Kiribati

August 2014

Kiribati plans livestock and farms on Fiji property

Kiribati Correspondent

Kiribati President Anote Tong has brushed aside criticism of his government’s decision to buy the Natoavatu Estate land in Fiji at a price of AU$9.3 million. Despite popular belief. Tong says the 5461 acres of freehold land won’t be used to relocate I-Kiribati who have lost their homes due to ...

Telecom Services Kiribati on sale

Wed 04 Jun 2014 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- Kiribati – a Pacific nation of 21 inhabited islands – has issued the official call for pre-qualification in the sale of assets of Telecom Services Kiribati Ltd (TSKL), the country’s sole provider of mobile, broadband and fixed line services .

Kiribati population growth a concern

Mon 26 May 2014 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- The Kiribati Ministry of Health is warning about the country's soaring population.

Kiribati bans fishing in crucial marine sanctuary

Mon 12 May 2014 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- After years of claiming untruthfully that the world’s most fished marine protected area was “off limits to fishing and other extractive uses,” President Anote Tong of the Pacific island state of Kiribati and his cabinet have voted to close it to all commercial fishing by the end ...

Kiribati says all is mended after row with Fiji Airways

Tue 29 Apr 2014 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- The President of Kiribati has confirmed it received a formal complaint by Fiji Airways over the quality of jet fuel.

Kiribati receives new diplomat to look after New Zealand High Commission

Thu 24 Apr 2014 -

TARAWA, Kiribati ----- Kiribati president Anote Tong officially received Wednesday New Zealand’s new High Commissioner, Donald James Higgins in a presentation of credential ceremony at the Parliament House.

Kiribati labour minister resigns

Mon 17 Feb 2014 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- The Kiribati minister of labour, Boutu Bateriki, has resigned - a week after he was in court on charges of beating his former wife.

Kiribati minister in court on domestic violence charge

Fri 07 Feb 2014 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- The Kiribati minister of labour is facing criminal charges in relation to beating up his former wife.

Kiribati: Tiny Island’s struggle with overpopulation

Julian Siddle,
Wed 05 Feb 2014 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- The Pacific island chain of Kiribati is one of the most densely settled places on Earth. The BBC's Julian Siddle investigates how the island is dealing with its overpopulation problem.

Tabiteuea North Island Declared Open Defecation Free

Fri 10 Jan 2014 -

KIRIBATI – A total of 682 households with a population of 3,689 (Census 2010), residing in 12 villages are now open defecation free. Tabiteuea North is the sixth and latest Island in Kiribati to be declared open defecation free (ODF) - thanks to the initiatives of the “Kiriwatsan I Project” ...

Kiribati domestic violence legislation clears first hurdle

Thu 19 Dec 2013 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- The Kiribati parliament has had the first reading of the Family Peace Bill.

Kiribati welcomes help from Fiji: President Tong

Thu 12 Dec 2013 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- Kiribati’s President Anote Tong has welcomed assurance from Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama that Fiji will not turn its back on Kiribati in its hour of need.

European Parliament suports fisheries agreement with Kiribati

Thu 21 Nov 2013 -

STRASBOURG, Europe ----The European Parliament gathered in plenary session in Strasbourg has given its consent to the new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Kiribati.

Kiribati president defends ministers’ sacking

Fri 08 Nov 2013 -

TARAWA, Kiribati ----The president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, has held a news conference to discourage the people of Tabiteuea North and Beru from supporting a challenge by two former cabinet ministers who he sacked last month.

Otintaai Hotel in Tarawa changes name, comes under new owners

Wed 06 Nov 2013 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- The government-owned Otintaai Hotel in Tarawa has changed its name and ownership.

Kiribati enjoys improved 3G and 4G mobile network service

Wed 06 Nov 2013 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- From last week, mobile users in Kiribati have started enjoying improved mobile network service.

Another woman appointed to top position in Kiribati government

Wed 06 Nov 2013 -

TARAWA, Kiribati ---- A new permanent Secretary to lead Kiribati’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development has been appointed by President Anote Tong.

Earhart expedition to return to Nikumaroro Island next year

Wed 06 Nov 2013 -

TARAWA, Kiribati ----The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) is returning to the island of Nikumaroro in the Phoenix Islands next year to hunt for wreckage from Amelia Earhart's plane.

Illawarra students discover a whole new world

Jodie Duffy, Illawara Mercury
Mon 04 Nov 2013 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- Gentle waves lap the edge of Kiribati as the Pacific nation slowly seeps into the clear, turquoise sea.

Three new Cabinet Ministers Sworn-into office in Kiribati

Tue 15 Oct 2013 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- Three new Cabinet Ministers were sworn-into office Monday in Tarawa to replace the two ministers who resigned from office last week.

Smoking ban in Kiribati mwaneabas, encouraging

Mon 14 Oct 2013 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- Kiribati’s Ministry of Health says the decision to ban smoking in mwaneabas (meeting halls) is an encouraging sign that communities are becoming conscious of the health problems associated with smoking.

Two Kiribati Cabinet Ministers go after allowance controversy

Mon 14 Oct 2013 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- Two Kiribati cabinet ministers have resigned amid an ongoing dispute over allegedly excessive allowance payments.

Kiribati president concerned with rolling back of Australian climate change focus

Thu 03 Oct 2013 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- Kiribati President Anote Tong says he is concerned by the new Australian government's apparent backing away from the issue of climate change.

Climate change ‘whole of island’ approach adopted in Kiribati

Thu 26 Sep 2013 -

TARAWA, Kiribati --- Kiribati is leading what appears to be a world-first effort to implement a ‘whole-of-island’ approach to climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in a coral atoll nation.

Search finds dead fisherman and two more missing

Tue 17 Sep 2013 -

TARAWA, Kiribati ---- A search for three missing fishermen from Kiribati has found one dead and the other two missing.