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.


French journalists accused of involvement with Papuan "armed criminal groups"

Updated 28 August 2014, 17:51 AEST

Indonesian authorities have accused two French journalists who were arrested in the province of Papua of being involved with "armed criminal groups".

Rio Tinto reviewing Bougainville Copper stake

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:45 AEST

Mining giant Rio Tinto has indicated it may not return to the troubled Panguna mine in Bougainville.

Fiji election nominations now closed

Updated 18 August 2014, 16:58 AEST

Fiji's elections office is now sorting through the various candidates wanting to stand in next month's election, determining who is or is not qualified to stand.

Chaudhry to fight military government to the bitter end

Updated 18 August 2014, 16:58 AEST

Fiji's opposition Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has put his name forward as a candidate in next months elections, despite it being almost certain he won't be allowed to stand.

Independent Fiji candidate concerned over ballot design

Updated 18 August 2014, 16:59 AEST

An independent candidate in next month's Fiji elections says she's worried people may be confused by the ballot paper.

Rio Tinto reviewing its future at Bougainville copper mine

Updated 18 August 2014, 16:59 AEST

Mining company Rio Tinto has indicated it may not return to mining in Bougainville.

PACER Plus included in Australia's new economic diplomacy policy

Updated 18 August 2014, 16:59 AEST

Australia's Trade Minister Andrew Robb says that with Fiji back in the fold, he is now in a postion to put a proposal to cabinet on a Pacific trade deal and hopes it can be concluded next year.

Crime and violence holding back PNG businesses

Updated 18 August 2014, 17:00 AEST

Crime and violence in Papua New Guina is holding the private sector back.

Samoan hotel food waste recycled for organic compost

Updated 18 August 2014, 17:02 AEST

Food waste from hotels in Samoa is being recycled to produce compost for organic farms.

PNG lose to South Africa in AFL International Cup

Updated 18 August 2014, 10:37 AEST

In round three of the Australian Football League's International Cup Papua New Guinea's men's team has had a surprise loss to South Africa.

Hunters' Queensland Cup finals hopes still alive, but only just

Updated 18 August 2014, 10:38 AEST

The PNG Hunters' Queensland Cup finals hopes are hanging by a thread after they went down to third-placed Wynnum Manly Seagulls by 28 points to 10.

Australian golfer Jeffress wins Fiji International

Updated 18 August 2014, 10:38 AEST

Australia's Steven Jeffress has overcome blustery conditions to win the inaugural Fiji International Golf tournament.

Crocodile Prize founder says the aim is to foster creative talent

Updated 18 August 2014, 11:13 AEST

The Crocodile Prize began in 2011 and has been a nurturing force for Papua New Guinea's writers.

Crocodile Prize recognises PNG's best writers

Updated 18 August 2014, 11:11 AEST

When you think about Papua New Guinea, poetry is perhaps not the first thing to come to mind.

BBC crew heads to Raratonga to film drama series

Updated 18 August 2014, 11:13 AEST

A film crew from the BBC's Channel 3 is heading to Raratonga to film an eight-part drama series.

Thousands gather for International Horticulture Congress

Updated 18 August 2014, 11:14 AEST

More than 3000 delegates from over one hundred countries have gathered in Brisbane for the International Horticulture Congress.

Call for action ahead of UN Climate Change Summit

Updated 18 August 2014, 11:15 AEST

Last week on Pacific Beat we heard from Tuvalu's Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga highlighting the importance of the UN Climate Summit in New York next month, where he will be co-chair.

High interest in NZ suicide prevention programme

Updated 18 August 2014, 11:15 AEST

There has been a flood of funding applications to New Zealand's National Suicide Prevention Programme for Maori and Pasifika Communities which has been set up jointly by the mental health groups Le Va and Te Rau Matatini.

Tuvalu PM says he's ready for new Ombudsman

Updated 18 August 2014, 11:16 AEST

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga says he's ready to open his government up for scrutiny when the country's first Chief Ombudsman takes up his post.

Pacific Beat says goodbye to Geraldine Coutts

Updated 15 August 2014, 17:10 AEST

After many years today Radio Australia, the Pacific and the ABC says goodbye to Geraldine Coutts.

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