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.


Pacific to benefit from new agreements on satellite broadband

Updated 10 September 2014, 10:54 AEST

Broadband connectivity poses a big challenge to small island developing states, with only 24 per cent of homes and businesses in SIDS having broadband access.

Court challenge to Hawaii's new same-sex marriage laws

Updated 10 September 2014, 10:55 AEST

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Hawaii since December last year, but it seems the battle for marriage equality is not over yet.

Implications of Scottish independence vote for Pacific flags

Updated 10 September 2014, 10:58 AEST

The vote for Scottish independence is just over a week away and both the separatist and unionist camps are neck and neck.

Samoa has high hopes for Four Nations Rugby League championship

Updated 10 September 2014, 10:59 AEST

Details of a 24-strong train-on squad have been announced by coach, Matt Parish, as the countdown continues to Samoa's debut appearence in what is now the Four Nations Rugby League championship next month.

New Zealand's under-20 soccer World Cup tournament call for volunteers

Updated 10 September 2014, 11:06 AEST

The call has gone out for fifteen hundred volunteers, whose contribution the organisers say will be essential to making the under-20 World Cup in New Zealand next year a success.

Fmr Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen fronts human rights inquiry

Updated 9 September 2014, 17:20 AEST

The Australian Human Rights Commission investigation into children in detention held its final hearing today.

Poll shows FPP support slipping in Fiji election

Updated 9 September 2014, 17:19 AEST

The last poll before Fiji's election shows support for the Fiji First Party of interim prime minister Admiral Frank Bainimarama below 50 per cent.

Concern over deaths and rising measles cases in PNG's Madang

Updated 9 September 2014, 17:18 AEST

Health authorities in Papua New Guinea's Madang Province are urging people to seek medical assistance immediately, if they think they might have measles.

All Blacks to finally play Samoa in Samoa

Updated 9 September 2014, 17:17 AEST

The New Zealand All Blacks will play their first official rugby test in the Pacific Islands next year, against Samoa.

PNG PM announces sell off of state-owned enterprises

Updated 9 September 2014, 17:16 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister says the country's non-performing State-owned enterprises will be sold off, starting with Air Nuigini.

Pacific cuisine can boost tourism and agriculture

Updated 9 September 2014, 17:16 AEST

A program to popularise local food in Samoa could have positive spin off benefits for tourism, health and agriculture.

NZ student journalist on the challenges of covering Fiji's election

Updated 9 September 2014, 17:14 AEST

A student journalist from New Zealand says covering the Fiji election is quite a challenge.

Singapore scouts impressed by PNG soccer players

Updated 9 September 2014, 17:12 AEST

The PNG soccer team have made an impact while on tour in Singapore.

French Polynesia's Opposition leader says former president still pulls the strings

Updated 9 September 2014, 11:10 AEST

French Polynesia's former president Gaston Flosse has lashed out at French President Francois Hollande for not pardoning his corruption conviction.

Tributes for former RAMSI head Graeme Wilson after his death in South Africa

Updated 9 September 2014, 10:33 AEST

The tributes that have followed the death of Australian diplomat Graeme Wilson - former Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands - are a testament to the regard in which he was held in the Pacific and around the world.

Family planning push to address the issue of maternal deaths in PNG

Updated 9 September 2014, 10:34 AEST

To PNG, where almost half of adults cannot gain access to family planning services.

Australia, Japan and China eye Solomon Islands as nickel court case nears verdict

Updated 9 September 2014, 10:35 AEST

High nickel prices and interest from China are raising the stakes in Solomon Islands as a verdict nears in a court battle between a small Australian mining company and the Japanese giant, Sumitomo.

New UN Human Rights Commissioner critical of Australia's asylum seeker policies

Updated 9 September 2014, 11:08 AEST

The incoming United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has crticised Australia's asylum seeker policy.

Universal sanitation in Pacific island nations may be difficult to achieve

Updated 9 September 2014, 11:05 AEST

When it comes to supplying safe drinking water and providing basic sanitation to their people, the Pacific islands are going backwards.

Million dollar prize on offer for Manu Samoa if they win the World Cup

Updated 9 September 2014, 11:09 AEST

The players who represent Manu Samoa in the Rugby World Cup next year will have a $1million incentive to do better than any Samoan team has ever done before.

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