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.


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.

Preserving Pacific culture in New Zealand

Updated 7 August 2014, 9:23 AEST

New Zealand's Arts Council is gathering the knowledge of regional elders to preserve Pacific heritage arts for the future.

Australians play a significant role in Rosetta comet landing

Updated 7 August 2014, 9:24 AEST

Imagine sending a spacecraft more than six billion kilometres with the goal of landing it on a comet just five kilometres wide.

Cook Islands worried over new Rugby League World Cup qualification

Updated 7 August 2014, 9:24 AEST

Moves by the Rugby League International Federation to change the World Cup qualifying path for the lower ranked Pacific teams have not gone down well in Cook Islands.

Jets say travel may affect players ahead of Hunters clash in Kokopo

Updated 7 August 2014, 9:58 AEST

There's going to be a showdown in Kokopo on Saturday when the Ipswich Jets will be in town to take on the PNG Hunters in a match which is vital to both teams.

New All-Whites coach keen to take NZ to unprecedented heights

Updated 7 August 2014, 9:24 AEST

The new man in charge of the All-Whites says he wants to take New Zealand further than ever before in the World Cup.

Worrying new data on bigeye tuna stocks

Updated 6 August 2014, 18:16 AEST

Scientists gathered in Marshall Islands have been told about shocking new assessments of the region's bigeye tuna stocks.

Non-contact rugby trials underway in South Australia

Updated 6 August 2014, 18:17 AEST

Do you think your rugby playing days are over?

Hawaii braces for hurricane and tropical storm

Updated 6 August 2014, 18:36 AEST

Residents in Hawaii have been advised to prepare a seven-day disaster kit as a hurricane and a separate tropical storm approach the islands.

Pacific Leaders launch global campaign for donor help to cope with extreme weather

Updated 6 August 2014, 18:35 AEST

Pacific Island leaders have launched a global campaign to improve weather forecasting and climate services in small island nations.

Australian crime chiefs discuss Pacific transnational crime

Updated 6 August 2014, 18:31 AEST

Some of the most senior figures in Australian law enforcement are getting together in Canberra tonight to discuss how to combat transnational crime in the Pacific.

New mining law proposed for Bougainville

Updated 6 August 2014, 18:30 AEST

A proposed new mining law has been introduced into the parliament on the island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea.

Door cracks open in Tuvalu climate change refugee case

Updated 6 August 2014, 8:23 AEST

Has New Zealand opened the door to climate change refugees?That's the question being asked now that a family from Tuvalu have been granted residency after claiming they would be affected by climate change if they were sent home.

Amnesty claims Australia breaches UN torture convention

Updated 6 August 2014, 8:23 AEST

Last week he was compelled to give evidence at a Human Rights Commission inquiry.

Hawaii preparing for double whammy from storms

Updated 6 August 2014, 8:32 AEST

Residents in Hawaii have been advised to prepare a seven-day disaster kit as a hurricane and a seperate tropical storm approaches the islands.

Cashing in on culture as art, craft and fashion moves to formal economy

Updated 6 August 2014, 8:26 AEST

Fashion, visual art, craft and performing arts have long been a part of Pacific culture and the informal economy.

Diet change necessary to close indigenous health gap

Updated 6 August 2014, 8:28 AEST

Closing the life expectancy gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians is a top priority for the federal and state governments.

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