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.


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.

Severe cyclone dumping rain on PNG as it heads for Australia

Updated 10 April 2014, 17:32 AEST

There are forecasts 300 millimetres of rain will be dumped between now and Friday morning on Papua New Guinea's south; courtesy of the category 4 Cyclone Ita.

Moves for elections improving confidence in Fiji, says ratings agency

Updated 10 April 2014, 17:31 AEST

Fiji is experiencing improved business confidence and investment.

Bougainville copper shareholders call for independent inquiry

Updated 10 April 2014, 17:55 AEST

A group of shareholders is calling on the Rio-Tinto subsidiary, Bougainville Copper to appoint an independent jurist to conduct a full inquiry into the involvement of the company in the civil war on Bougainville, before it goes ahead with any plans to re-open its mine.

Search for missing continues in Solomon Islands a week after flooding

Updated 11 April 2014, 7:50 AEST

It's now a week since the devastating flash floods which caused so much damage and so many death in Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands flooding set to leave large economic impacts

Updated 10 April 2014, 17:30 AEST

As the clean-up continues from last week's floods in Solomon Island, the economic impact of the deluge is becoming clearer.

Challenging task ahead PNG refugee resettlement panel

Updated 10 April 2014, 17:29 AEST

Work is underway in Papua New Guinea to come up with recommendations for the government on the best way to re-settle refugees, currently in detention at Manus Island.

Possible changes to PNG's cyber crime policy gets social users talking

Updated 10 April 2014, 17:28 AEST

A prominent writer and Facebook contributor in Papua New Guinea has taken his blog down to check for defamatory comments.

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.

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