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.


Forum SG Dame Meg Taylor in-depth on her Pacific listening tour

Updated 10 April 2015, 11:25 AEST

The new Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum secretariat Dame Meg Taylor is more than half-way through a listening tour of the Pacific and she is optimisitic about the future of her organisation.

Fiji opposition says Bainimarama is childish

Updated 9 April 2015, 17:10 AEST

Fiji's opposition leader has apologised to Australia, New Zealand and the other Pacific Islands Forum members for the behaviour of Fiji prime minister Frank Bainimarama.

Fiji First says opposition is wrong on funding claims

Updated 9 April 2015, 17:10 AEST

Fiji's ruling Fiji First Party says the opposition is incorrect to claim they are treated badly when it comes to funding their offices and staff.

US politics will influence Trans-Pacific partnership negotiations

Updated 9 April 2015, 17:07 AEST

It is crunch time for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the ambitious and controversial attempt to create a free trade bloc in the Asia-Pacific.

'Porgera rape settlement deal has wide-ranging impact'

Updated 9 April 2015, 10:36 AEST

An international legal expert says the settlement between the world's biggest gold miner and a group of women who were raped by security guards and police at the company's Pogera mine in Papua New Guinea has wider significance.

Large crowds greet Japan's emperor and empress in Palau

Updated 9 April 2015, 10:37 AEST

Crowds of flag-waving children and hundreds of well-wishers welcomed Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko when they arrived in Palau's capital Koror yesterday afternoon.

Ba hopes for a better OFC Champions League finish

Updated 9 April 2015, 10:38 AEST

When the OFC Champions League kicks off in Suva this weekend and Fijian team Ba is hoping to go one better than last year when it made the semi-finals before being knocked out by Vanuatu's Amicale.

Lessons learned from Honiara flash floods in 2014

Updated 9 April 2015, 10:39 AEST

It's been a year since flash flooding hit the Solomon Islands capital Honiara, killing 22 people and leaving 9,000 people homeless.

Survey shows perceptions of women and leadership in Fiji have shifted

Updated 9 April 2015, 10:40 AEST

Improving women's participation in politics is the theme of the Fiji Women's Forum that's underway in Suva.

Solomon Islands sea turtle population in recovery after 150 years of exploitation

Updated 9 April 2015, 10:41 AEST

The South Pacific's critically endangered hawksbill turtle population appears to be in recovery after 150 years of exploitation.

Ban on Vanuatu marine conservation areas lifted

Updated 9 April 2015, 10:42 AEST

Vanuatu's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries has decided to lift a ban on marine conservation areas on the islands affected by Cyclone Pam and also allow turtles to be caught.

Fiji opposition claims poor treatment

Updated 9 April 2015, 10:42 AEST

Fiji's opposition are complaining they are being treated badly when it comes to funding for their offices and staff.

PNG doctors to climb mountain for a mammogram machine

Updated 9 April 2015, 10:43 AEST

Some doctors in Papua New Guinea are going to climb a mountain to raise funds to buy a mammogram machine.

How the US Presidential candidates rate on aid

Updated 9 April 2015, 10:44 AEST

The United States approach to aid is now firmly on the political agenda, with the possibility that President Barack Obama's successor could change policy on wider issues such as climate change as well.

Kava shortage in Vanuatu

Updated 9 April 2015, 10:45 AEST

Locals in Vanuatu are experiencing a shortage of kava, as the nation attempts to recover from Cyclone Pam.

Settlement over brutal sexual assaults at Porgera gold mine

Updated 8 April 2015, 11:14 AEST

The world's biggest gold miner is paying compensation to a group of women who were raped by security guards and police at the company's mine in Papua New Guinea.

International call for debt relief for cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu

Updated 8 April 2015, 11:14 AEST

An alliance of non-government organisations in the United States is calling on international lenders to grant debt relief to Vanuatu in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Vanuatu's phone network likely to be fully restored in weeks

Updated 8 April 2015, 11:15 AEST

When Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu three and a half weeks ago, it took down much of the country's communications infrastructure, cutting most people off from mobile, phone and email connection.

Palau prepares for visit by Japan's Emperor and Empress

Updated 8 April 2015, 11:15 AEST

Palau is preparing to host royal visitors.

Peace Boat carries Japanese tourists to 'Starvation Island'

Updated 8 April 2015, 11:17 AEST

For Americans, Guadalcanal is the site of a turning point in World War Two.

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