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.


Vanuatu no-confidence vote 'too close to call'

Updated 11 June 2015, 9:03 AEST

Vanuatu MPs are due to vote on no-confidence motion against Vanuatu's prime minister Joe Natuman this afternoon.

PNG's women athletes look to make their mark at the Pacific Games

Updated 11 June 2015, 9:03 AEST

Of the 554 athletes that will compete for Papua New Guinea on home soil in the 2015 Pacific Games, 261 are women, and for many of them it's been a hard road to make it to their country's sporting elite.

Former Solomon Islands dolphin killing sites revitalised as tourist attractions

Updated 11 June 2015, 11:26 AEST

A village in Solomon Islands once criticised for killing dolphins is now looking to use their traditional calling skills as part of a tourist attraction.

Tough task ahead for host nation NZ at under 20 World Cup

Updated 11 June 2015, 9:07 AEST

There's a big day ahead for the young All- Whites at the FIFA under 20 World Cup in New Zealand, with the host nation bidding for a place in the last eight.

New Zealand says 'no' to independence for Cook Islands

Updated 11 June 2015, 9:08 AEST

It looks as if any push for greater independence by Cook Islands won't succeed at the moment.

Fiji people take part in world's biggest climate change opinion poll

Updated 11 June 2015, 11:28 AEST

In Fiji 150 people from diverse backgrounds have come together to take part in the largest ever in-depth survey of global public opinion on climate change.

West Papuans get support from Solomon Is provincial premier

Updated 11 June 2015, 9:12 AEST

The pressure on Melanesian Seaprhead Group governments to back the United Liberation Movement for West Papua is coming from grassroots organisations and voters.

How big is too big for Fiji's army?

Updated 11 June 2015, 11:30 AEST

A regional security academic says the RFMF has more personnel than the country needs for its own defence.

New push to dramatically reduce new HIV infection

Updated 11 June 2015, 11:37 AEST

Leaders from across the Pacific and Asia have unanimously endorsed an ambitious plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

Vanuatu reaffirms support West Papuan membership of MSG

Updated 10 June 2015, 11:23 AEST

The Vanuatu government says it remains committed to supporting a bid by West Papuan groups for membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Former Nauru solicitor-general says email probe was underway

Updated 10 June 2015, 11:21 AEST

Nauru's former Solicitor-General says he was aware local police were investigating allegations an Australian phosphate company had bribed the country's President and Attorney-General.

The NRL's League Bilong Laif program improves PNG kids' reading skills

Updated 10 June 2015, 11:20 AEST

There aren't too many people in Papua New Guinea who are not fans of rugby league, and be they Maroons or Blues, many will be following the State of Origin series in Australia closely.

Aloha film criticised for casting caucasian lead actors

Updated 10 June 2015, 11:19 AEST

There's been outrage in Hawaii over the casting of a Hollywood film set in the islands.

Former Bougainville Deputy Speaker wins back her old seat in surprise

Updated 10 June 2015, 11:16 AEST

Bougainville's former deputy speaker has been re-elected to her old reserve seat, in a surprise come-from-behind victory this time.

Fiji sugar industry has a plan to cope with ageing workers

Updated 10 June 2015, 11:18 AEST

Fiji's sugar industry has been through some tough times of late but now a new threat is looming on the horizon .

State of emergency declared in Federated States of Micronesia

Updated 10 June 2015, 11:16 AEST

The president of the Federated States of Micronesia has declared a state of emergency in Pohnpei in the wake of Tropical Storm Dolphin.

Wild weather in New Zealand may put FIFA U-20 matches at risk

Updated 10 June 2015, 11:15 AEST

Strong winds in New Zealand are being monitored closely by officials ahead of today's FIFA under-20s World Cup elimination matches, which are set to kick off this afternoon.

Sea mining much less damaging than land mining says new study

Updated 10 June 2015, 5:36 AEST

A new study of deep sea mining in Papua New Guinea has found the environmental and social impacts of mining the seafloor will be far less than those at comparable land-based sites.

Calls for resignation of Nauru's President and Justice Minister

Updated 10 June 2015, 5:37 AEST

On Nauru the implications of bribery allegations are starting to sink in.

Canberra distances itself from Nauru bribery allegations

Updated 10 June 2015, 5:38 AEST

Australia's immigration minister Peter Dutton says the alleged bribery of Nauru's Prime Minister and Justice Minister is not a matter for Australia.

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