The Kiribati woman

In my own cultural journey, these points are just some of the reasons I allow myself the title of upholding what it means to be a proud I-Kiribati woman…

Changing the way we talk about climate change.

I love language and how it can be used to inspire, but to be honest – I’m over the climate change conversation.

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?

Non-communicable diseases in Kiribati and Pacific Island nations

Diabetes and obesity influenced diseases are the biggest health worries in not just Kiribati but throughout all of the Pacific Islands. I remember when I was little, we would be at the airport waiting to board Air Nauru to get to Kiribati and we’d sit there trying to figure out who were Nauruans and who were I-Kiribati. The most obvious difference? We followed the rule that ‘Nauruans are the fat ones and I-Kiribati are the small ones’.

Where are you going?

They will laugh at you. Most of the time you won’t know what you’ve done to make them laugh. Just roll with it and don’t take it as a personal insult – they just laughing. You’ll get used to it.

Kiribati kids

  Firstly allow me to apologise.  I haven’t had a chance to sit down and write for a while – something that I myself get more upset about than anything else.  Please believe me when I say that I think of this blog every day and the guilt just piles on when I haven’t written…

Living among the ancestors (and people with no teeth)

As most of you know 11th November is Remembrance day. In Kiribati, it is also Remembrance day but they take it to another level. On the 11th everyone goes to the graves of their deceased family members and decorates the grave. They clean the area, decorate it with coconut leaves and balloons and then cover…