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.


Semi finals almost set in OFC Champions League

Updated 14 April 2014, 8:46 AEST

There are just two days to go in the pool round of the OFC Champions League being played in Fiji.

PNG Hunters score a big win over Tweed Heads

Updated 14 April 2014, 8:46 AEST

Round six of the NRL season continues tonight with the Storm taking on the Dragons.

Dysentery outbreaks recorded in Solomon Islands evacuation centres

Updated 11 April 2014, 17:51 AEST

Sanitation has become a major worry in the evacuation centres in Honiara, and in some of the centres there are already outbreaks of dysentery.

Pacific Trade ministers pledge unity in negotiations for European trade deal

Updated 11 April 2014, 17:51 AEST

Trade ministers from across the Pacific have been locked up in talks for the past two days, attempting to iron out key sticking points, as negotiations for a key trade agreement with Europe reach the final stages.

PNG cleaning up as Australia's far north braces for Cyclone Ita

Updated 11 April 2014, 17:51 AEST

With winds up to 300 kilometres an hour, Tropical Cyclone Ita is bearing down on Australia's far north coast - and shows no sign of weakening.

Tonga's future female politicians get a taste of parliament

Updated 11 April 2014, 17:51 AEST

It's been an historic few days in Tonga - with the country's first Practice Parliament for women being held.

'We have not pulled out of the Solomon Islands,' says Australian miner

Updated 11 April 2014, 17:51 AEST

Australian Federal Police have been deployed to the Gold Ridge mine in Solomon Islands, at the request of the local government.

Solomon Islands government canvassing options for homeless

Updated 11 April 2014, 17:51 AEST

The Solomon Islands government is now having to grapple with the prospect that many flood victims will never be able to go home.

Bougainville prepares for independence with own public service

Updated 11 April 2014, 8:20 AEST

The Autonomous Bougainville Government has taken a big step towards independence by passing laws that will allow it to operate its own public service system.

Australia to support asylum seekers once they leave Nauru camp

Updated 11 April 2014, 8:20 AEST

It's been nearly four months since a boat carrying asylum seekers reached Australia.

Destructive wind, flooding rain and storm surges accompany Cyclone Ita

Updated 11 April 2014, 8:19 AEST

Final preparations are being made along the far north Queensland coast in Australia for the arrival of Cyclone Ita.

Women in Tonga practice parliament considering election bid

Updated 11 April 2014, 8:19 AEST

The historic Practice Parliament for Women in Tonga wraps up today.

Vanuatu's Right to Information a significant step - Transparency

Updated 11 April 2014, 7:51 AEST

Vanuatu's government is to introduce a Right To Information policy to combat poor governance and corruption.

Greenpeace to retain Pacific focus despite closing Fiji office

Updated 11 April 2014, 8:19 AEST

Greenpeace is closing its Pacfic regional office in Fiji at the end of the month.

Apia's new black beach attracts criticism not tourists

Updated 11 April 2014, 8:18 AEST

In Samoa, an artificial black sand beach has been developed on the Apia waterfront in an effort to try to boost dwindling tourist numbers.

Stockpiled flu vaccines ineffective - research

Updated 11 April 2014, 8:18 AEST

Governments around the world have spent billions stockpiling drugs in preparation for major outbreak of influenza.

'I considered resignation' Samoa's embattled soccer chief

Updated 11 April 2014, 8:21 AEST

The chief executive of Football Federation Samoa, Sarai Bareman, came to the post with ambitions to raise the standard of the game, and lift the national side out of the Pacific bottom four.

Fiji's Ba FC moves to OFC semi-finals

Updated 11 April 2014, 8:17 AEST

In the OFC Champions League, the host nation Fiji looks certain to have at least one team in the semi-finals, after Ba's 4-0 victory over Tafea from Vanuatu.

PNG Hunters striving to hit the winning trail again

Updated 11 April 2014, 8:16 AEST

The PNG Hunters are back on home turf this weekend, taking on Tweed Heads at the Graveyard in Kokopo.

Super Rugby Round 9 - Preview

Updated 11 April 2014, 8:16 AEST

It's round nine in the Super Rugby season this weekend, and there are two big Australian derby matches in propect.

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