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.


Cancer surveillance and data in PNG underfunded

Updated 5 December 2014, 18:22 AEDT

The World Health Organisation has announced plans to create a new regional hub for cancer surveillance in the Pacific.

Urgent call to protect marine species from commercial fishing

Updated 5 December 2014, 12:18 AEDT

At this week's meeting of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Apia there's been a call for delegates to help protect species like sharks and turtles which are under threat from commercial fishing.

Fisheries Commission in Samoa meeting unlikely to reach agreement

Updated 5 December 2014, 12:13 AEDT

Today's the final day of the meeting of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and journalist Monica Miller has been covering it all week and says there is little optimisim over any sort of agreement being reached.

Vanuatu police lay charges over witchcraft murder case

Updated 5 December 2014, 12:04 AEDT

Vanuatu police have charged 24 people over the murder of two men accused of sorcery on Akam Island.

No prime ministerial candidate in Solomon Islands yet

Updated 5 December 2014, 12:26 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, media reports say the governor-general Frank Kabui is yet to receive a formal nomination for prime minister with less than 24 hours before nominations close.

Palau switch off from Radio Australia's FM service

Updated 5 December 2014, 12:01 AEDT

Australian government cuts to the ABC have led to Radio Australia's FM radio service being switched off in the North Pacific, a move which has not gone down well in the offices of the President of Palau.

Australian MP's say goodbye to Canberra for 2014

Updated 5 December 2014, 12:14 AEDT

To Canberra now where parliament has packed up for the year and the politicians are heading home to their electorates, no doubt reflecting on a challenging year and especially a tumultuous last week.

French Polynesia's resolution to target nuclear testing

Updated 5 December 2014, 12:03 AEDT

To news from French Polynesia and resolution passed by parliament that directly targets the government in Paris over the long-running running nuclear testing issue.

Round two of World Rugby 7's kicks off in Dubai

Updated 5 December 2014, 12:22 AEDT

Round two of the World Rugby Sevens series kicks off in Dubai later today with Fiji intent on following up their first round win on Australia's Gold Coast, and holding on to the title they won last year.

Fiji well prepared to win back to back sevens titles in Dubai

Updated 5 December 2014, 12:21 AEDT

The defending champions at the Dubai round of the World Rugby Sevens series, Fiji, arrived in the Gulf ahead of time, thanks to some generous benefactors, so they have had an extended build-up to the tournament.

Fiji broadcast of Dubai 7s cancelled by World Rugby

Updated 5 December 2014, 12:21 AEDT

World Rugby has confirmed it was left with no option other than to withhold the broadcast feed for the Dubai leg of the Rugby 7s.

Young Kiwi basketballer has his sights set on the NBA

Updated 5 December 2014, 12:03 AEDT

They've reached the semi-final stage at the Oceania under-19 basketball tournament in Fiji, with the men's and women's teams from Australia and New Zealand continuing to dominiate proceedings.

Fiji fury if rights row stops Dubai Sevens broadcast

Updated 4 December 2014, 17:35 AEDT

A Fijian rugby union great says there'll be a lot of very unhappy sports fans across the country if the Dubai Sevens tournament is not broadcast live in Fiji over a broadcasing rights dispute.

Vanuatu PM says government has abandoned airport contract

Updated 4 December 2014, 17:35 AEDT

Vanuatu's prime minister Joe Natuman says the government has already decided to abandon the foreign-backed development of a new international airport.

Deportations to begin over fraudulent Vanuatu citizenship

Updated 4 December 2014, 17:33 AEDT

Immigration authorities will begin deporting people who've been fraudulently granted Vanuatu citizenship.

China Tuna Industry Group fails to show at Tuna Commission

Updated 4 December 2014, 17:33 AEDT

Amongst the hundreds of delegates at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meetings, one group has been conspiciously absent.

Fiji budget shows unsustainable government spending

Updated 4 December 2014, 17:32 AEDT

Fiji's budget appears to be a business as usual document, but an Australian academic says there are a number of potential problems.

Call for strong political party systems in the Pacific

Updated 4 December 2014, 18:11 AEDT

A Tongan political scientist in New Zealand says a strong political party system in Pacific countries is probably the best way to give voters a chance to feel as if they decide who runs their country.

El Nino could bring extreme weather over coming months

Updated 4 December 2014, 18:12 AEDT

Extreme weather is predicted for the Pacific region in the next six months as global forecasts indicate the onset of an abnormal warming of sea surface temperatures known as the El Nino effect.

Rural legal services top priority says PNG Supreme Court judge

Updated 4 December 2014, 18:12 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's newest Supreme Court judge says legal services in the country's rural areas is key to law and order.

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