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.


Tonga government denies threatening to stop strike action

Updated 20 October 2014, 9:01 AEDT

The Public Service Association in Tonga has called off a stirke planned for today.

Tonga's public servants cancel strike action

Updated 20 October 2014, 9:00 AEDT

Tonga's Minister for Justice Clive Ewards has accused the Public Service Association of cancelling its planned strike action, not because the government planned to block it using emergency powers, but because it lacked internal support.

More services needed to support post-war trauma in Bougainville

Updated 20 October 2014, 9:00 AEDT

Ongoing social disorder in the autonomous region of Bougainville is being blamed largely on the trauma caused by the ten-year civil war.

Chamorro chant master keeps tradition alive in Guam

Updated 20 October 2014, 9:00 AEDT

The man responsible for keeping Guam's ancient Chamorro chants alive has been named Master of the Chamorro Chant in honour of his work.

Cooks progressing towards 2020 renewable energy target

Updated 20 October 2014, 8:59 AEDT

Rarotonga's largest power plant is now operational, and is expected to supply 5 per cent of the island's power.

Improving gender equality in Solomon Islands

Updated 20 October 2014, 8:59 AEDT

Women's rights in Solomon Islands are to come under scrutiny at the United Nations.

Rugby league: Fiji coach bows out on winning note

Updated 20 October 2014, 8:58 AEDT

Fiji have farewelled departing coach Rick Stone in style with an impressive over Lebanon in Sydney by 40 points to 28.

Rugby league: Kumuls outplay Tonga

Updated 20 October 2014, 8:58 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's national rugby league team, the Kumuls, have come through a tough encounter with Tonga, winning the match by 32 points to 18 in Lae.

Wallabies coach McKenzie quits after All Blacks loss

Updated 20 October 2014, 8:58 AEDT

Australia's rugby union side are seeking a new coach after Ewen McKenzie's sudden resignation, which came even before the Wallabies suffered a heartbreaking last minute defeat to the All-Blacks in Brisbane.

'Significant consequences' if Ebola spreads to Pacific: WHO

Updated 17 October 2014, 17:33 AEDT

While Ebola is yet to emerge in the Pacific, the question is whether hospitals in island states have what it takes to prevent the disease from spreading, if or when an infection occurs.

NZ wins Security Council seat with Pacific support

Updated 17 October 2014, 17:32 AEDT

New Zealand has successfully secured a two-year term on the United Nations Security Council from 2015.

Call for Port Moresby betel nut ban to be lifted

Updated 20 October 2014, 9:46 AEDT

There has been a call for the ban on betel nut in Port Moresby to be scrapped.

Pacific Climate Warriors disrupt exports at Australian coal port

Updated 17 October 2014, 17:30 AEDT

Hundreds of climate change activists, led by a group from the Pacific, have attempted to block a ship from leaving Newcastle port in New South Wales.

Children advocate wins community prize in PNG Outstanding Womens award

Updated 17 October 2014, 17:43 AEDT

Imagine this - you're a child and you're in a big hospital, where you're only remaining parent is really sick.

Vanuatu cancels international conference over ebola fears

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:06 AEDT

The Vanuatu Government has cancelled an international conference planned for Port Vila next month because of concerns over the spread of Ebola.

Children in Fiji's northern division suffering stunted growth

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:07 AEDT

Almost half of children in Fiji's northern division are suffering from stunted growth, according to Save the Children.

Burst pipe causes water crisis

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:08 AEDT

The President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Junior, has gone on national radio to apologise for the water crisis that's hit his country.

Program changes PNG men's attitudes to domestic violence

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:09 AEDT

The incident involving the NBC staff has again drawn attention to PNG's staggeringly high rates of violence against women.

Big payouts for Solomon Island MPs

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:10 AEDT

The dissolution of Solomon Islands ninth parliament ahead of next month's election is set to cost the country about two-point-seven million dollars.

Fiji Bati set to name their new coach after match against Lebanon

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:11 AEDT

The Fijian Rugby League side is in action this weekend, after missing out to Samoa for a spot in the upcoming Four Nations series alongside Australia, New Zealand and England.

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