How climate effects our health (and why Kiribati needs to act fast)

Malaria and dengue fever are also predicted to rise due to the temperature to increase the reproductive and biting rates of mosquitos. And while it’s not a communicable disease, malnutrition will also increase due to lack of agricultural farming options in the searing heat. See how this all is a giant snowball already? Continue reading How climate effects our health (and why Kiribati needs to act fast)

Kiribati bans fishing in Pheonix Islands Protected Area

As of last week, Kiribati President Anote Tong, announced that PIPA will be officially banned for all commercial fishing by the end of the year. In response to this, we can expect the numbers of tuna, billfish and sharks to double within a couple of decades, hopefully with a steady rise to their original numbers. Continue reading Kiribati bans fishing in Pheonix Islands Protected Area

Tong must work harder for Kiribati women

I walked back to the house with two cousins running ahead and a baby cousin on my hip. I was wearing a traditional Kiribati top (tiibuta) and a sarong. I was barefoot and despite my lighter skin, I could have been any other I-Kiribati woman. A baby on my hip, yelling at my younger cousins to stop fighting and going back to my house where my family waited. Continue reading Tong must work harder for Kiribati women

Rubbish!!

Literally.  Everywhere. Most of Kiribati looks like paradise on earth with its aqua lagoons and coconut trees, unfortunately on Tarawa there is rubbish on so many of the beaches.  I’ve spoken about it in a previous post but the pollution on Tarawa is so in your face that I feel the need to yap on about it again. An old family friend recently made the … Continue reading Rubbish!!

Marakei living and the simplest table of a political voting system ever

When I last posted, I was in Fiji waiting for my flight to get to Kiribati in time for the elections.  Since arriving on Tarawa on the 11th October, I then made my way to the outer island of Marakei to join my Mum’s campaign as a candidate to be the local member of Kiribati parliament. Before I go into the ins and outs of … Continue reading Marakei living and the simplest table of a political voting system ever

From little things…

For those who have read previous posts of mine, you would have some inkling that the UN Secretary General was going to visit Kiribati for a 2 day visit.  Mr Ban Ki-moon is the first UN Secretary General to visit not only Kiribati but also the Pacific Island area in 65 years so this is a big deal!  Again, as I have said in previous … Continue reading From little things…