Blog Archives

KIRIBATI performances in the 9th MICRO Games in Yap, July 2018.

(From David Little) – An update on the Kiribati performance in the 9th Micronesian Games 2018.

Read here.

Te Bu – 2018

Please find below the digital copy of Te Buu.

Click here to read.



Kiribati team at 21st. Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast

From David Little

Kiribati has sent a team of 14 athletes to these Games.   They are represented in the following sports:
Athletics: 1 male and 1 female, both in 100m sprints.
Boxing:  2 males. One is in the 56 Kg category; the other in the 60 Kg
Table-Tennis:  3 males. They are covering the Team event, singles, and doubles.
Weight-lifting:  4 males and 1 female. The men are in the 62 Kg, 69 Kg, 77 Kg and 105 Kg competitions.   (The current Commonwealth champion, David Katoatau, is defending his title in the 105 category.) The woman is in the 69 Kg event.
Wrestling:  2 males. One is in the Freestyle 74 Kg and the other in the Freestyle 86 Kg


Guardian Article: Waiting for the tide to turn: Kiribati’s fight for survival

Read the article here.


Recent Developments in (Association) Football in Kiribati

From David Little.

Having been trying at various times since 1997 to get into either the Oceania Football Confederation (OCF) or FIFA, in May 2016 Kiribati Islands Football Association (KIFA) applied to join the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA).    And so Kiribati, representing Oceania, will join 15 other teams (who are not members of FIFA) in their own “World Cup”.   This is due to be held in London between May 31st. and June 10th. 2018.

A recent addition to the KIFA administration is Jake Kewley who visited Tarawa in 2015.   He is described as “Ambassador and International Manager of KIFA” and works from his home in UK.   He is responsible for the arrangements to get the KIFA team to London next year and initially is looking for sources of funding to cover the costs of the party of 16 players plus 2-3 coaches/managers.   The organisers will be supplying accommodation and food but each nation has to cover its travel (and other) costs.   For KIFA these have been estimated to total £50,000.   At least half this will be return airfares.   It is hoped the team will be able to leave Tarawa on May 24th. which would give them four days to train and acclimatise in London.    It is likely the team will leave London on June. 11th.

The other teams involved are:

Africa: Barawa, Matabeleland, and Kabylia.

Asia:  Tibet, Tamil Felam, United Koreans of Japan, and Panjab.

Europe:  Abkhasia, Padania, Northern Cyprus, Western Armenia, Ellan Vannin,

                 Febvidek, Szekely Land.

North America:  Cascadia.

Oceania:  Kiribati.

As you will see and note, the majority of these are not UN nations nor complete independent countries, both of which Kiribati are.   Outcomes will be interesting.   Once more details of draw, match dates, times and venues are known, they too will be published on the KTA site.   It goes without saying that your support and hospitality will be welcomed.   For more background plus an interview with Jake Kewley, please go to the CONIFA web-site/Oceania.

The British Museum ‘Eye on Kiribati Culture: an Object Journeys special Event

The British Museum will be hosting ‘Eye on Kiribati culture: an Object Journeys special event’ on Friday 25 August 2017, 18.00–20.15  at the Great Court and galleries.

The project supports community partners to research and explore museum collections and to work collaboratively with museum staff to produce displays, events and digital content in response to this investigation.

This event will present the new Kiribati object display in Room 24 and you can hear how it was developed in collaboration with the Kiribati community.


2017 Get-Together Campsite Update

From the KTA Committee

Hi all,

To confirm : we will be camping at the original campsite ( Sorry for any confusion there may have been.

Please could you book your camping spots as soon as possible? It’s easy to do: just call 01252 370073 and you can do it over the phone. You can give a rough estimate of how many will be in your party – I did! When you book, please say you are with KTA.

They won’t let us pre-book an area of the field and the field will get booked up quickly, so you are advised to book as soon as possible. There may not be spaces if you leave it until the last minute and we would love to see you there! Jacqui has kindly offered to arrive early to secure our spot in the field.

Booking early ensures you get a place and keeps us all together.

If you have any difficulties with this, or questions about the site, please do ask and I will try and help you.

We are all really looking forward to the get together and to seeing all of your smiling faces.



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.