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.


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.

600 year old waka in NZ may show Polynesian migration link

Updated 7 October 2014, 17:45 AEST

A 600 year old ocean going waka in New Zealand could shed new light on early Polynesian migration to the country.

New lifestyle magazine hits Pacific newsstands

Updated 7 October 2014, 17:44 AEST

A new glossy magazine aimed at Pacific Islanders has gone on sale in Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.

New Fiji parliament 'first little step'

Updated 7 October 2014, 10:42 AEST

Fiji has taken another important step on the road back to democracy with the first sitting of its new parliament.

Europe rewards Fiji for holding election

Updated 7 October 2014, 10:43 AEST

After the landmark election in last month, Fiji continues to reap the benefits, with the opening up of preferential trade links with the European Union just a few days ago.

RAMSI's unique challenges and achievements go under the microscope

Updated 7 October 2014, 11:02 AEST

The decade-long Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, has been described by some as an ambitious 'state-building' project in the mould of interventions in Iraq or East Timor.

Northern Marianas plans for ebola outbreak

Updated 7 October 2014, 11:01 AEST

International concern over the deadly ebola virus is growing, with the Spanish health minister confirming that a nurse who treated an ebola victim in Madrid has contracted the virus in the first case of an infection outside Africa.

Niue puts Disney characters on its currency

Updated 7 October 2014, 10:43 AEST

The coins of Niue have become collectors items around the world, and they're helping to put cash into the Niuean economy, as well as creating global awareness about a tiny island in the Pacific.

Oceania Champions League kicks off in Apia.

Updated 7 October 2014, 10:48 AEST

A new season of Oceania Champions League football kicks off later today, with the first two preliminary round matches being played in Apia.

American Samoa hopeful ahead of cup

Updated 7 October 2014, 10:49 AEST

Samoan Korean Baptist Church FC are getting ready to step up to the big league.

Fiji parliament sits for first time since 2006 coup

Updated 6 October 2014, 17:52 AEST

Fiji has taken another important step on the road back to democracy with the first sitting of its new parliament.

New Zealand PM breaks with tradition in announcing new cabinet

Updated 6 October 2014, 17:51 AEST

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has unveiled his new cabinet, following his victory at last month's national elections.

Solomon landowners warned to be wary when dealing with investors

Updated 6 October 2014, 17:51 AEST

Landowners in Solomon Islands are being warned not to rush into signing agreements with companies and investors without understanding the details.

Guam, CNMI come through typhoon Vongfong okay

Updated 6 October 2014, 17:50 AEST

Guam and the CNMI appear to have escaped reasonably unscathed from Typhoon Vongfong, which hit the islands on Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning.

Fiji ginger grower says his exports are clean

Updated 6 October 2014, 17:50 AEST

One of Fiji's biggest ginger growers has defended his product against charges it could be a major biohazard to Australia.

Film helping change attitudes about homosexuality in PNG

Updated 6 October 2014, 17:49 AEST

The Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Festival is moving across the country, telling the stories of those oppressed in PNG and across the Pacific.

Fiji opposition calls for poverty relief

Updated 6 October 2014, 12:20 AEST

One hundred and twenty participants from across Fiji gathered in Suva on Saturday for a Special Budget Forum.

New Fiji MPs get parliamentary schooling

Updated 6 October 2014, 12:33 AEST

After eight years of standing dormant, Fiji's parliament will today host its first meeting of elected MPs since the 2006 coup.

Marshall Islands cracks down on illegal tobacco sales

Updated 6 October 2014, 12:23 AEST

Successful NGO-police cooperation has virtually halted the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors on Ebeye Island in the Marshall Islands, but the successful enforcement has come with a price: the sale of betel nut, banned by local government ordinance, has shifted from stores to "mobile sellers" who carry it in backpacks and sell betel nut at local sports courts where young people congregate.

Teina Bishop tipped as next Cook Islands Prime Minister

Updated 6 October 2014, 12:24 AEST

An Opposition Party coalition is in the making ahead of the scheduled sitting of Parliament on October 8.

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