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.


Niue puts Disney characters on its currency

Updated 7 October 2014, 10:43 AEST

The coins of Niue have become collectors items around the world, and they're helping to put cash into the Niuean economy, as well as creating global awareness about a tiny island in the Pacific.

Oceania Champions League kicks off in Apia.

Updated 7 October 2014, 10:48 AEST

A new season of Oceania Champions League football kicks off later today, with the first two preliminary round matches being played in Apia.

American Samoa hopeful ahead of cup

Updated 7 October 2014, 10:49 AEST

Samoan Korean Baptist Church FC are getting ready to step up to the big league.

Fiji parliament sits for first time since 2006 coup

Updated 6 October 2014, 17:52 AEST

Fiji has taken another important step on the road back to democracy with the first sitting of its new parliament.

New Zealand PM breaks with tradition in announcing new cabinet

Updated 6 October 2014, 17:51 AEST

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has unveiled his new cabinet, following his victory at last month's national elections.

Solomon landowners warned to be wary when dealing with investors

Updated 6 October 2014, 17:51 AEST

Landowners in Solomon Islands are being warned not to rush into signing agreements with companies and investors without understanding the details.

Guam, CNMI come through typhoon Vongfong okay

Updated 6 October 2014, 17:50 AEST

Guam and the CNMI appear to have escaped reasonably unscathed from Typhoon Vongfong, which hit the islands on Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning.

Fiji ginger grower says his exports are clean

Updated 6 October 2014, 17:50 AEST

One of Fiji's biggest ginger growers has defended his product against charges it could be a major biohazard to Australia.

Film helping change attitudes about homosexuality in PNG

Updated 6 October 2014, 17:49 AEST

The Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Festival is moving across the country, telling the stories of those oppressed in PNG and across the Pacific.

Fiji opposition calls for poverty relief

Updated 6 October 2014, 12:20 AEST

One hundred and twenty participants from across Fiji gathered in Suva on Saturday for a Special Budget Forum.

New Fiji MPs get parliamentary schooling

Updated 6 October 2014, 12:33 AEST

After eight years of standing dormant, Fiji's parliament will today host its first meeting of elected MPs since the 2006 coup.

Marshall Islands cracks down on illegal tobacco sales

Updated 6 October 2014, 12:23 AEST

Successful NGO-police cooperation has virtually halted the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors on Ebeye Island in the Marshall Islands, but the successful enforcement has come with a price: the sale of betel nut, banned by local government ordinance, has shifted from stores to "mobile sellers" who carry it in backpacks and sell betel nut at local sports courts where young people congregate.

Teina Bishop tipped as next Cook Islands Prime Minister

Updated 6 October 2014, 12:24 AEST

An Opposition Party coalition is in the making ahead of the scheduled sitting of Parliament on October 8.

East Timor fails on development goals

Updated 6 October 2014, 12:25 AEST

East Timor is not on track to achieve their 2015 Millennium Development Goals, according to modelling released by their Ministry of Finance.

Did 12th century wind changes lead to colonisation of NZ?

Updated 6 October 2014, 12:26 AEST

Did a change in the overall wind direction in the Pacific in the 12th and 13th centuries lead to the colonisation of New Zealand and Easter Island by Polynesian voyagers?That's one possibility scientists are examining, following research which revealed a change in weather patterns between 1140 and 1260AD.

Niue defeats Philippines in one off test

Updated 6 October 2014, 12:27 AEST

There was another rugby league team celebrating in Sydney over the weekend - the side representing Niue that defeated the Philippines in a rare international match for both sides.

Fiji defeats New Zealand in Oceania Rugby Sevens

Updated 6 October 2014, 13:02 AEST

Now for news from the Oceania Rugby Sevens, where Fiji have laid down the gauntlet for the World Series to come with a win over New Zealand in the final on Australia's Sunshine Coast.

Solid effort not enough for Cook Islands

Updated 6 October 2014, 12:34 AEST

With PNG and Tonga winning the World Series qualification spots in Hong Kong it means the two junior Pacific nations that went last time, Cook Islands and American Samoa have missed out.

Nauru wins court case to have funds from Australian accounts released

Updated 3 October 2014, 16:45 AEST

The financially-strapped government of Nauru has won a court case that could see money from frozen bank accounts in Australia released within a week.

Australian government approves airstrike against IS targets in Iraq

Updated 3 October 2014, 16:44 AEST

Australian warplanes have been given the go-ahead by the government to begin attacks on Islamic State militants in Iraq.

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