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 policewoman awarded for 30 years of leadership

Updated 1 September 2014, 9:57 AEST

Cook Islands policewoman Rebecca Hosking-Ellis has received an award for 'excellence in policing in the Asia-Pacific region' from the Australasian Council of Women and Policing.

Fisheries projects good news for Marshall Islands economy

Updated 1 September 2014, 9:58 AEST

Two Marshall Islands fisheries projects have gotten the greenlight from the Pacific American Climate Fund.

Season ends for PNG Hunters rugby league side

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:03 AEST

The finals dream is over for the PNG Hunters after a nailbiting weekend when the team were sweating on results from elsewhere.

PNG's senior soccer squad to play at international level

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:04 AEST

Papua New Guinea's senior soccer squad heads for Singapore later this week to play their first international match under new coach, the former New Zealand great, Wynton Rufer.

Australia urged to give greater opportunities to melanesians

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:04 AEST

The number of Melanesians in Australia's Pacific population is falling, and a researcher at the Australian National University says it's time the government got serious about offering labour mobility opportunities to those parts of the Pacific that need it most.

Vanuatu no confidence motion sets political leaders against one another

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:17 AEST

To Vanuatu now where another motion of no confidence has been lodged with the Speaker of Parliament - this time against the new Prime Minister Joe Natuman.

Poverty report says Pacific countries must implement urgent reforms immediately

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:16 AEST

A unique report from the UN Development Programme to be presented at the Small Island Developing States conference in Samoa, says one in four Pacific Islanders are living below the poverty line.

United Nations launches new funding facility for the Pacific

Updated 3 September 2014, 9:43 AEST

The Small Island Developing States Conference opens in Samoa this morning, with partnerships as its theme.

Negotiations underway for release of Fiji peacekeepers captured by rebels

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:44 AEST

Fij's interim government says it is working closely with the United Nations to try to secure the release of 44 of the country's peacekeepers.

Mt Tavurvur erupts

Papua New Guinea's Mount Tavurvur volcano erupts back to life

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:44 AEST

Schools and local stores were closed in the Papua New Guinean town of Rabaul, after the volcano Mt Tavurvur began erupting early in the morning.

Another no confidence motion lodged in Vanuatu

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:45 AEST

A motion of no confidence in Vanuatu's Prime Minister Joe Natuman has been lodged with the country's Speaker.

No domestic observers reportedly allowed for Fiji election

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:53 AEST

Fiji's Domestic Elections Observation Group says it's been refused permission to monitor next month's election.

Health surveillance program to prevent transmission of infectious diseases at SIDS

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:46 AEST

A mass health surveillance program is underway in Samoa ahead of next week's Small Island Developing States conference - to try to prevent the possible spread of highly infectious diseases.

Climate change on agenda at SIDS conference

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:25 AEST

Climate change is set to dominate much of the discussions at the Small Island Developing States conference, with the Pacific Islands often seen to be at the frontline of climate change.

Workshop to tackle big threat of ocean acidification

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:56 AEST

Ahead of next week's Small Island Developing States conference, experts have been meeting to discuss the problem of ocean acidification.

March to remember those still missing from Bougainville conflict

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:11 AEST

Dozens of people have marched in silence today in Arawa in Bougainville, to remember their family members who remain missing, nearly two decades after the conflict there ended.

Plugging the information gap on human rights

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:43 AEST

As more Pacific Island governments sign up to international human rights conventions, the demand for reports on each country's human rights performance is growing.

Training course for Fiji's reopened parliament

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:41 AEST

For nearly eight years Fiji's Parliament in Suva has stood largely unused but that will change after next month's national election.

Expert says Pacific businesses key to easing poverty

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:45 AEST

One of the region's leading private sector experts will tell an Australian parliamentary inquiry this morning that if Canberra wants to use the private sector to help alleviate poverty in the Pacific the best way to do that is by supporting growth of Pacific businesses.

Cunliffe tops Key in NZ leaders debate

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:43 AEST

Things are heating up politically in New Zealand as September's national election draws near.

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