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.


Priest accused of sexual abuse in PNG in suspected drug overdose

Updated 9 October 2014, 18:02 AEST

An elderly Australian priest accused of sexually abusing boys in the 1960s has been rushed to hospital in Papua New Guinea, after a suspected drug overdose.

Pacific Climate Warriors take on Australian coal industry

Updated 10 October 2014, 10:13 AEST

A group of young Pacific Islanders calling themselves the 'Climate Warriors' has arrived in Australia to mount a protest against the Australian coal industry.

Fiji teacher sacked for spitting on student

Updated 9 October 2014, 18:02 AEST

A teacher in Fiji has been sacked for spitting on a student.

Pacific chocolate taste test

Updated 9 October 2014, 18:00 AEST

Melbourne chocolatier Sylvia Kliska taste tests a variety of premium chocolates made from cocoa beans grown from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

Cook Islands set to elect new speaker

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:34 AEST

The Cook Islands caretaker Prime Minister Henry Puna says his party remains united as they head into a parliamentary sitting this morning.

Solomons still recovering from April floods

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:35 AEST

Six months after devastating floods in Solomon Islands, the clean up is continuing.

Tonga throws open doors to parliament

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:36 AEST

As Tongan voters prepare to head to the polls next month, the country's parliament has opened its doors to help the public understand what goes on when MPs are at work.

Program hopes to keep Fiji language alive

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:37 AEST

Outside Fiji, there is only a small number of immigrants keeping the language alive.

Strong demand for purse seine observers

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:38 AEST

Fisheries observers collect information from commercial fishing vessels, making sure it is accurate and unbiased.

Teams under technical microscope at OCL qualifiers in Apia

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:40 AEST

It's Match Day 2 in the preliminary round of the OFC Champions League as the four competing sides battle it out for a place in the Champions League proper next year.

Much travelled Stu Kelly set to play key role for Puaikura in OCL qualifier

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:41 AEST

It's Match Day 2 in the preliminary round of the OFC Champions League in Apia, with two more matches as the four competing sides battle it out for a place in the Champions League proper next year.

Vanuatu take on Asian champions the Philippines in Luganville

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:41 AEST

Another of the Pacific's developing rugby league nations is in action this weekend as Vanuatu take on Asian champions the Philippines in Luganville.

Big win for Pacific states in US tuna negotiations

Updated 8 October 2014, 17:17 AEST

Pacific Island countries have succeeded in negotiating what is believed to be one of the most valuable fishing access agreements ever made anywhere in the world.

Australian government urged not to deport sick woman to PNG

Updated 8 October 2014, 17:17 AEST

Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is being urged to stop the deportation of a young Papua New Guinea woman over fears it could result in her death.

No surprises over alleged Indonesian spying of Papua activities in Australia: researcher

Updated 8 October 2014, 17:16 AEST

A leading researcher on West Papua says he's not surprised over allegations of Indonesian students spying on independence acvitists in Australia.

Call for greater PNG police engagement with Australian counterparts

Updated 8 October 2014, 17:15 AEST

An Australian think tank has called for a stronger engagement between Papua New Guinea police and their Australian counterparts.

Fiji denies local ginger contains dangerous parasite

Updated 8 October 2014, 17:15 AEST

The head of Fiji's Agriculture department has rejected claims by Australian ginger growers that his country's ginger is infested with a dangerous parasite.

Hawaiians protest world's biggest telescope

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:40 AEST

Demonstraters opposed to the construction of a 1-point-4 billion dollar telescope on a sacred site in Hawaii have gathered to picket the ground-breaking ceremony for the project.

Hopes operating theatre will save sight of Madang residents

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:38 AEST

Tomorow is World Sight Day, and to mark the occasion in Papua New Guinea, the Fred Hollows Foundation NZ is announcing the opening of a new operating theatre in Madang.

Hawaii's Family Forum continues opposition to gay marriage

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:39 AEST

Yesterday's US Supreme Court decision to allow lower courts to decide whether states can ban gay marriage has been hailed a landmark ruling.

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