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.


Ebola risk to Pacific remains low as some health experts warn global response is failing

Updated 5 January 2015, 9:11 AEDT

Some health experts are warning the response to the Ebola virus is failing, despite the fact that grave predictions that up to 1.4 million people could be infected by Ebola by January 2015 haven't eventuated.

Cook Islands begin celebrations marking 50 years of self-governance

Updated 5 January 2015, 9:09 AEDT

This year the Cook Islands will be celebrating 50 years of self-governance.

Missing bodies mystery in fishing boat abandoned in PNG

Updated 2 January 2015, 17:00 AEDT

Three human bodies reportedly found on an abandoned fishing boat in Papua New Guinea may have been removed and replaced with large tuna, according to a journalist who accompanied police to the site.

More support for Kokoda people

Updated 2 January 2015, 16:59 AEDT

The people of Kokoda in Papua New Guinea will be getting some new market and administration buildings thanks to the government.

New Caledonian parties can't agree on a President

Updated 2 January 2015, 16:59 AEDT

New Caledonia's political parties have been able to re-elect a government this week, but they are still unable to pick a President.

Initiative to attract recruits to Bougainville's police service

Updated 2 January 2015, 11:43 AEDT

In Bougainville, the Police Service is hoping a new recruitment initiative will help to reach its goal of 100 more police officers on patrol by next year.

An underwater discovery from the history books

Updated 2 January 2015, 11:42 AEDT

Researchers from the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory have disovered a missing World War II-era ship, about 32 kilometres off the coast of Hawaii's O'ahu Island.

Fiji opposition want to work with new Tongan PM

Updated 1 January 2015, 16:54 AEDT

Fiji's opposition hopes to work with Tonga's new prime minister to advance democracy in the Pacific.

Alcohol can fuel domestic abuse in Tonga says activist

Updated 2 January 2015, 7:32 AEDT

In Tonga, the sale of cheap alcohol at this time of year can lead to abuse of women and children.

New Caledonian Congress re-elects the same government

Updated 31 December 2014, 17:07 AEDT

New Caledonia's Congress electd a new government today, following the collapse of the administration led by Cynthia Ligeard only six months into what was supposed to be a five-year term.

Petition to appoint women directly to Tonga's cabinet

Updated 31 December 2014, 17:07 AEDT

A women's rights activist in Tonga hopes a petition will convince the new prime minister to appoint women to his cabinet from outside parliament.

Tongan PM urged to focus on agriculture and tourism

Updated 31 December 2014, 17:08 AEDT

Tonga's new prime minister, Akilisi Pohiva, is being looked to by the business community to provide leadership on economic issues.

Alcohol ban in PNG's national capital highly effective

Updated 31 December 2014, 10:07 AEDT

A ban on the sale of alcohol in certain parts of Papua New Guinea's capital is being hailed as a success, with police reporting rates of alcohol-related crimes over the festive season well down on previous years.

Suva's sewage spill likely to be declared a national disaster

Updated 31 December 2014, 10:07 AEDT

A taskforce set up to deal with a major sewage spill in Fiji's capital is set to recommend that Cabinet declares a national disaster.

'A privilege' to report the Pacific from New Zealand

Updated 31 December 2014, 10:06 AEDT

New Zealand Correspondent Dominique Schwartz - a regular contributer to Pacific Beat - has finished her four-year posting and, due to budget cuts, she'll be the last journalist based in Auckland for the ABC.

New Tongan PM wants to work with all Tongans

Updated 30 December 2014, 17:45 AEDT

Tonga's new prime minister says he hopes to work with all groups in the Kingdom, including the nobility.

Pohiva set to take Tonga towards more democracy

Updated 30 December 2014, 17:45 AEDT

Tonga's new prime minister, Akilisi Pohiva, may want to push for even more political reform.

PNG Lutheran Church takes strong stance against witch killings

Updated 30 December 2014, 17:46 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Lutheran Church says it is still gathering information about four women in a remote part of the country who are in danger because they have been accused of being witches.

Scathing audit of Guam's prison system

Updated 30 December 2014, 9:48 AEDT

An audit of Guam's prison system has been scathing of the Corrections Department, finding it has failed to manage and plan for a growing prison population.

American Samoan police officer injured in targeted shooting

Updated 30 December 2014, 9:53 AEDT

Police in American Samoa are continuing their investigations into a shooting that's left a police officer in hospital with serious injuries.

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