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.


Fiji bows out after a solid World Cup debut

Updated 8 June 2015, 12:20 AEST

Fiji's debut at the FIFA under-20 World Cup has come to an end after the side went down to Uzbekistan three-nil in Whangarei. 

PNG Hunters defeat Ipswich Jets in impressive home-ground match

Updated 8 June 2015, 11:05 AEST

Rugby league fans were served up a feast of attacking football in Kokopo yesterday as the PNG Hunters held out against a resurgent Ipswich Jets to notch an impressive win.

Getsi's election win inspires Bougainville women

Updated 5 June 2015, 16:28 AEST

Josephine Getsi says her historic victory in the Bougainville election is already inspiring other women to get involved in politics.

Australia grilled at Bonn climate conference

Updated 5 June 2015, 16:31 AEST

Australia's climate policies have copped a grilling at a UN conference in Bonn, Germany.

Maori TV reporter quits over alleged interference

Updated 5 June 2015, 16:32 AEST

Maori Television reporter Mihingarangi Forbes has resigned after complaining about interference from management relating to the current affairs show Native Affairs.

Vanuatu PM sacks ministers, says government is stable

Updated 5 June 2015, 16:33 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Joe Natuman says his government is secure despite the sacking of two ministers.

Fiji defeats Honduras 3-nil in the biggest FIFA U-20 World Cup upset so far

Updated 5 June 2015, 10:59 AEST

Fiji continues to make history at the Under-20 soccer World Cup in New Zealand, after causing what's perhaps the tournament's biggest upset so far with a three-nil win over Honduras in Christchurch yesterday.

VIPs given sneak peek of 2015 Pacific Games venues in PNG

Updated 5 June 2015, 10:59 AEST

The wraps have come off the venues for the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby, with some of Papua New Guinea's most influential figures given a sneak peek and a reassurance that everything is on track.

Australia's climate policies criticised at UN climate talks in Germany

Updated 5 June 2015, 11:00 AEST

Countries from around the world have criticised Australia's climate politics at a UN conference in Germany.

Bikini Islanders displaced by nuclear tests are pushing for US migration

Updated 5 June 2015, 11:01 AEST

There's a growing push to allow the mass migration of Bikini Islanders to the United States to set up their own community there.

PNG Hunters hoping for homeground advantage against Ipswich Jets

Updated 5 June 2015, 11:02 AEST

After a bye in the last round, the PNG Hunters are back in action in the Queensland Cup this weekend and they're facing another tough battle as they continue their pursuit of the leading sides.

Fallout from Daly Cherry Evans decision to back out of Gold Coast Titans contract

Updated 5 June 2015, 11:02 AEST

Turning to the NRL to preview the weekend's big games with Pacific Beats' rugby correspondent Joanna Lester.

Federated States of Micronesia sending a soccer squad to the Pacific Games

Updated 5 June 2015, 11:03 AEST

Although the Federated States of Micronesia isn't known for its soccer prowess, the country is fielding a team for next month's Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

New Climate Change Centre to be built in Samoa

Updated 4 June 2015, 18:37 AEST

A new Regional Centre for Climate Change in the Pacific is to be set up in Samoa.

Can Cooks have a UN seat and NZ citizenship?

Updated 4 June 2015, 18:37 AEST

Can Cook Islands be fully independent with a seat at the United Nations and still retain automatic New Zealand citizenship for its people?That the question which hit the news this week when the country's prime minister Henry Puna strongly denied New Zealand media reports that he might be considering independence.

Better cooperation on agenda at police gathering

Updated 4 June 2015, 18:36 AEST

Transnational crime is an increasing concern in the Pacific with small states at risk from drug smuggling, people trafficking and illegal fishing in their waters.

Fast-growing veggie seeds sent to Solomons

Updated 4 June 2015, 18:36 AEST

Fast-growing vegetable seeds have been sent to remote communities in Solomon Islands in a bid to boost food security in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Chinese companies buy sensitive mining projects in PNG

Updated 5 June 2015, 9:37 AEST

Chinese mining companies are making a new push into Papua New Guinea, using their investment muscle to gain a controlling interest in iconic projects in environmentally sensitive areas.

Nauru government says critics are "left-wing hypocrites"

Updated 4 June 2015, 18:15 AEST

The Nauru govt has hit out at critics of its new laws that criminalise certain forms of speech, labelling them "left-wing hypocrites".

Pressure is on for PNG to top the medal tally at the Pacific Games

Updated 4 June 2015, 11:14 AEST

When the 2015 Pacific Games open in Port Moresby in 30 days time, the host nation will be fielding a colossal team of more than 500 athletes, by far the biggest ever to represent the country at such an event.

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