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.


Big win for Pacific states in US tuna negotiations

Updated 8 October 2014, 17:17 AEST

Pacific Island countries have succeeded in negotiating what is believed to be one of the most valuable fishing access agreements ever made anywhere in the world.

Australian government urged not to deport sick woman to PNG

Updated 8 October 2014, 17:17 AEST

Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is being urged to stop the deportation of a young Papua New Guinea woman over fears it could result in her death.

No surprises over alleged Indonesian spying of Papua activities in Australia: researcher

Updated 8 October 2014, 17:16 AEST

A leading researcher on West Papua says he's not surprised over allegations of Indonesian students spying on independence acvitists in Australia.

Call for greater PNG police engagement with Australian counterparts

Updated 8 October 2014, 17:15 AEST

An Australian think tank has called for a stronger engagement between Papua New Guinea police and their Australian counterparts.

Fiji denies local ginger contains dangerous parasite

Updated 8 October 2014, 17:15 AEST

The head of Fiji's Agriculture department has rejected claims by Australian ginger growers that his country's ginger is infested with a dangerous parasite.

Hawaiians protest world's biggest telescope

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:40 AEST

Demonstraters opposed to the construction of a 1-point-4 billion dollar telescope on a sacred site in Hawaii have gathered to picket the ground-breaking ceremony for the project.

Hopes operating theatre will save sight of Madang residents

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:38 AEST

Tomorow is World Sight Day, and to mark the occasion in Papua New Guinea, the Fred Hollows Foundation NZ is announcing the opening of a new operating theatre in Madang.

Hawaii's Family Forum continues opposition to gay marriage

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:39 AEST

Yesterday's US Supreme Court decision to allow lower courts to decide whether states can ban gay marriage has been hailed a landmark ruling.

Housing affordability at top of John Key's agenda

Updated 8 October 2014, 14:53 AEST

With a new cabinet sworn in New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he wants to tackle the high price of housing.

Deportation could cost PNG student her life

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:30 AEST

Bernadene Morlin suffered renal failure in 2012 after coming to Australia a year earlier on a student visa.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison urged to stop deportation of PNG

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:29 AEST

Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is being urged to stop the deportation of a PNG woman over fears it could result in her death.

Solomon's plans first post-RAMSI poll

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:29 AEST

Solomon Islanders will go to the polls next month in a national election announced by the government yesterday.

Program to address low adult literacy in PNG

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:28 AEST

Adult literacy rates in Papua New Guinea are some of the worst in the Pacific, with only half of the population considered literate.

Samoa defeats Lupe Ole Soaga in tight contest

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:28 AEST

Goals were in short supply on Match Day 1 of the OFC Champions League preliminary round in Apia.

Cook Islands and Puaikura in one-one draw

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:27 AEST

In the opening match of the OFC Champions League preliminary round in Apia SK Baptist Church from American Samoa grabbed a very late equaliser to snatch a point in a one-one draw with Puaikura from Cook Islands.

PNG gearing up for Pacific Games

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:26 AEST

A seven strong team from the 2015 Pacific Games Office in Papua New Guinea is just back from Australia, where they attended the Sydney University Games as observers.

Tonga now the world capital of Mormonism

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:44 AEST

Tonga has taken out a new title.

NZ Pacific Minister climbs cabinet rankings

Updated 7 October 2014, 17:47 AEST

New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples is now the highest ranking Pacific Island politician in the country's history.

Scientists to map underwater Ontong Java plateau

Updated 7 October 2014, 17:46 AEST

An international team of scientists is going to study an undersea plateau north of Solomon Islands for clues about the earth's early geology, and also help estimate the risk from tsunamis.

Pacific more attractive than Asia for Australian exporters: economist

Updated 7 October 2014, 17:45 AEST

A new book by one of Australia's leading economists shows the Pacific is such a thriving market for Australian small to medium-sized enterprises, that countries like Papua New Guinea attract more Australian exporters than much larger trading partners such as Japan and Indonesia.

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