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As French President Emmanuel Macron visits New Caledonia, we speak to young Kanaks calling for more dialogue to end simmering tensions. Plus we visit the Pacific's largest uninhabited island to discover its mysteries.

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Season 2024
We go to New Caledonia where riots have erupted as France consider electoral changes, the cultural harm when foreigners make inauthentic Tongan mats plus the future of Pacific airlines in the wake of Air Vanuatu's insolvency.
We hear from a group of people forcibly returned to Tonga despite having little to no connection with the Kingdom. Plus how science could help prove a famous story passed down through oral tradition in Solomon Islands.
A woman speaks about strict abortion laws to challenge the cultural and religious values that drove her to risk her life. Solomon Islands nominates a new PM, plus Johnson Raela gets in the ring with an Olympic boxing hopeful.
We uncover a vast trove of Pacific remains being held by Australian universities and museums and the push to repatriate them. Plus we go to New Caledonia where voting laws could be altered, upending the independence movement.
The Pacific investigates the price of spirituality as worshippers donate millions to build lavish churches in Samoa, we also hear the latest on the Solomon Islands election and experience a Melanesian sing sing.
In this special episode we travel to Solomon Islands ahead of its April elections. Reporter Chrisnrita Aumanu-Leong rides in an ambulance, visits man-made islands and much more, to hear what's on the minds of the people.
The Pacific investigates the death of a Fijian rugby player, how Tonga's recent political turmoil affects the Kingdom's democracy and reminisce with the family behind OMC's global smash hit song "How Bizarre". (Return)
Season 2023
A look at some of our favourite stories from the Pacific. In PNG Betel nut traders risk their lives to make an income, Tahiti's ancient art of Tatau, and we hear from renowned Solomon Islands musician Charles Maimarosia.
How piracy is impacting local betel nut importers on Manus Island, the curious tale of a barbershop supplying luxury toilet paper for the Pacific Games, plus American Idol sensation Iam Tongi joins us in the studio. (Final)
What the latest US Pacific summit means for the region, Chrisnrita Aumanu-Leong heads to the Wogasia spear festival in Solomon Islands, plus how alumni supported their former Tongan school through multiple natural disasters.
The Pacific delves into New Caledonia's independence movement, we meet a Fijian climate activist taking her fight to Canberra, and we preview the ABC's Pacific Break competition. Presented by Johnson Raela.
What's behind the escalating violence in PNG's highlands, why Fiji is cracking down on a South Korean church group, plus we hear from a Tongan filmmaker documenting his team's Rugby World Cup journey. Hosted by Johnson Raela.
We unpack why Vanuatu has a new PM, explore how WWII shipwrecks on the ocean floor could pose an environmental and economic danger, plus Johnson Raela heads to Tahiti to catch up with legendary Polynesian musician Gabilou.
Johnson Raela speaks to Samoa's first female Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, we hear from Banaban descendents outraged at a new mining exploration plan, plus Tahlea Aualiitia gets her hair cut the Pacific way.
Johnson Raela speaks to Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr as Japan releases treated radioactive water into the Pacific, a swimming ban affects businesses in New Caledonia and two dangerous rugby tackles has everyone talking.
This week reporter Alice Lolohea looks at the state of telecommunications in the Pacific region, we examine how seasonal worker programs impact families left behind plus we sail aboard the first female fishing vessel in Fiji.
We examine whether Solomon Islands' spending on the Pacific Games is justified, the latest on former Fiji PM Frank Bainimarama's trial in Suva plus Johnson Raela visits French Polynesia to get a traditional Tahitian tattoo.
Johnson Raela speaks to Cook Island Prime Minister Mark Brown, we demystify the complexities around proposed deep sea mining, and reporter Marian Kupu catches up with Pacific players at the Netball World Cup in Cape Town.
The Pacific interviews Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, Pacific young people voice their opinion on regional development and we meet the Pacific women making their mark on rugby in Australia. (Season Final)