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.


Grounded Air Marshall Ialands need shake up to prevent collapse

Updated 15 April 2014, 8:37 AEST

Air travel to the outer island of Marshall Islands is at a complete standstill, with one of the national carrier's two planes grounded until at least the end of the month, as it waits for spare parts.

Ocean acidification make fish gamble with their lives - study

Updated 15 April 2014, 8:23 AEST

Researchers at James Cook University in Australia have found that acid in the ocean is doing strange things to fish.

PNG rubber growers seek government assistance

Updated 15 April 2014, 8:35 AEST

Rubber growers in Papua New Guinea's Western Province say they could lose their jobs if the government denies financial support to their co-operative, North Fly Rubber Limited.

By 5:46 pm (AEST) the Moon will be in the middle of the Earth's dark shadow

Blood red lunar eclipse across the Pacific

Updated 16 April 2014, 14:39 AEST

A lunar eclipse Tuesday, entertained people living on the Pacific rim, the east of Asia and Australia and across much of North America.

Auckland City likely to miss OFC Champions Leage finals

Updated 15 April 2014, 8:25 AEST

The pool round of the OFC Champions League being played in Fiji wraps up today.

Champions League video library will help educate Pacific coaches

Updated 15 April 2014, 8:26 AEST

Eighteen matches in nine days during the pool round of the OFC Champions League means a wealth of material for the OFC's technical study group.

Push for Pacific to invest in wind power

Updated 16 April 2014, 17:49 AEST

Sustainable energy is the buzz word across the Pacific, but which ones are the best and most appropriate for the region?Wind power might be one of the fastest-growing sources of renewable energy in the world, but it's so far been largely ignored in the Pacific.

Niue caretake-premier says election results still unclear

Updated 14 April 2014, 18:17 AEST

A small village in Niue may hold the key to the nations next government following the weekend elections.

Solomon Islands hit by quake and aftershocks

Updated 14 April 2014, 18:23 AEST

There have reports of two deaths and some damage after large quakes in southern Bouganville and Mikira in Solomon Islands.

Australian high commission helps with quake assessment in Solomons

Updated 14 April 2014, 18:24 AEST

The Solomon Islands Government has conducted aerial surveys of the tsumami-hit areas on Mikira Island to determine how much clean-up is required after the quakes.

Expatriates raising funds for disaster relief in Solomon Islands

Updated 14 April 2014, 18:35 AEST

While Solomon Islands continues setting its relief and recovery priorities after this months floods, a group of expatriates living in Melbourne have been raising funds to help.

Call for action on 'dire' drug resistant TB threat in Asia and the Pacific

Updated 15 April 2014, 10:01 AEST

Medical experts are warning that drug resistant tuberculosis is now such a problem in the Asia Pacific region that it could overwhelm health systems.

Bougainville & Solomons rocked by strong quakes

Updated 14 April 2014, 19:12 AEST

A series of strong earthquake have jolted Solomon islands and Bougainville over the weekend.

OCHA to take co-ordinating role in Solomons

Updated 14 April 2014, 19:13 AEST

The quakes have come as Solomon Islands continue to deal with the aftermath of flash flooding which killed at least 21 people.

Fixing climate change would cost billions - IPCC

Updated 14 April 2014, 9:23 AEST

The world's leading climate science body has released its second report in two weeks, this time outlining how the planet can avoid dangerous climate change.

Leaked document provides information on Vanuatu controversial airport

Updated 14 April 2014, 8:43 AEST

People in Vanuatu may have found out a lot of details of the government's controversial new international airport proposal.

Fiji's Methodists told not to mix politics and religion

Updated 14 April 2014, 8:44 AEST

'Keep politics and the church separate' is the message coming from the Methodist Church in Fiji, in the lead up to the September elections.

Japan to upgrade Majuro water and sewerage scheme

Updated 14 April 2014, 8:44 AEST

A team of Japanese experts is due in Marshall Islands shortly to examine a plan to improve water supply and the sewerage system.

Tribunal decision imminent on FLNKS challenge on voter eligibility

Updated 14 April 2014, 12:57 AEST

In New Caledonia, Noumea's tribunal is expected to announce its decision regarding the fate of voters whose right to take part in next month's provincial elections has been challenged by the pro-independence coalition, the FLNKS.

Cook Islanders give generously to Solomons flood appeal

Updated 14 April 2014, 8:46 AEST

Cook Islanders held a radiothon last week to raise funds for the relief effort in Solomon Islands.

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