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.


Tiny Palmerston Atoll revelling in global media spotlight

Updated 14 August 2014, 9:29 AEST

The tiny Palmerston Atoll in Cook Islands is one of the more remote places on earth and yet in recent times it and its population of 62 people have been attracting media attention from around the world.

Australia announces Fiji election observer team

Updated 14 August 2014, 10:38 AEST

The Australian government has announced details of the observer group it will send to monitor Fiji's general election next month.

Samoa feeling the affect of Chickugunya outbreak

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:36 AEST

Samoa is experiencing its first outbreak of Chickungunya with eight confirmed cases and around 90 suspected cases.

Fiji NGO's refute accusation of cowardice

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:36 AEST

Fijian Prime Minsiter Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama has accused NGO's of cowardice for not speaking out against comments made by former prime mininster Laisenia Qarase.

Act now and act drastically or stocks will crash says Pacific tuna industry

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:35 AEST

In a sign of just how bad the situation has become for the Pacific's tuna stocks, the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association has joined environmental organisations and scientists calling for a reduction in the catch of bigeye tuna.

WHO calling on better disaster sanitation controls

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:34 AEST

The World Health Organisation believes more work needs to be done on water and sanitation infrastructure during periods of natural disasters.

'Business cluster' project creates new dynamism in Pacific private sector

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:34 AEST

Small businesses in the Pacific are finding new ways of turbo-charging their activities through 'business clusters'.

How to take 'business clusters' to the next level in the Pacific

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:33 AEST

The idea behind business clusters began in Europe and is taking hold around the world.

UNDP urges PNG to reach Millennium Development Goals

Updated 13 August 2014, 8:14 AEST

The regional head of the United Nations Development Program, Haoling Xu, is warning many countries will fail to achieve their 2015 Millennium Development Goals, and he's calling the future of global development stategies into question.

Pacific women politicians hailed for overcoming adversity

Updated 13 August 2014, 8:13 AEST

Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott-Despoja says developed countries can learn a lot from prospective female parliamentarians in the Pacific.

Aid worker shot in Port Morseby

Updated 13 August 2014, 8:13 AEST

A volunteer from a Queensland-based charity has been shot in the leg in Papua New Guinea.

PNG PM O'Neill referred to Public Prosecutor

Updated 13 August 2014, 8:13 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Ombudsman Commission has referred the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to prosecutors for alleged misconduct in office.

Golf greats gather in Fiji

Updated 13 August 2014, 8:13 AEST

It's being hailed as Fiji's biggest ever sporting event with 120 top golfers set to tee off in the Fiji International with one million US dollars on offer a prize money.

Solomon Islands' prepared for John Kerry visit

Updated 12 August 2014, 16:18 AEST

US Secretary of State, John Kerry will visit the Solomon Islands this week.

Rio Tinto subsidiary takes legal advice after being stripped of its Bougainville mining licences

Updated 13 August 2014, 12:47 AEST

The Rio Tinto subsidiary Bougainville Copper is unhappy with the Bougainville parliament's decision to strip the company of its exploration licences and the lease on its mine in the autonomous region.

Allegations fly in New Caledonia over nickel deal

Updated 12 August 2014, 16:23 AEST

The President of New Caledonia's Southern Province has accused the President of the country of negotiating a secret nickel deal.

US President authorised ebola drug tests

Updated 12 August 2014, 16:24 AEST

The US President, Barack Obama, has authorised samples of an experimental drug be sent to Liberia to treat doctors infected with Ebola as the death toll from the epidemic passes 1,000.

French film makers held in Papua

Updated 12 August 2014, 16:25 AEST

The fate of two French journalists detained by Indonesian police for almost a week in the restive region of Papua remains uncertain.

Tonga airport upgrades underway

Updated 12 August 2014, 16:28 AEST

The upgrading of Tonga's main airports will begin before the end of next year.

Fiji Solomon Islands' airlines dispute continues

Updated 13 August 2014, 12:13 AEST

There's no sign of an end to the dispute between the national airlines of Fiji and Solomon Islands, and it's starting to bite.

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