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.


Correspondents register initial rumblings of relief bottlenecks across Vanuatu

Updated 20 March 2015, 6:32 AEDT

The death toll following the destruction wraught upon Vanuatu by Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam continues to stand at 11, with government-led assessments continuing.

Concern growing at lack of speed in distributing cyclone aid

Updated 20 March 2015, 6:34 AEDT

The Vanuatu government is getting the distribution of relief supplies organised, but not everyone is happy at the speed with which this is happening.

Scenes of destruction on Tanna, but Futuna spared in Vanuatu's south

Updated 20 March 2015, 9:12 AEDT

The island of Tanna in Tafea province, south of the capital Port Vila, took a direct hit from Cyclone Pam, and assessments now show near total destruction of vegetation and buildings.

French frigate to reach Tanna to compliment already heavy relief effort

Updated 20 March 2015, 6:34 AEDT

The French frigate Vendemiaire is due to arrive in Tanna island Thursday, one of the hardest hit by Cyclone Pam.

ANZ opens 'pop-up bank' in Vanuatu to access cash

Updated 20 March 2015, 6:35 AEDT

In the wake of a natural disaster, things essential for survival such as water, food and shelter get priority, but then other needs have to be addressed, such as money.

Brij Lal disappointed at indefinite Fiji entry ban

Updated 20 March 2015, 6:36 AEDT

Fiji-born academic Dr Brij Lal has been banned from returning there indefinitely.

Norfolk Island loses parliament, replaced with regional council under NSW

Updated 20 March 2015, 6:36 AEDT

Norfolk Island will be stripped of its parliament under legislation to be introduced into the Federal Parliament next week.

Pacific chef helps refresh American Samoan school meals

Updated 20 March 2015, 9:09 AEDT

An award winning New Zealand chef is in American Samoa at the moment, helping with the territory's school lunches program.

Emergency aid reaching outer islands of Vanuatu after Pam

Updated 19 March 2015, 11:10 AEDT

Emergency aid is beginning to reach some of the worst-hit islands in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam tore through the country five days ago.

Northern areas of Vanuatu still difficult to reach as cleanup continue

Updated 19 March 2015, 10:48 AEDT

The Country Director for Oxfam, Colin Collet van Rooyen, says he's astounded by the resilience of the Vanuatu people as the country continues to recover from the impact of the Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Promising rate of recovery in Port Vila after Cyclone Pam

Updated 19 March 2015, 10:59 AEDT

The cleanup operation continues in the Vanuatu, with many arterial roads being cleared and bridges being repaired to help access to outer communities.

Doubts raised over BBC's 'drinking salt water' report

Updated 19 March 2015, 10:59 AEDT

Locals in Vanuatu have rejected a report from the BBC that some people have resorted to drinking harmful saltwater as they wait for relief supplies.

Rise in natural disasters but decline in deaths, report finds

Updated 19 March 2015, 11:25 AEDT

Despite a rise in the number of natural disasters over the last four and half decades, there has actually been a decline in the number of fatalities.

Sealed caves in Palau could hold clues to whereabouts of missing Japan

Updated 19 March 2015, 11:00 AEDT

Caves in Palau that were sealed during World War Two will soon be reopened for the first time since 1944.

Fiji & Argentina to battle it out for World Rugby Pacific Challenge title

Updated 19 March 2015, 11:01 AEDT

At the World Rugby Pacific Challenge in Suva, the visting Argentinians have made it three wins out of three, with victory over Canada A by 36 points to 10.

Correspondents' view from Erromango, Moso islands in Vanuatu

Updated 18 March 2015, 18:04 AEDT

The official death toll in Vanuatu from Cyclone Pam has been revised down from 24 to 11 by the United Nations.

Australia's HMAS Tobruk to depart for Vanuatu with disaster engineering

Updated 18 March 2015, 18:21 AEDT

The Australian Navy ship HMAS Tobruk arrived in the Queensland city of Townsville yesterday and is being readied for deployment to the Pacific in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Silence from cyclone-hit Anuta in Solomon Islands, but no fears as yet

Updated 18 March 2015, 18:06 AEDT

Cyclone Pam hit Solomon Islands first last week, tearing through Temotu province including the remote islands of Anuta, Tikopia and the Reef Islands.

ADB to help build climate-proof infrastucture in Vanuatu

Updated 18 March 2015, 18:07 AEDT

The Asian Development Bank is giving Vanuatu an initial financial package worth $US5 million to assist with cyclone recovery.

Fiji government criticised for not fully accepting torture convention

Updated 18 March 2015, 18:08 AEDT

A Fiji NGO has welcomed the decision by the government to ratify the UN Convention Against Torture, but is not happy with some of the government's discarded principles.

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