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.


Rugby league star Jarryd Haybe quits NRL to pursue American football

Updated 15 October 2014, 18:04 AEDT

NRL star Jarryd Hayne has shocked the rugby league world by announcing he is quitting the sport to pursue a career in American football.

Logging concerns over PNG's redefinition of "forest"

Updated 15 October 2014, 18:03 AEDT

There are concerns that Papua New Guinea's recent move to change the definition of what constitutes a "forest will open up even more of the country to unsustainable logging.

Mauna Kea telescope will be world's biggest

Updated 15 October 2014, 18:12 AEDT

The world's biggest telescope, now being built in Hawaii, will allow astronomers to see almost back to the beginning of the universe.

Gaston Flosse still pulling the strings of French Polynesian politics

Updated 15 October 2014, 10:33 AEDT

He may no longer be President of French Polynesia, having been stripped off his office after being convicted of corruption, but Gaston Flosse is a hard man to keep down and it appears he's still playing a very prominent role in his country's politics.

ILO optimistic about Fiji Labour rights

Updated 15 October 2014, 10:33 AEDT

Two years after it was expelled by the then military government, a delegation from the International Labour Organisation has completed its latest mission to Fiji to examine the state of workers' rights.

FBI launch new push to find kidnapped sisters

Updated 15 October 2014, 10:34 AEDT

The FBI is renewing efforts to find two girls who went missing while waiting for a school bus in the Northern Marianas three years ago.

Asian soccer clubs look to draft PNG footballers

Updated 15 October 2014, 10:35 AEDT

More doors are opening for the Papua New Guinea soccer team as they continue their build up to the Pacific Games in Port Moresby next year.

Food processing plant to create hundreds of jobs in American Samoa

Updated 15 October 2014, 10:36 AEDT

A company from the Philippines is set to create hundreds of new jobs in American Samoa with plans for a multi-million dollar food processing plant.

Maori MP in Labour leadership bid

Updated 15 October 2014, 10:37 AEDT

Nanaia Mahuta has suprised New Zealand and announced her candidacy in the Labour leadership race.

Tourist numbers booming in Guam

Updated 15 October 2014, 10:38 AEDT

An effort to market Guam as a tourist destination to China, Korea and Russia appears to be paying off.

Chinese tuna company admits breaching Pacific catch quotas

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:36 AEDT

A company claiming to be one of the biggest fishing for premium tuna in the Pacific has admitted Chinese firms have been breaching their catch quotas for years and says it expects to escape penalty for its actions.

Policy to detain asylum seekers at sea challenged in Aust High Court

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:40 AEDT

The full bench of Australia's High Court in Canberra has today begun hearing a landmark challenge to the Federal Government's power to detain asylum seekers at sea.

PNG-UN links not coloured by death penalty disagreement

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:36 AEDT

The United Nations says differences of opinion over whether or not Papua New Guinea should implement the death penalty do not colour relations.

Former Solomons speaker slams conduct of previous parliament

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:37 AEDT

The immediate former speaker in Solomon Islands, Sir Allan Kemakeza has described the last parliament as the worst he'd observed of the previous five Parliament was dissolved on September 8th, ahead of national elections on November 19.

Woman's death from multi-drug resistant TB raises concerns in Australia

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:38 AEDT

Tests on a woman who died from tuberculosis in the Cairns Hospital in far north Queensland, have confirmed she died from a multi drug resistant strain of the disease.

Female police say PNG domestic abuse a serious challenge

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:39 AEDT

Two female police officers working in domestic violence recently swapped countries.

Palau's President pushing for business leaders' support on marine sanctuary

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:34 AEDT

The President of Palau has moved to reassure the country's business sector over the expected revenue hit when plans for a Marine Sanctuary come into force, and commercial fishing in Palau's waters comes to an end.

West Papuan activists lobby Washington for imprisoned French journalists

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:35 AEDT

More than two months after two French journalists were arrested in West Papua, new efforts are underway to have them released.

Henry Puna demands opposition 'stop playing games'

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:36 AEDT

Henry Puna's position as Cook Islands Prime Minister is set to be tested in the coming months.

PNG needs to rebalance budget: Expert

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:37 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's government is due to hand down its budget for the coming year in parliament next month.

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