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.


Super Typhoon Maysak tears through FSM

Updated 1 April 2015, 17:44 AEDT

Super Typhoon Maysak last night hit the state of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Juffa critical of O'Neill's stance on West Papua

Updated 1 April 2015, 17:45 AEDT

A prominent Papua New Guinea politician says he'd prefer the country to take a more hardline approach to Indonesia on the issue of West Papua.

Super Typhoon Maysak causes devastation in FSM

Updated 1 April 2015, 10:13 AEDT

There are reports of deaths and severe damage after super typhoon Maysak struck the Federated States of Micronesia.

FSM death toll from Typhoon Maysak reaches four

Updated 1 April 2015, 10:13 AEDT

The government of the Federated States of Micronesia says there have been four confirmed fatalities resulting from Typhoon Maysak.

Kiribati thanks Australia for its help after Cyclone Pam

Updated 1 April 2015, 11:09 AEDT

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop's whistle-stop tour of the Pacific started yesterday with a short visit to Kiribati where she met president Anote Tong and his senior ministers.

High turnout expected for Cook Islands by-election poll

Updated 1 April 2015, 10:15 AEDT

Polling has begun in Cook Islands at a by-election which is crucial for the future of the government, and for the opposition's hopes of ousting it.

Marshall Islands defends its position registering Arctic oil rigs

Updated 1 April 2015, 10:15 AEDT

Environmental activists will be keeping a close eye on the Cabinet meeting in Marshall Islands tomorrow, watching for any sign that the government plans to act on calls to de-register two oil rigs operating under the Marshalls' flag in the Arctic.

Remains of six WW2 Japanese soldiers found on Palau to be repatriated

Updated 1 April 2015, 10:24 AEDT

Some bodies have been recovered after one of around 200 sealed World War 2 caves on the island of Pelileu in Palau was opened for the first time in nearly 70 years.

Billions available for Pacific climate change projects

Updated 1 April 2015, 10:25 AEDT

Countries in the Pacific will have access to billions of dollars to fund climate change projects now the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme has been accredited to the Green Climate Fund as what's called a 'regional implementing entity'.

Central Pacific's Yap state braces for Typhoon Maysak

Updated 31 March 2015, 18:01 AEDT

Remote island communities in the Federated States of Micronesia are bracing for the arrival of Typhoon Maysak, which is expected to strengthen into a super typhoon before it passes over Fais and Ulithi in Yap state in a few hours time.

Vanuatu government hits back at opposition leader on aid distribution

Updated 31 March 2015, 18:02 AEDT

The Vanuatu government has hit back at opposition criticism of the way aid is being distributed in the country in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Benny Wenda sceptical of Indonesian promises on West Papua

Updated 31 March 2015, 18:02 AEDT

West Papuan independence movement leader Benny Wenda doesn't believe Indonesian promises to PNG prime minister Peter O'Neill of troop withdrawals from the province.

Doubt on Indonesian promise to reduce troops in West Papua

Updated 31 March 2015, 18:03 AEDT

A former Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax Media also says Indonesia may not follow through on their promise to PNG prime minister Peter O'Neill to withdraw troops from West Papua.

Call for large boost to Australian seasonal work for cyclone-hit islanders

Updated 31 March 2015, 18:04 AEDT

Australia's leading labour mobility experts and farmer organisations are calling on the Australian government to make many more visas available for Pacific islanders under the seasonal work program to help cope with natural disasters.

PNG National Disaster Centre confident tsunami warnings worked following quake

Updated 31 March 2015, 18:04 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Centre says it would've been able to save many lives if yesterday's strong earthquake off East New Britain did produce a destructive tsunami.

Barrister says Australians, politicians torn on detention and border protection

Updated 31 March 2015, 18:05 AEDT

The ABC has learned that Australia's immigration minister Peter Dutton, and new Operation Sovereign Borders commander Major General Andrew Bottrell, paid a low-key visit to Papua New Guinea's Manus Island detention centre on Monday, but shadow minister Richard Marles was not with them.

United Nations warns of continuing food security issues in Vanuatu

Updated 31 March 2015, 9:32 AEDT

The United Nations is warning that the emergency in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam tore through the archipeligo more than two weeks ago is not over.

UNICEF concerned for the welfare of 60,000 children in Vanuatu

Updated 31 March 2015, 9:33 AEDT

The United Nations Children's Fund is warning that 60,000 children are in need of immediate help in Vanuatu in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Challenge for Vanuatu's champion volleyball team

Updated 31 March 2015, 9:39 AEDT

Vanuatu's champion beach volleyball team hasn't been left unscathed from Cyclone Pam.

Typhoon Maysak bears down on the central Pacific

Updated 31 March 2015, 9:35 AEDT

Guam's national weather service has issued typhoon warnings for parts of Yap state in the Central Pacific.

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