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.


St Barbara urged to re-open Gold Ridge Mine after Solomons floods

Updated 16 April 2014, 17:43 AEST

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce has urged the operator of the Gold Ridge Mine to honour it's committment to the governement and re-open the mine.

Who will benefit from Aust plan to boost aid to the Pacific private sector?

Updated 17 April 2014, 11:40 AEST

Since the Abbott government took office in Australia last year, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has been making it clear she wants to put more emphasis on promoting the private sector in the Pacific.

Parliamentary committee to study Port Vila's proposed new airport

Updated 16 April 2014, 10:11 AEST

The Vanuatu government plans for a new international airport have suffered something of a set back.

Rash from Chikungunya (pic: Nsaa)

Ten thousand infected in Tonga's first chikungunya outbreak

Updated 16 April 2014, 11:26 AEST

There's a major epidemic of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus in Tonga, with more than ten thousand people affected.

Samoan opposition says IMF debt warning 'not to be taken lightly'

Updated 16 April 2014, 11:44 AEST

While the International Monetary Fund has cautioned Samoa about its his level of foreign borrowings, it's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele has dismissed the warning - saying the Samoan economy is strong enough to meet the repayments.

Depth defeats mini sub's search for Flight 370

Updated 16 April 2014, 8:37 AEST

The search for Malaysian Airlines flight 3-70 using a mini sub hit a snag when the ocean depth was confirmed as being deeper than expected.

Dismal turn out for vital Vanuatu by-election

Updated 16 April 2014, 8:28 AEST

Voters in Vanuatu were called back to polling booths yesterday - and given a day off work to so - in a scenario that seems to becoming all too familiar.

Border clashes may spark new flood of Papuan refugees

Updated 16 April 2014, 8:29 AEST

There's been a sceptic response to news the governments of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia will jointly investigate recent deadly clashes on their border.

Violence reduction program in Moresby's Bomana jail

Updated 16 April 2014, 8:30 AEST

It's well known that Papua New Guinea has a serious domestic violence problem.

SPREP program tackling hazardous waste

Updated 16 April 2014, 8:31 AEST

The buildup of hazardous waste in Pacific Island nations is a major concern for residents and tourists.

'School of the Air' future in doubt in South Australia

Updated 16 April 2014, 8:32 AEST

It's an Australian institution, and its future is in doubt.

AS Pirae & Auckland City in OFC semi finals

Updated 16 April 2014, 8:33 AEST

AS Pirae are through to the semi-finals of the OFC Champions League -- and taking Auckland City FC with them as the best-placed runners up -- after beating Waitakere United 3-1 on the last day of the pool round in Fiji.

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Blood moon rising: the view from Tonga

Updated 16 April 2014, 10:14 AEST

Tonga reporter Monalisa Palu describes the view from Nuku'alofa as the world watches the 'blood moon' lunar eclipse.

Fiji police investigating the interim Prime Minister

Updated 16 April 2014, 10:12 AEST

Fiji's interim prime minister could face up to ten years jail if found guilty of breaches of the political parties registration decree.

Land rights defenders face growing danger: Global Witness

Updated 16 April 2014, 8:34 AEST

There's been a sharp rise in violence related to the environment and land grabs in the Asia Pacific region, according to a new report.

Samoan PM unconcerned by IMF debt warning

Updated 15 April 2014, 8:17 AEST

The International Monetary Fund has issued a caution to Samoa saying its debt levels were getting too high.

Bid to boost minimum wage in Guam

Updated 15 April 2014, 8:30 AEST

In Guam, Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz has introduced a bill to raise the minimum wage from $7.

UN to fund cash for work scheme for Ha'apai victims

Updated 15 April 2014, 8:47 AEST

Four months after Cyclone Ian devastated Tonga's Ha'apai islands.

More acknowledgement of needs of women in disaster situations

Updated 15 April 2014, 8:31 AEST

As Solomon Islands recovers from this month's floods, concerns have been voiced over the wellbeing of women and girls in the disaster's wake.

CNN reporter apologises for mocking NZ culture in Royal report

Updated 15 April 2014, 8:33 AEST

It's a story that's caused quite a stir.

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