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.


Origin v Country tug-of-war in rugby league could shift in Pacific nations' favour

Updated 8 May 2015, 11:13 AEST

As the NRL returns this weekend after the international break, the debate over State of Origin versus country is a hot topic once again, following some stand out performances by potential Origin contenders from the Pacific.

Solomon Islands police wary of Bougainville gun running: commissioner

Updated 8 May 2015, 11:14 AEST

Police in Solomon Islands are investigating the source of a gun that was recently found in the capital, Honiara, in the possession of a group of men from Bougainville.

Pacific Islands Forum review of Australian aid hears frank assessments

Updated 8 May 2015, 11:16 AEST

Australia is the latest country to come under the spotlight of the Pacific Island Forum's innovative aid review process.

Pacific media watchdog claims Nauru Facebook blackout a rights threat

Updated 8 May 2015, 11:16 AEST

Regional media watchdog Pacific Freedom Forum says the Nauru government's Facebook ban is a threat to human rights.

Tuna industry worldwide cuts catch by 35 per cent to improve prices

Updated 7 May 2015, 12:13 AEST

The world's tuna fishing fleet has agreed to cut its catch by 35 percent in an effort to pull the industry out of the current market crisis.

Pacific fishing giant hopeful cut will turn around skipjack tuna market crisis

Updated 7 May 2015, 12:13 AEST

The World Tuna Purse Seine Organisation says the 35 percent reduction will come into place on May 15 and will be in effect until the end of the year.

Bougainville women candidates target both open and reserved seats

Updated 7 May 2015, 12:12 AEST

With just days to go before voters in Bougainville head to the polls, more than 340 candidates, including 35 women, are campaigning hard for the 40 seats available.

Figures show Malaitan hunt targets hundreds of dolphins each year

Updated 7 May 2015, 12:12 AEST

Researchers have confirmed that recent dolphin hunts in Solomon Islands are among the world's largest.

Environmentalists defends cash offer to stop Malaitan dolphin cull

Updated 7 May 2015, 12:11 AEST

A US-based conservation group attempted to stop the dolphin cull in 2010 by offering villagers cash in exchange for not hunting.

Training to help cultural industries protect their intellectual property rights

Updated 7 May 2015, 12:07 AEST

Law enforcement officers in Fiji are learning about intellectual property rights and how they apply to local culture.

The Lionheart has his eyes focussed on another crack at heavyweight world title

Updated 7 May 2015, 12:06 AEST

Boxer Alex Leapai is back on the world title trail just over a year after his previous attempt was ended in the fifth round by the powerful Ukrainian, Wladimir Klitschko.

PNG sporting ambassador hits lifetime best form heading into Pacific Games

Updated 7 May 2015, 12:05 AEST

The top woman golfer in Papua New Guinea is still to be told officially that she'll be teeing off for her country in the Pacific Games, but Kristine Seko looks certain to be there.

PM Bainimarama adjusts Fiji's stance on Pacific Islands Forum

Updated 6 May 2015, 18:08 AEST

Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama has backed down on a refusal to participate in the Pacific Islands Forum.

Fiji's renewed stance on Pacific Islands Forum wise and surprising: academic

Updated 6 May 2015, 18:09 AEST

A senior academic in Fiji says the tone and content of Fiji prime minister Frank Bainimarama's speech addressing his stance on the Pacific Islands Forum was somewhat of a surprise.

Survey finds most Pacific firms do not understand PACER Plus

Updated 8 May 2015, 10:43 AEST

The Pacific's peak private sector organisation says most island businesses don't understand the PACER Plus trade deal.

PNG police charge two over tribal fight which left 10 dead in Hela

Updated 6 May 2015, 18:13 AEST

It's more than a fortnight since 10 people were killed in a tribal dispute in Papua New Guinea's Hela Province but many children are yet to return to school.

Australian lawyers, activists coached in cryptography familiar to Nauru detainees

Updated 6 May 2015, 18:12 AEST

As people on Nauru are seeing their online communication with the outside severely curtailed with the shutdown of Facebook, and other undisclosed social media sites, lawyers and civil society groups in Australia, as well as Nauru detainees, are staying one step ahead.

Concern about ongoing Vanuatu Cyclone Pam relief because aid is needed

Updated 6 May 2015, 11:10 AEST

Nearly two months after Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu, killing 17 people and forcing tens of thousands out of their homes, disaster management officials say international assistance is starting to dry up.

Cyclone Pam costs Vanuatu workforce millions of vatu in lost wages

Updated 6 May 2015, 11:10 AEST

Only now is the true picture of the economic cost of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu becoming clear, with the Labor Commission estimating that more than a quarter of a million working days have been lost.

Concerns for people in Temotu's outer islands weeks after Cyclone Pam

Updated 6 May 2015, 11:10 AEST

Ever since Cyclone Pam struck nearly two months ago, there's been an intense focus on the disaster relief effort in Vanuatu and rather less on the other affected countries, including Solomon Islands.

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