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.

Stories

Positive outlook for Solomons' weather as cleanup gets underway

Updated 7 April 2014, 17:08 AEST

The weather system that caused the heavy rain and flooding in Solomon Islands has now developed into Tropical Cyclone Ita.

High resolution data predicts severe coastal flooding in Vanuatu within century

Updated 7 April 2014, 17:10 AEST

As an island nation, predictions that coastal flooding in Vanuatu could reach catastrophic levels in the next 90 years is cause for serious concern.

Calls for women empowerment from Indian politicians

Updated 7 April 2014, 17:13 AEST

Voting in India's massive five-week long general election starts today and all the major parties have made big promises on the major issues concerning voters, including to improve safety for women following the brutal gang rape of a girl in 2012 which prompted nation wide protests.

Fast food study finds a-salt on customers' health

Updated 7 April 2014, 17:14 AEST

A study into the use of salt by major fast food outlets has found that they've reduced the salt content of many products.

Businesses urged to participate in first Pacific exporter survey

Updated 7 April 2014, 17:15 AEST

The first ever survey of Pacific exporters has just been launched, with the aim to get a detailed picture of opportunities and challenges for Pacific businesses.

Logging may have worsened Honiara flood

Updated 7 April 2014, 8:36 AEST

The flood disaster in Solomon Islands is moving from a rescue mission to providing emergency relief to some 12 thousand people who have been left homeless, and international aid is starting to trickle in, with more promised.

Safe water and sanitation most urgent needs in Honiara - Oxfam

Updated 7 April 2014, 8:37 AEST

The head of the Oxfam aid group in Honiara, Katie Greenwood says the most urgent need is to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to people in evacuation centres.

Climate change optimism after Cartagena Dialogue in Majuro

Updated 7 April 2014, 13:41 AEST

The Cartagena Dialogue climate talks have wrapped up in Majuro, with optimism that world leaders will work together towards new climate objectives in lieu of the UN Climate Summit in New York this September.

New bid for Parliamentary approval for funding Port Vila's new airport

Updated 7 April 2014, 8:39 AEST

The Vanuatu government is pressing ahead with its grand plan for a new airport for Port Vila.

Community group welcome Fiji's braille Constitution

Updated 7 April 2014, 8:39 AEST

The first braille version of Fiji's new constitution has been released.

Yaws victory in Vanuatu declared after eight months

Updated 7 April 2014, 8:41 AEST

We've been hearing a lot about health crises across the Pacific lately.

Cook Islanders offered chance to top Digicel's $23M for phone service

Updated 7 April 2014, 8:41 AEST

Telecom New Zealand is opening its majority share in Telecom Cook Islands for sale to locals.

World Health Day focus on mosquito-borne diseases

Updated 7 April 2014, 8:42 AEST

More than half the world's population is at risk of contracting diseases spread by insects.

OFC Champions League kicks off today in Fiji

Updated 7 April 2014, 8:42 AEST

The first two matches in the pool round of the OFC Champions League kick off in Fiji later today.

Bottom up focus as Rugby Union in Samoa goes to primary schools

Updated 8 April 2014, 10:54 AEST

All is not well it appears in rugby circles in Samoa, following a run of disappointing performances by the national Sevens team at the IRB World Series.

NZ take out IRB Women's Sevens title in China, Fiji 4th

Updated 8 April 2014, 10:54 AEST

The fourth leg of the IRB's Women's World Sevens series was played out in China over the weekend, with Australia and New Zealand tussling to secure top spot on the ladder.

Solomon Islands facing flooding disaster

Updated 4 April 2014, 20:05 AEST

At least 16 people have be killed in flooding in Solomon Islands but many others are missing, while hundreds of homes have been destroyed and a major bridge has been all but washed away.

Bad weather hampers flood response in Solomon Islands

Updated 4 April 2014, 20:14 AEST

The development organisation Oxfam is one of the many aid agencies working to respond to the flooding crisis in the Solomon Islands.

Confusion over cyclone warnings for Solomon Islands

Updated 4 April 2014, 20:03 AEST

It seems that a tropical cyclone warning should have been issued for the low pressure system over Solomons Islands, but hasn't -- because of confusion over which agency is reponsible for the warnings.

Former Fiji Prime Minister faces possible jail term

Updated 4 April 2014, 20:02 AEST

Fiji's only Indo-Fijian Prime Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry faces a possible two year jail term after the High Court found him guilty of crimes under the country's Exchange Control Act.

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