Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.


Kanak women teaching textiles and weaving in Vanuatu

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:46 AEST

A group of women from New Caledonia are taking part in a cultural exchange program with French speaking women from Vanuatu.

FIFA umpires arrive for Micronesian Games football competition

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:46 AEST

The football competition at the 2014 The Micronesian Games in Pohnpei have been given new status with the provision of FIFA-registered umpires.

Vanuatu judo champion looking forward to Glasgow Games

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:46 AEST

Excitement is building among Commonwealth countries for Glasgow 2014.

Solomon Islands weightlifter hopeful of snatching Commonwealth medal

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:45 AEST

A Solomon Islands weightlifter could provide the country with its first Commonwealth Games medal.

Finishing touches underway for movie on Cook Islands rugby

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:45 AEST

The makers of the documentary One More Win, the film that tells the story of Cook Islands bid to win a place at the Rugby World Cup, is now well into post-production.

Bad weather hampers PNG flood relief

Updated 22 July 2014, 17:27 AEST

Five weeks after severe flash flooding in Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands, 40 families are still living under temporary canvases.

Media in PNG looks at better ways to serve the grassroots audience

Updated 22 July 2014, 17:27 AEST

An international conference at the University of Goroka in Papua New Guinea is looking at how the media can better serve grassroots people and improve coverage of cultural issues.

Fiji's National Federation Party launches election manifesto

Updated 22 July 2014, 17:26 AEST

Fiji's National Federation Party has released its manifesto ahead of the country's September elections, the first poll since the 2006 military coup.

Oil Search doubles revenue and wins praise at AIDS 2014 Conference

Updated 22 July 2014, 17:25 AEST

Papua New Guinea's biggest company almost doubled its revenue in the second quarter of this year.

Faith healing turns deadly in PNG

Updated 22 July 2014, 17:22 AEST

In Papua New Guinea revivalist churches are promoting prayer as a substitute for HIV/AIDS medication according to human rights groups.

AIDS 2014 hears of vaccine breakthrough

Updated 22 July 2014, 17:21 AEST

Delegates to the AIDS 2014 Conference in Melbourne were told Danish researchers have made a major breakthrough in the search for an HIV vaccine.

Opposition hopeful of overturning Cook Island's election result

Updated 22 July 2014, 8:32 AEST

The Cook Islands Democratic Party says the count of the national election was mishandled.

Security Council adopts Australian resolution on Malaysia Airlines downing

Updated 22 July 2014, 8:33 AEST

The UN Security Council has adopted an Australian resolution that condemns the downing of Malaysian passenger plane in Ukraine It's demanded that those responsible for downing the plane be held to account, that armed groups "refrain from any actions that may compromise the integrity of the crash site", and that they allow safe, full, unrestricted access to the site.

Editor claims he was intimidated after Tonga corruption article

Updated 22 July 2014, 8:33 AEST

The editor and publisher of the Matangi Tonga newspaper and online news site has been dressed down by the government over an item he wrote on corruption in Tonga.

Mystery illness affects dozens in American Samoa

Updated 22 July 2014, 8:34 AEST

In American Samoa, the spread of a mystery illness is baffling doctors with dozens of cases reported over the last few days.

Rethink needed for Pacific development policy - economist

Updated 22 July 2014, 8:34 AEST

The economic development model in the Pacific is all wrong according to Daniel Gay, an independent political economist advising on trade policy in small countries.

Tanna goats on trial on Vanuatu's main island

Updated 22 July 2014, 8:35 AEST

Breeding goats for meat may be a way of boosting the income of farmers in Vanuatu.

Training to make Niue weather forcasts more user-friendly

Updated 22 July 2014, 8:59 AEST

Staff at the Niue Meteorological Service are taking part in a training program to make their forecasts and warnings more user friendly.

Fiji swimmer William Clark hoping to better PB in Glasgow

Updated 22 July 2014, 8:40 AEST

A Fijian swimmer is making the most of the lifting of the ban on Fiji participating in the Commonwealth Games, arriving in Glasgow ahead of the next Games and plunging into a training regime.

Meares excited by being chosen as Glasgow Games flag bearer

Updated 22 July 2014, 8:40 AEST

Cyclist Anna Meares has been chosen as the flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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