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.


New book on NZ politics dirties PM Key

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:49 AEST

The New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, is reportedly unhappy about a new book on his government.

Sustainable agriculture a key issue at Horticulture Congress

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:50 AEST

The International Horticulture Congress continues throughout the week in Brisbane with some three thousand delegates in attendance, including a sizeable contingent from the Pacific.

Climate change adds to labour migration

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:50 AEST

It's already common for Pacific Islanders to leave their homes to work overseas, but that practice is expected to increase as the effects of climate change make the need for regular remittances more urgent.

PNG police seek more suspects in Manus murder

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:51 AEST

Police in Papua New Guinea say they want to arrest more suspects - including two expatriates - over the murder of an Iranian asylum seeker.

Tearful farewell for Sean Dorney

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:56 AEST

Former ABC correspondent, Sean Dorney says the most harrowing story he covered in more that 40 years reporting on the Pacific was the Aitape tsunami in northern Papua New Guinea.

Shooting video actually aftermath Somali pirate attack - Southwick

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:38 AEST

Police in Fiji have asked Interpol for help in verifying a video which appears to show the murder of fishermen at sea.

Fiji Methodist Church marks reconciliation between factions

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:38 AEST

Fiji's influential Methodist Church has staged a public show of internal reconciliation to mark it's 50th anniversary of independence.

Fiji election observers focus too narrow

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:37 AEST

International election observers in Fiji should not just concentrate on the technicalities of the voting system on election day.

Conservationsts says more protection needed for Great Barrier Reef

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:37 AEST

Conservationists in Australia are calling for an overhaul of the body that is meant to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Asylum seeker children to be released from detention in Australia

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:36 AEST

The Australian government's plans to release children from immigration detention into the community are sparking concerns among support agencies.

Tonga to use rugby to sell everything from tourism to agric exports

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:35 AEST

Businesses in Tonga have decided to hitch a ride on the coat tails of their famous sports-people.

Sean Dorney retires after 40 years reporting on the Pacific

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:36 AEST

This week Radio Australia, and it's parent organisation the ABC are saying good bye to Sean Dorney.

AFL International Cup semi finals sees PNG take on NZ

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:39 AEST

It's semi-finals day at the AFL International Cup in Melbourne, with defending champions Ireland taking on South Africa in one semi, while the runner-up from last time, Papua New Guinea will take on New Zealand.

Fijians help Melbourne rugby club reach local grand finals

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:39 AEST

Recently we brought you the story of the Box Hill Broncos, a Melbourne rugby union club that's turned its fortunes around with the help of several Fijian imports from the island of Ovalau.

Horticulture Congress hears berries help fight disease

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:40 AEST

Some three thousand delegates, including many from the Pacific, are in Brisbane this week for what they're calling the World Olympics of Horticulture, the International Horticulture Congress.

Micronesia Challenge wins Oceanscape Leadership award

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:41 AEST

The conservation effort known as the Micronesia Challenge has been hailed as globally significant because of its regional scale and ambitious goal to establish protected areas.

Training to meet renewable energy targets for the Pacific

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:41 AEST

Pacific leaders reaffirmed their commitment last year to a sustainable future through the adoption of national renewable energy and energy efficiency targets as outlined in the Majuro Declaration on Climate Leadership.

Wetlands conservation discussions underway in Fiji

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:42 AEST

The preservation of wetlands is seen as vital to the environmental well being of the Pacific islands, and delegates are meeting in Fiji to take stock of the action plans that are already underway.

Hopes chikungunya outbreak waning in American Samoa

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:42 AEST

There are signs that the chikungunya outbreak which has hit both Samoa and American Samoa in recent weeks may have peaked, in the US territory at least.

Marshall Islands standing strong against nuclear proliferation

Updated 19 August 2014, 9:03 AEST

The Marshall Islands is moving ahead with lawsuits against four nations it alleges are in breach of disarmament provisions of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

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