I replied by email etc. 'mauri' I see used. In NZ Maori it means something such as 'life force' so I suspect it means 'good' or something like that in Banaban. That is one word I see in some of these songs and the letter I think. More anon. RT
Hi Stacey. Did you see the Blog I started here? I am gradually going through my mother's things as I said. I am looking at old photographs, some writing etc etc. My mother had a letter from the wife of Ellis. She loved her Banaban carer and so on. I need to get these things together. Also there are many photographs from before WWII I could potentially upload.
But it seems quiet here as someone noted. Is it better somehow to link it with FB?
I have plenty of time but if I leave this too long some precious or possibly important views or aspects of Banaba when my mother used to live there (between there and Melbourne). The images of Banaba, carefully studied, I think yielded important information. My grandfather helped put caissons down for jetties etc. I realise now, studying photographs etc that as a skilled English working man he did benefit greatly from the exploitation of the Island. He bought a farm in NZ. He didn't become very wealthy but lived pretty well.
Unfortunately I didn't ask those who were there (my mother, uncle and others) who were there, enough. It was some years before I realised that Ocean Island was Banaba (although I knew it and other Pacific nations had been exploited by European and US colonialists etc.
Thanks aunty stacey. either way the banabans would still benefit as there is a market for coconut shells. Besides its common use as firewood it would very profitable as a source of income. As you correctly stated its about time coconut planting takes on a new dimension on Rabi and I really appreciate your relevant updates on such issues. Ko raba ao tia boo moa. Regards. Takesau.
Stacey, Forgive me I am late to print out the report, as I am looking for a printer but there is only help through wintec through my daughter's help but she was late for the exipiry date of the report. She did not know the limited time. please is it possible to ask for another chance to send and that I will not fail to do it. Please forgive me
Stacey, Kabwara au bure (Sorry) The report you sent already disappeared from my daughter's computer after the expiry date you mentioned. I have no my own computer so I asked my daughter to print it out in her place of work. I warned her
but she was too late. she lost it. please to be kind if youi could kindly send it again.
I will see that this time will not be lost again. Please accept my apology.
Stacey, I am asking if it possible you could kindly provide me with the KG's report in 1995 -1996. The House of Parliament is about to be dissolved in four months time and that a new election will take place towards the end of August. I am in need of this kind of report so that I could hand it to one of the new member of Parliament whom I trust. Please is it possible that I ask you? Please I need your help.
Stacey, How could I find a japanese friend who is in the high level that he could help me to make enquiry about this. Probably a simple person like me
do you think I can make it? We do not have a Japanese embassy in Kiribati or anyone who is having an official connection to Japan government that I might make enquiry from such person.
So in this case he refused to tell. This was before Dai Nippon Causeway built between Bairiki and Betio. This was where a couple of millions spent on the causeway. I wish to thank you again for your help. For your information, the present government is about to end up in August this year.
However, I am not in despair as this is my right to claim. I saw some of the Lawyers from the government together with private lawyers with their negative answer that this a matter of politic. I also have the same opinion on Japanese aid to Kiribati. Most of the onflowing aids from Japan government were all in the time of Mr Tab'ai's government. My father told me once that he was invited to the President's office where the secretary to the state inquired if he still remember the names of his friends. My father has a strong feeling that the president inquired about the name of a person from Nonouti the President's home island
Stacey, Thank you very much for the information. During the term of Teburoro Tito's presidency, he committed Nei Ahling Onorio to implement and process about the compensation of Kiribatese who fell in World War II. I knew this very well as I am related to Ahling, but unfortunately, his government dissolved and she informed me that she could not do anything further. The present government is really strongly opposed all proposals and projects of Mr Tito's government. I have also inquired from some of the secretaries whom I know, but the respond is negative and they told me that they could not do anything since the President is not in favour of the former government's proposals.
Stacey, I am really sorry to ask you this question if it is right for me to ask and if not please forget it. Is there any compensation for people who were killed at Banaba by the Jap soldiers, I believed that if it happened the Japanese Govt is responsible. And in your opinion do you think this could happen?
Stacey. I found that I made your name incorrect in some occassion please accept my apology. I just want to thank you again for helping me finding the man who wrote the book Michael Field. He sent me the book about two weeks ago. It is an intresting book and a lot of things I found in it. Most of all about the Pastor namely Iupeli a Samoan missionary who came to Beru Island before WWII and was there too when the Japs occupied the island. This was in the school where I went to in 1960 and I heard about his courage to help the students. Thank you again.