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.


Coastal Samoan village tackles climate change head-on

Updated 8 April 2015, 11:17 AEST

Around the Pacific, thousands of coastal villages are vulnerable to the power of the sea, whether it's rising sea levels, storm surges or flooding during severe weather.

Suva hopeful of strong showing in OFC Champions League

Updated 8 April 2015, 11:18 AEST

The 2015 OFC Champions League kicks off this weekend in Fiji.

PNG seeking EITI membership to get fairer deal from mining

Updated 8 April 2015, 9:03 AEST

In developing countries mining, oil and gas projects often lead to corruption and even conflict, rather than improved living standards.

Charitable NZ people mistake Tuvalu as part of Vanuatu

Updated 8 April 2015, 9:04 AEST

Efforts by Tuvaluans in New Zealand to raise funds for cyclone relief are being hampered by a lack of geographic knowledge among the public.

Labour backs more RSE places for Vanuatu workers

Updated 8 April 2015, 9:04 AEST

New Zealand's main opposition party wants the government to let more Vanuatu people work in the country to help the cyclone recovery effort.

342 candidates to contest Bougainville elections

Updated 8 April 2015, 9:11 AEST

A total of 342 candidates will be contesting the general elections in Papua New Guinea's Autonomous Region of Bougainville next month.

Niuean WWI troops still remembered

Updated 8 April 2015, 9:02 AEST

As Australia and New Zealand prepare to mark the centenary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli later this month, Niue will remember its own contribution.

Yap emergency authorities using missionary ships to access devastated

Updated 7 April 2015, 11:24 AEST

Transport problems are hampering the relief effort in Yap, in the Federated States of Micronesia, which was devastated by Typhoon Maysak last week.

Fears for school funding when PNG students return next week

Updated 7 April 2015, 11:23 AEST

The Papua New Guinea Teachers Association has claimed schools will be forced to close if the government doesn't release education funding.

Documentary highlights migrant success stories

Updated 7 April 2015, 11:22 AEST

The large numbers of Micronesians and Marshallese migrating to Hawaii and Guam are causing headaches for local governments and residents.

A public vote to decide fate of Sunday flights to Aitutaki

Updated 7 April 2015, 11:22 AEST

In Cook Islands, a referendum on the issue of Sunday flights into the island of Aitutaki could be held in the next few months.

PNG youth station TribeFM to launch in June

Updated 7 April 2015, 11:21 AEST

This year Papua New Guinea will get to hear the voice of its young people loud and clear from all over the country when the National Broadcasting corporation's new youth station Tribe FM launches its full service.

Fiji's fans disappointed with Japan 7s result

Updated 7 April 2015, 11:19 AEST

Fiji's hopes of automatically qualifying for the Rio Olympics in rugby suffered a minor setback after a third-placed finish in the Tokyo Sevens tournament at the weekend.

Still a long road ahead for Pacific gender equality

Updated 6 April 2015, 16:45 AEST

Twenty years ago women of the Pacific and the world came together in Beijing to devise a platform for action that would deliver gender equality.

Maysak worst disaster in Chuuk for 20 - 30 years

Updated 6 April 2015, 17:03 AEST

Emergency relief supplies from overseas will almost certainly be needed to help the people of the Federated States f Micronesia recover from Typhoon Maysak which ripped through parts of the island chain last week.

Lessons learned from Cyclone Pam

Updated 6 April 2015, 12:30 AEST

And now on Pacific Beat, a special program looking back on Cyclone Pam's imapct on Vanuatu.

Federated States of Micronesia still in state of emergency after Typhoon Maysak

Updated 6 April 2015, 8:39 AEST

Thousands of people in the Federated States of Micronesia are in desperate need of food, water and shelter after the islands were struck by Super Typhoon Maysak.

NGOs advised to consider cultural concepts when rebuilding

Updated 6 April 2015, 8:38 AEST

The last two cyclones in the Pacific - Pam and Maysak - destroyed tens of thousands of homes as they tore through the region.

Biologists warn of environmental risks from new infrastructure in the Pacific

Updated 6 April 2015, 8:38 AEST

Tropical biologists are warning an explosion of new infrastructure in developing countries is putting the environment and crucial biodiversity at risk.

England claims surprising victory at Tokyo Sevens

Updated 6 April 2015, 8:37 AEST

England has upset the form book to win the Tokyo Sevens, despite losing to Fiji in pool play, giving their chances of Olympic qualification a massive lift in the process.

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