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David Katoatau to compete at the Rio Olympics

From David Little

David Katoatau (gold medallist at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games) will competing in the Rio Olympics, again in the Mens’ 105 kg category on Tuesday August 16th in the afternoon and evening.

The start lists and the confirmed lists of athletes will be published a few days before the Opening.





Horniman Museum Workshop: 10.30 – 4.30 Garden’s Pavilion, Saturday 20th August, 2016

From Sarah Byrne

The Horniman Museum and Gardens will open a new permanent anthropology gallery in 2018.

We have a diverse and rich collection from Oceania and this redisplay gives us the opportunity to showcase many more objects from the region than are currently on display.

We are hosting a one day consultative workshop at the museum to discuss and outline current plans for the Oceania section.

We warmly invite and welcome Pacific Islanders living in the UK to attend and contribute to discussions and plans for the new gallery.
The Workshop will take place on:10.30-4.30 Garden’s Pavilion, Horniman MuseumSaturday 20th August, 2016

To attend please contact Sarah Byrne.

Melanesian Athletics Championships. July 7-9 2016. Suva, Fiji.

From David Little

Melanesian Athletics Championships. July 7-9 2016. Suva, Fiji.

KAA Results. Weather warm and sunny on all three days. Small crowd in stand.

SW 100m.

Heat 1 (of 3) Erimeta. 6 th ./7 14.81 (Overall 19 th ./20) Very slow start.

Heat 2. Karitaake. 6/6 14.13 (Overall 17/20) OK start.

Slowest qualifier timed at 12.27.

SM 100m.

Heat 1 (of 4) John. 5/6 11.29 (Overall 19/29) Good start and pickup.

Heat 2. Enoka. 7/7 11.87 (Overall 29/29)

Heat 4. Nooa. 8/8 11.71 (Overall 26/29) Good start. Nearly fell

Slowest qualifier timed at 11.17. Heat 4 winner 10.53. after three strides !

SW 200m.

Heat 2 (Lane 8) Erimeta. 6/6 30.54 (Overall 19/19) Better start. (w -2.1)

Heat 3 (Lane 5) Karitaake. 6/6 30.29 (Overall 18/19) OK start – level with

others. (w -1.8) Slowest qualifier timed at 25.95.

SM 200m.

Heat 2 (of 4) John. 7/8 23.42 (w 1.3) (Overall 22/26) OK run.

Heat 3. Nooa. 6/6 24.01 (w 1.0) (Overall 25/26) Good start.

Heat 4. Utiraoi. 4/5 23.57 (w 1.6) (Overall 23/26) Has lost weight !

Slowest qualifier timed at 22.86. Heat 2 winner 21.66.

SM 1500m.

FINAL. Tebao. 14/14 4-40.97 (Winner 4-07.88)

U18M LJ.

FINAL. Lataisi. 5/8 5.84m. (w 1.4) (Winner 6.68m) 6 legal jumps but

each time getting worse ! First jump was best jump.

u-18M HJ.

FINAL. Lataisi. 6=/9 1.78m. (PB) Start 1.60m: 5 first-time clearances.

SW Discus.

FINAL. Taatia. 9/9 25.94m. (Winner 45.68m)

SW Shot.

FINAL. Taatia. 7/7 8.88m. (Winner 12.43m) 4 legal attempts out of 6.

The following events apparently were not attempted:-

SM LJ. Enoka and Utiraoi.

SM 5000m. Tebao.

SW Javelin. Taatia.

S Relay. All sprinters.

Her Majesty The Queen to honour Tabotabo Auatabu, from Kiribati with Queen’s Young Leaders Award

Her Majesty The Queen will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to an exceptional young person from Kiribati at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday 23rd June.

As the Commonwealth celebrates The Queen’s 90th birthday, this year’s Award winner, 29-year- old Tabotabo Auatabu, has been recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in his community. As a Queen’s Young Leader, he will be representing Kiribati as he joins winners from 45 different Commonwealth countries in London for five days of high-level engagements, all designed to help them further their life-changing work. Before receiving their Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street and the UK headquarters of global social networking company Twitter, and meet with senior executives at the BBC World Service. They will also meet the Commonwealth Secretary General, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, have meetings with UK business leaders, and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.

Tabotabo Auatabu is being recognised for his work in education. Selected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth applied to be a Queen’s Young Leader, Tabotabo said: “I am looking forward to getting more inspiring stories from different perspectives and take advantage of the Residential Week to grasp strategies on how to improve lives of many.” This year’s Award winners are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues including education, climate change, gender, mental health and improving the lives of people with disabilities.

A Message from the Lawrence Family

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Patrick Keith Lawrence at Westminster Cathedral on Thursday 9th of June at 1.00pm. Anybody who wants to join the family there will be most welcome.

In Memory Of Patrick Lawrence


I regret to inform you that Patrick Lawrence passed away in the early hours of Sunday 24th April after a courageous few years of living with Motor Neurons Disease. Patrick was the Treasurer of the KTA for many years and we will always be grateful for the tremendous contribution he made to the Association. He was also a good friend to many of our members and he will be truly missed. Our heart goes out to his family at this sad time. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

His funeral will be held on Monday 9th May. Mass will be at 12noon at Our Lady, Help of Christians

41 Guildhall Street.
CT20 1EF
This will be followed by a burial at Hawkinge cemetery. After The Burial there will be refreshments and afternoon Tea at:
The Wards Hotel
39 Earls Avenue.
CT20 2HB.

Kiribati’s BTK party sees merit in being in opposition

The former ruling party in Kiribati, Boutokaan te Koaua, of BTK, has publicly welcomed its defeat in the presidential election. Read the full story here. 

Decentralisation, education priorities for new Kiribati government

Decentralisation, free education and a lift in copra prices are some of the priorities of the administration of Kiribati’s new president Taneti Maamau. Listen to the full radio interview here.

Taneti Maamau declared new president of Kiribati

Kiribati’s Chief Justice Sir John Muria has officially declared Taneti Maamau as the new president of Kiribati. Read the full story here.

In the Front Line of Climate Change – Podcast

President Anote Tong’s recent lecture at LSE is now available to listen here.