Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.


No more flood threat but challenges remain in Solomons' flooding aftermath

Updated 8 April 2014, 18:10 AEST

Authorities in Solomon Islands have issued an all clear statement in the wake of devastating floods which swept through the capital late last week.

Flood damage assesment begins

Updated 8 April 2014, 18:11 AEST

The Disaster Management Committee is continuing its assessment of the damage from the floods.

PNG on cyclone watch, Ita heading for Australia

Updated 8 April 2014, 18:11 AEST

Parts of Papua New Guinea are on cyclone watch today, with the Tropical Cyclone Ita heading towards Milne Bay.

Fiji government upset over constitution booklet

Updated 8 April 2014, 18:12 AEST

Fiji's Attorney General has accused a local NGO of spreading misleading and damaging information.

Australian netball star helping to change attitudes in Tonga

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:13 AEST

Tonga has a serious obesity problem - especially its women, with 93 per cent of Tongan women classified as being overweight or obese.

PNG looking to build on Hunters rugby team's success

Updated 8 April 2014, 18:13 AEST

A visit by PNG's rugby league chairman to the Canberra Raiders has sparked hopes that there may be an official partnership in the making.

Disease fear grow in wake of Solomons flood

Updated 8 April 2014, 8:15 AEST

Fears are growing in Solomon Islands of an outbreak of disease in the wake of the flood disaster.

Call to restructure Honiara rather than quick rebuild

Updated 8 April 2014, 8:15 AEST

The Chairman of the Solomon Islands National Disaster Council says what Honiara needs is restructuring not rehabilitation.

Solomon Islanders in Aust. donating to flood relief

Updated 8 April 2014, 8:16 AEST

The Solomon Islands expatriate community in Queensland is banding together to support flood victims back home.

Australia completes a Free Trade Agreement with Japan

Updated 8 April 2014, 8:16 AEST

The so-called "cars and cows" Free Trade Agreement with Japan is a done deal, with Tony Abbott and his Japanese counterpart having struck a trade deal seven years in the makingThere's also been a decision to begin talks on closer defence ties.

Concern over spike in rapes and sexual assaults in Fiji

Updated 8 April 2014, 8:39 AEST

The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre has reported a spike in the number of rape and sexual assault cases.

SPREP aims to improve Pacific weather forecasts

Updated 8 April 2014, 8:40 AEST

The issue of climate and weather is never far from the top of the agenda at meetings of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

Push for more wind turbines across the Pacific

Updated 8 April 2014, 8:40 AEST

The push continues across the Pacific to reduce the high cost of imported fuel by moving to renewable energy where possible.

Plan to slash Pacific coastal shipping costs

Updated 8 April 2014, 8:42 AEST

The cost of sea transport around the Pacific could come down as a result of decisions taken at a high level meeting in Fiji.

Am. Samoa to consider streamlining entry for Samoan business traveller

Updated 8 April 2014, 8:43 AEST

American Samoan officials have given a commitment to try to improve the visa situation for regular business visitors to the territory.

Tafea FC coach confident of more success in OFC Champions League

Updated 8 April 2014, 8:43 AEST

The pool round of the OFC Champions League has kicked off in Fiji, with the opening day winners being Ba from the host nation, and Tafea from Vanuatu.

Banuve Tabakaucoro. Photo: Clement Paligaru, ABC

Pacific's fastest man on track to Glasgow

Updated 9 April 2014, 16:51 AEST

He's not only Fiji's fastest man, he's the fastest in all the Pacific. Banuve Tabakaucoro has two goals for 2014; to make the Commonwealth Games and to break the 10-second barrier in the 100 meter sprint and he's on track for both. 

Financial advice for Pacific seasonal workers in NZ

Updated 8 April 2014, 8:44 AEST

Pacific Islands Trade and Invest is also involved in providing financial advice to Pacific seasonal workers employed in New Zealand's horticulture sector .

Kilikiti or Samoan cricket tournament in Melbourne

Updated 8 April 2014, 8:44 AEST

Melbourne's Samoan community came together on the weekend for the finals of the inaugural Kilikiti Samoa Tournament.

Relief efforts hampered by damaged infrastructure in Solomon Islands

Updated 7 April 2014, 17:05 AEST

A major relief and recovery effort is underway in Solomon Islands, after last week's devastating flash floods.

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