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.


Cook Islands by-election postponed after candidate Kete Ioane dies

Updated 13 February 2015, 18:32 AEDT

A vital by-election in Cook Islands will have to be postponed because one of the candidates has died.

Loss of Cook Islands candidate Kete Ioane yet to set in with community

Updated 13 February 2015, 18:32 AEDT

The passing of Democratic Party candidate Kete Ioane will certainly lead to another two months of intense jostling, considering the governing of the entire nation is again at stake.

Amnesty welcomes Fiji repeal of death penalty, concern about PNG

Updated 13 February 2015, 18:33 AEDT

Amnesty International has welcomed Fiji's repeal of the death penalty, but a number of other Pacific countries still have the death penalty on their books.

China's development bank AIIB offers to complement, not compete

Updated 13 February 2015, 18:33 AEDT

One of the more controversial developments in the aid sector in recent times has been China's move to set up a multilateral development bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or AIIB.

Australian MP offers to lead local efforts to assist PNG womens issues

Updated 13 February 2015, 18:34 AEDT

An Australian MP is in Papua New Guinea today to see what help can be given to women suffering domestic abuse.

Technology mix differs greatly across PNG in citizen access to information

Updated 13 February 2015, 18:41 AEDT

The use of smaller, more personal communication devices like smart phones is offering more control for Papua New Guinean women to consume the media they choose, rather than the males in the family.

Head of PNG national broadcaster says they're ready for EMTV addition

Updated 13 February 2015, 18:41 AEDT

Last week, the number of non-government-owned media outlets in Papua New Guinea shrank with the sale of the popular commercial TV station EMTV to the state-owned Telikom PNG.

Little to show for hundreds of aid meetings in the Pacific

Updated 13 February 2015, 12:28 AEDT

The Australasian Aid Conference in Canberra has heard there's been an explosion in the number of meetings Pacific health officials in recent years.

Top Samoa rugby official insists his resignation is entirely for personal reasons

Updated 13 February 2015, 12:27 AEDT

We're only in February and already it's looking like another year of turmoil for the Samoa Rugby Union.

Solomon Islands Businesswomen celebrate 10 years of support

Updated 13 February 2015, 12:17 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Women in Business Association is celebrating being a voice for businesswomen for more than 10 years.

Public radio 'vital' for media diversity in the Pacific

Updated 13 February 2015, 12:16 AEDT

Radio stations around the Pacific are acknowledging the ability to have their voices heard on World Radio Day today.

Youth voices dominate on World Radio Day

Updated 13 February 2015, 12:15 AEDT

Young people from around rural Australia who have been using radio to tell their stories are in Canberra for World Radio Day today.

A call for political reform in Cook Islands strikes a chord

Updated 13 February 2015, 12:14 AEDT

There's been a call for political reform and for more women in parliament from the President of the Cook Islands National Council of Women.

Fiji couple thank Australia for compassion

Updated 13 February 2015, 12:11 AEDT

A Fijian couple are in Australia this week to speak to New South Wales parliamentarians about the challenges facing their country's rural communities.

Vegas 7s looking to be a close competition

Updated 13 February 2015, 11:42 AEDT

It's round five of the World Rugby Sevens this weekend in Las Vegas, the tournament that marks the half way point in the battle for four places at the Olympics in Rio next year as well as the world title itself.

Super Rugby seasons set for big kick off as Warratahs defend their title

Updated 13 February 2015, 11:41 AEDT

The new Super Rugby season kicks off tonight with games in all three competing countries.

Matildas hold off fast finishing Football Ferns in Tri-Series decider

Updated 13 February 2015, 11:40 AEDT

A battling second half performance from the Football Ferns against the Matildas in Auckland was not enough to rescue the match and save the Tri-Series.

Cancellation of flawed Papua New Guinea land leases halted

Updated 12 February 2015, 18:14 AEDT

The cancellation of controversial flawed land leases in Papua New Guinea has been halted, leaving traditional landowners unsure of when they will get their land back.

Gutting of funding and DFAT the hot topic at Australasian Aid Conference

Updated 12 February 2015, 17:44 AEDT

Australia's shadow minister for foreign affairs and international development says the Australia's ability to deliver effective aid has been severely hampered by the government's budget cuts.

Fiji's skilled migration losses filled by increasing remittances

Updated 12 February 2015, 17:43 AEDT

Fiji's low wages may drive skilled people overseas, but the remittances they send back will probably boost the economy.

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