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.


Tanna goats on trial on Vanuatu's main island

Updated 22 July 2014, 8:35 AEST

Breeding goats for meat may be a way of boosting the income of farmers in Vanuatu.

Training to make Niue weather forcasts more user-friendly

Updated 22 July 2014, 8:59 AEST

Staff at the Niue Meteorological Service are taking part in a training program to make their forecasts and warnings more user friendly.

Fiji swimmer William Clark hoping to better PB in Glasgow

Updated 22 July 2014, 8:40 AEST

A Fijian swimmer is making the most of the lifting of the ban on Fiji participating in the Commonwealth Games, arriving in Glasgow ahead of the next Games and plunging into a training regime.

Meares excited by being chosen as Glasgow Games flag bearer

Updated 22 July 2014, 8:40 AEST

Cyclist Anna Meares has been chosen as the flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Pacific leaders to talk to Abbott about ABC cuts

Updated 22 July 2014, 17:19 AEST

The impact of recently announced cuts to Radio Australia and other international services of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, looks set to be raised with Prime Minister Tony Abbott at next week's Pacific leaders meeting in Palau.

Fiji Labour says voter register must be public

Updated 21 July 2014, 17:29 AEST

The Fiji Labour party says the interim government of Frank Bainimarama has turned the country's voter register into a secret document.


AIDS 2014 conference underway in Melbourne

Updated 22 July 2014, 9:44 AEST

With the AIDS 2014 conference officially underway in Melbourne delegates and officials have been hearing about both the science and social impacts of the disease.

Women compete to be Miss Samoa Australia

Updated 21 July 2014, 17:30 AEST

Over the weekend in the Australian state of Queensland much attention was focused on a by-election in the capital Brisbane after the resignation of a state MP.

Aussie Rules football goes international

Updated 21 July 2014, 17:30 AEST

When you talk about sport in the Pacific the discussion usually revolves around rugby union, rugby league or soccer, not Australian Rules football.

Norfolk Islanders ponder future administration

Updated 21 July 2014, 17:31 AEST

Norfolk Islanders should know how they will be administered within the next few months.

Flosse looks to "Waikiki" developement to boost economy

Updated 21 July 2014, 17:34 AEST

French Polynesia's president Gaston Flosse thinks he's found a solution to the country's failing economy.

Amnesty International says Fiji must investigate torture

Updated 21 July 2014, 17:36 AEST

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International is calling on Fiji to honour its human rights responsibilities and properly investigate a case of alleged torture of prisoners.

Concerns over how PNG will pay for free health policy

Updated 21 July 2014, 17:36 AEST

A major study of health centres in Papua New Guinea has raised concerns about the future effectiveness of the PNG government's free health care policy.

Australia pays tribute to MH 17 victims

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:19 AEST

First to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 .

Bishop says Security Council push is for victims families

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:19 AEST

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop has arrived in Washington for talks ahead of a push at the UN to get a binding resolution for an independent international investigation into the crash.

OSCE reports progress in recovering MH 17 bodies in Ukraine

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:20 AEST

It's been a painfully slow wait for the identification of the remains of those who died on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

Extra votes sees return of Cook Islands Party government

Updated 21 July 2014, 11:08 AEST

The Cook Islands Party government has been returned, after gaining a 13 seat majority in last week's elections.

Mentoring program continuing for potential Pacific women MPs

Updated 21 July 2014, 11:10 AEST

A group of women from across the Pacific has been meeting in Tonga, looking at ways to boost female political representation in their countries.

Michael Kirby speaking at the Opening Session of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), run by the International AIDS Society at the Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia. Photo: International AIDS Society/Steve Forrest

AIDS 2014 opens with call for an end of bans on homosexuality

Updated 21 July 2014, 10:36 AEST

12-thousand delegates from 200 countries gathered for the Opening Ceremony of the International AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne last night.

AIDS conference

Carnival atmosphere surrounds AIDS 2014 in Melbourne

Updated 21 July 2014, 13:31 AEST

The AIDS 2014 Conference has been officially opened in Melbourne.

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