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.


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.

Vanuatu disaster highlights launch of Women's Resilience Index

Updated 16 March 2015, 18:19 AEDT

International human rights group Action Aid has launched a 'Women's Resilience Index' at this week's United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction conference underway in Sendai, now dominated by Vanuatu.

World Bank ready to help Vanuatu with quick insurance payout

Updated 16 March 2015, 18:20 AEDT

The World Bank says its deeply concerned for the people of Vanuatu, and is standing by to help.

Tips on how to decontaminate water after a cyclone

Updated 16 March 2015, 18:19 AEDT

In the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster like Cyclone Pam, one of the biggest challenges is ensuring everyone has access to safe drinking water.

Cyclone Pam: 20,000 homes destroyed in Port Vila

Updated 16 March 2015, 13:52 AEDT

Aid agencies say more than 40,000 homes in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila have been affected by Cyclone Pam, with 50 per cent of them unlivable.

Kiribati recovering from Cyclone Pam

Updated 16 March 2015, 13:51 AEDT

Tropical Cyclone Pam is being called one of the worst storms ever to hit the Pacific.

Cyclone Pam a reminder of need to plan for disaster: Plan

Updated 16 March 2015, 13:48 AEDT

As the relief effort continues in Vanuatu, a major UN conference is underway in the Japanese city of Sendai looking at how to reduce the risk of disasters.

Oxfam providing cyclone relief in Vanuatu and learning about resilience

Updated 16 March 2015, 13:47 AEDT

Relief workers and rapid response teams are making their way to some of Vanuatu's isolated communities, where it's feared many people were injured or killed by Cyclone Pam.

Cyclone Pam: First reports emerge about extent of damage to Tanna

Updated 16 March 2015, 13:47 AEDT

Reports have started to emerge about the extent of the damage in Vanuatu's southern province Tafea.

Eye witness account of Cyclone Pam from Vanuatu Independent's Tony Wilson

Updated 16 March 2015, 13:41 AEDT

Residents outside Port Vila remain cut off from the capital due to broken bridges and damaged roads.

Australia 'ready to help' in response to Cyclone Pam: Bishop

Updated 15 March 2015, 12:26 AEDT

The Australian Government is on stand-by, ready to provide further assistance to Vanuatu in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Scale of Cyclone Pam 'unprecedented': UN

Updated 15 March 2015, 10:03 AEDT

Disaster management teams are preparing to travel to many of Vanuatu's outer islands which took direct hits from Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Aid agencies struggling to reach Vanuatu's outer islands after Cyclone

Updated 15 March 2015, 10:04 AEDT

The Red Cross in Vanuatu says it will be difficult for authorities to reach the outer island affected by Cyclone Pam.

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