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Stacey King's Blog – February 2009 Archive (50)

Kiribati Boatie in New Zealand sentenced for putting lives at risk

3:12PM Wednesday February 18, 2009

Source: NZPA

A man who was swept 30km out to sea in a small dinghy with his nephew, without lifejackets, oars or a cellphone, has been sentenced to 50 hours community work for putting lives at risk.

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says it has successfully prosecuted Itintawara Baraniko, originally from Kiribati, under the Maritime Transport Act in… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 18, 2009 at 1:15pm — No Comments

First wave - The presidents of two island nations draft escape plans, anticipating sea level rise

By Cristine Russell

February 28th, 2009; Vol.175 #5 (p. 24)

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Much of the Maldives, including the land on which the Malé International Airport sits, is… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 16, 2009 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Island fruit pickers on way


February 15, 2009

FIFTY Tongans are due to fly into Australia tomorrow to pick fruit in NSW areas where farmers are unable to get enough workers.

The men will be in the Riverina and Robinvale regions for seven months under a trial Federal Government seasonal workers' scheme.

More men will come from Vanuatu, Kiribati and Papua New Guinea when… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 16, 2009 at 2:41pm — No Comments

First Pacific migrant pickers arrive in Australia

By FoodWeek Online

2:21 PM Monday 16 February 2009

The first of 2000 Pacific islands fruit pickers have finally arrived in Australia to start work.

The group of 50 people from Tonga arrived in Sydney today (Monday) before flying to Robinvale in Victoria, where they will pick almonds.

A total of more than 2000 unskilled workers from Tonga, Papua New… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 16, 2009 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Better pastoral support expected for Tongan workers under new Australian labour scheme


Posted at 01:39 on 16 February, 2009 UTC

Tonga’s Prime Minister says the new Australian Government seasonal work scheme will provide improved pastoral support for the workers.

The first 50 Tongan workers taking part in the scheme left today for Victoria’s Swanhill region where they will work for up to seven months.

Dr Feleti Sevele says the causes of the… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 16, 2009 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Pacific Island workers arrive in guest worker scheme


Monday, 16/02/2009

The first pacific island seasonal workers are arriving in Australia to pick fruit.

In August last year, the government announced it was starting a migrant workers scheme, and would source up to two thousand workers from Vanuatu, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Tonga.

The pilot scheme was scheduled to start late last year, but has faced delays as well as… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 16, 2009 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Kiribati Seeks Relocation as Climate Change Sets In


Monday, February 16, 2009 10:59 AM


The island nation of Kiribati is following in the steps of the Maldives by preparing for relocation for its people as the rising sea level threatens to submerge the nation.

Late last year, the Maldives' newly-elected president, Mohamed Nasheed, announced the nation's plans to buy land for the relocation of its people due… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 16, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Aust universities look to increase funding for Pacific studies


Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:25pm AEDT

This is a radio interview with Dr Max Quanchi who is a good friend and supporter of the Banabans. He visited Rabi to attend 15 December celebrations with Ken and our other good friend Assoc. Professor Grant McCall.

To view a photo of Dr Max…

Added by Stacey King on February 15, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

PNG atoll-dwellers to be resettled on mainland due to Global warming


Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:15pm AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Autonomous Bougainville region plans to resettle some 1400 people from the Carteret Islands to the mainland starting this year.

The islanders are facing food shortages as their island is sinking.

presenter: Firmin Nanol

speakers: Martin Mose, director of PNG's National Disaster Centre; Patrick Koles,… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 15, 2009 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Taiwan announces new envoys for Kiribati and Nauru


February 13 2009

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced yesterday the appointment of several new ambassadors to Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the South Pacific,as well as representatives to two European countries. Benjamin T.H. Ho, now deputy head of Taiwan's representative office in Singapore, will become Republic of China ambassador… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 13, 2009 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Fiji warning - Southern Pacific should expect more bad weather this week


Thu Feb 12, 2009

The regional cyclone warning centre in Fiji is predicting more bad weather for most of the South Pacific later this week. Flooding from torrential rains due to tropical depressions have already claimed more than 30 lives in Fiji and Solomon Islands. The Director of the Centre, Rajendra Prasad says apart from the Cook Islands, the region has been relatively… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 13, 2009 at 9:31am — No Comments

Australia digs deep for Nine's bushfire appeal bringing in over $20 million last night alone

06:00 AEST Fri Feb 13 2009 by ninemsn

Australians have opened up their wallets for the Nine Network's bushfire appeal, bringing in over $20 million for victims of the firestorm disaster.

Australians have now donated more than $75 million to the victims of the bushfires.

At last night's Channel 9 appeal Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban led the way,… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 13, 2009 at 6:38am — No Comments

Kiribati to follow Maldives and buy land for survival

Miadhu News Maldives

11 February 2009

The number of countries wanting to purchase land in safer countries to relocate its people and prevent them from being environmental refugees in the event their country is submerged due to sea level rise caused by global warming is on the rise.

The latest to join the list of countries wanting to purchase land elsewhere is the pacific island nation of Kiribati. Kiribati President… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 12, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

NZ’s Aids Foundation’s Pacific branch welcomes Pacific police initiative

News Content © Radio New Zealand International

Posted at 22:14 on 11 February, 2009 UTC

The New Zealand Aids Foundation’s Pacific branch is in full support of a programme being designed by police officials in the Pacific who plan to help fight the spread of Aids.

Twenty one countries in the region including New Caledonia, Niue and Kiribati plan to introduce an awareness campaign about the virus that… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 12, 2009 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Victorian bushfire toll now 181


5:58a.m. 11th February 2009

By Kerryn Manifold and AAP

Stuart O'Gorman (left) and his parents, Alan and Carolyn, were killed. Also pictured are twins Bronwyn and Patrick who survived.

More than 180 people have been killed in the Victorian bushfires, police say and the state's premier, John… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 11, 2009 at 6:48am — No Comments

Pacific closely watching Victorian fires

ABC Radio Australia InterviewUpdated 8 hours 11 minutes ago

10 Feb 2009

There's been a strong response in the Pacific to the natural disaster unfolding in Australia. Since Saturday the state of Victoria has been hit by bushfires which have destroyed lives and homes. Across the region there have been expressions of sorrow and hope, including prayer vigils for those affected. And while there's… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 10, 2009 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Pacific Islands Forum Fishing Agency (FFA)To Chart Own Fishing Course

Island Business

Dionisia Tabureguci

Islands to control their own destiny

The push by Pacific islands countries to take control of their own destinies when it comes to their coveted fishing resources may be emerging as a faint pulse of conviction and action.

But it is no doubt a… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 10, 2009 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Environment: Takesy Full of Optimism for the Future

Islands Business

Asterio Takesy 10 Feb 2009

As many of you know, this will be my final director’s column. Please allow me a few last observations as director on the state of the Pacific’s environment.

During the six years of the column, I have addressed both challenges to and successes of the… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 10, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Kiribati looks to move sea threatened communties abroadLast

Australia Network News provided by ABC Asia Pacific News Centre

10 Feb 2009

The President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, is reportedly looking to purchase land in other countries so it can relocate communities that are in danger of being submerged by rising sea levels.

Much of Kiribati is no higher than five meters above sea level and the ocean around it's 21 inhabited islands have been rising… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 10, 2009 at 8:51am — No Comments

Blazes still threaten towns as Victoria bushfires toll reaches 173 Mark Buttler February 10, 2009 12:00am

UPDATE 6:50am WHOLE towns have been declared crime scenes as the toll from Victoria's worst natural disaster leapt to 173.

(THIS FAMILY NOW CONFIRMED DEAD - Just one of many families lost) Information is being sought on the Roland family from Kinglake. Parents Paul and Karen Roland… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 10, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

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