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Stacey King's Blog – January 2009 Archive (36)

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

RADIO AUSTRALIA NEWS

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

Stuff.co.nz

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

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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

FIJI TIMES ONLINE

Wednesday, January 28, 2009



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





Picture: POST COURIER



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

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE

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

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

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

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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

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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

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

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

Congratulations!

Stacey & Ken

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

Ancient Polynesian seafaring renaissance

SYDNEY (Reuters)

By Michael Perry

Sun Jan 25, 2009



A Polynesian voyaging canoe will set sail from Hawaii in March and head into the South Pacific, aiming to reach tiny Palmyra Atoll near Kiribati using only an ancient seafaring skill known as "wayfinding."



The double hulled canoe, similar to the canoes that sailed across the Pacific thousands of years before European… Continue

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Kiribati facing food crisis

ONE News - New Zealand

Sunday January 25, 2009





WATCH the video (2:39) The central Pacific islands of Kiribati face a looming food crisis, as basic food items soar out of reach of the people there.





In one of the poorest countries of the Pacific, Kiribati families are struggling to fill their stomachs.





World prices and the cost of fuel have meant rice… Continue

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Rudd to attend Pacific Islands Forum

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

ForumIlya Gridneff January 25, 2009



Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will fly to Papua New Guinea to attend the special Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting to discuss Fiji's route back to democracy.



Mr Rudd had cancelled his travel plans after PNG Prime Minister Michael Somare shocked PIF members by announcing on Friday… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 27, 2009 at 9:02am — No Comments

RCL Elections Deferred

FIJI TIMES ONLINE



THE election of councillors to the Rabi Island Council which was scheduled for Thursday has been deferred to April because of the flooding in the North. Commissioner Northern Inia Seruiratu sought the postponement of elections because all available government personnel were involved in the assessment and rehabilitation of the Northern Division after the floods. Council members are elected on a four-year… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 27, 2009 at 8:57am — No Comments

Australian of Pacific Island descent wins Australia's top honour

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA

Monday 26 January 2009



Faith Bandler, the daughter of a man brought forcibly to Australia from Ambrym in Vanuatu during the notorious blackbirding era, is one of three people awarded Australia's highest honour in today's Australia Day Honours.



Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speakers: Faith Bandler one of three people awarded Australia's top honours in Australia Day… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 26, 2009 at 11:35pm — No Comments

British court to hear Pacific nuclear test (Christmas Island - Kiribati) compensation case

Radio New Zealand International

The Voice of New Zealand, Broadcasting to the Pacific

Te Reo Irirangi O Aotearoa, O Te Moana-Nui-A-Kiwa





Posted at 03:14 on 21 January, 2009 UTC




The first court hearing is due to start in London later today in a multi-million dollar compensation case brought by veterans of British nuclear weapons tests, including those in the Pacific.



The… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 21, 2009 at 3:42pm — No Comments

ISLAND BUSINESS - What 2009 holds for Pacific Island nations

Excerpt from Connecting the Pacific NEWSROOM

07 January 2009



In keeping with Islands Business tradition, our senior writers Samisoni Pareti in Suva and Dev Nadkarni in Auckland give a quick overview of how 2009 may turn out for the islands in the Pacific.



Fiji Islands



Ever the rebel in the Pacific family of nations, Fiji might or might not be able to have a general election in… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 21, 2009 at 11:54am — No Comments

Fiji AFL player denied visa

ABC Radio Australia



Updated Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:49pm AEDT




As the Australian Football League's pre-season gears up, one Fijian teenager is joining the Western Bulldogs for training this week, hoping to make its international rookie list, while another has been denied a visa because of Australia's sanctions against Fiji's interim government.



Presenter: Rachael… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 21, 2009 at 7:06am — No Comments

3 men from Tapiteuea survive 24-day sea ordeal - arrive in Solomons

SOLOMON STAR



Monday, 05 January 2009



THREE men from Kiribati who drifted without food and water for 24 days at sea arrived safely in Honiara yesterday after a fishing vessel rescued them.



They are Turii Akau, 47, Tentoa Auatabu, 62, and Pastor Kakai Berekeman 29. Speaking through a translator, Pr Berekeman said on 5… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 21, 2009 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

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