Climate change: why men’s violence against women increases with each rising tide.

There is no hiding that like so many other Kiribati men, my grandfather was abusive to my grandma. He was physically overbearing over Terira. There is a story that my grandma spent a night clinging to the inside of a well while my grandfather, in a rage, raced around looking for his wife. Continue reading Climate change: why men’s violence against women increases with each rising tide.

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

Paradise on earth? Welcome to the Pacific!

It’s almost winter here in Melbourne and while the rain falls and the frost thickens, we while away our time by looking out the window and dreaming of holidays.  Holidays with endless sunshine, drinking straight from the coconut and swimming in the ocean at night. The Pacific Islands can give you this luxury and it is perfect a holiday.  It’s always warm, the sunsets across … Continue reading Paradise on earth? Welcome to the Pacific!

Women of the Pacific

In previous posts I mentioned how wonderful the women in my family are.  I have also previously mentioned that there are huge domestic abuse issues on Kiribati. Yeah, this isn’t such a happy topic is it?  But nevertheless, a topic that must, must, must be out in the open. Unfortunately almost every I-Kiribati woman I know has been a victim of domestic violence in some … Continue reading Women of the Pacific

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

Is climate change slipping out of the frame? | Climate Spectator

Is climate change slipping out of the frame? | Climate Spectator. A review on the new film ‘The Hungry Tide’ about climate change and the effects in Kiribati.  More news on this to come and admittedly I haven’t it yet but I am very excited about it!  I’ll try and find a clip of the doco and chuck it on here asap.  In the meantime, … Continue reading Is climate change slipping out of the frame? | Climate Spectator