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 set to play a part as Flying Fijians take on Wales in Cardiff

Updated 14 November 2014, 11:39 AEDT

After making the trip north from Marseille, the Flying Fijians have spent the week adapting to the much colder Welsh weather.

New Zealand to have home ground advantage in 4 Nations final

Updated 14 November 2014, 11:38 AEDT

In rugby league, it's more than half a century since New Zealand posted back-to-back wins over Australia, but with home advantage, they'll go into tomorrow's 4 Nations final with every chance of ending the hoodoo.

Coral Coast Sevens gets off to exciting start

Updated 14 November 2014, 11:38 AEDT

Day 1 of the Coral Coast Sevens in Fiji was full of surprises, with the leading sides finding it hard to get going.

Tribal fighting in PNG's Hela province claims 25 lives

Updated 14 November 2014, 5:22 AEDT

A senior police officer in Papua New Guinea is appealing to the central government to send assistance to help quell a tribal fight which has claimed 25 lives so far.

Fiji government whip says Prasad should not be committee chair

Updated 14 November 2014, 5:23 AEDT

Fiji's chief government whip has criticised the chair of the Public Accounts Committee for speaking to the media about the committee's work.

Pacific leaders star of the show at World Parks Congress

Updated 14 November 2014, 5:23 AEDT

Pacific Islanders have continued to the be the stars of the show at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney.

Fiji wades in to China, India relations as it hosts leaders

Updated 14 November 2014, 5:24 AEDT

Next week, Fiji is host the leaders of the world's two most populous nations within days of each other.

Chikungunya virus flares infecting thousands in French Polynesia

Updated 14 November 2014, 5:25 AEDT

Health authorities in French Polynesia are struggling to cope with an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus.

Tongan royal to adopt abandoned baby

Updated 14 November 2014, 5:25 AEDT

An abandoned baby is being adopted by a member of the Tongan royal family.

Solomons reports on womens rights to UN in Geneva

Updated 14 November 2014, 5:26 AEDT

Yesterday on Pacific Beat we heard how Solomon Islands journalists are being consistently surprised by the amount of women across electorates asking the tough questions of their candidates.

Conservation International praises Pacific leaders on climate change action

Updated 13 November 2014, 10:43 AEDT

The World Parks Congress 2014 has begun in Sydney.

Mua voyagers overwhelmed with reception at Sydney Harbour

Updated 13 November 2014, 10:44 AEDT

After nearly two months of sailing thousands of kilometres, the Mua Voyage reached its destination of Sydney Harbour yesterday morning.

Hurricanes call on Vanuatu to end domestic violence

Updated 13 November 2014, 10:44 AEDT

A group of Super XV rugby players from New Zealand are spending the week in Vanuatu to spread the message that domestic violence can never be justified.

Rural Papua New Guinea communities in dire need of doctors

Updated 13 November 2014, 10:46 AEDT

In Papua New Guinea, where nearly ninety per cent of people live in what's defined as rural areas, there's still a shortage of doctors to help the sick.

Police suspect Australian woman found dead in Fiji was murdered

Updated 13 November 2014, 10:47 AEDT

Police in Fiji are trying to piece together the final hours of an Australian woman whose decomposing remains were found near the town of Sigatoka.

What's next for the development of rugby league in Samoa?

Updated 13 November 2014, 10:47 AEDT

After an impressive showing in the Four Nations tournament, when they came within an ace of toppling England and New Zealand, Samoa have put themselves well truly on the rugby league map.

Coral Coast Sevens brings a feast of rugby to Fiji

Updated 13 November 2014, 10:48 AEDT

It's day one of three at the Coral Coast Sevens, one of the biggest Sevens events of the season in Fiji, with a prize pool of $72,000.

Fiji government MPs want Prasad out as Public Accounts Committee chair

Updated 12 November 2014, 18:30 AEDT

The first meeting of the Fiji parliament's Public Accounts Committee had to be abandoned today after government MPs objected to the chairman.

PNG announces first 10 Manus refugee visas

Updated 13 November 2014, 14:48 AEDT

Papua New Guinea Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Rimbink Pato, has just announced the government has granted one year refugee visas to 10 asylum seekers being held at the Manus Island centre.

Positive election vibe in Solomon Islands capital and provinces

Updated 12 November 2014, 18:13 AEDT

In a week's time, Solomon Islands will be heading for the polls in the first election after RAMSI, the 10-year regional intervention to stabilise the country after years of ethnic tension.

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