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.


Families of Bougainville dead farewell loved ones

Updated 10 November 2014, 17:45 AEDT

In Papua New Guinea, people lost during the Bougainville crisis have been farwelled in an emotional ceremony.

Mobile phones tackling corruption in PNG's Department of Finance

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:53 AEDT

Even in a country known for a high level of official corruption, PNG's Department of Finance has long stood out as one of the most corrupt arms of government.

Is Fiji what could be termed a 'militarised democracy'?

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:54 AEDT

Since the landmark election in September, all remaining sanctions on Fiji have been lifted, and the country has been welcomed back into the international fold.

Australian MPs to mentor their Fijian counterparts

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:54 AEDT

Fiji's parliamentarians will be working with their counterparts from Australian states to ensure the newly-established systems run smoothly.

$22 million for Marshall Islands construction project held up for year

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:55 AEDT

In Marshall Islands, a construction project worth more than $22 million has been held up for more than two years waiting for the government to reorganise the unit that would oversee it.

Cook Islands voters head to the polls again

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:58 AEDT

In Cook Islands, the voters of Mitiaro will go to the polls to choose their Member of Parliament on November 11.

Paris promises financial aid to French Pacific territories

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:56 AEDT

In French Polynesia, there's been some pre-Christmas cheer for the territories being handed out by Paris.

The Flying Fijians take positives out of loss to France

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:58 AEDT

The Flying Fijians lost their European tour opener against France in Marseille, going down by 40 points to 15.

PNG make cricket history as they win both their first ever ODIs

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:57 AEDT

There's a new kid on the block in One Day International cricket and the new kid has been celebrating style after a landmark weekend.

Fiji ICAC probe into Health Dept welcomed by watchdog

Updated 7 November 2014, 17:49 AEDT

An investigation into Fiji's Health Ministry by the Independent Commission Against Corruption has been welcomed by Transparency International Fiji.

Extra RAMSI police head to Solomon Islands for elections

Updated 7 November 2014, 17:49 AEDT

Ninety extra police from around the Pacific are being sent to help Solomon Islands with security during its election.

Future of NZ Pacific television shows discussed

Updated 7 November 2014, 17:50 AEDT

The CEO of Television New Zealand has met with Pacific media and community representatives at a fono to discuss the outsourcing of Pacific television programs from next year.

Fiji-PNG diplomatic rivalry affecting wider region

Updated 7 November 2014, 17:52 AEDT

Diplomatic rivalry between Fiji and Papua New Guinea is affecting the wider Pacific region.

Fiji's corruption body investigating the Ministry of Health

Updated 7 November 2014, 10:42 AEDT

Fiji's Independent Commission against Corruption has confirmed that it is carrying out investigations into the Ministry of Health.

ADB Vice Pres on his mtg with Fiji's PM, new aid and China

Updated 7 November 2014, 11:03 AEDT

The Asian Development Bank is considering an assistance package of US$350 million over the next five years for Fiji.

Bougainville's Operation Render Safe a success

Updated 7 November 2014, 10:44 AEDT

A multi-national defence team has wrapped up its work in Bougainville.

Multi-million dollar Kiribati water and sanitation project

Updated 7 November 2014, 10:45 AEDT

The government of Kiribati has joined forces with the European Union and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in a multi-million dollar deal that is designed to increase access to safe water and sanitation for 35 villages in the Gilbert group.

Internet issues still a problem in Palau

Updated 7 November 2014, 10:46 AEDT

Internet access across the Pacific can often be problematic and, even when the internet is available, speeds can be frustratingly slow.

Pacific Games 2015 organisers deny budget blowout

Updated 7 November 2014, 11:04 AEDT

The organisers of the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea are denying reports of a budget blowout, saying preparations are reasonably on track.

Flying Fijians in confident mood ahead of France clash

Updated 7 November 2014, 10:49 AEDT

There is a bumper weekend of rugby action for fans to look forward to with all three of the Pacific's top teams in action over in Europe as well as Australia and New Zealand.

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