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December 2011 Blog Posts (17)

Transport woes over for Rabi


Added by Stacey King on December 30, 2011 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

$3m jetty to assist in island development

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Ioane Burese Monday, December 26, 2011

THE construction of the new Rabi Island jetty is part of the government's plan to provide an ideal opportunity for development on the island.

The introduction of this vital piece of infrastructure will allow for rapid development not only Rabi, but neighbouring islands including Kioa as well as the adjacent coast of Vanua Levu.

Pacific Building Solutions (PBS) was awarded the design and build contract valued at…


Added by Stacey King on December 27, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Rabi enjoys week’s festival



Banabans all over Fiji and abroad attended a week-long festival on the…


Added by Stacey King on December 24, 2011 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Message of Support from Spain

Hi, my name is Francisco, I'm from Spain and I am writing this e-mail to give my full support to the people Banaban, because I think a total injustice they have done with the island of Banabaand its inhabitants for more than 70 years. I hope that one day, both the British government as the UN, will return the land belongs to them.

A SALUTE AND SUPPORT Here's my whatever.

Added by Stacey King on December 22, 2011 at 9:56am — No Comments

Pacific guest worker scheme expanded

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated December 21, 2011 09:44:05

A program which allows people from the Pacific to work for a limited period mainly in Australia's horticultural industry is to be expanded.

A three-year test scheme will enable people to work in the tourism, cane and cotton industries.

The original two-thousand-and-eight program allowed up to two-and-a-half thousand workers from Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and…


Added by Stacey King on December 21, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Pacific Islanders in Aust want kava ban lifted

December 21, 2011 16:47:24Pacific Islanders in Canberra have been working with the Australian Greens and the government of the Australian Capital Territory to get a ban on kava-drinking lifted.

The ban was imposed in 2009 after a number of deaths in Europe were linked to kava tablets.

Australian authorites were also concerned about reports of kava-abuse in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

Siosiua Lafitani Tofua'ipangai, is one of the leading…


Added by Stacey King on December 21, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

SPC: Emergence of Deep-Sea Mining in the Pacific Islands

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 December 2011 10:25 Written by News Release Tuesday, 20 December 2011 10:14 Guam News - Guam News

Suva, Fiji - “With a project as significant and exciting as this, we expect that there will be…


Added by Stacey King on December 20, 2011 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Samoa to tamper with time, shift dateline

Published: 3:06PM Tuesday December 20, 2011 Source: ONE News

Samoa will change its dateline next week, skipping a day to move into the same timezone as New Zealand, Australia and new business partners in Asia.

The shift is aimed at improving the Samoan economy, ONE News Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver explained to TV ONE's Breakfast.

"It's mainly to keep in line with New Zealand, Australia and Asia - who they're developing business links…


Added by Stacey King on December 20, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Pacific Island sailors lost at sea for 33 days wash up on remote atoll – and discover descendants of uncle feared drowned in the Fifties

By Damien Gayle Last updated at 4:14 PM on 13th December 2011

When Pacific Islanders Uein Buranibwe, 53, and Temaei Tontaake, 26, found themselves adrift, with their GPS locator broken, they feared they would meet the same end as their long-lost uncle, Bairo.

He had cast off from their island home, Kiribati, to go fishing one day in the Fifties and had never returned. He was assumed drowned in the vast expanse of the South Pacific.

But neither Mr Buranibwe nor Mr…


Added by Stacey King on December 19, 2011 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Carnival to honour the dead for Banabans Rabi Fiji

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Salaseini Vosamana Thursday, December 15, 2011

THE Banaban people of Rabi Island in Vanua Levu will host a three-day carnival his week to honour the lives of their loved ones who have passed on.

The annual event, aimed at strengthening ties among the people, will feature the sale of handicraft items and food and the performance of traditional dances by Banaban children.

Banaban Women's Organisation president Terikano Takesau said…


Added by Stacey King on December 15, 2011 at 11:12am — No Comments

Viewpoint: Tong banks on his record to get him top job again in Kiribati

Islands Business - Teweiariki Teaero*
As expected, President Anote Tong (59 years, economist) of the ruling Boutokan te Koaua Party (BTK) is…

Added by Stacey King on December 14, 2011 at 4:54pm — No Comments

A ray of sunshine - 4 women join Kiribati parliament

Letter From Suva Island Business
Laisa Taga, Editor-in-chief

It is December again—the end of another year. And as we look back on how we’ve performed during the year, women of the Pacific have every reason to celebrate.…

Added by Stacey King on December 14, 2011 at 3:39pm — No Comments

BANABAN CANOE -Stamp commemorating 50th Anniversary of Banabans Arrival in Fiji

BANABAN CANOE by aukepalmhof » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:35 pm

Fiji issued in 1996 a set of stamps for the 50th Anniversary of the Banabans arrival in Fiji, the 87c shows us a canoe as used by the Banaban people on Rabi Island. The Banaban islanders used an outrigger canoe they called “te wa” on their Banaban island also…


Added by Stacey King on December 14, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Concerns raised over Ausaid funding for Kiribati

Updated December 12, 2011 09:11:52

The way the Australian government spends millions of dollars on overseas scholarships is in the news again.

This time the Kiribati Government has allegedly barred Australian government officials from meetings to determine which students will get offers to study in Australia. An audit of AusAID's office in the capital Tarawa, obtained under freedom of information law, warns the closed-door approach…


Added by Stacey King on December 12, 2011 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Work begins on seaport Rabi Island, Fiji

Fiji Times Online Maneesha Karan Tuesday, December 06, 2011

THE completion of works on a partly constructed jetty on Rabi Island will ease accessibility to the island's products, says the Rabi Council of Leaders chairman Doctor Bauro Vanualailai.

Dr Vanualailai said the jetty, which had been abandoned and partly constructed for over 20 years, would have works re-commence in two weeks time.

"The construction of a jetty was what we were being promised for the…


Added by Stacey King on December 6, 2011 at 9:15am — No Comments

Rabi Mum escapes jail term

Radio Fiji Gold Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A mother of four has been released by the Labasa High Court on good behaviour for four months after she threw her new born baby into the sea in Rabi.

Teruia Eketi pleaded guilty to infanticide before the…


Added by Biara Touakin on December 3, 2011 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Vanua Levu to get its own new port


Added by Stacey King on December 2, 2011 at 4:28pm — No Comments

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