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Banaban Islanders Suffer Long Wait For Supply Boat To Be Built 4 years after project began, vessel for Banaba Island still not completed

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 21, 2014)

The people of Banaba island in Kiribati have expressed their concerns about delays in the completion of a boat being built by the government. The Kiribati Independent reports it has been four years since the project began. The boat, which is big enough to run between Banaba and the capital Tarawa regularly, will help ease problems of food shortages on the island. The boat-building manager of the…

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Added by Stacey King on February 22, 2014 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Fiji president gives speech during state visit in Tarawa - We accepted that the Banabans were forced to leave Ocean Island

We accepted the Banaban people when they were forced to leave Ocean Island [Banaba] because of the pressure of phosphate mining there.

"These people now live in Fiji but have their own seat in the Parliament of Kiribati. And if necessary, we will do it again.

 

People Of Kiribati Welcome To Live In Fiji: Ratu Epeli

Fiji president gives speech during state visit in Tarawa

By Nemani Delaibatiki

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Feb. 12, 2014) – The…

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Added by Stacey King on February 14, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Consuming Ocean Island: stories of people and phosphate from Banaba

Kam na mauri, and FYI Banaban friends, my book "Consuming Ocean Island: stories of people and phosphate from Banaba" is on Amazon. It will be released in September this year. 

Added by Katerina Teaiwa on January 27, 2014 at 11:46am — No Comments

Coconut replanting program to generate income

Fiji Time Online LUKE RAWALAI Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Update: 6:00PM GOVERNMENT aims to plant one million coconut plants by next year with the launch of its coconut replanting program on Rabi Island.

The program was launched by the Acting Commissioner North Alipate Bolalevu during the  Rabi Day on Monday.

Mr…

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Added by Stacey King on December 21, 2013 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Banabans celebrate

Fiji Times Online Salaseini Moceiwai Wednesday, December 18, 2013

THE Banaban people of Rabi this week have been celebrating the 68th anniversary of their arrival on the island. The week-long celebration, which started on Monday, was opened by acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu. Rabi Island interim administrator Christopher Karia said the theme of celebrations reflected reforestation and the replanting of coconut trees on the…

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Added by Stacey King on December 21, 2013 at 7:56pm — No Comments

Banaban people urged to work together: Fiji Minister

NUKU, Rabi --- Fiji's Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Col Inia Seruiratu has called on the Banaban community to work closely with each other for the development of Rabi Island.

As the Banaban people on the island of Rabi gathered in numbers at the Nuku ground to commemorate the 1st arrival of the Banaban people on the Island since 1945, the Minister paid tribute to their growing contribution towards Fiji’s overall…

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Added by Stacey King on December 21, 2013 at 7:53pm — No Comments

Island ice plant brings benefits

Fiji Times Online Salaseini Moceiwai Friday, December 20, 2013

PRINCIPAL fisheries officer northern Joji Vakawaletabua says the ice plant on Rabi Island has not only benefited the island but also fishermen from Taveuni and Vanua Levu.

Mr Vakawaletabua said yesterday the plant was being used well since its opening early this…

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Added by Stacey King on December 21, 2013 at 7:28pm — 1 Comment

Fiji ready for Kiribati: PM

Fiji News 07:20 Yesterday





PM Voreqe Bainimarama speaks to delegates at the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Conservation and Protected Areas Taken from/By: FBC News 

Report by: Apisalome Coka

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says some or all of the people of Kiribati may have…

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Added by Stacey King on December 10, 2013 at 8:16pm — No Comments

$30k facility for VCO production for island women

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Salaseini Moceiwai Thursday, November 14, 2013

THE Banaban women of…

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Added by Stacey King on November 17, 2013 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Search Still on for Rabi Fishermen

FIJI TIME ONLINE…

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Added by Stacey King on September 22, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

15th December Celebration Suva - Raffle Tickets‏

 

Raffle tickets are out for sale at a price of $10.00 per ticket with 10 prizes to be won.

There are 100 tickets for sale that can be easily sold comparing to the number of Banabans and Friends within the Lami, Suva and Nausori Corridor.

The committee humbly requests your support for the purchase of tickets from the following persons/location;

1)…

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Added by Kaitama Tawaka on September 6, 2013 at 8:58pm — 2 Comments

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated 4 September 2013, 10:38 AEST Landowners on the island of Banaba in Kiribati say they are still fighting for compensation from Australia, New Zealand and Britain for the m…

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated 4 September 2013, 10:38 AEST

Landowners on the island of Banaba in Kiribati say they are…

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Added by Stacey King on September 4, 2013 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Banaban fights for fairness

Rnzi/Pacnews Wednesday, September 04, 2013

LANDOWNER Raobeia Ken Sigrah from Banaba island in Kiribati says his people will keep fighting for compensation for the depletion of the island's phosphate resources.

The Kiribati government is still considering various claims for compensation to former workers of the British Phosphate Company in Banaba. Banabans have sought compensation for decades and while some payments have been made, local…

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Added by Stacey King on September 4, 2013 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Banabans maintain calls for compensation

 Radio New Zealand International NZ Posted at 07:59 on 02 September, 2013 UTC

A landowner from Banaba island in Kiribati says his people will keep fighting for compensation for the depletion of the island’s phosphate resources. Banabans have sought compensation from countries involved in stripping the island of phosphate since the mining wound up in the late 1970s. While some payments have been made, Raobeia Ken Sigrah told Johnny Blades that he and other Banabans still feel they’re…

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Added by Stacey King on September 3, 2013 at 5:21pm — No Comments

Banabans offer aggregate to low lying Kiribati islands

RADIO NZ Posted at 07:59 on 02 September, 2013 UTC

A landowner from Banaba in Kiribati says the island’s large stocks of aggregate are a valuable resource given the threat of sea level rise in the region.

Raobeia Ken Sigrah says Banabans want to benefit from the estimated 40-million tonnes of aggregate on their island and not to get ripped off as they were by the countries that mined phosphate on the island.

He says his people still…

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Added by Stacey King on September 3, 2013 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Upgrade to benefit island

FIJI TIES ONLINE Salaseini Moceiwai  Wednesday, August 14, 2013

PLANS are in the pipeline to upgrade the island of Rabi in an effort to improve the livelihoods of its people.

Acting commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said a team of government officials visited the island last week to hold talks with the islanders and identify ways to address their plight.

"We are looking at ways on how we can help these islanders improve their…

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Added by Stacey King on August 14, 2013 at 8:53am — No Comments

Escape to Rabi Island - Cruise of the Lady Bug

Monday, July 22, 2013

We have been out of range of the internet for a week now. The next few posts will catch up with our time on Rabi Island.



When we dropped the anchor at Kennedy Cove off northwest Kioa, we knew it would be a temporary shelter as there were no houses (for social interaction) or beach to keep us happy for a week.…

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Added by Stacey King on July 25, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Days Of Our Lives on Rabi Island - Cruise of the Lady Bug

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A few days after our arrival at Albert Cove, Bill and Tekete's older daughter Tabeta arrived and livened the place up with her laughter and cheeky humour. She is almost the same age as Rara (thirty something) and the two hung out together to gossip and laugh…
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Added by Stacey King on July 25, 2013 at 10:25am — No Comments

Rabi - First Contact

Monday, July 22, 2013

Our first trip ashore at Albert Cove (the settlement of Motawi) was a short one and we met the people who lived in two palm-thatched houses just off the beach. We took some tea and noodles as gifts and chatted for awhile. The patriarch of the larger family, Samuel, was visiting the couple who lived on their own, close to where we beached the dinghy.…
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Added by Stacey King on July 25, 2013 at 10:22am — No Comments

Rabi Island Background - Cruise of the Ladybug

Monday, July 22, 2013

The following are some notes on the history of the Banabans on Rabi Island, mostly taken from the excellent "Moon Guide to Fiji".



The people on Rabi island are originally from a 6 square kilometer atoll called Ocean Island, later named Banaba and now part of Kiribati. Ocean Island was exploited by the British for it's rich phosphate mines between…
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Added by Stacey King on July 25, 2013 at 10:20am — No Comments

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