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.


Fiji police open criminal investigation into death in custody

Updated 22 August 2014, 17:19 AEST

Police in Fiji have opened a criminal investigation after the death of a suspect in custody.

Amnesty International concerned at Fiji death in custody

Updated 22 August 2014, 17:28 AEST

Amnesty International says it is concerned about Vilikesa Soko's death while in Fiji police custody in Nadi.

Fiji domestic election observers unable to monitor campaign yet

Updated 22 August 2014, 17:29 AEST

A group of domestic election observers in Fiji say they haven't received any response to a request to the government for them to be allowed to monitor next month's poll.

PNG's Mosquitos look to a solid performance at the MCG

Updated 22 August 2014, 17:29 AEST

It will be a big day for Aussie Rules followers in Papua New Guinea tomorrow when their national team takes on Ireland in the grand final of this year's AFL International Cup.

We Are Heroes: The Pacific Games launches 2015 anthem

Updated 22 August 2014, 8:38 AEST

The Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea are now less than a year away, and the excitement is starting to build with the launch of the Games' official song.

Last chance for Wallabies in Bledisloe clash

Updated 22 August 2014, 8:38 AEST

It's round two of the Bledisloe Cup tomorrow night, when Australia and New Zealand lock horns again, this time in Auckland, where the Wallabies haven't beaten the All-Blacks for 28 years.

Solomon Airlines says don't blame us for stand-off with Fiji Airways

Updated 22 August 2014, 8:38 AEST

A Solomon Airlines executive has dismissed a Fiji Airways claim that Solomon Islands is to blame for a stoush between the airlines that's led to the suspension of flights between the two countries.

Researchers investigate post-harvest loss of Pacific crops

Updated 22 August 2014, 8:38 AEST

The problem of post-harvest loss and post-harvest quality for fruit and vegetable growers in Pacific Island countries is hitting the economy hard.

Solomons PM in Australia to boost business ties

Updated 22 August 2014, 8:39 AEST

Solomon Islands' Prime Minister says he wants to tell Australian businesses that reforms undertaken by his government have it easier and cheaper to do business in his country.

Ideas exchanged at Horticulture Olympics

Updated 21 August 2014, 13:41 AEST

Delegates at the International Horticulture Congress underway in Brisbane are using the gathering as an opportunity to exchange information on better ways of operating in their home countries.

New rules for Australia's new National Rugby Championship

Updated 21 August 2014, 13:41 AEST

It's been a long time coming but Australia's new National Rugby Championship kicks off tonight, with the opening match featuring Brisbane City at home to Sydney Stars.

First medal for Fiji at Youth Olympics

Updated 21 August 2014, 13:40 AEST

Fiji has won its first ever medal at the Youth Olympic Games, making it the first of the Pacific nations taking part in the games in China to register on the medal table.

SPC push to boost Pacific maritime safety standards

Updated 21 August 2014, 13:42 AEST

The drive to raise maritime safety standards in the Pacific has increased against the backdrop of recent accidents in PNG, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Kiribati.

Preserving Solomons' smallest language group

Updated 21 August 2014, 13:42 AEST

Efforts are underway to save Solomon Islands' smallest language group, Gula'ala.

Fiji Tourism boss seeks new direction

Updated 21 August 2014, 13:42 AEST

The new chairman of Tourism Fiji says the country's tourism industry needs to move away from mass market appeal based on sun, sea and sand to a niche market that draws on unique cultural experiences.

Battle over Norfolk Island legal dope plan

Updated 21 August 2014, 13:42 AEST

In many countries marijuana is increasingly being legitimately used to treat a range of medical conditions, but in Australia such practices are still illegal.

Australian police making a real difference in PNG

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:16 AEST

The head of the Australian Federal Police detachment in Papua New Guinea says they will assist with any government review of their presence, but it may be a bit early to determine how effective it's been.

New study examines the effectiveness of Chinese aid to the Pacific

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:16 AEST

New research shows Pacific countries are becoming better at getting what they want from Chinese aid, but substantial problems remain.

PNG business leader calls for action on lawlessness

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:15 AEST

One of Papua New Guinea's most prominent businessmen says the problem of lawlessness is a complex one, but the government needs to tackle it.

Tonga election likely to focus on economy

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:14 AEST

Tonga's election is three months away, and the main issue appears likely to be the economy.

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