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.


Heartbleed bug bleeds passwords across the internet

Updated 10 April 2014, 17:28 AEST

Online security experts are warning today that nearly every user of the web over the last two years is exposed to a security bug sweeping the internet.

Pygmy blue whales migrating from Perth to Indonesia

Updated 10 April 2014, 17:27 AEST

Research by scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division has revealed some of the secrets of one of the most elusive creatures of the deep - the Pygmy Blue Whale.

Aid distribution remains a priority in Solomons

Updated 10 April 2014, 9:12 AEST

As relief efforts continue after the flash floods in Solomon Islands, some harrowing personal accounts of the disaster are starting to filter through.

Solomon Warriors lose first OFC Chamoions League match

Updated 10 April 2014, 9:07 AEST

The team manager of the Solomon Warriors says it was a difficult decision by some players as to whether to travel to Fiji to take part in the OFC Champions LeagueDr Kenton Sade says physically the boys are in Fiji but mentally and emotionally they've been affected by last's week's flood disaster,The Warriors lost to Tahiti's AS Pirae on day three of the OFC Champions League pool round in Fiji.

Water rationing may be necessary in Honiara

Updated 10 April 2014, 9:07 AEST

The man in charge of the water supply in the flood disaster affected Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, says a rush to reconnect supplies could add to serious health issues.

AIDS cure sense of urgency remains - Barre-Sinoussi

Updated 10 April 2014, 9:08 AEST

The prominent French virologist Professor Francoise Barre-Sinoussi says scientists have not lost the sense of urgency in seeking a cure for HIV-AIDS.

Management plan urgently needed for Pacific sea cucumbers

Updated 10 April 2014, 9:05 AEST

Sea cucumber stocks continue to decline across the Pacific, posing a threat to trade beches de mer or dried cucumbers.

Prince George outshines Will & Kate in NZ

Updated 10 April 2014, 9:06 AEST

The visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to New Zealand is being overshadowed.

Huge potential for football expansion in Samoa - Bareman

Updated 11 April 2014, 8:04 AEST

Since becoming the top football official in Samoa, Sarai Bareman, has had to take on much more than the job of raising the standard of the game in her country.

Solomon Islands begins rebuilding after flood disaster

Updated 10 April 2014, 9:08 AEST

In Solomon Islands, funerals are still taking place after flash floods a week ago that killed at least 23 people.

Teacher shortage in Samoa leads to 'appalling' exam results

Updated 10 April 2014, 9:13 AEST

To Samoa, where the government is alarmed at what it calls students' 'appalling' exam results.

Queensland braces for Cyclone Ita

Updated 10 April 2014, 9:01 AEST

Far north Queensland is bracing for what's expected to be the most powerful cyclone to hit the east coast since Yasi devastated parts of the Australian state in 2011.

Assessments reveal extensive damage after Solomon Islands flooding

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:19 AEST

Teams are continuing to assess the full extent of damage following last week's devastating and deadly flash floods.

Australia to boost funding and number of RAMSI personnel Solomon Islands

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:23 AEST

Australia will be boosting the number of personnel in the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, to help cope with the flood disaster.

Voter registration suspended in Solomon Islands as flood recovery continues

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:26 AEST

Election officials in Solomon Islands have suspended voter registration, as the country attempts to recover from last week's devastating floods.

Nauru says UN detention center inspectors weren't invited, questions cancellation as 'publicity stunt'

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:28 AEST

A team of United Nations inspectors is trying to re-negoatiate with the Naruru government to visit the country's Australian-run immigration processing centre.

Nauru has standing invitation to all thematic standing procedures of HR Council

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:28 AEST

Nauru is one of 108 countries obliged to accept standing invitations such as the one requested by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionsNauru's former secretary for Justice David Lambourne says the Nauru government would have been aware of the UN protocols of standing invitations.

Australia yet to sign up to child rights protocol

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:30 AEST

From next week, children from all over the world will be able to take complaints about human rights violations to the United Nations for investigation.

Implications of Chaudhry's inevitable exit from politics

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:34 AEST

One of Fiji's largest ethnic groupings could be without a political leader at the September elections.

Royal Commission into Australian union corruption opens

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:32 AEST

The Australian government's Royal Commission into corruption in the nation's trade union movement opened today.

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