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.


Children admire Rone’s artwork in Melemaat village, Vanuatu

Australian street artist takes a break from Vanuatu holiday to paint community centre

Updated 13 January 2015, 6:27 AEDT

One of Australia's best known street artists has helped to give new life to a community centre in a village just outside Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila.

Former PNG health minister's call to not vaccinate children slammed as 'absurd'

Updated 12 January 2015, 11:25 AEDT

Medical professionals in PNG have hit back at comments by a former Health Minister, who suggested parents make it their 2015 New Years resolution not to vaccinate their children.

Pacific cricketers on the hunt for first win of Aus. country champions

Updated 12 January 2015, 11:23 AEDT

It's been a tough tournament so far for the East Asia Pacific team at this year's Australian Country Cricket Championships.

More French Pacific demonstrations in support of Charlie Hebdo

Updated 9 January 2015, 16:43 AEDT

Demonstrations in support of the French satirical newspaper attacked by Islamic extremists in Paris have continued in the French Pacific territories today.

Former Fiji PM says passport seizure is harrasment

Updated 9 January 2015, 16:41 AEDT

Former Fiji prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry has accused the government of deliberate harassment after his diplomatic passport was confiscated at Nadi airport and he and his wife were unable to travel to Sydney.

Desperate call for blood donations in Solomon Islands

Updated 9 January 2015, 9:46 AEDT

The Solomon Islands' major health service, the National Referral Hospital, is calling on the public for urgent blood donations, as supplies hit critically low levels.

American Samoan influenza outbreak taking a major toll on health sector

Updated 9 January 2015, 9:38 AEDT

Hospitals in American Samoa are being inundated with a growing number of patients with influenza and health workers are warning the outbreak is taking a toll on health professionals.

This is the first discovery of snailfish in the Mariana Trench and is very likely a new species.

More new species predicted in further expeditions of the Mariana Trench

Updated 9 January 2015, 9:43 AEDT

The Mariana Trench may be the world's deepest point -- but marine scientists say they've found two new species of fish - living and surviving at record depths.

Fiji police make big drugs seizure

Updated 8 January 2015, 17:20 AEDT

Almost three thousand marijuana plants have been seized in Fiji after three days of police raids in Cakaudrove province on the northern island of Vanua Levu.

Large demonstration in Tahiti to support Charlie Hebdo

Updated 8 January 2015, 17:18 AEDT

The world is in shock following the murder of 12 staff at France's leading satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo.

Fiji journalists condemn Paris murders

Updated 8 January 2015, 17:18 AEDT

The Fijian Media Association has condemned the murder of the journalists and cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

PNG anti sorcery violence campaign wants more government support

Updated 8 January 2015, 17:21 AEDT

A grouping of non government organisations and activists in Papua New Guinea working to combat violence against people accused of witchcraft and sorcery wants more support from the government.

New campaign to improve Pacific's population statistics

Updated 8 January 2015, 12:00 AEDT

Pacific nations are aiming to dramatically improve their gathering of population statistics over the next decade.

Climate change yet again key environmental issue for Pacific in 2015

Updated 8 January 2015, 9:44 AEDT

Environmental issues are never far away in the Pacific and hot on the heels of climate talks in Peru, the region is looking ahead to a key climate summit in Paris this December.

PNG government giving away free land

Updated 7 January 2015, 17:06 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea government is giving land away for free.

Anti-corruption body Transparency Solomon Islands welcomes moves to set up ICAC

Updated 7 January 2015, 10:07 AEDT

Solomon Islands looks to set to have an Independent Commission Against Corruption - a body many people in the country say is well overdue.

PNG Sports Minister confident Pacific Games will go ahead without a hitch

Updated 7 January 2015, 10:07 AEDT

The countdown is on to this year's Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea, which begin in just 178 days, and the country's Sports Minister is hosing down speculation that some of the venues may not be ready on time.

Political stability tops Pacific predictions for 2015

Updated 7 January 2015, 10:08 AEDT

Another year is upon us and with that, a chance to look ahead at what's to come for the Pacific.

Easier, quicker and cheaper way to form a company in Tonga unveiled

Updated 6 January 2015, 16:45 AEDT

A new online business registry in Tonga should make it easier, quicker and cheaper for people to form companies.

PNG-born Queensland woman wins place at NIDA

Updated 6 January 2015, 16:45 AEDT

A Queensland woman with parents from PNG has won a place at Australia's most famous acting school, NIDA.

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