Kiribati became independent from the United Kingdom in 1979. The capital and now most populated area, South Tarawa, consists of a number of islets, connected by a series of causeways. These comprise about half the area of Tarawa Atoll.
The word Kiribati is the modern rendition for "Gilberts", so the name is not usually translated into English. "Gilberts" comes from Captain Thomas Gilbert, who, along with Captain John Marshall, was one of the first Europeans to visit the Gilbert Islands in 1788. Some of the islands had been sighted or visited earlier, including by Commodore John Byron, whose ships happened on Nikunau in 1765. Frequenting of the islands by Europeans and Chinese dates from whaling and oil trading from the 1820s, when no doubt Europeans learnt to speak it, as I-Kiribati learnt to speak English and other languages foreign to them. However, it wasn't until Hiram Bingham II took up missionary work on Abaiang in the 1860s that the language began to take on the written form known today. For example, Bingham was the first to translate the Bible into Gilbertese, and wrote several hymn books, dictionaries and commentaries in the language of the Gilbert Islands.
He chats to deputy editor Al Williams as he prepares for another chapter in his life. “I was about three or four and went with dad, who was a vet, on his canoe, to a Kiribati village in the Solomon Islands to castrate pigs, they gave us salted fish.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the fragile reef ecosystems built by corals, to the benefit of other marine life and humans alike ... At the moment, many corals that remain are those hanging on for dear life in deeper, cooler water.
Kiribati - plastics. Kiribati has spoken up about being 'downstream in the plastic life cycle' at the second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee aiming to develop an international treaty on plastic pollution.
Over the years, Claire Anterea has waved goodbye to numerous friends and family members as they left the Pacific island nation of Kiribati for jobs in regional powerhouse Australia ... Kiribati’s Tarawa atoll is pictured in an undated photograph.
Kiribati society changed drastically after their first encounters with westerners, but their armor offers a fascinating glimpse into what Kiribati life used to be like ... Kiribati armor made of coconut ...
The flooding will shift and remould the islands rather than completely sink them, unless sea level rise is extreme, but the devastation wrought upon day-to-day life makes this process an “existential threat” to civilisation in Kiribati, he said.
Countries such as Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Kiribati, and the Marshall Islands are also among the world’s most vulnerable nations to climate change, lying just a few metres above sea level ... “For Kiribati, I think that maritime security will be a priority.
And it's nice to see that friendship, you know, brought back to life in a meaningful way.". The address and initiatives come hot on the heels of Kiribati breaking away from the Forum. Kiribati has close ...