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.


Thousands gather for International Horticulture Congress

Updated 18 August 2014, 11:14 AEST

More than 3000 delegates from over one hundred countries have gathered in Brisbane for the International Horticulture Congress.

Call for action ahead of UN Climate Change Summit

Updated 18 August 2014, 11:15 AEST

Last week on Pacific Beat we heard from Tuvalu's Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga highlighting the importance of the UN Climate Summit in New York next month, where he will be co-chair.

High interest in NZ suicide prevention programme

Updated 18 August 2014, 11:15 AEST

There has been a flood of funding applications to New Zealand's National Suicide Prevention Programme for Maori and Pasifika Communities which has been set up jointly by the mental health groups Le Va and Te Rau Matatini.

Tuvalu PM says he's ready for new Ombudsman

Updated 18 August 2014, 11:16 AEST

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga says he's ready to open his government up for scrutiny when the country's first Chief Ombudsman takes up his post.

Pacific Beat says goodbye to Geraldine Coutts

Updated 15 August 2014, 17:10 AEST

After many years today Radio Australia, the Pacific and the ABC says goodbye to Geraldine Coutts.

Fiji unhappy with Australian travel advisory

Updated 15 August 2014, 17:11 AEST

Fiji police have reacted strongly against a travel advisory for Suva issued by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs.

Call for federal help for American Samoa disaster

Updated 15 August 2014, 17:11 AEST

The American Samoan goverment is considering asking for a Federal Disaster Declaration after severe flooding last month.

Doubts raised about Bainimarama election victory

Updated 15 August 2014, 17:08 AEST

As Australia caves in, Bainimarama and his party may or may not win majority of votes but he will be declared a winner.

Fiji international tournament continues

Updated 15 August 2014, 17:08 AEST

The Fiji International Golf tournament continues at Natadola resort.

PNG Hunters look to continue winning streak

Updated 15 August 2014, 8:49 AEST

Life doesn't get any easier for the PNG Hunters as they home in on a finals spot in the Queensland Cup.

Selection surprises ahead of Bledisloe clash

Updated 15 August 2014, 8:37 AEST

Australia will be looking to end New Zealand's 11-year grip on the Bledisloe Cup when the teams battle in Sydney tomorrow night.

Large Pacific contingent at Youth Olympics

Updated 15 August 2014, 8:51 AEST

The Youth Olympics in the Chinese city of Nanjing won't be opened officially until tomorrow but the sporting action has already begun.

Crowded leaderboard after start of Fiji International

Updated 15 August 2014, 8:38 AEST

Play is underway on day two of the Fiji International at Natadola Bay, where one million US dollars in prize money is up for grabs at the country's biggest ever golf tournament.

Thailand looks to new relations with the Pacific

Updated 15 August 2014, 8:39 AEST

Thailand is keen to boost its links with the Pacific after the first ever Thai-Pacific Development co-operation Forum in Bangkok.

Papuans call for release of French journalists

Updated 15 August 2014, 8:41 AEST

Two French journalists arrested in the Indonesian province of Papua late last week remain in detention on charges relating to misusing their visas.

PNG lawyer slams proposed sexting ban

Updated 15 August 2014, 8:41 AEST

A prominent constitutional lawyer in Papua New Guinea says a move to ban so-called "sexting" is an outrageous breach of human rights.

Australia accused of "systematic violation" of asylum seeker children

Updated 15 August 2014, 8:42 AEST

The charity Save the Children has detailed what it says is the "systematic violation" of the human rights of asylum seeker children Australia has sent to Nauru.

Climate change a 'weapon of mass destruction' warns Tuvalu PM

Updated 15 August 2014, 8:43 AEST

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu has warned Australia not to stand in the way of moves towards a new global agreement on climate change.

Chaudhry appeal dismissed

Updated 14 August 2014, 16:42 AEST

A court today has dismissed Fiji Labour Leader Mahendra Chaurdhry's appeal making him inelibile to contest the September elections.

Coastal fisheries in need of protection

Updated 14 August 2014, 16:42 AEST

More and immediate action needs to be taken to preserve the regions coastal fisheries and its main source of protein.

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