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Kiribati tourists to be surveyed  Radio New Zealand

Travellers leaving Kiribati will soon be surveyed to help the government develop the tourism sector in the hope of attracting more tourists.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati founding father accuses Government of covering up fatal ferry disaster  ABC News

Kiribati's first president accuses the island nation's current leader of withholding a report into a ferry that sank in January this year, killing at least 80 people, ...

ABC News
Pacific News Minute: Kiribati Government Refuses to Release Report on Ferry Disaster  Hawaiipublicradio

Shortly after a ferry disaster cost the lives of at least 80 people in Kiribati last January, the government appointed a commission of inquiry, but the.

Hawaiipublicradio
Anger in Kiribati over unreleased report on ferry disaster  Radio New Zealand

An opposition MP in Kiribati says there is growing anger over the government's refusal to release a report into the Butiraoi sinking.

Radio New Zealand
Call for report on Kiribati ferry disaster to be released  Radio New Zealand

An opposition MP in Kiribati says there is growing anger over the government's refusal to release a report into the Butiraoi sinking.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati's Water Project Could Potentially Lift Growth Outlook  Fitch Solutions

We believe that the landmark project to improve access to water, heavily sponsored by the Green Climate Fund, will be a game changer for Kiribati's long-term ...

Fitch Solutions
Hope Radio Goes on Air in Kiribati  Adventist Review

New Adventist station will reach 60 percent of the South Pacific nation's population.

Adventist Review
Kiribati Govt denies it's wavering on Taiwan support  Radio New Zealand

The Kiribati President Taneti Maamau says there's no truth in rumors that his country will sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favour of China.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati NGO calls for release of Butiraoi report findings  Radio New Zealand

The NGO Kiribati Citizens Against Corruption is calling for the findings of a report into the Butiraoi sinking to be released.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati wealth fund lost $US20m to US-China trade war - Finance Minister  Radio New Zealand

Kiribati's Finance Minister says the trade war between the US and China has cost the country's sovereign wealth fund $US20 million. The flag of Kiribati.

Radio New Zealand
ADB grants Kiribati $US2.5m towards economic management  Radio New Zealand

Kiribati has received a $US2.5 million grant from the Asian Development Bank to strengthen the government's economic management.

Radio New Zealand
World Bank and ADB grants for Kiribati PFM reforms  Public Finance International

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati will be supported to improve its public finances and boost economic growth through better regulation. The World Bank ...

Public Finance International
Kiribati police to investigate Butiraoi sinking  Radio New Zealand

The police in Kiribati will investigate the sinking of MV Butiraoi, the inter island vessel which sank in January claiming at least 80 lives.

Radio New Zealand
$2.5 million ADB grant to strengthen economic management in Kiribati  POST-COURIER

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $2.5 million policy-based grant to support the second subprogram of the government-led Kiribati ...

POST-COURIER
Vanuatu and Kiribati join INTERPOL  Radio New Zealand

Vanuatu and Kiribati have joined the world policing body INTERPOL.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati President reaffirms diplomatic ties with Taiwan  Taiwan News

Chinese state-owned companies investing in Kiribati projects led to rumors that Kiribati would pursue closer relations with Beijing.As China's campaign of ...

Taiwan News
Pacific Update with Barbara Dreaver: Kiribati ferry disaster coverup, shocking footage of rioting and looting in PNG  TVNZ

1 NEWS' Pacific correspondent brings us the latest from around the region.

TVNZ
Civil Aviation Authority Sign Air Transport Agreements With Kiribati, Vanuatu And Bosnia And Herzegovina  UrduPoint News

The General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, has signed final agreements on air transport services with the Central Pacific island of Kiribati, the South Pacific ...

UrduPoint News
"Treasured heirlooms must be protected" - Kiribati President  Māori Television

The President of Kiribati Taneti Mamau says that in Kiribati, cultural heirlooms are considered as their natural wealth. He paid a special visit the Pacific...

Māori Television
‘Not happy’: Australia must act on climate, says former Kiribati leader  The Guardian

Anote Tong has had quite a week. The former president of Kiribati has been in Australia to advocate for more robust action on climate change, which threatens to ...

The Guardian
Funding for biggest Kiribati water project approved by GCF  Radio New Zealand

Kiribati says the Green Climate Fund is providing $US28 million dollars for the country's biggest ever water project.

Radio New Zealand
Melissa Price 'can't recall' entire conversation with former Kiribati leader  The Guardian

Melissa Price has said she can't “recall the complete conversation” in which three witnesses say she disparaged Pacific nations to the former president of Kiribati ...

The Guardian
NO, KIRIBATI ISN'T DROWNING, MR TONG. AND WHAT OF CHINA?  Herald Sun

Why is Anote Tong, ex-president of Kiribati, lecturing Australia when China's emissions are more than 20 times our own, and soaring fast?:

Herald Sun
Interview: Climate Change and the Disappearing Islands of Kiribati  Human Rights Watch

The Republic of Kiribati, a group of 33 Pacific Islands home to 100000 people, sits on average six feet above sea level. Scientists believe that at some point this ...

Human Rights Watch
Our island is disappearing but the president refuses to act  The Washington Post

Anote Tong was the president of Kiribati from 2003 to 2016. Matthieu Rytz is a filmmaker and visual storyteller. The Republic of Kiribati — a nation of islands and ...

The Washington Post
Tongan Caritas leader says ‘effects of climate change are being felt on a daily basis’  Catholic Leader

Speaking out: Amelia Ma'afu. Photo: Crispin Anderlini, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. AFTER world leaders gathered in Poland for the United Nations' annual ...

Catholic Leader
The fight for Tarawa: 75th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles  Marines.mil

It was photographs and video scenes of American casualties lining the beach that would stun the American people in the aftermath of the Battle of Tarawa.

Marines.mil
FBC News  Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

The South Pacific Tourism Organization conducted a three day training workshop for the implementation of an upcoming air visitors survey set to take place in ...

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation
UN compact recognizes climate change as driver of migration for first time  PRI

An abandoned house that is affected by seawater during high-tides stands next to a small lagoon near the village of Tangintebu on South Tarawa in the central ...

PRI
My Deep Sea, My Backyard: Empowering Nations To Study The Deep  Forbes

It seems like poetry that our planet is wrapped in inky darkness - the fabric of outer space and the deep sea enveloping our blue marble. The difference between ...

Forbes
This is what happens when climate change forces an entire country to seek higher ground  The Washington Post

The central Pacific nation of Kiribati has a few claims to fame. Its flag-bearer at the past two summer Olympics won international attention and became a meme ...

The Washington Post
Two men found in search for missing Kiribati fishermen  Newshub

The Air Force Orion has called on two vessels in the area to go and pick up the two men.

Newshub
Former Kiribati PM slams Australia for casting doubt on climate science  ABC News

The former President of another at-risk Pacific state, Kiribati, has also slammed Australia, questioning the morality of putting power prices over the fate of millions ...

ABC News
UAE GCAA signs air services agreements with Kiribati, Vanuatu and Bosnia and Herzegovina  CAPA - Centre for Aviation

UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) finalised bilateral air services agreements with Kiribati, Vanuatu and Bosnia and Herzegovina (WAM, ...

CAPA - Centre for Aviation
Kiribati marks 39th independence anniversary  Radio New Zealand

Kiribati is today celebrating its 39th anniversary of gaining independence.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati climate activists want more from Australia and New Zealand  Radio New Zealand

Climate activists in Kiribati say they want more support from Australia and New Zealand for the Pacific's new focus on climate change as a security threat.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati leaders to sign pledges on climate action and killing corruption  Radio New Zealand

Leaders at all levels of Kiribati society have been invited to publicly sign two pledges on climate action and fighting corruption at an event in Tarawa today.

Radio New Zealand
The lost paradise of Kiribati  Stuff.co.nz

Sydel Berryman has grown up living all around the world, but when she caught her first glimpse of the far-flung island of South Tarawa she suspected it would be ...

Stuff.co.nz
Kiribati government hits out at climate film  Radio New Zealand

The Kiribati Government has criticised a film documenting the nation's struggles with climate change, saying it does not follow ethical standards.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati govt says trust fund set to reach a billion dollars  Radio New Zealand

Kiribati's main trust fund is close to reaching its goal of a billion Australian dollars.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati gets closer to implementing national ID  Radio New Zealand

The Kiribati parliament has passed the first reading of its National Identity Registration Bill.

Radio New Zealand
A former president is worried that his country is sinking into the ocean  CNBC

Rising sea levels are threatening to put the Pacific island nation of Kiribati underwater, potentially turning its citizens into "climate refugees." "Our islands will be ...

CNBC
ABC 'DISAPPEARING ISLANDS' CLAIM PROVED FALSE. AGAIN  Herald Sun

The Pacific nation of Kiribati... is disappearing underwater. Tarawa, the atoll where nearly half the country's population lives, could soon disappear. There is no ...

Herald Sun
Kiribati and Nauru urge UN to recognise Taiwan  Radio New Zealand

Kiribati and Nauru have urged the United Nations to recognise Taiwan saying the General Assembly's theme of global leadership and shared responsibilities ...

Radio New Zealand
Historical artefacts wheeled out to celebrate Kiribati independence  Radio New Zealand

Kiribati ancestral artefacts dating back a century were put out on display as part of language week celebrations in New Zealand this week.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati launches first disability policy  Radio New Zealand

The Kiribati government has launched the country's first ever nation-wide disability action plan.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati opposition moves against Speaker | RNZ  Radio New Zealand

Kiribati opposition cannot bring a motion to remove the Speaker for allegations of sexual harassment because the Speaker keeps stopping it.

Radio New Zealand
Photos: Today in History: Dec. 15 | Photo Galleries  PostBulletin.com

Professor Albert Einstein, author of the Theory of Relativity, calls upon Rabindranath Tagore, right, noted Indian poet and philosopher, in New York, December ...

PostBulletin.com
War of words develops over Kiribati climate film  Radio New Zealand

A documentary aimed at creating awareness about the effects of climate change on nations has triggered a political debate in Kiribati.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati ferry disaster: Islands mourn 81 presumed victims  BBC News

The Pacific nation of Kiribati is mourning the biggest loss of life ever to hit the archipelago. The sinking of the MS Butiraoi just over two weeks ago is thought to ...

BBC News
'Our islands will be under water': One small nation's fight against climate change  CBC.ca

Kiribati's former president Anote Tong and filmmaker Matthieu Rytz joined Carol Off in the As It Happens studio to talk about their documentary Anote's Ark.

CBC.ca
Kiribati to get its first TV station  Radio New Zealand

Kiribati is set to get its first television station with Wave TV expected to kick off services within a few months.

Radio New Zealand
While my island nation sinks, Australia is doing nothing to solve climate change  The Guardian

The inaction and recalcitrance of Australia's federal politicians is making Kiribati despair.

The Guardian
Rescuers search for Kiribati ferry with 50 people on board  BBC News

Rescuers are searching for a ferry with an estimated 50 people on board after it went missing in the Kiribati Islands. The MV Butiraoi departed from Nonouti ...

BBC News
Warkworth library celebrates Kiribati Book Launch  OurAuckland

Warkworth Library celebrates Kiribati Independence Day with a unique book launch.

OurAuckland
Kiribati Speaker stymies efforts to remove him  Radio New Zealand

The opposition in Kiribati says it's stunned the Speaker of Parliament has declared a motion of no confidence in him to be out of order.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati Mourns as Dozens Lost at Sea  VOA News

There is grief and anger on the small South Pacific Island nation of Kiribati after the disappearance of a ferry carrying about 80 people. Many of those on board ...

VOA News
Kiribati president pays courtesy visit to Fijian head of State  Fiji Times

THE President of the Republic of Kiribati, Te Beretitenti Taneti Maamau, paid a courtesy visit to Fijian President Jioji Konrote at Borron House in Suva this week.

Fiji Times
Anote's Ark: The story of Kiribati's environmental refugees  BBC News

Film Anote's Ark examines the environmental challenges facing Kiribati islanders.

BBC News
Kiribati ferry disaster: 22 schoolchildren among those feared lost  The Guardian

Twenty-two school children on their way to start a new term are among those feared to have died on a ferry missing for 12 days between remote islands in ...

The Guardian
Kiribati: The endangered island republic that many have never heard of  The News Record

Within the next 50 years, a series of islands in the southwest Pacific — and roughly all 560000 of its inhabitants — will succumb to the depths of the ocean,

The News Record
Search underway for missing i-Kiribati fishermen  Radio New Zealand

The New Zealand Defence Force is helping search for two i-Kiribati fishermen who have been missing since Tuesday.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati students graduate with vocational skills  Radio New Zealand

Twenty I-Kiribati nationals have gained Australian qualifications in nine technical and vocational programmes through Australian aid funded technical training.

Radio New Zealand
Axios AM Deep Dive - December 15, 2018  Axios

A deeper look at the biggest topics impacting the future, by Axios subject matter experts. (Provided to all Axios AM subscribers, published periodically)

Axios
Kiribati Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market 2018 Upcoming Trends, Challenges and Industry Key Players – TSKL; ATH; ATHKL  Market Journal

WiseGuyReports.com “Kiribati – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband – Statistics and Analyses” report has been added to its Research Database. Scope of the ...

Market Journal
Kiribati's Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Teburoro Tito?  AllGov

Teburoro Tito, who previously won three terms as president of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati (population 118,000), presented his credentials to President ...

AllGov
One dead and hundreds sick from dengue in Kiribati  Radio New Zealand

One child has died and nearly 500 people have become unwell in Kiribati over the past two months due to suspected dengue fever.

Radio New Zealand
The Great Climate Hoax Is Making Island Nations Disappear  Esquire

Over the weekend, the Washington Post published a fascinating piece about the rapidly disappearing nation-states of the south Pacific, concentrating on the ...

Esquire
Butiraoi dead not yet officially recorded in Kiribati  Radio New Zealand

The Kiribati parliament has been told that people who died on MV Butiraoi in January have not been officially recorded as dead yet.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati outer islands development to start early next year  Radio New Zealand

Kirbati's infrastructure minister says a multi-million dollar project to tar seal roads and runways in the outer islands will start early next year.

Radio New Zealand
Search and rescue operations suspended for missing Kiribati ferry  CNN

International search and rescue operations for the missing ferry in Kiribati have been suspended, New Zealand Maritime authorities announced Friday.

CNN
Key Partner at Kiribati Development Partners Forum | Travel News  Travel News | eTurboNews

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation was invited by the Government of Kiribati through its Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to participate as a ...

Travel News | eTurboNews
Kiribati: Potentially the First Uninhabitable Island Nation  The McGill International Review

Kiribati, a central Pacific nation comprised of 33 atolls and reef islands will be one of the first countries in the world to become uninhabitable due to the forces of ...

The McGill International Review
87th INTERPOL General Assembly closes in Dubai  Fiji Times

THE evolution of technology and how it can be used by law was one of key issues of discussion at the 87th INTERPOL General Assembly in Dubai.

Fiji Times
Open Chinese coalmines and close Aussie ones to stop Kiribati sinking like the Titanic  The Australian

Critical shortage of climate panic in the media. Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Washington Post, October 16:

The Australian
Global Compact for Migration Adopted This Week as Expected  Immigration Blog

Despite growing skepticism about the "Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration", the UN agreement was adopted this week at a conference in ...

Immigration Blog
Kiribati tertiary agency gets regional accreditation  Radio New Zealand

The Kiribati Institute of Technology has been accredited as a higher education provider by the Pacific Board for Educational Quality.

Radio New Zealand
Addressing the Inevitable: Preparations Begin for the Climate Change Deluge  SPIEGEL ONLINE

Global sea levels are rising steadily as a result of climate change and the IPCC believes the deluge has already begun. What will it mean for humankind?

SPIEGEL ONLINE
Kiribati TV venture hopes to connect islands  Radio New Zealand

There are plans to provide Kiribati with its first digital television station, including the country's only local channel.

Radio New Zealand
Pacific island reps agree programs to end violence against women and girls must emerge locally  Fiji Times

REPRESENTATIVES from 11 Pacific Island countries participating at the 8th meeting of the Pacific Women's Network Against Violence Against Women ...

Fiji Times
Kiwi Martin Tamoaieta makes history as Kiribati's first international rower  Newshub

Martin Tamoaieta is the first rower to represent the island nation at an international event.

Newshub
Environment Minister accused of insulting former head of state  ABC News

A casual encounter at a pizza restaurant in Canberra last night has blown up into a major problem for Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price, who has been ...

ABC News
Kiribati criticism of 'Anote's Ark' political - film director  Radio New Zealand

The person behind the movie Anote's Ark says the Kiribati government's criticism of his climate change documentary is based on political differences and is part ...

Radio New Zealand
Anote Tong says cutting emissions won't save Kiribati  Radio New Zealand

A former Kiribati president and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Anote Tong says the Paris Climate Agreement came too late for low-lying Pacific states like Kiribati.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati Government says no to foreign journalists wanting to cover ferry disaster  ABC News

The Government of Kiribati says it does not want foreign journalists entering the country to report on a ferry disaster before the incident has been investigated.

ABC News
Fourth President of Kiribati to Address 2018 Commencement  College of the Atlantic

Prominent environmental advocate His Excellency Anote Tong, who led the Micronesian island nation from 2003 to 2016, is the keynote speaker at Colleg...

College of the Atlantic
Safeguarding the present and the future - Kiribati climate change policy  Radio New Zealand

The government of Kiribati has launched what it calls its first ever climate change policy.

Radio New Zealand
A universal pact against racial discrimination - Nation  The Star Online

MYANMAR, South Sudan, North Korea, Vanuatu... What do these countries have in common with Malaysia?

The Star Online
Kiribati man keen to expand hydroponics  Radio New Zealand

A Kiribati man has come up with an ambitious target to get every family in Kiribati growing plants and vegetables hydroponically.

Radio New Zealand
Kiribati government launches climate change policy  Radio New Zealand

The government of Kiribati has launched what it calls its first ever climate change policy.

Radio New Zealand
Men's volleyball falls to Kiribati | Guam Sports  The Guam Daily Post

The 9th Micronesian Games in Yap has carried on for nearly a week and Guam's Men's National Indoor Volleyball Team got their first test of action yesterday, ...

The Guam Daily Post
Anote Tong backs climate change documentary Anote's Ark despite Kiribati criticism  Radio New Zealand

The former president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, says he believes a documentary about the struggles the nation faces in regards to climate change conveys the right ...

Radio New Zealand
Sorrow and anger as Kiribati reels from ferry sinking  Radio New Zealand

The disappearance of a ferry carrying as many as 100 people has devastated the people of Kiribati, a parliamentarian says, but there is also anger as details of ...

Radio New Zealand
Former Kiribati president explores his disappearing country in new documentary  Newshub

He's trying to save his tiny Pacific nation from being swallowed up by rising sea levels.

Newshub
Kiribati president invites Donald Trump to see impact of climate change on his country  SBS News

The president of Kiribati Taneti Mamau has invited Donald Trump to visit the pacific nation to witness the impact of climate change for himself. SBS News...

SBS News
Paradise lost: 'Anote's Ark' shows Kiribati on the brink  Mail & Guardian

Paradise lost: 'Anote's Ark' shows Kiribati on the brink.

Mail & Guardian
Sinking Islands, Floating Nation  The New York Times

Rising sea levels are forcing the country of Kiribati to make difficult choices.

The New York Times
These Tiny Island Nations Are Leading the Fight Against Climate Change  TIME

Talks have slowed at the UN climate conference in Poland, but a group of small island nations have stepped in to save themselves.

TIME
UAE, Kiribati to initiate air services agreement  gulfnews.com

Governments to finalise agreement by end of 2018, GCAA says.

gulfnews.com
Kiribati Moving In The Right Direction In Terms Of Economic Development  Fitch Solutions

Key View: Kiribati released the KV20 in July, which outlines the government's long-term development plans for 2016-2036. Although the growth targets are ...

Fitch Solutions
 

Kiribati Videos

Kiribati: a drowning paradise in the South Pacific | DW Documentary
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Kiribati: a drowning paradise in the South Pacific | DW Documentary
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Geography Now! Kiribati
Kiribati: The Islands Being Destroyed By Climate Change | AJ+ Docs
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Kiribati: The Islands Being Destroyed By Climate Change | AJ+ Docs
डूबता हुआ देश किरिबाती // Kiribati Amazing Facts in Hindi
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डूबता हुआ देश किरिबाती // Kiribati Amazing Facts in Hindi
Kiribati islands - tourist attractions of a tropical paradise
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Kiribati islands - tourist attractions of a tropical paradise
किरिबाती देश के बारे में जानिये - Know everything about Kiribati - A Drowning Paradise
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किरिबाती देश के बारे में जानिये - Know everything about Kiribati - A Drowning Paradise
El paraíso del Pacífico: Kiribati | DW Documental
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El paraíso del Pacífico: Kiribati | DW Documental
Life in Kiribati..Remote Survival
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Life in Kiribati..Remote Survival
In Kiribati… What’s Possible?
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In Kiribati… What’s Possible?
KIRIBATI - WONDERFUL PEOPLE, beautiful FACES AND SMILES  (Tarawa Atoll, Pacific Ocean)
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KIRIBATI - WONDERFUL PEOPLE, beautiful FACES AND SMILES (Tarawa Atoll, Pacific Ocean)
 

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Kiribati Wiki

Kiribati (), officially the Republic of Kiribati (Gilbertese: Ribaberiki Kiribati), is a sovereign state in Micronesia in the central Pacific Ocean. The permanent population is just over 110,000 (2015), more than half of whom live on Tarawa Atoll. The state comprises 32 atolls and reef islands and one raised coral island, Banaba. They have a total land area of 800 square kilometres (310 sq mi) and are dispersed over 3.5 million square kilometres (1.3 million square miles). Their spread straddles both the equator and the 180th meridian, although the International Date Line goes round Kiribati and swings far to the east, almost reaching the 150°W meridian. This brings the Line Islands into the same day as the Kiribati Islands. Kiribati's easternmost islands, the southern Line Islands, south of Hawaii, have the most advanced time on Earth: UTC+14 hours.Kiribati became independent from the United Kingdom in 1979. The capital and now most populated area, South Tarawa, consists of a number of islets, connected by a series of causeways. These comprise about half the area of Tarawa Atoll.Kiribati is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the IMF and the World Bank, and became a full member of the United Nations in 1999.