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.


Fiji-PNG diplomatic rivalry affecting wider region

Updated 7 November 2014, 17:52 AEDT

Diplomatic rivalry between Fiji and Papua New Guinea is affecting the wider Pacific region.

Fiji's corruption body investigating the Ministry of Health

Updated 7 November 2014, 10:42 AEDT

Fiji's Independent Commission against Corruption has confirmed that it is carrying out investigations into the Ministry of Health.

ADB Vice Pres on his mtg with Fiji's PM, new aid and China

Updated 7 November 2014, 11:03 AEDT

The Asian Development Bank is considering an assistance package of US$350 million over the next five years for Fiji.

Bougainville's Operation Render Safe a success

Updated 7 November 2014, 10:44 AEDT

A multi-national defence team has wrapped up its work in Bougainville.

Multi-million dollar Kiribati water and sanitation project

Updated 7 November 2014, 10:45 AEDT

The government of Kiribati has joined forces with the European Union and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in a multi-million dollar deal that is designed to increase access to safe water and sanitation for 35 villages in the Gilbert group.

Internet issues still a problem in Palau

Updated 7 November 2014, 10:46 AEDT

Internet access across the Pacific can often be problematic and, even when the internet is available, speeds can be frustratingly slow.

Pacific Games 2015 organisers deny budget blowout

Updated 7 November 2014, 11:04 AEDT

The organisers of the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea are denying reports of a budget blowout, saying preparations are reasonably on track.

Flying Fijians in confident mood ahead of France clash

Updated 7 November 2014, 10:49 AEDT

There is a bumper weekend of rugby action for fans to look forward to with all three of the Pacific's top teams in action over in Europe as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Tonga rugby players brave european cold to take on Georgia

Updated 7 November 2014, 10:50 AEDT

In chilly Eastern Europe, despite the less than Pacific temperature, the sun has been out for most of the week.

Manu Samoa prepare to take on Italy in Rome

Updated 7 November 2014, 10:51 AEDT

In Rome, Manu Samoa are preparing for this weekend's encounter with Italy.

Four Nations showdown with all teams in finals contention

Updated 7 November 2014, 10:51 AEDT

There could be a weekend of drama ahead in rugby league's Four Nations tournament, with all four sides still in contention for a spot in the final.

Manus MP says refugees safe as permanent resettlement denied

Updated 6 November 2014, 17:32 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato has announced detainees who are found to be genuine refugees will be temporarily resettled in a facility being built in the island's capital Lorengau.

Solomon Islands police confident of Melanesian Brother murder arrest

Updated 6 November 2014, 17:33 AEDT

Solomon Islands Police are confident they'll make an arrest over the death of a trainee monk and injuring of another in a street assault.

Solomon Islands candidates sign anti-corruption integrity pledge

Updated 6 November 2014, 17:34 AEDT

Only 68 out of more than 400 political candidates in the upcoming Solomon Islands election have signed an integrity pledge.

Attempts to save Samoa's old German courthouse

Updated 6 November 2014, 17:34 AEDT

Attempts are being made to save the old German Courthouse in Samoa from demolition.

Tokelau first to sign pact to protect southern albacore tuna

Updated 6 November 2014, 11:17 AEDT

Pacific nations are being urged to urgently sign an historic new pact to protect southern albacore tuna stocks.

Mua Voyage nears its destination of Sydney Harbour

Updated 6 November 2014, 11:18 AEDT

Pacific Beat has been following the journey of the Mua Voyage - a fleet of canoes sailing from the Pacific to Sydney Harbour to raise awareness about climate change.

World Parks Congress to provide unique opportunities for the Pacific

Updated 6 November 2014, 11:20 AEDT

The Mua Voyage is headed towards Sydney with the goal of arriving in time for the World Parks Congress.

Funds for Ebola response for PNG and Timor-Leste

Updated 6 November 2014, 11:21 AEDT

The Australian Government is to commit up to 20 million dollars to support a 100-bed treatment centre for Ebola victims in west Africa.

Hawaiian students raise funds to save their school

Updated 6 November 2014, 11:21 AEDT

In Hawaii, the lava from Big Island's Kilauea volcano has stalled just outside the town of Pahoa, but residents are preparing for the worst.

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