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.


Warning on water safety as cyclone Pam approaches

Updated 13 March 2015, 6:32 AEDT

People in Fiji are being warned that Cyclone Pam will greatly increase the risk of drownings, especially by children.

Bad weather cuts causeway in Kiribati

Updated 13 March 2015, 6:31 AEDT

The bad weather being generated by Cyclone Pam is being felt right across the region.

Asylum seekers mount fresh challenge in PNG's Supreme Court

Updated 13 March 2015, 6:31 AEDT

A group of 25 asylum seekers on Manus Island is mounting a fresh challenge in PNG's Supreme Court against their detention.

PNG appoints acting CEO to Rugby Football League

Updated 13 March 2015, 6:30 AEDT

Players, coaches, administrators and fans are anxious to know what the future holds for rugby league in Papua New Guinea, after the sudden resignation of the RFL's chief executive, Brad Tassell.

Maori TV defends itself from criticism of controversial item

Updated 13 March 2015, 6:29 AEDT

A controversial item on New Zealand's Maori Television has been criticised in an unusual way - through a haka.

Cyclone Pam upgraded with warnings in place for northern Vanuatu

Updated 12 March 2015, 11:38 AEDT

Tropical Cyclone Pam has intensified to a Category Four system with weather warnings in place for northern Vanuatu.

Vanuatu prepares for the onslaught of Category Four Cyclone Pam

Updated 12 March 2015, 13:23 AEDT

Vanuatu's Disaster Management office has activated its disaster centre from where Operations Manager Peter Korisa says there are no plans to evacuate people from their communities yet.

Vanuatu residents in Port Vila buying up cyclone supplies

Updated 12 March 2015, 11:40 AEDT

Residents in the Vanuatu capital Port Vila have started stocking up on supplies in preparation for Cyclone Pam.

Red Cross community volunteers assess Cyclone Pam's impact

Updated 12 March 2015, 11:40 AEDT

Cyclone Pam is having a significant effect across the Pacific countries of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.

Fears that resignation of top official will send PNG rugby league backwards

Updated 12 March 2015, 11:41 AEDT

The sudden resignation of Brad Tassell as chief executive of the PNG Hunters and the PNG Rugby Football League has come as a shock to those involved in the sport at grass roots level.

Former captain says PNG RFL can survive shock departure of long time CEO

Updated 12 March 2015, 11:42 AEDT

Former PNG Kumuls captain Sean Dorney says the malicious rumours that contributed to sports administrator Brad Tassel's resignation are hard to believe.

Disciplinary concerns for Fiji Warriors ahead of Pacific Challenge round 2

Updated 12 March 2015, 11:43 AEDT

The Fiji Warriors are preparing for their second match in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge which is scheduled to be against Junior Japan in Suva on Saturday.

Gale force winds predicted for southern Vanuatu

Updated 11 March 2015, 17:56 AEDT

Vannuatu's Department of Meteorology has issued a second warning today to the provinces of Torba, Sanma, Malampa and Penama in the nothern part of Vanuatu.

Few immediate changes once Tonga ratifies CEDAW says UN

Updated 11 March 2015, 17:55 AEDT

Tonga's decision to ratify the United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, or CEDAW for short, won't mean dramatic changes straight away.

Fijians criticise proposed kava ban

Updated 11 March 2015, 17:53 AEDT

A Fijian man living in Australia has started on online petition calling on the Australian government not to ban the importation of kava.

Australia's anti-corruption work in PNG defended

Updated 11 March 2015, 17:52 AEDT

A regional development expert says claims that Australian aid to PNG isn't helping combat corruption are overstated.

Blonde hair in Solomons natural, not imported

Updated 11 March 2015, 17:52 AEDT

A genetic study of Solomon Islanders has shown that blonde hair is a naturally occurring trait, and wasn't brought in by Europeans, as many first thought.

SPC working on better breadfruit

Updated 11 March 2015, 17:51 AEDT

Scientists at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community are working on developing and distributing better varieties of breadfruit plants.

A remarkable journey from the PNG highlands to Silicon Valley

Updated 11 March 2015, 17:51 AEDT

This weekend, PNG is hosting an awards ceremony aimed at combating violence against women by honouring some of the country's most inspiring men.

PNG sports minister condemns social media campaign

Updated 11 March 2015, 13:17 AEDT

The Minister for Sport in Papua New Guinea has condemned faceless individuals who hide behind social media for driving out the Chief Executive of the PNG Rugby Football League and the PNG Hunters.

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