How do you come up with an urban development plan for a city which consists of tiny islets connected by causeways located in a remote Pacific atoll and subject to flooding on the next king tide? That's the unique challenge facing Christchurch planner and NZPI member Shifani Sood who is heading to Kiribati next month to take up a role as an Urban ... (more)
Mikarite Temari, the mayor of Christmas Island, Kiribati's largest atoll, rolled his eyes and shook his head as I read off my laptop in his office what his president, Anote Tong, had said during a visit to New York.
Pressure from China could be the main reason that two delegations visiting Taiwan to participate an annual meeting of the Asian Pacific Parliamentarians' Union refused to sign a joint communique, sources said yesterday.
Kiribati President Anote Tong has commenced a six-day visit to Taiwan, during which he will meet with President Ma Ying-jeou and attend a meeting of the Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians' Union, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In an interview with CNN last month, Anote Tong, the president of Kiribati, insisted that rising sea levels due to global warming will mean "total annihilation" for this nation of 33 coral islands in the Central Pacific and for other atoll island nations like Tuvalu and the Maldives.