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.


UNDP Board on first Pacific visit

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:28 AEST

A United Nations delegation is set to visit Fiji and Samoa this week to improve their understanding of how UN agencies operate in the region.

Rediscovering Melanesian portraits from the 1920s

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:18 AEST

A few years ago, the American photographer Michele Westmorland was given a book written by the late portrait painter Caroline Mytinger about her four year painting expedition to Melanesia in the 1920s.

More than 70 compete in Vanuatu's Easter surfing classic

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:55 AEST

Vanuatu's Surfing Association says within ten years local surfers will be good enough to take on the world's best.

PNG Hunters too strong for Falcons in Qld Cup match

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:12 AEST

In the N-R-L, the Eels take on West Tigers today, while the Panthers face the Titans.

Leapai prays before heading to title bout in Germany

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:56 AEST

A once troubled youth from Logan in Queensland will leave for Germany today to prepare for a classic David and Goliath fight in his bid to become Australia's first world heavyweight boxing champion.

Rhythmic patterns the key to dance

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:10 AEST

Whether it's waltzing, hip-hop or twerking, the urge to dance often depends on the music being played.

Nauru's wasted future

Updated 18 April 2014, 6:32 AEST

Today Naruans are sick, impoverished and reliant on Australia's immigration detention centre for income, but they were once among the wealthiest people in the world.

The role of Pacific missionaries in development

Updated 18 April 2014, 6:32 AEST

The popular view of 19th century Christian missionaries is probably of a white man wearing a pith helmet, carrying a bible, converting people in the developing world, and helping to pave the way for colonisation by European powers.

Surfs up in Vanuatu this weekend

Updated 17 April 2014, 18:19 AEST

Vanuatu's Surfing Association says local surfers will be good enough to take on the world's best within ten years.

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.

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