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.


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.

Asylum seekers detail violent riots on Manus Island

Updated 4 April 2014, 20:02 AEST

Prominent Australian human rights lawyer Julian Burnside says it's hard to take seriously the investigation into the murder of an asylum seeker at the Manus Island detention centre when officials haven't spoken to eyewitnesses.

Encouraging progress towards transparent governance in PNG

Updated 4 April 2014, 20:02 AEST

The UN's third highest ranking administrator has been out and about in Papua New Guinea looking at mobile banking services as part of her three-day visit.

Honiara Flooding

At least three deaths and thousands homeless in Solomons flooding

Updated 4 April 2014, 9:21 AEST

As many as 10 thousand people have spent the night in temporary evacuation centres in the Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara with floodwaters inundating much of the city.

Volunteer call up as Red Cross prepares Honiara flood response

Updated 4 April 2014, 9:22 AEST

The Red Cross in Solomon Islands is calling up volunteers to help in its response to flooding in Honiara.

First hand climate change inspection for Cartegena delegates

Updated 4 April 2014, 9:23 AEST

It's the last day at the latest gathering of the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action on climate change which is taking place in Marshall Islands.

Students model climate solutions in mock Cartagena Dialogue

Updated 4 April 2014, 9:23 AEST

Against the backdrop of the latest meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action on climate change, students in Marshall Islands have been working on their own "Model Dialogue".

Dengue threatening two fifths of world population - Red Cross

Updated 4 April 2014, 9:31 AEST

A report by the International Red Cross says two-fifths of the world's population are at risk from dengue fever.

NRL Round 5, Super Rugby Round 8 - Preview

Updated 4 April 2014, 9:26 AEST

Sonny Bill Williams will return to the Roosters this weekend after a three week ban, and the ladder-topping Dragons are looking good against the Rabbitohs on Saturday.

Aust & NZ on top of ladder ahead of IRB Women's Seven in China

Updated 4 April 2014, 19:26 AEST

The IRB's Women's World Sevens series continues in China this weekend, with Australia and New Zealand sharing top spot on the ladder after the first three rounds.

OFC Champions League kick off in Fiji on Monday

Updated 4 April 2014, 9:30 AEST

Time now for part two of our preview of the OFC Champions League, with the opening matches just three days away.

Maori Malay Polynesian University floated for NZ

Updated 3 April 2014, 18:46 AEST

New Zealand's Pacific Islander, Maori and Malaysian populations may soon have a university dedicated solely to teaching the history and traditions of their three cultures.

PNG signs $US20 million deal to improve internet services

Updated 3 April 2014, 19:16 AEST

Papua New Guinea is expected to have much better internet service by the end of the year after Telikom signed a US $20-million contract with the California-based company Aviat Networks for a new cross-country microwave link.

Refugee advocate not confident of Manus murder investigation

Updated 3 April 2014, 18:59 AEST

A refugee action group doesn't believe the murder of Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea will ever be solved.

PNG amends constitution to protect Manus detention centre

Updated 3 April 2014, 19:00 AEST

The Papua New Guinea government has amended the country's constitution to provide legal protection for the Manus Island detention centre.

Fiji TV broadcasts "hate speech"

Updated 3 April 2014, 19:01 AEST

Fiji's Media Industry Development Authority has ruled Fiji TV breached media regulations by broadcasting what it has labelled as a "hate speech".

Fiji decree allows phone tapping ahead of election

Updated 3 April 2014, 19:02 AEST

The Fiji Law Society thinks the country will have its own version of Big Brother monitoring multi-media outlets 48 hours before the September Elections.

Chilean tsunami wave washes gently over the Pacific

Updated 3 April 2014, 10:42 AEST

The magnitude eight point two earthquake off Chile has sent a tsunami surging across the Pacific.

PNG Church concerned over aid dependency

Updated 3 April 2014, 10:42 AEST

There's a growing concern within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea that Australian aid is creating a culture of dependency, if the money ends up in the right place at all.

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