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.


Australia announces surge in health services for Vanuatu

Updated 17 March 2015, 18:01 AEDT

Australia has announced a surge in its emergency response in Vanuatu with an increase in assessment, search, rescue and health personnel.

Rapid Australian Medical Assistance Team increases Vanuatu relief effort

Updated 17 March 2015, 18:00 AEDT

Bronte Martin is the rapid assessment team leader for the Australian Medical Assistance Team, known as AUSMAT, already in Port Vila and who inspected Port Vila's hospital yesterday.

Tuvalu delays general election in wake of Cyclone Pam

Updated 17 March 2015, 17:59 AEDT

While much of the world's attention has been focused on Vanuatu, the tiny nation of Tuvalu has also been dealing with the impact of Cyclone Pam.

Fiji sends disaster response team to assist Vanuatu

Updated 17 March 2015, 17:59 AEDT

Fiji has sent a team to Vanuatu to offer assistance in the wake of Cyclone Pam including military, foreign affairs and disaster management officials.

Warning on fake cyclone relief charity collectors

Updated 17 March 2015, 17:59 AEDT

Imposters posing as charity workers are preying on generous Australians by pretending to be collecting money for Cyclone Pam victims.

Many Vanuatu islands still isolated after Cyclone Pam

Updated 17 March 2015, 12:59 AEDT

With the official death toll now at 24 - across Shefa and Tafea provinces - aid agencies are coming to terms with the magnitude of the task before them.

Port Vila residents face food, water and fuel shortages

Updated 17 March 2015, 12:58 AEDT

Although the death toll has risen to 24 with new confirmed figures from the southern islands overnight, there are fears it will rise higher.

Tanna Island the focus of Cyclone Pam aid efforts

Updated 17 March 2015, 12:58 AEDT

A team of aid groups has made an initial assessment of Tanna Island, 200km south of the capital.

Port Vila residents lead the Cyclone Pam cleanup effort

Updated 17 March 2015, 12:57 AEDT

The confirmed death toll from the effect of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu has risen to 24 as authorities have been able to get access to outer islands, especially in the south.

Vanuatu's PM calls for international assistance

Updated 17 March 2015, 12:57 AEDT

Vanuatu's prime minister Joe Natuman says the scale of the damage is still not clear but already, it appears Cyclone Pam was the worst cyclone in living memory for Vanuatu.

Vanuatu radio communications yet to be restored

Updated 17 March 2015, 12:57 AEDT

Cyclone Pam has destroyed much of Vanuatu's vital radio infrastructure.

Solomon Islands' Anuta Islands badly hit by Cyclone Pam

Updated 17 March 2015, 14:38 AEDT

Late last week, as Cyclone Pam intensified, it initially hit the Solomon Islands' province of Temotu including the remote Reef Islands, Tikopia and Anuta.

Kiribati president links climate change to disaster risk

Updated 17 March 2015, 12:56 AEDT

In the wake of the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam the President of Kiribati has argued that climate change is increasing the impact of natural disasters.

Fijiana cling on to top 8 spot after tough time at Atlanta 7s

Updated 17 March 2015, 12:55 AEDT

The New Zealand squad have strengthened their hold on the Women's World Rugby 7s series, after thrashing the USA by 50 points to 12 to take out round three in Atlanta.

Correspondents arrive to widespread damage in Vanuatu

Updated 16 March 2015, 18:16 AEDT

The confirmed death toll from the effects of the cyclone in Vanuatu is currently eight, although that is expected to rise as more information comes in from the nation's dozens of inhabited islands.

Emotional Vanuatu president describes Cyclone Pam affects

Updated 16 March 2015, 18:16 AEDT

The president of Vanuatu has made an emotional plea for humanitarian assistance following the widespread devastation caused by Cyclone Pam at the weekend.

Australian Cyclone Pam relief effort in full swing: foreign minister

Updated 16 March 2015, 18:17 AEDT

At the weekend, Australia anounced an initial $5 million assistance package for Australian NGOs and UN agencies on the ground in Port Vila, as well as supplies to assist five-thousand people.

Vital Vanuatu Digicel phone network up in Port Vila

Updated 16 March 2015, 18:17 AEDT

The lack of communications remains one of the biggest hurdles to getting a clearer picture of the damage caused by Cyclone Pam.

Anglicans worried about Vanuatu's northern islands

Updated 16 March 2015, 18:18 AEDT

So far no one has been able to contact people in the northern islands of Vanuatu since Cyclone Pam struck, where three-quarters of the people are members of the Anglican Church.

Vanuatu Presbyterian Church says hope is important

Updated 16 March 2015, 18:18 AEDT

The Vanuatu Presbyterian Church says as well as using its network to help provide relief assistance to people affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam, they're also trying to address spiritual challenges.

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