

There's no sign of an end to the dispute between the national airlines of Fiji and Solomon Islands, and it's starting to bite.

New Australian fresh food centre for Sydney

Updated 12 August 2014, 16:30 AEST

A new fresh food safety centre has been set up in Sydney, after outbreaks in other countries in recent years killed consumers and shut down whole sectors of the horticultural industry.

Bipartisan support for NZ's UN Security Council bid

Updated 12 August 2014, 8:32 AEST

New Zealand's former Foreign Minister Winston Peters has backed the current government's push for a spot on the United Nations Security Council.

No room yet for the French Territories at the Pacific Island Forum's top table

Updated 12 August 2014, 10:46 AEST

The delegation from New Caledonia at the recent gathering of the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau has expressed its disappointment at the way its bid for full membership of the regional group was apparently ignored.

Questions remain over American Samoa Congressman's whereabouts

Updated 12 August 2014, 8:35 AEST

The media in American Samoa have been prevented from questioning a visiting congressional delegation about the plans and whereabouts of the territory's Congressman, Eni Faleomavaega.

Manusina Samoa in battle for minor placings at Women's Rugby World Cup

Updated 12 August 2014, 8:35 AEST

At the Women's Rugby World Cup in France, the defending champions New Zealand are out of contention, edged out of the semi-finals by England and Canada when those two drew their final pool match.

Spreading the message on good health through cricket in Fiji

Updated 12 August 2014, 8:36 AEST

The Women's Island Cricket Programme in Fiji continues to grow, with the second project being launched at Wailevu in the Macuata district.

Nagoya Protocol on resource sharing to benefit Pacific

Updated 12 August 2014, 8:37 AEST

Have you ever wondered about the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization?It's called Access and Benefits Sharing, or ABS, for short.

Illness afflicting the Samoan islands linked to chikungunya

Updated 12 August 2014, 8:39 AEST

The mystery illness that's afflicting people in American Samoa and Samoa, named Acute Fever and Rash or AFR, now appears to be closely linked to chikungunya virus.

Frank Bainimarama gets largely warm reception in NZ

Updated 11 August 2014, 17:41 AEST

Fiji's interim Prime Minister Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama is on his way back home after a brief visit to New Zealand to raise funds for his election campaign.

Science reveals the crucial role cassowaries play in PNG

Updated 11 August 2014, 17:34 AEST

Papua New Guinea's biggest bird, the cassowary, is an important source of food in many parts of the country.

PNG radio announcer arrested over police bribe joke

Updated 11 August 2014, 17:35 AEST

Police in Papua New Guinea have arrested a radio announcer for allegedly spreading false information about a police traffic operation in Port Moresby.

Bougainville's historic new mining legislation under fire from critics

Updated 11 August 2014, 17:36 AEST

Despite President Momis' assurances critics are still worried.

New legislation strips rights from Rio Tinto's subsidiary Bougainville Copper

Updated 12 August 2014, 8:12 AEST

Bougainville President John Momis says his new Mining Act, passed on Friday, strips significant rights from the Rio Tinto subsidiary Bougainville Copper Limited, but he is still facing stiff criticism from grassroots organisations.

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