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.


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.

Journalism academic fears electoral decree will stifle debate in Fiji

Updated 17 April 2014, 18:23 AEST

A journalism academic in Fiji fears a section of the country's electoral decree that prevents foreign involvement in September's election will stifle debate.

Stanley rebuke for ignoring health impacts of climate change

Updated 17 April 2014, 9:15 AEST

Professor Fiona Stanley is one of Australia's most respected paediatricians and public health experts.

Fiji to relocate more flood-prone villages

Updated 17 April 2014, 8:58 AEST

Flood-prone villages in Fiji's Nadroga-Navosa province are set to be relocated.

Cruise ship departure lead to call for Cooks departure tax review

Updated 17 April 2014, 9:41 AEST

The Cook Islands tourism industry is pushing for the government to change its departure tax act, after a recent incident saw a cruise ship cut short its stay because it hadn't been aware it would be charged a $65 dollar tax for each of its passenger and crew.

Tobacco companies lobbying governments in PNG & Solomons

Updated 17 April 2014, 9:42 AEST

Tobacco companies are lobbying ministers and government officials in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to try to ensure there are no further restrictions placed on the sale of cigarettes.

Move Nauru asylum centre dengue patients to Australia - activists

Updated 17 April 2014, 8:59 AEST

The dengue fever epidemic across the South Pacific has reached Nauru with several Nauruans suffering from dengue and at least three people at Australia's asylum seeker processing centre.

NZ emergency bridge for Honiara at least six weeks away

Updated 17 April 2014, 8:59 AEST

New Zealand will provide a portable bridge to help alleviate Honiara's severe traffic congestion.

Funding cut could threaten progress with malaria control

Updated 17 April 2014, 9:00 AEST

One of Australia's leading malaria experts says the dramatic success in almost eliminating malaria from Vanuatu and Solomon Islands could be jeopardised because future funding is being cut.

Asian pollution worsening Pacific storms

Updated 17 April 2014, 9:00 AEST

The Pacific Ocean may be thousands of kilometres away from China and India, but a new study's found air pollution from Asia is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns.

STI & HIV messages at Fiji Easter basketball

Updated 17 April 2014, 9:00 AEST

Fiji's Easter Basketball Championships are underway.

The South Pacific Cup to return to PNG

Updated 16 April 2014, 17:47 AEST

Turning to football now and the South Pacific Cup.

Niue Government wins final election seat after straw poll

Updated 16 April 2014, 17:46 AEST

A straw poll to determine the final seat in Niue's elections was won by the caretaker governement.

UK think tank says illegal logging widespread in PNG

Updated 17 April 2014, 13:18 AEST
A new report on logging in Papua New Guinea by leading British think-tank Chatham House has found illegal practices are widespread and transparency in the industry is among the worst in the world.

Solomon Islands' next challenge to repatriate flood victims: NZ

Updated 16 April 2014, 17:44 AEST

The Solomon Islands government is still grappling with its post flood relief efforts.

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.

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