Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.


Port Vila residents lament lack of consultations over wharf redevelopment

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:23 AEST

There is alarm in some sections of the community in Port Vila over the way the Vanuatu government is going about developing a wharf to handle inter island shipping and ferries.

Soweto Gospel Chior joins voices with Hermannsberg singers

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:23 AEST

Songs of praise have united two of the world's oldest cultures in a remote Central Australian community.

Waratahs and Brumbies set for Super Rugby blockbuster final

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:24 AEST

The winners in week one of the Super Rugby finals series were the Brumbies from Australia, and South Africa's Sharks.

Tight finish in NRL with 13 clubs vying for top 8

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:24 AEST

In the National Rugby League the race for the finals remains just as tight, with two of the leading sides losing.

A nailbiting finish sees PNG Hunters back in winners circle

Updated 21 July 2014, 8:25 AEST

The PNG Hunters are back in the winners' circle, but only just, after a nailbiting finish to their match against the Sunshine Coast Falcons in Kokopo.

Vanuatu PM confident of support

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:11 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Joe Natuman says a meeting of his caucus today shows he still has the support of a majority of the country's MPs.

Former International AIDS Society President believed to be on MH-17

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:17 AEST

Also believed to be on board flight MH-17 was the former president of the International Aids Society Professor Joep Lange and his partner.

Malaysia AIrlines crash shocks world

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:16 AEST

The shocking reality of the plane crash in eastern Ukraine is still sinking in.

Cook Islands election still close

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:13 AEST

A coalition is looking likely in Cook Islands with official results expected to be announced tomorrow.

Scientists use missile technology for new malaria test

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:13 AEST

Australian scientists have used state of the art military hardware to come up with a speedy new test for malaria.

Mystery surrounds Bainimarama's Australia visit

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:14 AEST

Mystery surrounds reports that Fiji's military-backed Prime Minister Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama will visit Australia next month.

PNG court stays arrest warrant against Prime Minister

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:14 AEST

A court in Papua New Guinea has stayed the arrest warrant against the country's Prime Minister, pending two separate examinations of the issue.

Many crash victims heading to Melbourne for AIDS conference

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:16 AEST

The Malaysia Airlines crash has claimed the lives of some of the world's top medical researchers who were on their way to Melbourne for the 20th International AIDS Conference.

Missile cause being checked in Malaysia Airlines tragedy

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:36 AEST

295 people are dead after a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in Ukraine, with claims the plane was shot down by a surface to air missile.

Malaysian PM calls for perpetrators of crash to be brought to justice

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:35 AEST

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says Malaysia will send emergency assistance to Kiev immediately.

Cook Islands veteran MP says drug money helped in his defeat

Updated 18 July 2014, 11:41 AEST

Veteran Cook Islands MP, Norman George claims he was defeated becuase of massive bribery and corruption.

“Uncle Norman just jealous of my election victory” says Rose Toki-Brown

Updated 18 July 2014, 11:42 AEST

Cook Islands Party candidate Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown has been accused of bribery and corruption by her constituency opponent Norman George.

First gender violence clinic opens in Honiara

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:35 AEST

Solomon Islands has launched its first dedicated clinic for gender violence victims.

Senate delays plans to scrap Australia's mining tax

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

While the Government celebrates the repeal of the carbon tax - it is still battling to scrap the mining tax.

Natural resistance holds key to finding AIDS cure - Nobel laureate

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

One of the scientists who discovered that HIV was the cause of AIDS says the few people with natural resistance to the virus, hold the key for a future cure.

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