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.

Stories

New Caledonia visit by French president to bolster anti-independence push

Updated 11 November 2014, 17:41 AEDT

This Sunday, November 16, French president Francois Hollande will depart the G20 summit in Brisbane and fly to New Caledonia.

Drones trialled getting tuberculosis samples from PNG villages

Updated 11 November 2014, 17:42 AEDT

The challenges of distance, rugged terrain and poor transport infrastructure are just some of the reasons the disease tuberculosis is such as huge problem in Papua New Guinea.

Radio drama illustrates politics for Solomon Islands women

Updated 11 November 2014, 17:42 AEDT

A radio drama being broadcast on the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation is designed to educate women about politics.

Australia's immigration policies criticised at UN torture hearings

Updated 11 November 2014, 10:22 AEDT

Australia's immigration policies have been criticised at the United Nations Committee Against Torture hearings in Geneva.

Initiative to tackle violence against women and children in PNG

Updated 11 November 2014, 10:23 AEDT

Gender-based assault is all too common in Papua New Guinea, with estimates suggesting two out of three women will be victims at some point in their lives.

Samoa applauded for environmental leadership on shark conservation

Updated 11 November 2014, 10:26 AEDT

Samoa has been congratulated for its environmental leadership after signing a global Memorandum of Understanding to conserve migratory sharks.

Traditional music a valuable education tool in the Federated States of Micronesia

Updated 11 November 2014, 10:25 AEDT

Traditional music is an integral part of culture across much of the Pacific and can be used to connect people to their histories.

Manu Samoa looks to a strong showing against Canada in France

Updated 11 November 2014, 10:32 AEDT

Manu Samoa have begun their build up to the second test on their European tour against Canada this weekend, with the match being played in France.

Tonga's rugby team hopes to bounce back against the United States

Updated 11 November 2014, 10:29 AEDT

The Tongan rugby squad has settled into camp in the UK, ahead of the next leg of their European tour which features a test match against the United States this weekend.

Papua New Guinea's cricket team achieves historical wins

Updated 11 November 2014, 10:30 AEDT

It's back to business for the Baramundis as Papua New Guinea's national cricket team prepares to take on Hong Kong in a three day game in Townsville.

Plenty of positives to come out of Cricket Fiji's Australian tour

Updated 11 November 2014, 10:28 AEDT

Cricket Fiji's development squad have completed their tour of Australia's Sunshine Coast with a 20/20 match under lights at Caloundra Cricket Club.

Chinese president to visit Fiji and meet with Pacific leaders

Updated 10 November 2014, 17:42 AEDT

The Fiji government says a number of Pacific leaders will be heading to Nadi later this month to take part in the visit by the Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Political Parties Act challenged in run up to Solomon Islands election

Updated 10 November 2014, 17:42 AEDT

Solomon Islands goes to the polls on November 19, but an Opposition court challenge to the new Political Parties Act could change the way people do eventually vote.

Questions about changes to Pacific regional organisation

Updated 10 November 2014, 17:43 AEDT

An Australian academic is puzzled by the announcement of a meeting in Australia next year to discuss the way the Pacific nations organise themselves internationally.

Fiji wins global adventure tourism award

Updated 10 November 2014, 17:45 AEDT

Small Pacific tourism operators have had a big win at this year's Adventure Travel and Backpackers Expo, which took place in Sydney over the weekend.

Families of Bougainville dead farewell loved ones

Updated 10 November 2014, 17:45 AEDT

In Papua New Guinea, people lost during the Bougainville crisis have been farwelled in an emotional ceremony.

Mobile phones tackling corruption in PNG's Department of Finance

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:53 AEDT

Even in a country known for a high level of official corruption, PNG's Department of Finance has long stood out as one of the most corrupt arms of government.

Is Fiji what could be termed a 'militarised democracy'?

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:54 AEDT

Since the landmark election in September, all remaining sanctions on Fiji have been lifted, and the country has been welcomed back into the international fold.

Australian MPs to mentor their Fijian counterparts

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:54 AEDT

Fiji's parliamentarians will be working with their counterparts from Australian states to ensure the newly-established systems run smoothly.

$22 million for Marshall Islands construction project held up for year

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:55 AEDT

In Marshall Islands, a construction project worth more than $22 million has been held up for more than two years waiting for the government to reorganise the unit that would oversee it.

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