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Kiribati Islanders Seek Land to Buy as Rising Seas Threaten

Feb. 9 2009 Bloomberg, New York, USA by Subramaniam Sharma

Kiribati, a Pacific island-nation in danger of being submerged because of global warming, may purchase land elsewhere to relocate its people, President Anote Tong said.

“We would consider buying land,” Tong said in an interview in New Delhi. “The alternative is that we die, we go extinct.” Kiribati, between Hawaii… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 9, 2009 at 10:48am — No Comments

Testing Times for Pacific Forum

Islands Business - Letter From Suva: Laisa Taga

Over the years, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has spent some F$200 million on hosting meetings in Fiji. That’s definitely a lot money. It means an average spending of more than F$5 million a year, if you take into account that the Forum was established in… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 9, 2009 at 10:44am — No Comments

Australia's Bushfire toll rises to 108

09 February 2009 | 06:21:47 AM | Source: SBS staff and agencies

The death toll in the Victorian bushfires has risen to 108, and there are fears it could rise still further as firefighters battle more than 30 fires still raging across the state.

Video footage availabable at:… Continue

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Australia's Worse Bushfires in History - 93 people now confirmed dead and more missing

Australia’s ‘Hell on Earth’ Fires May Burn for Days

Feb. 9 2009 Bloomberg New York, USA by Robert Fenner

Australia’s worst bushfires on record left at least 93 people dead and may burn for days as winds fan flames across southern Victoria state.

More than 300,000 hectares (741,316 acres) have been burnt and 700 homes destroyed with eight large blazes still… Continue

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Youth Visioning (UNESCO) - WANTED: The Next Generation of 'Green' Entrepreneurs

We would like to encourage our young Banabans (18-25 years) to enter this UNESCO competition. It you need any archival or historical research information we are happy to see if we can assist. To find out all the details on how to enter go to the link at the bottom of this page. Regards Stacey & Ken


WANTED: The Next Generation of 'Green' Entrepreneurs

Climate change has been identified as one of the biggest global threats of our time.… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 3, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Australia looking to expand its proposed Migrant Worker Scheme

ABC Radio Australia

3 Feb 2009

Australia's Trade minister says he wants to expand the country's termporary Pacific workers' scheme to become a broader, training and workers exchange mechanism. His comments to Radio Australia come as trade officials from Pacific countries prepare to meet in Australia later this month for further… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 3, 2009 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Australia begins preparation for first Pacific guest workers


2 Feb 2009

The first temporary Pacific island fruit pickers under a new Australian scheme are now due to arrive towards the end of February, almost two months later than scheduled.

The Australian Government says two labour hire firms in the eastern Australian towns of Swan Hill and Griffith, where the first group of workers will be sent, have begun the process of… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 3, 2009 at 8:29am — No Comments

Troubled island nation (Kiribati) receives food aid from Taiwan

THE UNIVERSITY REGISTER – Campus newspaper of University of Minnesota, Morris USA

Written by Mitch Grussing

Sunday, 01 February 2009

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati (pronounced ki-ri-bas) recently received a 200-ton donation of rice from Taiwan. According to a report by Television New Zealand, rising world food and petroleum prices have had a dramatic… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 2, 2009 at 9:04am — 6 Comments

Rudd soothes strained relations


4:00AM Saturday Jan 31, 2009

By Greg Ansley

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Photo / AP

CANBERRA - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed more than New Zealand counterpart John Key's cast when he flew to Port Moresby for the Pacific Forum summit.

He confirmed his Government's intention to… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 2, 2009 at 8:59am — No Comments

Pacific Island Nations Seek More Returns From Tuna

Dowjones Business News

Friday January 30th, 2009 / 6h42

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AFP)--A group of Pacific island nations that control a large portion of the world's tuna fisheries are set to try to win a bigger share of the $3 billion regional industry, an official said.

Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority director Glen Joseph said the… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 30, 2009 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Fiji accuses regional powers of chequebook diplomacy


Pacific correspondent Campbell Cooney

30 Jan 2009

Fiji's military-backed interim government has given its clearest indication yet that it will reject a Pacific Islands Forum ulitmatum to hold elections this year.

"Fiji's position is not going to change," said Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

Commadore Bainimarama has also… Continue

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Bainimarama continues NZ attack

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Fiji’s military leader Frank Bainimarama has continued his attack on John Key, accusing New Zealand of using chequebook diplomacy and bullying the Pacific Island Forum’s smaller members.

Bainimarama has also said that the Pacific Forum has over stepped its boundaries by issuing an ultimatum to hold elections by May 1, and reiterated Fiji would hold elections in its own… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 29, 2009 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Kiribati Man faces charge after sea rescue from dingy in New Zealand

The Dominion Post

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Kiribati man who was rescued after being found drifting in a dinghy with his nephew off Hawke's Bay faces a charge of operating a dinghy causing danger.

Itintarawa Baraniko appeared in Napier District Court yesterday charged under the Maritime Transport Act. If found guilty, he could be fined up to $10,000 or face up to a year in jail.

Baraniko, 38, and his… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 29, 2009 at 9:04am — No Comments

Fiji faces ultimatum


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is met at the airport by PNG Deputy PM Dr Puka Temu.


FIJI stands to lose out on technical and financial regional assistance if it fails to come up with an election date by May 1.

The special summit of Pacific Island Forum Countries in… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 28, 2009 at 11:21am — No Comments

Moving back from the coastline


By H.D.S. Greenway

January 27, 2009

EVER SINCE Captain Cook, mutiny on the Bounty, and Paul Gauguin, the South Pacific has held a special place in the Western imagination. The islands and atolls, swaying palms, and care-free people seemed to symbolize the great escape, a place where cares might be left behind, the closest thing this… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 28, 2009 at 11:18am — No Comments

Rudd signs partnerships at Pacific Forum


January 27, 2009 - 4:24PM

The Australian government has signed partnership agreements to promote development in the Solomon Islands and Kiribati at a Special Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Leaders' meeting in Port Moresby.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Tuesday the partnerships would help to improve school attendance rates and… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 28, 2009 at 11:15am — No Comments

Vanuatu to lobby retention of LDC status

Jan 26, 2009 (Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX)

Vanutaus finance minister, Sela Molisa will lead a four-member team to New York to lobby the UN Committee for Economic and Social Commission (ECOSOC) to retain its least developed country (LDC) status, along with four other Pacific Island countries.

Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu belong to the LDC category of the United… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 28, 2009 at 11:13am — No Comments

Rudd announces Pacific Partnerships for Development with Solomon Islands and Kiribati

About Australia - Politics

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today signed Pacific Partnerships for Development with Prime Minister Sikua of Solomon Islands and President Tong of Kiribati.

This significant signing occurred at the Special Pacific Forum Leaders’… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 27, 2009 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Alcohol Awareness Workshop in Honiara conducted by Kiribati Group

Solomon Times Online

by Gina Maka'a

Participants with their certificates

Thirty-two participants attended a one-week workshop that aims at helping people with alcohol addiction.

The "Alcohol and Family Recovery Awareness Program" workshop, described as an 'eye-opener', was conducted by four facilitators from Kiribati.

"The focus of the workshop is… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 27, 2009 at 12:29pm — No Comments

*** CONGRATULATIONS - Ata Terawea for being our 100th Member ****

Today Ata Terawea a male from Nasinu, Fiji joined Banaban Voice and became our 100th member.


Stacey & Ken

Added by Stacey King on January 27, 2009 at 10:32am — No Comments

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