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April 2009 Blog Posts (32)

Barter trade alive and well on Rabi

FIJI TIMES ONLINE - Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tepau Iotua, the lady behind the barter trade system on Rabi island which keeps several families going

TEPAU IOTUA is a popular character on Rabi Island as most families end up dealing with her on any given day. Ms Iotua, 29, operates the General Wholesalers Store on the island which is one of the several services provided by… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 29, 2009 at 2:53pm — 3 Comments

Surprise visitor lands on beach - Forster (Coastal town Australia)

Great Lakes Advocate 29/04/2009 9:26:00 AM

WHAT ARE YOU? Forster’s Caitlyn McKenna, Jessica Tyler and Emily Dreise check out what the tide dragged in at Forster Main Beach. It’s been identified as a life boat missing from a Chinese freighter - Kiribati Chief. Photo: Carl Muxlow.

“DAD, I think there’s a… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 29, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Kiribati faces shortage of drinking water

RADIO NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL - Posted at 22:40 on 28 April, 2009 UTC

The shortage of drinking water in the Southern Islands in Kiribati is approaching disaster levels. President Anote Tong made the statement in parliament as MPs from the southern islands pressed the government to assist in this crisis before it becomes a major catastrophe. The MPs said some villages are about to abandon their homes because drinking… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 29, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

News from Rabi!!

I read today(Tuesday April 28 @7:15am Ohio time)Mr.Reo's message at the Main Message Board( regarding the accident happened like yesterday.My thoughts and prayers goes to the two victims who are seriously injured.I am from Buakonikai and I am deeply concern and would like to know who were the two kids.Who knows it might be one of my close relative.I hope and pray for their speed recovery.I know Batiaua Wanati very well when he was a kid.He was my close neighbor back in… Continue

Added by Roba on April 28, 2009 at 9:25pm — 1 Comment

URGENT BREAKING NEWS FROM RABI (also English translation)

Kabong Reo []

Bon te rongorongo ae kananokawaki ba e ranganako te truck are a toka iai ataei n te reirei nako Buakonikai ngke e bakataai n te bong aio. E kabutaki te truck aio iroun Batiaua Uanati. Uoman ataei aika a ikoaki serious ao nikiraia a treated at the hospital.

Anne ngkanne te newsbreak mai Rabi


It is sad to reveal the news from Rabi Island that the truck that trasposrt school student to Buakonikai tipp over this… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 28, 2009 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

Fiji needs national work code on HIV

FIJI TIMES ONLINE - Tuesday, April 28, 2009

AIDS, the sixth leading cause of death in the world, is a disease of inequality that affects workers who are the drivers of national economies, says UNAIDS Co-ordinator for the Pacific Region Stuart Watson. As such, national efforts must be mobilised to deal with disruptions to productivity, he said. Mr Watson made the comment while opening the 2009 World Day for Safety and Health… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 28, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Tongan almond pickers send home Aussie dollars

MATANGI TONGA ONLINE - 27 Apr 2009, 22:52

Tongan almond pickers under the Pacific Seasonal Pilot Workers scheme to Australia

TONGAN seasonal workers who are picking almonds in Robinvale, Victoria are earning good money and sending remittances back to their families in Tonga, reports Vava'u People's Representative 'Etuate… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 28, 2009 at 10:10am — No Comments

Vote on Rabi chair

FIJI TIMES ONLINE - Monday 27 April, 2009

ELECTIONS for a new chairman of the recently elected Rabi Island Council will take place this Friday. More than 3000 Rabi Islander on the island and in Lautoka, Labasa and Suva are expected to cast their vote on their choice for the chair. Eight councillors were announced last Saturday with two elected from the four villages Buakonikai, Uma, Tabiang and Tabwewa. Buakokikai councillors are… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 28, 2009 at 10:04am — No Comments

Alaska Hosts World Indigenous Peoples Climate Summit

ALLGOV - Everything Our Governmetm Really Does

Monday, April 27, 2009

Last week, 400 representatives from 80 indigenous nations met in Anchorage, Alaska, to discuss the problems of climate change and possible solutions to global warming. These nations are the most affected by but least culpable for environmental irresponsibility. Hosted by the Inuit Circumpolar Council, the… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 28, 2009 at 10:01am — No Comments

Vanuatu tribe facing mortality of their God, Prince Philip


Time is running out for a remote tribe in Vanuatu, which worships a most unlikely deity. The people of Yakel on the southern island of Tanna venerate Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He's now England's longest serving royal consort, and is soon to turn 88 years old. It's not clear how the tribe will deal with his inevitable mortality.

Presenter Jeff Waters…


Added by Stacey King on April 27, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Tonga offers to host regional energy organisation

MATANGI - Tonga Online - South Pacific News: Pacific Islands - 24 Apr 2009, 11:45 Nuku'alofa, Tonga: TONGA is interested in becoming a host country for a regional energy unit, Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister Dr Viliami Tangi told a Pacific Energy Ministers Meeting in Nuku'alofa yesterday. He noted that the Pacific Island Forum leaders had decided to rationalise the functions of SOPAC with… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 27, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The £100m fallout - Court decision due, but 'too little' cash - HBomb testing Christmas Island

THE PEOPLE.CO.UK - Sarah Jellema

Furious H-bomb veterans whose lives have been blighted by nuclear testing are finally set to get answers - after 50 YEARS of waiting. More than 20,000 British servicemen were exposed to terrifying levels of radioactivity during nuke tests between 1952 and 1958 And their… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 27, 2009 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Wilmington Rotary Club collects WWII books for Kiribati

WORLD NOW - Posted: April 27, 2009 01:56 PM Reported by Max Winitz - Posted by Laura Sinacori

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Rotary Club is asking for your help to bring education and knowledge to an area that's known for a large part of WWII history. Wilbur Jones, a member of the club is asking the public for new and used WWII books and movies. The material will be sent to the Republic of… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 27, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Thumbs up for island fathers


AMID much anticipation and festivity the new Rabi Island Council of Leaders was elected on Friday night after a day of voting on the island. Voting day was a gay affair as sheds were erected near polling stations at the four main villages Tabiang, Tabwewa, Buakonikai and Uma. Kava drinking sessions were accompanied by local renditions of island music strummed on… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 27, 2009 at 10:28am — No Comments

Actual Election count figures supplied by Biara Touakin, Rabi Fiji

Kam na mauri

Aio ngkanne mwiin te rinerine irouiia kauntira n te ririki aio


Elders Seat

Bauro 398; Katauea 165; Namatan 109

General Seat

Bureni 159; Manate275; Baeba 185; Terikano 53


Elder's Seat

Burentau 26; Ioane 92; Tebaia 254; Tuateira 114

General Seat

Butau 50; Kaiea125; Kato 44; Teatu 267


Elders Seat

David 115; Tiare 155

General Seat

Iekerua 108;… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 25, 2009 at 1:21pm — 4 Comments

Commemorating ANZAC Day – 25 April 2009

Australian War Memorial - Canberra

ANZAC DAY is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they soon took in that name endures to this… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 25, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Newly elected and declared members of Rabi Council of Leaders, 24th May 2009

Tabwewa - Elders seat - Paulo Vanualailai. General seat- Manate Tabakea.
Uma -Elders seat -Teatu Rewi. General seat - Tebaia Tawita
Tabiang - Tiare Bureti; Iekerua Noere
Buakonikai -Takire Timeon; Titaku Tabuariki

See you next Friday when Chairman count down takes place.

Added by Ken Sigrah on April 25, 2009 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Vote Counting on Rabi happening now - Live broadcast on Skype by Biara and Ken's Skype link

They are counting the first round of voting on Rabi now - 6.50pm Rabi time. Biara has a live broadcast of the counting now on Skype. Type in Ken.Sigrah on Skype and Ken can invite you into the group Skype phone call so you can hear results as they come through.

Added by Stacey King on April 24, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Rabi islanders go to the polls


MORE than 2000 Rabi islanders are expected to take to the polls starting today to elect a new island council. The term of the old council expired yesterday in accordance with provisions of the Banaban Settlement Act which dictates the demise of the old council on the eve of election. Altogether 22 candidates from the four villages on the island -- Tabiang,… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 23, 2009 at 11:23am — 3 Comments

Banabans go to the polls

21-Apr-2009 09:41 AM - Fiji Daily Post

THE Banaban Community in Rabi Island go to the polls this week to elect their council of Leaders. Elections for the nine members Rabi Council of Leaders is scheduled for Thursday and Friday. This election was supposed to be held in January 2009, but was deferred because of the floods in the Northern Division. There are altogether a total of 2971 registered voters… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 22, 2009 at 9:32am — 1 Comment

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