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.


International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia marked in Fiji

Updated 19 May 2015, 9:10 AEST

Yesterday was the 2015 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, or IDAHOT.

UNDP chief says economic growth must be regional priority

Updated 19 May 2015, 9:11 AEST

The Director of the United Nations Development Program for the Asia Pacific has paid a brief visit to the region.

Vanuatu's traditional knowledge reduced cyclone damage

Updated 19 May 2015, 9:11 AEST

Just two months ago Vanuatu was struck by one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded in the history of the Pacific.

Fiji crowned champions in Rugby Sevens World Series

Updated 18 May 2015, 11:07 AEST

It's been a long wait, but after nine years Fiji are the World Rugby Sevens series champions again, topping the standings by ten points over their nearest rivals South Africa, with New Zealand in third.

International observer praises work of Bougainville election officials

Updated 18 May 2015, 11:08 AEST

In Bougainville, the elections have entered their second week.

Health concerns in Bougainville as locals use mercury for gold mining

Updated 18 May 2015, 11:10 AEST

On Bougainville, there are concerns about the use of mercury by small-scale gold miners.

West Papuan independence leader stopped from entering US

Updated 18 May 2015, 11:10 AEST

The West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda says he's been prevented from flying to the United States after his visa was revoked.

Marshall Islands in talks with UNDP ahead of Sustainable Development Goals signing

Updated 18 May 2015, 11:11 AEST

The Marshall Islands in partnership with the United Nations Development Program has sponsored a two-day high-level consultation last week on national development issues as a lead up to the anticipated signing of the new global "Sustainable Development Goals" later this year.

Cook Islands the fattest nation in the world, says WHO

Updated 18 May 2015, 11:12 AEST

The Cook Islands is now officially the fattest nation in the world with the World Health Organization classifying more than half the population of around 14,000 as obese.

Fiji take the world title, but it's the USA who win the final round of rugby 7s series

Updated 18 May 2015, 11:16 AEST

At the final leg of the World Rugby Sevens series in London, most of the attention has been on the new world champions Fiji, but there were plenty of other taking points at Twickenham, not least the USA winning the tournament.

PNG Hunters march on with emphatic win over the Devils

Updated 18 May 2015, 11:16 AEST

The PNG Hunters have recorded another big win, but on the road this time, defeating Norths Devils 34-16 in Brisbane.

Melbourne Storm top of the standings after 10 rounds of the NRL season

Updated 18 May 2015, 11:17 AEST

After round 10 of the NRL, four teams are locked on 14 points at the top of the ladder.

PNG PM O'Neill calls for West Papua provincial governors to represent interests in MSG

Updated 15 May 2015, 17:42 AEST

Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill says he wants the elected leaders, the governors of West Papuan provinces, to be represented at the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

US State Department calls for lifting of Nauru Facebook ban

Updated 15 May 2015, 18:06 AEST

The United States government has weighed-in on Nauru's block on Facebook at its daily press conference in Washington.

Extended: Former Naurua president Sprent Dabwido on new laws silencing critics

Updated 15 May 2015, 17:43 AEST

Nauru's opposition fears new restrictions on freedom of speech will make it impossible to properly campaign for next year's national election.

Australia's FM Julie Bishop defends budget cuts to aid

Updated 15 May 2015, 17:33 AEST

The Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop has defended her government's cuts to foreign aid, saying Australia's contribution is still well ranked compared to other developed nations.

European economic partnership agreement with Pacific stalled

Updated 15 May 2015, 17:35 AEST

Doubts have been raised over whether the Pacific will ever secure an economic partnership agreement with Europe.

He said, she said, as PNG and Australia wrangle over Bougainville mission

Updated 15 May 2015, 15:12 AEST

There's an escalating diplomatic dispute over Australia's plans to open a diplomatic mission in Bougainville.

Opposition leader wants Australian trade mission in Bougainville, not a diplomatic outpost

Updated 15 May 2015, 10:57 AEST

PNG's new Opposition leader Don Polye has joined the government in condemning Australia's diplomatic strategy.

Much head scratching in Bougainville over Australia's diplomatic strategy

Updated 15 May 2015, 10:54 AEST

In Bougainville, the plans by Australia to open up a diplomatic post there have prompted a confused response, with high commission staff and election observers wondering just what the diplomatic presence might entail.

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