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.

Stories

PNG rehearses disaster response

Updated 13 October 2014, 17:12 AEST

The United Nations is marking International Day for Disaster Reduction, and in the lead up Papua New Guinea has held an emergency exercise, responding to a hypothetical magnitude 7.

Plans to oust Prime Minister Henry Puna thwarted

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:56 AEST

Plans for a coalition to oust Prime Minister Henry Puna were thwarted last week at the first sitting of parliament since the general election in July.

Fiji topples Samoa in Battle of the Pacific at Gold Coast Sevens

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:56 AEST

The final at the opening round of the IRB World Sevens Series in Australia turned out to be an all-Pacific affair.

Hard going for Vanuatu in rugby league test against the Philippines

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:58 AEST

In Vanuatu the home side was taking on the Asian Champions the Philippines in a one-off test.

Samoa's Lupe top the ladder at OFC Champions League qualifier

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:57 AEST

Now soccer and for the second year in a row, Samoa has taken out the OFC Champions League qualifying tournament, this team through Lupe Ole Soaga.

Pacific anti violence against women delegates visiting Australia

Updated 13 October 2014, 10:27 AEST

Representatives from 14 NGOs and government departments from six Pacific countries have been in Melbourne this week, looking at ways the combat violence against women.

Alleged sex abuse victim of PNG-based priest speaks out

Updated 10 October 2014, 18:39 AEST

An Australian man who says he was sexually abused by an Australian priest currently living in Papua New Guinea says he would like to confront Father Roger Mount about what happened in the 1960s.

New Zealand Labor Party leadership race heats up

Updated 10 October 2014, 18:40 AEST

Race to be the leader of the New Zealand's main opposition Labor Party is heating up.

Pacific anti violence against women delegates visiting Australia

Updated 10 October 2014, 18:47 AEST

Representatives from 14 NGOs and government departments from six Pacific countries have been in Melbourne this week, looking at ways the combat violence against women.

Pacific people still falling for green card lottery scams

Updated 10 October 2014, 18:36 AEST

People in the Pacific who are keen to win a green card giving them the right to live and work in America are still falling for scams.

Landcare Australia celebrates 25th anniversary

Updated 10 October 2014, 18:36 AEST

The land conservation group Landcare Australia is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Cook Islands parliament suspended

Updated 10 October 2014, 10:29 AEST

The Cook Islands parliament has been suspended indefinately as the political uncertainly drags on.

Vietnam competing with China for friends in the Pacific

Updated 10 October 2014, 10:32 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister is wrapping up a five-day visit to Vietnam today - the first by a leader of that Pacific nation since 1997.

US live fire excercices threaten rare species

Updated 10 October 2014, 10:34 AEST

The fight to stop the United States from carrying out military exercises on an island in the Northern Marianas is ramping up.

High rates of coral bleaching found in Hawaii

Updated 10 October 2014, 10:35 AEST

A survey of Hawaii's coral reefs has increased scientists concerns about the survival of sealife in the region's oceans.

Samoan champions in pole position to win OCL preliminary round

Updated 10 October 2014, 10:43 AEST

On to soccer and Samoa's Lupe Ole Soaga are on the brink of qualifying for the OFC Champions League next year.

Gold Coast hosts round one of World Sevens Series - preview

Updated 10 October 2014, 10:45 AEST

The new World Sevens Series kicks off in Australia this weekend at the start of a season when there is much more at stake than just the world title itself.

Tongan champions not without hope in OCL preliminaries

Updated 10 October 2014, 10:46 AEST

On to soccer and Samoa's Lupe Ole Soaga are on the brink of qualifying for the OFC Champions League next year.

New look Kumuls set for battle with Australian PM's XIII

Updated 10 October 2014, 10:47 AEST

The man who led the PNG Hunters to within a point of making finals in their debut Queensland Cup season has been given the honour of captaining the national side against the Australian Prime Minister's XIII.

Involvement of Fiji military in arrest "not proper" says Police Commissioner

Updated 9 October 2014, 18:11 AEST

Fiji's Police Commissioner says the involvement of military officers in the arrest of a man recently was not proper under the constitution.

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