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.


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.

Pro democracy leader Akilisi Pohiva new PM of Tonga

Updated 29 December 2014, 17:06 AEDT

Long time Tongan pro-democracy activist Akilisi Pohiva has been elected the country's new prime minister.

PNG Catholics threatened with excommunication over witch killings

Updated 29 December 2014, 17:05 AEDT

Catholics in Papua New Guinea who are involved in sorcery related killings are being threatened with excommunication.

Investigations into fishing boat found with 3 dead bodies off remote PNG island

Updated 29 December 2014, 9:49 AEDT

A team is due to set off from Bougainville to investigate a fishing boat that ran aground off a remote PNG island -- with three dead bodies in its tuna freezers.

Secret ballot to elect new Tongan Prime Minister

Updated 29 December 2014, 9:50 AEDT

Tonga's elected representatives are this hour set to vote in a secret ballot at Parliament House, to select the country's new Prime Minister.

French Polynesian Assembly President shrugs off charges

Updated 29 December 2014, 9:50 AEDT

Marcel Tuihani, the President of the French Polynesia's Assembly says he will continue with his duties, despite being charged with receiving stolen public property.

Concerns over worst ever coral bleaching in north Pacific

Updated 29 December 2014, 9:51 AEDT

Scientists are warning that there's been the worst coral bleaching ever in the north Pacific, from Hawaii all the way to the Northern Marianas, thanks to a record warming of the ocean water.

Bid to save Pacific's most threatened bird species

Updated 29 December 2014, 9:52 AEDT

A desperate bid to save some of the Pacific's most threatened bird species is underway.

Accused PNG witches and their children in danger of being killed

Updated 26 December 2014, 16:52 AEDT

Reports from Papua New Guinea Highlands indicate that women and children in a remote area are in danger of being murdered after being accused of being witches.

Concerns Australian aid cuts will impact Asia Pacific's ability to prepare for future disasters

Updated 26 December 2014, 10:09 AEDT

It's been 10 years since countries right across the Indian Ocean were devastated by a tsunami, which had been triggered by a massive undersea earthquake.

Rebuilding of homes continues in Tonga's Ha'apei nearly a year after Cyclone Ian

Updated 26 December 2014, 10:10 AEDT

Work has begun on 200 new cyclone-proof homes for communities in Tonga's Ha'apei region, which is continuing to rebuild after being devastated by a category five cyclone almost a year ago.

Tongan emergency head urges people to heed cyclone warnings as best prevention

Updated 26 December 2014, 10:10 AEDT

The head of Tonga's National Emergency Management Office acknowledges that many people in Ha'apei are facing an increased risk this cyclone season because reconstruction efforts are not yet complete.

New Irelanders get eyesight restored thanks to Australian doctors

Updated 26 December 2014, 10:11 AEDT

Nearly 150 people from Papua New Guinea's remote New Ireland Province have had their sight restored this year, thanks to the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Cook Islands opposition says PM must quit

Updated 24 December 2014, 16:42 AEDT

The Cook Islands Democratic Party's leader, Wilkie Rasmussen says not only does the new coalition have the majority, he believes the position of Prime Minister Henry Puna within his own party isn't safe.

Cooks PM refusing to stand down

Updated 24 December 2014, 16:43 AEDT

The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna, is standing his ground, refusing to bow to Opposition calls for him to stand down.

PNG governor says corruption is causing violence

Updated 24 December 2014, 16:42 AEDT

A governor in Papua New Guinea says corruption is leading to shocking levels of violence throughout society.

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