Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.


Food garden recovery the new focus on Solomons' flood relief

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:19 AEST

Schools re-open in Honiara tomorrow but life in the Solomons' capital is far from being back to normal following the devastating flooding at the start of the month, that claimed 21 lives and left thousands homeless.

Snap election date avoids Cook Islands no confidence bid

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:20 AEST

An early election will be held in the Cook Islands on July the 9th.

New role for choloroquine in fight against malaria

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:21 AEST

Choloroquine - it's the anti-malarial medication that once had the status as being the leading weapon against the fight against the mosquito borne disease.

Missing data makes tuna research almost impossible

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:22 AEST

Pacific fishing experts are warning that their stock assessment of tuna in the western and central Pacific Ocean is being hampered by some fishing fleets that are withholding critical data.

Petition asks for Saipan casino fate to be decided at November election

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:24 AEST

Opponents of a proposed multi-million dollar casino in Saipan are trying to get the issue listed as a referendum item at November's election.

45 days on still no sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:24 AEST

The search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane has reached a crossroads.

Hawaiian mahu's life told in documentary

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:25 AEST

In a landmark ruling last week India's Supreme Court recognised 'transgender' as a third sex.

Pacific studies conference hopes to boost regional co-operation

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:27 AEST

Australia needs to boost its knowledge of the Pacific according to academics and they will be doing just that, this week, when the Australian Association for Pacific Studies hold its bi-annual conference at the University of Sydney.

UNDP Board on first Pacific visit

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:28 AEST

A United Nations delegation is set to visit Fiji and Samoa this week to improve their understanding of how UN agencies operate in the region.

Rediscovering Melanesian portraits from the 1920s

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:18 AEST

A few years ago, the American photographer Michele Westmorland was given a book written by the late portrait painter Caroline Mytinger about her four year painting expedition to Melanesia in the 1920s.

More than 70 compete in Vanuatu's Easter surfing classic

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:55 AEST

Vanuatu's Surfing Association says within ten years local surfers will be good enough to take on the world's best.

PNG Hunters too strong for Falcons in Qld Cup match

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:12 AEST

In the N-R-L, the Eels take on West Tigers today, while the Panthers face the Titans.

Leapai prays before heading to title bout in Germany

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:56 AEST

A once troubled youth from Logan in Queensland will leave for Germany today to prepare for a classic David and Goliath fight in his bid to become Australia's first world heavyweight boxing champion.

Rhythmic patterns the key to dance

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:10 AEST

Whether it's waltzing, hip-hop or twerking, the urge to dance often depends on the music being played.

Nauru's wasted future

Updated 18 April 2014, 6:32 AEST

Today Naruans are sick, impoverished and reliant on Australia's immigration detention centre for income, but they were once among the wealthiest people in the world.

The role of Pacific missionaries in development

Updated 18 April 2014, 6:32 AEST

The popular view of 19th century Christian missionaries is probably of a white man wearing a pith helmet, carrying a bible, converting people in the developing world, and helping to pave the way for colonisation by European powers.

Surfs up in Vanuatu this weekend

Updated 17 April 2014, 18:19 AEST

Vanuatu's Surfing Association says local surfers will be good enough to take on the world's best within ten years.

Portable bridge to help alleviate Honiara traffic congestion

Updated 17 April 2014, 18:20 AEST

New Zealand will provide a portable bridge to help alleviate severe tragffic congestion in the Solomon Islands capital Honiara.

PNG government to appeal judge's refusal to disqualify himself

Updated 17 April 2014, 18:21 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court will decide next week whether to allow the PNG government to appeal a judge's refusal to disqualify himself from a human rights inquiry into the Manus Island detention centre.

Greens - babies in detention centres moral not political issue

Updated 17 April 2014, 18:22 AEST

The Australian Greens party claims its a terrible abuse of children and babies human rights to be locked up in detention centres.

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