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.


Backroom turmoil could derail Wallabies hopes of rare win over the All Blacks

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:12 AEDT

On to rugby union, and Australia lock horns with New Zealand again in Brisbane tomorrow night, with on paper at least, very little at stake.

'Climate warriors' set to disrupt coal exports

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:13 AEDT

Later today a group of young people calling themselves the Pacific Climate Warriors will paddle out into the harbour of Australia, and the world's, largest coal port in Newcastle - in a bid to stop coal exports for a day.

Betel nut ban, agressive police blamed for death of elderly woman

Updated 16 October 2014, 17:45 AEDT

The ban on selling betel nut and alleged aggressive behavior by police are being blamed for an incident in which an elderly woman was hit by a bus and died in Port Moresby on Monday.

Pacific media groups say assault of NBC staff is a wake up call

Updated 16 October 2014, 17:46 AEDT

Media organisations in the Pacific have responded to the alleged sexual assault on two PNG media workers with shock and concern.

Fiji opposition unhappy at PM pay rise

Updated 16 October 2014, 17:47 AEDT

A pay rise for Fiji's prime minister and other parliamentary figures, announced just before the first sitting of parliament, has been criticised by the opposition.

Malaysian firm launches takeover bid for one of PNG's biggest companies

Updated 16 October 2014, 17:48 AEDT

Malaysian Palm Oil giant Sime Darby has launched a massive $US1.

Energy chief Lisieli Taviri wins PNG Outstanding Women award

Updated 16 October 2014, 17:49 AEDT

The head of the petroleum company Origin Energy PNG, Lesieli Taviri, has been announced as this year's winner of the Westpac Outstanding Women Award in Papua New Guinea.

Marine biologist wins youth prize in PNG Outstanding Women awards

Updated 16 October 2014, 17:50 AEDT

One of PNG's youngest marine biologists has won the IBBM Young Achievers prize at the 2014 Westpac Outstanding Women awards.

FFA says Pacific solidarity intact despite Kiribati's surprise move

Updated 17 October 2014, 13:29 AEDT

Kiribati's decision to reduce the number of fishing days it offers the United States tuna fleet has not undermined regional solidarity on fisheries issues, according to the Pacific Forum's Fisheries Agency.

Defence team to clear World War II bombs from Bougainville

Updated 16 October 2014, 10:47 AEDT

A defence team which got rid of more than 12-thousand unexploded bombs in Solomon Islands last year is about to go to work in Bougainville.

Future Pacific leaders meet in New Caledonia

Updated 16 October 2014, 10:48 AEDT

Future leaders from 18 Pacific countries are travelling to New Caledonia and Vanuatu this week for talks on governance and development.

51 countries sign off on protocol to access genetic material

Updated 16 October 2014, 10:49 AEDT

A group of 51 countries have signed off on an international protocol that has wide ranging implications for protecting the rights of the Pacific Islands when it comes to accessing their genetic resources.

Pacific ship safety program expands

Updated 16 October 2014, 10:50 AEDT

The Pacific Islands Domestic Ship Safety Programme continues to expand, with Papua New Guinea and the Federated States of Micronesia set to join the fold next year.

Coaching coup for Tonga as former World Cup winner Jake White jumps on

Updated 16 October 2014, 10:51 AEDT

The Tonga Rugby Union has drafted in former World Cup winning coach Jake White as technical advisor ahead of the squads European tour next month when they'll take on Georgia, Scotland and the United States.

Barramundis' coach upbeat despite shortage of wins in SACA Premier League

Updated 16 October 2014, 10:52 AEDT

After a dominant performance in the inaugural South Australian Premier League last season, Papua New Guinea's cricketers are finding the going a lot harder this time.

Softly, softly as Cricket Fiji reintroduces the sport into Taveuni

Updated 16 October 2014, 10:53 AEDT

Cricket has returned to Taveuni, Fiji's third largest island, after the sport was almost wiped out there in the most bizarre of circumstances, when a local chief died after being struck in the ribs by a cricket ball during a local match.

PNG media staff allegedly kidnapped, sexually assaulted

Updated 15 October 2014, 18:07 AEDT

Staff at Papua New Guinea's National Broadcasting Corporation are rallying around three of their colleagues who were kidnapped and attacked on their way home from work.

PNG police vow to arrest attackers who assaulted female media workers

Updated 15 October 2014, 18:06 AEDT

PNG police are investigating the assault incident involving female workers at the National Broadcasting Service.

Kiribati cuts United States tuna boat access

Updated 16 October 2014, 15:34 AEDT

Kiribati has shocked the fishing world by forcing much of the United States tuna fleet out of its waters, reportedly in favour of boats from China and Taiwan.

Australian Government defends detention of asylum seekers ar sea

Updated 15 October 2014, 18:06 AEDT

Lawyers for the Australian Government have told the High Court in Canberra, there was no risk of breaching international obligations when it planned to send a group of asylum seekers to India.

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