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.


Fijians help Melbourne rugby club reach local grand finals

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:39 AEST

Recently we brought you the story of the Box Hill Broncos, a Melbourne rugby union club that's turned its fortunes around with the help of several Fijian imports from the island of Ovalau.

Horticulture Congress hears berries help fight disease

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:40 AEST

Some three thousand delegates, including many from the Pacific, are in Brisbane this week for what they're calling the World Olympics of Horticulture, the International Horticulture Congress.

Micronesia Challenge wins Oceanscape Leadership award

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:41 AEST

The conservation effort known as the Micronesia Challenge has been hailed as globally significant because of its regional scale and ambitious goal to establish protected areas.

Training to meet renewable energy targets for the Pacific

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:41 AEST

Pacific leaders reaffirmed their commitment last year to a sustainable future through the adoption of national renewable energy and energy efficiency targets as outlined in the Majuro Declaration on Climate Leadership.

Wetlands conservation discussions underway in Fiji

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:42 AEST

The preservation of wetlands is seen as vital to the environmental well being of the Pacific islands, and delegates are meeting in Fiji to take stock of the action plans that are already underway.

Hopes chikungunya outbreak waning in American Samoa

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:42 AEST

There are signs that the chikungunya outbreak which has hit both Samoa and American Samoa in recent weeks may have peaked, in the US territory at least.

Marshall Islands standing strong against nuclear proliferation

Updated 19 August 2014, 9:03 AEST

The Marshall Islands is moving ahead with lawsuits against four nations it alleges are in breach of disarmament provisions of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

French journalists accused of involvement with Papuan "armed criminal groups"

Updated 28 August 2014, 17:51 AEST

Indonesian authorities have accused two French journalists who were arrested in the province of Papua of being involved with "armed criminal groups".

Rio Tinto reviewing Bougainville Copper stake

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:45 AEST

Mining giant Rio Tinto has indicated it may not return to the troubled Panguna mine in Bougainville.

Fiji election nominations now closed

Updated 18 August 2014, 16:58 AEST

Fiji's elections office is now sorting through the various candidates wanting to stand in next month's election, determining who is or is not qualified to stand.

Chaudhry to fight military government to the bitter end

Updated 18 August 2014, 16:58 AEST

Fiji's opposition Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has put his name forward as a candidate in next months elections, despite it being almost certain he won't be allowed to stand.

Independent Fiji candidate concerned over ballot design

Updated 18 August 2014, 16:59 AEST

An independent candidate in next month's Fiji elections says she's worried people may be confused by the ballot paper.

Rio Tinto reviewing its future at Bougainville copper mine

Updated 18 August 2014, 16:59 AEST

Mining company Rio Tinto has indicated it may not return to mining in Bougainville.

PACER Plus included in Australia's new economic diplomacy policy

Updated 18 August 2014, 16:59 AEST

Australia's Trade Minister Andrew Robb says that with Fiji back in the fold, he is now in a postion to put a proposal to cabinet on a Pacific trade deal and hopes it can be concluded next year.

Crime and violence holding back PNG businesses

Updated 18 August 2014, 17:00 AEST

Crime and violence in Papua New Guina is holding the private sector back.

Samoan hotel food waste recycled for organic compost

Updated 18 August 2014, 17:02 AEST

Food waste from hotels in Samoa is being recycled to produce compost for organic farms.

PNG lose to South Africa in AFL International Cup

Updated 18 August 2014, 10:37 AEST

In round three of the Australian Football League's International Cup Papua New Guinea's men's team has had a surprise loss to South Africa.

Hunters' Queensland Cup finals hopes still alive, but only just

Updated 18 August 2014, 10:38 AEST

The PNG Hunters' Queensland Cup finals hopes are hanging by a thread after they went down to third-placed Wynnum Manly Seagulls by 28 points to 10.

Australian golfer Jeffress wins Fiji International

Updated 18 August 2014, 10:38 AEST

Australia's Steven Jeffress has overcome blustery conditions to win the inaugural Fiji International Golf tournament.

Crocodile Prize founder says the aim is to foster creative talent

Updated 18 August 2014, 11:13 AEST

The Crocodile Prize began in 2011 and has been a nurturing force for Papua New Guinea's writers.

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