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

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.

Priest accused of sexual abuse in PNG in suspected drug overdose

Updated 9 October 2014, 18:02 AEST

An elderly Australian priest accused of sexually abusing boys in the 1960s has been rushed to hospital in Papua New Guinea, after a suspected drug overdose.

Pacific Climate Warriors take on Australian coal industry

Updated 10 October 2014, 10:13 AEST

A group of young Pacific Islanders calling themselves the 'Climate Warriors' has arrived in Australia to mount a protest against the Australian coal industry.

Fiji teacher sacked for spitting on student

Updated 9 October 2014, 18:02 AEST

A teacher in Fiji has been sacked for spitting on a student.

Pacific chocolate taste test

Updated 9 October 2014, 18:00 AEST

Melbourne chocolatier Sylvia Kliska taste tests a variety of premium chocolates made from cocoa beans grown from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

Cook Islands set to elect new speaker

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:34 AEST

The Cook Islands caretaker Prime Minister Henry Puna says his party remains united as they head into a parliamentary sitting this morning.

Solomons still recovering from April floods

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:35 AEST

Six months after devastating floods in Solomon Islands, the clean up is continuing.

Tonga throws open doors to parliament

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:36 AEST

As Tongan voters prepare to head to the polls next month, the country's parliament has opened its doors to help the public understand what goes on when MPs are at work.

Program hopes to keep Fiji language alive

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:37 AEST

Outside Fiji, there is only a small number of immigrants keeping the language alive.

Strong demand for purse seine observers

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:38 AEST

Fisheries observers collect information from commercial fishing vessels, making sure it is accurate and unbiased.

Teams under technical microscope at OCL qualifiers in Apia

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:40 AEST

It's Match Day 2 in the preliminary round of the OFC Champions League as the four competing sides battle it out for a place in the Champions League proper next year.

Much travelled Stu Kelly set to play key role for Puaikura in OCL qualifier

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:41 AEST

It's Match Day 2 in the preliminary round of the OFC Champions League in Apia, with two more matches as the four competing sides battle it out for a place in the Champions League proper next year.

Vanuatu take on Asian champions the Philippines in Luganville

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:41 AEST

Another of the Pacific's developing rugby league nations is in action this weekend as Vanuatu take on Asian champions the Philippines in Luganville.

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