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.


History of conflict flavours peaceful Bougainville elections

Updated 13 May 2015, 11:18 AEST

The general election in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville is in its first week where the vote will elect a new government and set it on a path towards a referendum on whether to split from PNG.

West Papuan independence activist hopes Indonesia will not abuse possible MSG spot

Updated 13 May 2015, 11:19 AEST

Moves by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group are now in serious doubt after the PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill gave his support yesterday for Indonesia to join the bloc.

Typhoon Dolphin likely a category three, but too soon to tell if Guam will be hit

Updated 13 May 2015, 11:24 AEST

If weather predictions prove correct, the Pacific is about to be hit by its fourth super storm this year.

Solar switch-on to boost local electricity supply network and Kiribati

Updated 13 May 2015, 11:25 AEST

The push for renewable energy in the Pacific has switched to Kiribati, with a new solar power system attached to the electricity grid in South Tarawa.

Tuvalu climate activist in Sydney calls on big countries to pay attention to Pacific islands

Updated 13 May 2015, 11:25 AEST

Young climate advocates from Kiribati and Tuvalu are in Sydney calling on larger countries to pay more attention to the plight of small island nations.

PNG's top cricketers deserve a chance to shine in the Australian game

Updated 13 May 2015, 12:01 AEST

Cricket PNG has taken another step along the road to one day fielding a Papua New Guinea team in Australia's 20/20 Big Bash tournament.

PNG supports Indonesia's MSG membership

Updated 12 May 2015, 17:39 AEST

Papua New Guinea's prime minister, Peter O'Neill, says Indonesia has PNG's support to become an 'associate member' of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

West Papua activist detained by police

Updated 12 May 2015, 17:39 AEST

PNG activists supporting the freedom of West Papua say they were detained by police and held without charge after demonstrating at the arrival of the Indonesian president.

Drunks make off with ballot box in Bougainville election

Updated 12 May 2015, 17:40 AEST

Aloysius Laookai is an independent election observer and the manager of community radio station "New Dawn FM".

Yamamoto WWII crash site reopens to tourists in Bougainville

Updated 12 May 2015, 17:40 AEST

For the first time in more than five years, visitors to Bougainville are able to see the 'World War Two - crash site' of the Japanese Admiral.

PNG PM Peter O'Neill encourages peace in West Papua during visit by Indonesian President Joko Widodo

Updated 12 May 2015, 11:00 AEST

Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill has used his speech at a state dinner for visiting Indonesian president Joko Widodo to promote the cause of West Papua.

Port Moresby police 'may have breached court order in arresting West Papuan airport activists'

Updated 12 May 2015, 11:29 AEST

Meanwhile, it appears a group of local West Papuan activists were arrested at Port Moresby airport shortly before Indonesian president Joko Widodo touched down.

Bougainville polling progresses smoothly in spite of minor issues

Updated 12 May 2015, 11:03 AEST

Polling is well underway in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville to elect a government to lead the island on the path towards a referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea.

Despite aid surge, Vanuatu reconstruction costs may prove burdensome

Updated 12 May 2015, 11:06 AEST

Vanuatu is facing the daunting task of reconstruction after one of the Pacific's strongest-ever storms, category five Cyclone Pam devastated several provinces, destroying food crops and thousands of homes.

Getting them home - search continues for WW2 soldiers MIA on Palau

Updated 12 May 2015, 11:06 AEST

Seventy years after the end of World War Two, the search for US servicemen missing in action on Palau is still going on.

Solar system in northern Cook Islands puts country on-track to meet ambitious renewables target

Updated 12 May 2015, 11:11 AEST

The government of Cook Islands' ambitious target of 100 percent renewable energy by 2020 is beginning to look like a real possibility.

Fiji within touching distance of World 7s title but work still to be done

Updated 12 May 2015, 11:12 AEST

Already on their way to the Rio Olympics, Fiji are on the brink of taking out the World 7s Series for the first time in a decade.

Fiji 7s team's success a focus for national pride

Updated 12 May 2015, 11:13 AEST

The financial woes of the Fiji Rugby Union have been well documented, but the outstanding success of the 7s team in the World Series looks certain to grab the attention of new sponsors.

Indonesian president touches down in PNG for state visit

Updated 11 May 2015, 17:15 AEST

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has touched down in Port Moresby for a two-day state visit.

Release of fiive Papuan prisoners 'good first step': HRW

Updated 11 May 2015, 17:14 AEST

Before arriving in PNG the Indonesian President visited the Indonesian province of Papua where he granted clemency to five political prisoners.

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