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KTA Get-Together 2017 Confirmed!

We are delighted to announce that the KTA Get-Together 2017 is now confirmed!

Jacqui Searle and family will be this year’s host, please see address below:

Venue: The Mytchett Community Centre

Mytchett Community Centre
140 Mytchett Road
GU16 6AA

Camping will be at The Basingstoke Canal Centre (6 minute walk away), and will be available from 27th – 30th July (final details to follow soon).

The Island Warrior – Kiribati Exhibition opens 4 April to 25 September 2017

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Director Professor Nicholas Thomas invites the KTA and its members to attend the opening of the The Island Warrior, an exhibition exploring the unique and extraordinary coconut fibre armour from Kiribati.

Exhibition Opening April 4th 17:30-19:00
Museum hours:
Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday 12-4.30pm
Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3DZ | 01223

In Memory Of The Former Beretitenti Teatao Teannaki

We are saddened to learn of the death of the former Beretitenti Teatao Teannaki.

It was during a previous visit to the UK that  he’d encouraged the I Kiribati people here to form an association that was first the Mwanean Kiribati Association, now the Kiribati Tungaru Association. We mourn his loss, the first of our ex-Beretitenti to pass away.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.


Kiribati’s new Secretary to Cabinet Sworn-in

The new Kiribati Secretary to Cabinet Tessie Eria Lambourne has been sworn-in at the Kiribati Maneaba in Bairiki Monday.

Read about it here.

Kiribati’s Olympic Dream – On The Right Track?

From Katy Atkinson – The Reporters’ Academy

A link to a film produced by the The Reporter’s Academy in collaboration with Team Kiribati athletes, as they dream about improved facilities at home.

John Ruka runs the 100m at Rio Olympics whilst celebrating his second birthday of the year.

By Alice Toomer McAlpine (The Reporters Academy)Earlier this week, Kiribati’s John Ruka predicted that today would be the greatest day of his life, and today he confirmed that his prediction had come true.  The track athlete ran the Men’s 100m at the Olympic Stadium this afternoon at the Rio 2016 Games, the very same day that he celebrated his 21st birthday.

Finishing today with a time of 11.65, 0.26 outside of his personal best set just last month at the Melanesian Championships in Suva, Fiji, John had this to say about his first ever Olympic experience:

“I’m so happy. The race was hard, because it’s my first time at the Olympics, but I’m so happy to be at the Olympics on my birthday.”

John also explained how different an experience running on an Olympic track is for him, compared to running back in Kiribati.

“Today the track felt different because in Kiribati we use the sand. We improvise – we make starting blocks from wood. It’s very different.”
Knowing how excited people back in Kiribati are to have an Olympic athlete representing them, John explained:

“My friends and family are so happy and so proud of me. And for my birthday, my family celebrated in Kiribati for me yesterday.”
The time difference between Rio and Kiribati meant that John is able to celebrate not one but two birthdays, as he turns 21 in each time zone.

As birthday wishes from those back home flooded John’s Facebook yesterday, so did the messages of support for John’s race – supporters back home even baked John a birthday cake decorated with the Olympic rings.

With one Olympic event and one birthday celebration completed in the past 24 hours, John can now celebrate his birthday here in Rio whilst looking back on what he has achieved as an Olympic athlete.


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.