How do you prepare for a monster storm?

Samisoni Pareti - Group Editor-in-Chief, Islands Business
Wed 08 Apr 2015 -

*In probing ‘Are We Ready?’ in our November 2014 cover, we went onto pose a pertinent question in the cover story, ‘Should the Pacific Island Countries be satisfied with the “fire engine” and “ambulance” approach to post-natural disasters/hazards in the region, or should they also begin serious discussion with donors ...

Tuvalu and Kiribati push for legal agreement on local crews for purse seine vessels in PNA waters

Tue 24 Feb 2015 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu --- Tuvalu is pushing member countries of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) for a legal agreement on crewing of all purse seine vessels that fish in PNA waters by seafarers from member countries.

Tuvaluans residing in Fiji need to extend their visas if they want to stay longer

Tue 24 Feb 2015 -

FUNAFUTI, TUVALU --- Tuvaluans working or studying in Fiji need to take the responsibility to lodge an extension to their visas if they need to stay longer.

Peak tide affects Tuvaluan communities living in coastal and low-lying areas

Tue 24 Feb 2015 -

FUNAFUTI, TUVALU --- Communities living near Tuvalu’s coastal and low-lying areas were affected by king tides over the weekend.

Swire Pacific Ship Management Ltd is ready to employ Tuvaluan seafarers

Mon 26 Jan 2015 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu ---- Alpha Pacific Navigation Ltd and Tuvalu Overseas Seafarers’ Union (TOSU) has announced that Tuvaluan seafarers are to be engaged in two ships operated by Swire Pacific Ship Management.

Tuvalu ‘son’ secures top WCPFC job

Samisoni Pareti* in Apia, Samoa.
Wed 03 Dec 2014 -

Sitting beside his lead supporter – Tuvalu’s Minister of Fisheries -- during a press conference this morning, Feleti Teo said he was still coming to terms with the enormity of the decision by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to appoint him as their Executive Director.

Tuvalu PM says small states must stick together

Wed 06 Aug 2014 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu ----- The Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga says small island states will be left adrift unless they focus on working together.

Tuvalu calls for changes to Least Developed Country eligibility

Nic Maclellan in Koror, Palau
Wed 30 Jul 2014 -

The Tuvalu government has reaffirmed its call for the United Nations and multilateral agencies to review the classification of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), to reflect the reality facing small island nations.

'Timeless Tuvalu' and the role of migration

Tue 29 Apr 2014 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu ---'Timeless Tuvalu' is the country's branding to the world, or at least to the trickle of visitors that arrive every year to the tiny country of 10,000 people. It does indeed feel timeless as I walk the stretch of Fongafale (the main island, on which the capital is ...

Tuvalu’s new speaker

Robert Matau
Tue 04 Mar 2014 -

Tuvalu has a new speaker after current speaker Sir Kamuta Latasi was outvoted by the Government side.

February 2014

New MP Tausi to be the next Speaker?

Robert Matau

Expect a new Speaker for Tuvalu’s parliament when parliament sits either in March or April.

National Advisory Council on Climate Change launched in Tuvalu

Silafaga Lalua
Wed 22 Jan 2014 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu ----Tuvalu has established an Advisory Council on Climate Change that will provide advice to the Prime Minister on how to effectively coordinate a whole of government response to the challenges of climate change.

Fiji’s President’s tour Tuvalu next month

Wed 22 Jan 2014 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu ---- Fiji’s President will visit Tuvalu next month and preparations are underway for the State Visit.

Former Tuvalu Speaker joins government

Wed 22 Jan 2014 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu --- Former Tuvalu Speaker of Parliament Otinielu Tauteleimalae Tausi has returned to Parliament following his win at the Nanumaga by-election on January 14.

Visa issue between Chief Justice Ward and Fiji Government says Tuvalu PM

Wed 22 Jan 2014 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu ---- The visa issue involving Tuvalu’s Chief Justice, Sir Gordon Ward is between the Government of Fiji and Sir Ward according to Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga.

Early Warning System to boost Tuvalu after installation of FM Radio on outer islands

Fri 17 Jan 2014 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu --- Early warning system for cyclones and other disasters will be much better when the Meteorological Department installs its FM Radio internet at its substations on the outer islands.

Tuvalu by-election sees former speaker win seat

Fri 17 Jan 2014 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu ---- Tuvalu's parliament has a new MP after a by-election was held to fill the Nanumaga seat left vacant by Dr Falesa Pitoi, who has been ill since late 2012.

Hepatitis B big in Tuvalu

Tue 03 Dec 2013 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu ---- Tuvalu is among many countries in the world where Hepatitis B is still a big problem. Until the World Health Organization (WHO) decides to subsidise medication for the disease, nothing can be done to stop it from endangering the lives of people.

Tuvalu PM says climate change conference frustrating

Tue 03 Dec 2013 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu --- The prime minister of Tuvalu says the recent United Nations climate change conference in Poland was disappointing and frustrating, and showed a lack of urgency to combat climate change.

Tuvalu sends six power lifters to Commonwealth meet

Tue 03 Dec 2013 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu --- Six Tuvaluan power lifters are in New Zealand to participate in the 2013 Commonwealth - Oceania Powerlifting and Bench Press Championship that will be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 04-08 December.

Tuvaluans use language week to highlight rising sea-level fears

Mon 30 Sep 2013 -

AUCKLAND, New Zealand --- Tuvaluans in New Zealand are using the first-ever Tuvalu language week, starting today, to highlight their will to survive.

New Tuvalu Govt to release road map for first 100 days in power

Wed 18 Sep 2013 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu18 SEPTEMBER 2013 () --- The new Tuvalu government plans today to release a road map laying out its policy over its first 100 days in power.

Tuvalu planning to use 100 percent solar power by 2020

Tue 17 Sep 2013 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu --- Tuvalu intends being 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2020 as its commitment under the Majuro Declaration.

Tuvalu wants to maintain LDC status

Tue 17 Sep 2013 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu --- Tuvalu has successfully deferred its graduation from a LDC (Least Developed Country) status to a developing country to 2015.

New Tuvalu MP likely to join govt

Robert Matau
Fri 13 Sep 2013 -

TUVALU’S Government is quietly confident of adding on a ninth member to strengthen their position in parliament with the election of a new member from Nui on September 10.