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.


Opposition member appointed as East Timor's new Prime Minister

Updated 12 February 2015, 12:04 AEDT

East Timor's President has appointed a member of the opposition Fretilin party as the country's new prime minister.

Decades worth of data to predict Pacific's fish stocks

Updated 12 February 2015, 12:05 AEDT

Scientists from four of the world's biggest fishing nations have gathered in New Caledonia to start scrutinising decades of data on tuna catches dating back to the early 1950s.

Growing connectivity in PNG means growing challenges

Updated 12 February 2015, 12:06 AEDT

Mobile phone usage in Papua New Guinea continues to increase, with people in some of the most remote areas able to connect with wantoks around the country.

Aid conference to scrutinise development agenda

Updated 12 February 2015, 12:06 AEDT

Three hundred academics, policymakers and practictioners are gathering in Canberra today for the Australasian Aid Conference.

Ryan relishing the challenge of a tough pool for Fiji at Las Vegas 7s

Updated 12 February 2015, 12:07 AEDT

The World Rugby Sevens series reaches the half-way part of the season this weekend with the teams rolling into Las Vegas for round five.

Football Ferns all set for World Cup warm up match v Matildas

Updated 12 February 2015, 12:08 AEDT

With the draw complete for the group stage of the under 20 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand, the attention switches from the men's game to the women's later today and the Trans-Tasman clash between the Football Ferns and the Matildas in Auckland.

Fiji police, soldier face Vilikesa Soko manslaughter and rape charges

Updated 12 February 2015, 6:44 AEDT

In Fiji, eight police officers and one military officer are to face charges in connection with the Vilikesa Soko death.

Amnesty welcomes charges for Vilikesa Soko death in custody

Updated 12 February 2015, 6:44 AEDT

Human rights organisation Amnesty International's Pacific researcher, Kate Schuetze has also welcomed the announcement that charges will be brought against the eight police and one military officer in Fiji.

Court win for LNG 'super major' Total will see huge PNG windfall

Updated 12 February 2015, 6:45 AEDT

An international court overnight dismissed the claims of Papua New Guinea company Oil Search that it retained ownership of 40 per cent of the Elk-Antelope gas field in the nation's Gulf Province.

Fiji Employers Federation happy with new minimum wage

Updated 12 February 2015, 6:47 AEDT

Fiji's employers say they are quite comfortable with the government lifting the minimum hourly wage from F$2 an hour to $2.

Industry body prods PM on future of tax reform in Solomon Islands

Updated 12 February 2015, 12:16 AEDT

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says he is listening to the views of local business and is willing to look at reform of the taxation system.

Solomon Women Newspaper to amplify female voice in the nation

Updated 12 February 2015, 6:42 AEDT

There's a new player on the Solomon Islands media landscape with the Solomon Women Newspaper having just rolled off the printing presses this morning to become the first gender-specific newspaper in the country.

Fiji prepares to move hundreds due to climate change

Updated 11 February 2015, 12:10 AEDT

An internationally-recognised climate scientist says the effects of climate change could start to bite in Fiji at the end of the decade unless drastic action is taken now.

Solomon Islands central hospital under threat from rising sea levels

Updated 11 February 2015, 12:11 AEDT

The National Referral Hospital in Solomon Islands is under threat from climate change, as coastal erosion and rising sea levels mean the waters of Iron Bottom Sound are lapping dangerously close to its foundations.

Gary Juffa dropped from PNG government benches

Updated 11 February 2015, 12:11 AEDT

Governor of Papua New Guinea's Oro province, Gary Juffa, has been bumped from the government's benches and told to move to the opposition's.

PNG signs LNG deal ahead of Pacific Games

Updated 11 February 2015, 12:12 AEDT

The prospect of blackouts during the Pacific Games will hopefully be avoided, with Papua New Guinea's Government signing a deal to divert liquid natural gas for domestic use.

Fiji ready to take on Germany at U20 World Cup

Updated 11 February 2015, 12:13 AEDT

Fiji Football Association's President says the team will not be daunted by the prospect of playing Germany in their opening round of the under 20 FIFA World Cup.

Legendary PNG athletics coach honoured

Updated 11 February 2015, 12:13 AEDT

Naomi Polum has devoted 50 years to athletics in Papua New Guinea and now she has been recognised for her efforts by taking out the inaugural Oceania Athletic Association Women's Award.

Sorcery accused PNG highlands woman rescued following workshop

Updated 10 February 2015, 18:06 AEDT

Just days after taking part in training to combat so-called sorcery killings in Papua New Guinea, two men have led the rescue of a woman who'd been tortured after she was accused of being a witch.

PNG village pays for its own anti-measles campaign

Updated 10 February 2015, 18:06 AEDT

A remote village in PNG has used its own funds for an anti-measles campaign in its area.

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