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Fiji Kava producers seek government funding


Updated Fri Jan 9, 2009 2:09pm AEDT

The future of Fiji's kava industry looks bright now that the European Union lifted its bans and reopened the European market. Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo, Chairman of Fiji's Kava Council, regards kava as the only hope for the country's economy as the sugar industry declines further. Ratu Josateki sees kava as one day becoming a multimillion dollar industry but says it is essential that the fledgling industry… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 14, 2009 at 6:09am — No Comments

Environmental Refugees: a reality of things to come

For anyone that has any doubts over rising sea levels they need to visit Tarawa in Kiribati when the next westerly's and king tides hit the island and take a drive along the causeway between Betio and the island's capital Bairiki. When the waves start crashing over the roof of your car with the whole force of the Pacific Ocean behind them you can only hope and pray that you will not get washed away in the wild seas. Once you are on the causeway which is about 3klms long you are at the point of… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 11, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Climate refugees — the hidden cost of climate change

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

“If these people can spend millions and millions on sending troops to fight other countries, why can’t they spend maybe a couple of billions just to save people, like ourselves; the marginalised, poorest of the poor. Why? Because we are taking the brunt, we are the victims of these green[house] gas emissions, the pollution made by industrialised countries.”

These words were spoken by a Carteret Islander in an unfinished documentary,… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 9, 2009 at 6:06pm — 2 Comments

Additional names to hopeful nominees Rabi Elections 2009

by Ranoba Banan Rabi: 5 January 2009 8:33am

Here are a few more names which I have highlighted:

Candidates are:


Baeba Abetai

Katauea Ueue

Nei Terikano Terikano

Namatan Tiaterenga

Paulo Vanualailai


Butau Bureitetau

Teatu Rewi

Tebaia Tawita

Tuateira Buratake

** Ioane Terama **

** Burenimone Biara… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 5, 2009 at 8:53am — 1 Comment

Upcoming Elections-What difference would they make?

by Aren Baoa 1 Jan 2009 for Banaban Voice

Now that the 15 December Celebrations is over and festive season is almost over, there is still another reason for the Banabans to be excited; elections for new RCL members is being earmarked for early 2009. Anticipation in the community is high as who would make it to the nine members of Rabi Council of Leaders to lead administer the 1 million dollars annuity income (estimate) and provide leadership in the community for the next four… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 1, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Rabi set for polls

Fiji Times Online

By Theresa Ralogaivau

Friday, December 05, 2008

ADDRESSING the high unemployment rate on Rabi Island will top the campaign agenda of councillors planning to contest the island's council elections early next year.

The interim Government has allocated $30,000 to the Rabi Island Council to finance operations and to cater for the cost of electing eight new… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 29, 2008 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Rice Farming on Rabi

Press Releases - Fiji Govt Online Portal

Aug 29, 2008, 18:29

A team from the Ministry of Agriculture led by Field Officer Dreketi Jone Matawalu will visit Rabi this week with a view to explore the potential of growing rice there.

Mr Matawalu said the visit is a result of the request from the Rabi Island Council for a trial to be conducted on the island.

“Rice is the main staple of the… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 29, 2008 at 9:47pm — No Comments

2009 Budget to ensure appointment of new Rabi Council

Fiji Govt Online Portal

Dec 3, 2008, 16:26

Government for the first time this year has approved the allocation of $30,000 to the Rabi island Council to conduct its affairs on the island.

The Government assistance to the Rabi island council will cater for the cost of the electing eight new councilors and a new chairman for the Rabi Island Council.

The Commissioner Northern, Inia Seruiratu… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 29, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Rare and Ancient Banaba fossils discovered in 1960s

I am sure many of our young Banaban generation will find these photos very interesting. They are photos of fossilized ancient and extinct Shark's tooth and other shells and phosphate rocks that were discovered by Roger Anderson in the 1960's amongst the phosphate diggings topside on Banaba.

Roger has had the Shark's Tooth dated and identified by an Australian Museum. Roger was the younger brother of Peter Anderson who also had a wonderful artifact collection from Te Aka village that… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 29, 2008 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Nauru to set up new Trust Fund

Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:14pm AEDT

Nauru is to establish a new Trust Fund with the help of the Asian Development Bank. Its part of the Nauru government's strategy to improve its financial management after the disastrous losses it suffered during the 1990's. Eugene Zhukov, Regional Director of the Asian Development Bank's Sydney Office, says money from the Trust Fund could eventually be used to provide government services like health and education.

Presenter: Jemima… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 29, 2008 at 11:47am — No Comments

Laqere Bridge near completion

Friday, December 26, 2008

Spokesperson Sainiana Waqainabete says road works are continuing and they are hopeful tohave the bridge open by the end of January.

She says other projects in Ba, Labasa, Rotuma and other parts of Fiji are also nearing completion with a bridge in Rabi to be completed in 2010.

The Bailey bridge in Laucala beach will be completed by the end of February. Waqainabete says more capital projects will resume next… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 29, 2008 at 11:41am — No Comments

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Slides of Banaba from the 1960's

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