Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.


Cook Islands veteran MP says drug money helped in his defeat

Updated 18 July 2014, 11:41 AEST

Veteran Cook Islands MP, Norman George claims he was defeated becuase of massive bribery and corruption.

“Uncle Norman just jealous of my election victory” says Rose Toki-Brown

Updated 18 July 2014, 11:42 AEST

Cook Islands Party candidate Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown has been accused of bribery and corruption by her constituency opponent Norman George.

First gender violence clinic opens in Honiara

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:35 AEST

Solomon Islands has launched its first dedicated clinic for gender violence victims.

Senate delays plans to scrap Australia's mining tax

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

While the Government celebrates the repeal of the carbon tax - it is still battling to scrap the mining tax.

Natural resistance holds key to finding AIDS cure - Nobel laureate

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

One of the scientists who discovered that HIV was the cause of AIDS says the few people with natural resistance to the virus, hold the key for a future cure.

Stone trilithon at Heketa, Tongatapu

Tonga one the centre of a vast Pacific trading empire - archaeologists

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:32 AEST

After eight years of research, a team of archaeologists have reached the conclusion that Tonga was once at the centre of a vast trading empire stretching over some half a million square kilometres in the Pacific.

Moimoi portrait a finalist In Australia's Archibald Prize

Moimoi portrait a finalist In Australia's Archibald Prize

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:31 AEST

The winner of Australia's premier portrait prize, the Archibald, will be announced later today.

Singapore may ensure Pacific players start in expanded Super Rugby

18 July 2014, 8:48 AEST

There'll be no place for the Pacific Islands in the expanded Super Rugby competition, with the organisers SANZAR confirming that the new franchise will be based either in Japan or Singapore.

Round One of Super Rugby finals

18 July 2014, 8:46 AEST

This weekend marks the start of the Super Rugby finals series.

Race for finals berth heating up in NRL

18 July 2014, 8:45 AEST

In the National Rugby League there are eight rounds remaining and just four points separating the team in fourth place on the ladder from the side in 13th spot, the race for the finals is warming up.

PNG Hunters try to reverse ladder plunge

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:30 AEST

The PNG Hunters begin a run of four back to back home games in Kokopo this weekend when they take on bottom of the ladder Sunshine Coast Falcons at the Graveyard.

Disappointment as Pacific overlooked for expanded Super Rugby competition

Updated 17 July 2014, 17:49 AEST

Despite being the breeding ground for many of the world's most exciting rugby union players, there's no place for the Pacific Islands in the expanded Super Rugby competition.

PNG's high performance centre opens its doors to athletes

Updated 17 July 2014, 17:46 AEST

It has taken some time but Papua New Guinea's high performance centre for elite athletes is now open for business.

Concerns over condom use in PNG

Updated 17 July 2014, 17:46 AEST

The AIDS 2014 conference is happening in Melbourne next week and ahead of the conference CARE PNG is focusing on the ability for women to say no to unprotected sex.

More Pacific voyaging canoes join fleet planned for spectacular Sydney

Updated 17 July 2014, 17:47 AEST

Traditional voyaging canoes from five countries will now be part of a spectacular armada making a journey from Cook Islands to Australia to highlight the environmental needs of the world's oceans and the threat posed by climate change.

Pacific Climate Manager says end of carbon tax a "sad day"

Updated 17 July 2014, 17:50 AEST

Peter Emberson, Climate Change manager for the Pacific Council of Churches says Australia's decision today to repeal the carbon tax is a sad day for the Pacific.

Australia's government axes the carbon tax

Updated 17 July 2014, 17:51 AEST

The Australian government led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott has finally succeeded in abolishing the carbon tax put in place by the previous Labor government .

Ambassador Natasha Stott Despoja meets Sister Doreen in Honiara, Dec 2013

Australia hosting dialogue in Tonga to support Pacific women

Updated 17 July 2014, 17:52 AEST

Women's economic empowerment, ending violence against women and girls, and enhancing women's leadership opportunities will be canvassed at a dialogue headed by Australia in Tonga tomorrow.

Women call for a ferry crackdown after four die in Malekula sinking

Updated 17 July 2014, 8:46 AEST

The National Council of Women in Vanuatu has called on the government to crackdown on ferry operators following last weeks sinking of a ferry near Malekula Island with the loss of four lives including two women and a young baby.

iTaukei language could disappear within decades - academic

Updated 17 July 2014, 8:26 AEST

The iTaukei language is fast disappearing from Fiji, with fewer young people able to demonstrate literacy in their native tongue.

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