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.


World Rugby warns it may withdraw Dubai broadcast in Fiji

Updated 4 December 2014, 14:03 AEDT

The body overseeing international rugby has warned Fiji it can't go ahead with a plan to share the broadcasting of the Dubai 7s tournament across the country's free to air stations.

Trained eye care nurses take their skills back to Pacific communities

Updated 4 December 2014, 14:03 AEDT

To Fiji now where 19 people have successfully completed their training as eye-care professionals at the Fred Hollows Foundation's Pacific Eye Institute in Suva.

Palau's water security project targets outlying states

Updated 4 December 2014, 14:04 AEDT

Water security is a major challenge for most if not all the Pacific Island countries, and not least Palau.

Sogavare-led coalition emerges as Solomon Islands front runner

Updated 3 December 2014, 17:57 AEDT

The political situation in Solomon Islands has changed overnight, with a new political coalition led by former prime minister Manasseh Sogavare now emerging as the front runner.

Foreign policy historically troubled under Manasseh Sogavare

Updated 3 December 2014, 17:57 AEDT

Winston Peters, New Zealand's foreign minister during Manasseh Sogavare's previous prime ministership, including the 2006 Honiara riots, says the former PM had a poor relationship with Australia and this impacted on the country's foreign relations at a time when Solomon Islands needed a lot of help.

Former O'Neill government treasurer Don Polye new PNG opposition leader

Updated 3 December 2014, 17:58 AEDT

Papua New Guinea has a new opposition leader with the fiery, and at times unpredictable, Belden Namah replaced by the former treasurer Don Polye.

Three Lutheran missionaries face deportation from PNG

Updated 3 December 2014, 17:58 AEDT

Three American Lutheran missionaries in the Papua New Guinea Highlands say they have not been officially told about attempts to deport them.

Diabetes-related foot amputations in Fiji behind the times

Updated 3 December 2014, 17:59 AEDT

Some of the techniques being used in Fiji to treat diabetics with foot infections are decades behind the times.

Crowdfunding campaign shines light on Bougainville cocoa

Updated 3 December 2014, 18:00 AEDT

In Bougainville, cocoa growers receive a flat rate for their product, regardless of the quality.

Solomon Islands MPs have a final week to form a government

Updated 3 December 2014, 12:27 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, the political machinations continue to ramp up with the governor-general deciding that the vote for prime minister will be held next Tuesday.

Sense of stability in Vanuatu after no confidence motion withdrawn

Updated 3 December 2014, 12:28 AEDT

To Vanuatu now where the political intrigue seem to have steadied after the Supreme Court overturned a government decision which barred from parliament 16 opposition MPs, including opposition leader Moana Carcasses.

Papua New Guinean, Musje Werror to head OK Tedi Mine

Updated 3 December 2014, 12:28 AEDT

For the first time in its long and controversial history, a Papua New Guinean has been appointed as OK Tedi Mine's chief operating officer.

Roy Krishna proving his worth for Wellington Phoenix in the A-League

Updated 3 December 2014, 12:29 AEDT

It's starting to look like this could be a break out season for Fijian soccer international Roy Krishna who has been turning in some impressive performances for Wellington Phoenix in the A-League.

Fijian womens basketball focuses on rebuilding

Updated 3 December 2014, 12:30 AEDT

There was no joy for the host nation Fiji on day two of the Oceania under-19 basketball championships, where the powerhouses of Australia and New Zealand continue to dominate proceedings.

Inspiration, Dennis Ramsay takes on greater challenge for disability sports

Updated 3 December 2014, 12:31 AEDT

Less than seven years ago Dennis Ramsay was fit and well and serving in the Australian Defence Force, then in early 2008 he was struck down with serious illness that almost cost him his life.

Hardened PNG locals shocked by Lae airport hold-up

Updated 2 December 2014, 17:27 AEDT

Even hardened locals in Papua New Guinea's second biggest city Lae have been shocked by the ransacking of the nearby Nadzab airport by dozens of armed men in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Solomons PM, government to be elected after coalition accepted

Updated 2 December 2014, 17:22 AEDT

Solomon Islands' 50 MPs are to meet next Tuesday after the governor general today issued a notice for the election of a prime minister.

Vanuatu MPs win case to return to parliament

Updated 2 December 2014, 17:24 AEDT

Vanuatu's Supreme Court today overturned the barring from parliament of 16 opposition MPs, including opposition leader Moana Carcasses.

PNG to lead massive Pacific economic growth next year

Updated 2 December 2014, 17:26 AEDT

Incredible levels of economic growth predicted for the Pacific next year will be driven largely by Papua New Guinea's gas industry.

Churches in Melanesia trying to combat belief in sorcery

Updated 2 December 2014, 17:26 AEDT

Churches in Melanesia are trying to combat the worst effects of a belief in sorcery and witchcraft, but it's not an easy task.

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