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.


Fish already in very short supply in Pacific - SPC

Updated 8 August 2014, 11:32 AEST

The bad news about fishing in the Pacific continues.

English education essential in American Samoa - Hunkin-Finau

Updated 8 August 2014, 11:32 AEST

Not for the first time in American Samoa's history, dual language teaching in the territory's schools is a hot topic.

Call for more focus on young students as PNG expands schools

Updated 8 August 2014, 11:31 AEST

An independent report into Papua New Guinea's free tuition policy warns the government could be leaving young students behind.

Lack of consultation with Fiji women's groups over development project

Updated 8 August 2014, 11:30 AEST

The Fiji Women and Children's Summit is wrapping up in Suva today, but women's groups and NGOs have not been invited to the table.

'Risk of progress' in delayed Tina River hydro project

Updated 8 August 2014, 11:35 AEST

For Solomon Islands there is no development project more important than the delayed and troubled Tina River Hydro power scheme.

Polynesian voyagers sailing to Apia for the SIDS summit

Updated 8 August 2014, 11:30 AEST

The crew of the Polynesian Voyaging Society's Hokule'a and Hikianalia canoes have stopped in Rarotonga on the second leg of their Worldwide Voyage.

Possible Grand Final rehearsal in NRL

Updated 8 August 2014, 11:29 AEST

In the National Rugby League as the season run-in intensifies, the weekend kicks off with a top-of-the-table clash that could potentially be a rehearsal for the Grand Final.

PNG Hunters facing a battle royal, as the Jets roll into town

Updated 8 August 2014, 11:29 AEST

It's do or die for the PNG Hunters tomorrow when they take on the Ipswich Jets at the Graveyard in Kokopo.

PNG Mosquitos intent on winning back the AFL International Cup

Updated 8 August 2014, 11:29 AEST

The opening of the AFL International Cup is being played this weekend in Melbourne, with 18 teams competing in the men's event and seven in the women's.

Corruption commission raids Fiji NGO

Updated 8 August 2014, 10:49 AEST

Officials armed with search warrants from Fiji's Independent Commission Against Corruption, FICAC, have visited the Suva premises of the Citizens Constitutional Forum twice this week.

Ousted Fiji candidate claims denial of rights

Updated 8 August 2014, 10:50 AEST

One of the prospective candidates who was forced to withdraw from Fiji's upcoming elections says he's been denied his political rights.

Hawaii braces for two hurricanes

Updated 8 August 2014, 10:51 AEST

Not one but two major Hurricanes are bearing down on Hawaii.

Hurricane centre gives latest update

Updated 8 August 2014, 10:51 AEST

Eric Lau a meteorologist at the Central Pacific Hurricane Centre, has been watching the movements of Hurricanes Iselle and Julio.

First ever Thailand Pacific Island Countries Forum to take place this weekend

Updated 8 August 2014, 10:53 AEST

Pacific countries will hold their first ever development co-operation forum with Thailand this weekend.

Concerns over criminal focus on Pacific nations

Updated 8 August 2014, 10:54 AEST

Law enforcement agencies in Australia are concerned that criminal networks are increasingly targeting Pacific nations.

Unprecedented risk to Hawaii from double hurricane assault

Updated 7 August 2014, 9:14 AEST

It is unprecedented - two hurricanes bearing down on Hawaii.

Lilo on look out for investment during overseas visits

Updated 7 August 2014, 9:22 AEST

Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo is coming to the end of his world tour with a visit to Indonesia where's he presided over the opening of the country's newest mission.

Fiji Sun reaction to Dame Meg Taylor "a bit rich" - Dorney

Updated 7 August 2014, 9:22 AEST

Fiji has accused Papua New Guinea of breaking with Melanesian solidarity by nominating the successful candidate Dame Meg Taylor for the role of Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum.

Frank 'the Crank' the face of Guam's anti gender violence campaign

Updated 7 August 2014, 9:22 AEST

In Guam, a campaign to fight violence against women is putting young men at the forefront of the issue.

Push for more agroforestry across the Pacific

Updated 7 August 2014, 9:57 AEST

Agroforestry is the growing of tree crops such as fruit and nuts.

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