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.


Contradictions over Fiji media retraction claims

Updated 4 November 2014, 18:01 AEDT

Al Jazeera has joined Radio New Zealand in denying claims by a Fiji government official that it issued an apology and retraction for racist, unbalanced and inaccurate reporting during Fiji's recent elections.

Melbourne Cup favourite Admire Rakti dies following big race

Updated 4 November 2014, 18:02 AEDT

The Melbourne Cup favourite, and this year's Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti, has collapsed in his stable and died after falling back in the field and finishing last.

Signs of renewed interest in Fiji from Australian investors

Updated 5 November 2014, 8:27 AEDT

There are signs of renewed interest by Australian investors in Fiji in the wake of the visit late last week of Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop.

Organic food in Samoa more popular with expatriates

Updated 4 November 2014, 18:03 AEDT

Baskets of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables made available each week are proving more popular with expatriates than Samoans.

Guam voters pick their choice in a range of polls

Updated 4 November 2014, 8:45 AEDT

Americans take to the polls today to cast ballots for the US midterm elections with Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa all voting for representatives for the US House of Representatives.

Lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano stalls

Updated 4 November 2014, 8:46 AEDT

For months now, lava has been flowing from the Kilauea volcano on Big Island of Hawaii, but its trail of destruction appears to be slowing.

Perfect weather for the running of the 154th Melbourne Cup

Updated 4 November 2014, 9:00 AEDT

It's the race that stops Australia, and a good deal of the Pacific, but it's a horse from Japan that's the red-hot favorite to win the Melbourne Cup.

A Japanese raider favourite for the Melbourne Cup

Updated 4 November 2014, 8:44 AEDT

They say the Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation, but a good deal of the Pacific also grinds to a halt to watch the great horse race.

Vanuatu puts tennis lessons on its kindergarten curriculum

Updated 4 November 2014, 8:44 AEDT

Young children in Vanuatu will soon have access to sport and tennis programs at the Port Vila Early Childhood Centre.

Radio NZ denies Fiji bias claims

Updated 3 November 2014, 17:56 AEDT

Radio New Zealand has denied claims by a Fiji government official that it issued an apology and retraction for racist, unbalanced and inaccurate reporting during Fiji's recent elections.

Fiji opposition welcomes Bishop visit

Updated 3 November 2014, 17:34 AEDT

Fiji's opposition has welcomed the recent visit to the country of Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop.

PNG police brutality acknowledged by senior commander

Updated 3 November 2014, 17:35 AEDT

Senior Papua New Guinea police officers are well aware of the problem of police brutality and want to combat it.

Pacific nations win plaudits for business reforms

Updated 3 November 2014, 17:35 AEDT

Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Palau and East Timor have beeen recognised for their efforts in implementing reforms to boost business growth.

Thousands turn out for Melbourne Cup parade

Updated 3 November 2014, 17:35 AEDT

In Melbourne, Spring Racing Carnival is in full swing.

Opposition to a planned shark and ray park in CNMI

Updated 3 November 2014, 11:36 AEDT

Parliamentarians in the Northen Marianas are concerned a shark and ray park in Saipan will have a devastating impact on the local community.

Palau President urges senators to get behind his marine sanctuary strategy

Updated 3 November 2014, 11:37 AEDT

The President of Palau's great mission to turn his country's entire EE-Z, its exclusive economic zone, into a protected marine reserve has moved a step closer to becoming a reality.

Childhood tooth decay a serious problem in Marshall Islands

Updated 3 November 2014, 11:38 AEDT

A visiting dental team in the Marshall Islands have been shocked by the so-called "dental destruction" among children.

A call for a referendum on progress in Cook Islands

Updated 3 November 2014, 11:41 AEDT

In Cook Islands, an opposition MP wants the country to assess progress after 50 years of self-governance.

Four Nations cup still open contest with one round left

Updated 3 November 2014, 11:42 AEDT

To rugby league's Four Nations and, after another weekend of tight contests, all four teams, including Samoa, are still in with a mathematical chance of making the final with one round to go.

Video referee decision gives Australia Four Nations win

Updated 3 November 2014, 11:44 AEDT

In Sunday's Four Nations rugby league match, Australia avoided an early exit from the tournament by beating England 16 points to 12 in Melbourne.

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