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TUVALU IS READY TO HOST 2 IMPORTANT MEETINGS

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Nui community on the capital performing to the Kiribati delagation who came towards the end of last year to negotoate for a new air link. Te kau Nui i te laumua fakafia te kaumalaga a Kilipati kola ne au’mai i te fakaotiga o te tausaga ko teka o fesokotaki i mea tau alaga-vakalele.

KMT NEWS

Third issue

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu is looking forward to Tuvalu’s hosting of two important meetings, one to be held this year and the other one to be held next year. He said Tuvalu will be well-prepared for these meetings. The first meeting will be the meeting of Polynesian Leaders which will take place in the last week of June 2018 and the second meeting, the Pacific Forum of Leaders Meeting is expected to be held sometimes in September 2019. Hon Sopoaga said although Tuvalu is a very small country, he is quite confident that Tuvalu can do it. “There are a lot of preparations to be done and “I can see that we are on track”, said the Prime Minister.

Apart from the requirement for accommodations, works on the Queen Elizabeth II Park are progressing well as well as the construction of 9 bungalows at the Park. Tuvalu is financing all these works and hopefully some assistance could be forthcoming from our friends like the Republic of China on Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia and perhaps, Turkey and Japan and there may be others,” said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister also confirmed that among the agenda of the Polynesia Leaders Meeting will be issues on health security, energy, marine resources and the issue of protecting our land from foreign. One very important issue to be discussed is the impacts of climate change on small islands lika Tuvalu.

During this Polynesian Leaders’ Meeting, Hon Sopoaga said “I will seek the support of these Polynesian countries in the case of Tuvalu overstayers in New Zealand to have these overstayers processed their immigration papers and to be allowed to permanently reside in New Zealand”.

With the Forum of Leaders Meeting, the Prime Minister, Hon Sopoaga said ‘it is an opportunity for some Tuvaluans to learn and experience such high level meeting like this”. He said that the Forum Secretariat has agreed to finance four government officials to go to Suva, Fiji to be trained on how to organize meetings, how to attend to participants’ requirement, how to prepare papers for the meeting and also checking on participants’ accommodations, and issues relating to security.

He confirmed that these selected officers will also attend this year’s Forum of Leaders Meeting in Nauru to observe and experience the conduct of the meeting.

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)

NEW AIRPORT TERMINAL TO OPEN TOMORROW

(Ms Afasene Iosefa)

Construction work on the new terminal have now completed and the Contractor, Reeves International and CCB ENVICO which is a Joint Venture, are now ready to formally handover to the Government of Tuvalu.

Tuvalu Aviation Investment Project Manager Mr Vitoli Iosefa reports that before handing over the building and for the benefit of all stakeholders, the Contractor’s Site Manager conducted an induction tour of the building to show and explain to all stakeholders the important facilities within the new terminal.

Mr Iosefa adds that a tentative programme for the official opening of the building has been prepared by a task force comprising of representatives from stakeholders and is being reviewed by Cabinet. The official opening is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday 28 February

The 5.07 million Australian dollar-project was funded by the World Bank through its grant to the Government of Tuvalu.

Whilst the new terminal was under construction all airport services were temporarily being re-located to the Vaiaku Falekaupule.

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The new airport terminal today, Tuesday 27 February 2018. Photo by Ms Sauiluma K. TausiTe fale pasese o vakalele fou i te aso nei, Asolua po 27 Fepuali 2018.

GOVERNMENT CONGRATULATES ITS 2017 GRADUATES

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)

On Friday last week, the Secretary to Government, Mr Tine Leuelu hosted a dinner in honour of all the 2017 Tuvalu graduates. This function is reported to be the very first of its kind to be organized by government. Ealier on the day, all 2017 graduates attended a re-intergration programme with staff of the In-service and pre-service departments.

The evening dinner was attended by government dignitaries including the Governor-General and his wife, the Prime Minister and his wife, the Ambassador of the Republic of China on Taiwan and the 2017 graduates.

During the function, the Prime Minister, Hon Enele Sosene Sopoaga thanked all the 2017 graduates for being able to complete successfully their programme of studies in the various universities and colleges where they studied. The Secretary to Government, Mr Leuelu also gave a very inspiring and challenging speech on that evening.

3 issue graduates.jpgSome of the 2017 graduates and quests enjoying the dinner. Photo by Kitiona Tausi

 Mr Fakatoafe Teikauea who graduated with a Master of Commerce from the University of the South Pacific represented the graduating students in responding to government speeches. In his speech, Mr Teikauea thanked the government for the opportunity they have received in the scholarships that were awarded to them. He also raised another issue for government’s attention. Mr Teikaues requested government if it could consider the cases of those graduating students who were financed under the government’s SELF Scheme knowing that these students had to repay the loan. He humbly appealed to the government if it is possible to have this loan turned into a grant. There was a big applause from the floor and government has yet to respond this this humble request.

3 issue graduates2.jpgThe live music provided by Tropicana. Photo by Kitiona Tausi
3 issue graduates3.jpgDancing at full swing. Photo by Kitiona Tausi

Below is the list of tertiary institutions, students and their programme of studies:

Student                                                Programme               Institution                                         

Siketi Teoni                         Basic Carpentary and Joinery             Youth Training Centre – Fiji

Toakale Taloka                  Basic Carpentry and Joinery               Youth Training Centre – Fiji

Kamali Malae                    Basic Organic Agriculture               Youth Training Centre – Fiji

Teupua Lutelu                   Basic Organic Agriculture             Youth Training Centre – Fiji

Vaiaoga Vaisameni          Diploma in Science                                  Waikato University – NZ

Pasepa Afele                      BComm-Business and Other Services        Waikato University – NZ

Iunipa Teatu                       Master of E-Government                           Victoria University – NZ

Faleonofia Malosi             Master of Education               University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Fakatoafe Teikauea         Master of Commerce             University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Loisi Seluka                       Master of arts Development Studies      University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Tilia Tima                           Bachelor of Science Environment  University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Asau Leauma                     Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Economics                          University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Losa Tehulu                        Bachelor of Law        University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Akusita Eliuta                     Bachelor of Education, Primary Teaching      University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Fagauialaatea Ikapoti     Bachelor of Commerce/Graduate Certificate

In Education, Economics and Maths            University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Lamona Faiva                     Bachelor of Arts, Literature and Linguistics      University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Latiu Tekapu                      Bachelor of Education, primary Teaching        University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Leotasi Kautu                     Bachelor of Scince – Environmental Science    University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Tala Simeti                          PG Diploma in Commerce, Economics              University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Savali Fatoga                      Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs    University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Bob Setema                       Bachelor of Commerce, Ecnomics and Official

Statistics                              University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Makerita Pakai                  Bachelor of Commerce, Management and

Public Administration, Intl Business

And Marketing                    University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Paul Petueli                        Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resource

Management, Employment Relations,

Intl Business and Marketing            University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Samoafou Siona                Bachelor of Arts, Tourism Studie, Management

And Public Administration            University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Silia Sinee                            Bachelor of Business, Human Resource

And Employment Relations            University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Peniuna Kaitu                    Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting

And Finance              University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Lamese Laponi                  Bachelor of Arts, Pacific Policing,

Management and PA          University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Selane Tausi                       Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting

And Economics              University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Sokotia Kulene                  Bachelor of Commerce, Human

Resource Management n Employment

Relations, Management n Public Administration  University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Valusefulu Semaia          Bachelor of Arts, Pacific Policing      University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Amuia Aligi                       Bachelor of Arts, Pacific Policing, Management

And Public Admin                  University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Akata Seu                         Fondation Science                  University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Bob Tulimanu                  Diploma in Accounting (level 5)    University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Fehala Elisala                   Bachelor of Arts, Literature n Language,

Information Systems              University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Filoalofa Taulima            Diploma in Information Technology      University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Laura Kofe                        Bachelor of Laws                University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Sele Kaitu                         Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting,

Management n Public Administration        University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Sinatui Teleke                  Foundation Social Science          University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Sitia Maheu                      Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Management        University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Uale Uale                          Certificate IV in Information Technology                University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Tautalo Iese                     Bachelor of Science, Biology and Earth Science      University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Fetau Tuafafa                  Bachelor Computing Science and Information

Systems                University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Pulaalofa Haulagi            Bachelor Of Commerce, International Business

and Marketing    University of the South Pacific – Fiji

Siulai Fioana Elisala        Graduate Diploma in Project Management/

Master in Project Management                                  University of  South Australia

Opeta  Sinee                    Advance Diploma Marine Engineering                       University of Auckland

Michael Aliimau              Bachelor of Civil Engineering – Technology                UNITEC

Pinau Tao                         Bachelor Science Plant Production                              Taiwan

Naomi Maheu                 Bachelor Science Biomedical                                         NE University Australia

Simon Willy                     Bachelor of Education-Primary Teaching                    National University of Samoa

Poitava Tealu                  Bachelor of Education-Primary Teaching                    National University of Samoa

Katea Tanei                     Bachelor of Educaion- Primary Teaching                     National University of Samoa

Loise Luuni                      Bachelor of Science, International Business

And Trade                                                                         Ming Chuan University

Loresio Tefau                  Bachelor of Aviation Management                              Massey University

Tavai Kaipeti                   Diploma Marine Engineering                                        Manukau Institute Technology

Fiafiaga Lusama             Bachelor of Theology                                                    Malua Theological College

Lupematagi Manoa       Bachelor Information Systems                                      Fulton College

Lumeese Teakau            Diploma in Hospitality Management                           Fiji Tourism Institute

Lupeaga Vaiui                 Bachelor of Nursing                                                        Fiji National University

Sikiliti Poulasi                  Master of Medicine/ Internal Medicine,

Ophthalmology                                                               Fiji National University

Titivalu Manuao             Master Class 3- Trade Diploma in

Nautical Science                  Fiji National University

Nikotemo Vaeanoa       Trade Diploma in Marine Engineering      Fiji National University

Selu Paulo                       Certificate IV Carpentry n Joinery            Fiji National University

Taukiei Kepasi                Certificate IV in Refridgeration and

Air Conditioning                                          Fiji National University

Puaola Kautuneita         Bachelor of Nursing                                  Fiji National University

Tanene Teo                     Bachelor of Education- Primary Teaching      Fiji National University

Logoitala Monise           Diploma in Dental Technology                          Fiji National University

Sesefita Tui                     Certificate IV- Carpentry and Joinery              Fiji National University

Teleta Fotu                      Bachelor of Nursing                                          Fiji National University

Salamalaga Filioma        Certificate IV Fabrication and Welding      Fiji National University

Luka Selu                         Bachelor Science Environment                    Fiji National University

Silafaga Lalua                  Bachelor of Communications                                    Bond University

Fakasoa Tealei                Master International Relations        Australian National University

HELLO AND WELCOME TO KMT NEWS

KMT NEWS

First issue

Today marks a very special milestone in my life being able to fulfill and realize a long-time dream that has haunted my life. At this moment of time, I would like to say hello and welcome to each and every one who can read a printed copy of this very first issue of KMT News and also those who read it from Facebook or our website. This first issue comes with the complement of the Manager/Publisher and the staff of KMT News.

KMT staffKMT News staff: Back row – Trainee Reporter, Minime Kitiseni, Manager/Publisher, Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi: Front row – Trainee Reporter, Sauiluma K. Tausi, Editor, Afasene Iosefa. The photo is taken at the temporary office of KMT News

With this widespread of Tuvaluans around the globe, there is the need for them to communicate with one another and especially family members. With the advance in the communication technologies in the telephone, the internet and the social media, it has enabled us to communicate with one another, but there is still the lack of having access to news, events and activities happening in the home country. There is the lack of being informed of important issues that can create responses and opinions on matters affecting our social, economic, political and religious environments which the aim and purpose of any public media.

KMT News is created and developed to furnish Tuvaluans with information of facts of what is really happening in Tuvalu. With these facts, Tuvaluans especially in the diaspora, may have the sentiments, the feelings and the hearts to respond in action, to the crisis and challenges faced by Tuvaluans and especially at home. We have Tuvaluans living abroad and especially Tuvaluans who are on trainings and travelling, they need to hear of news from Tuvalu.

On Wednesday, 15 February 2018, KMT News came into existence and its staff as of that day (In the photo above) began and start operating KMT News. KMT staff are just beginning to learn about designing and formatting the newspaper on computer and this first issue may not be the desired quality and we hope to continue improving as we move on.

KMT News operates under KMT Corporation that has been registered and licensed to operate in Tuvalu. The corporation is owned by myself, Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi and supported by my children. KMT News publishes two issues a week, one to come out on Tuesdays and the second issue to come out on Fridays. KMT News also offers photocopying services and can also include advertisements for vacant positions in any organizations, birthday and wedding anniversary celebration messages and business promotional advertisements.

The office of KMT is temporary located at Tekavatoetoe next to Laloniu Samuelu’s quest house.

 

Dr. Kitiona Tausi

KMT NEWS TO CONNECT TUVALUANS ACROSS THE GLOBE

Tuvaluans are spreading around the globe and although we do not have statistics as to how many Tuvaluans are now living in each of the overseas countries, but we have the understanding that New Zealand has the highest number of Tuvaluans and next to New Zealand is Kiribati and then Fiji, Nauru and Australia. We have also Tuvaluans in the UK, in the United States, and in other Pacific Island Countries.

With this widespread of Tuvaluans, there is a need for these Tuvaluans to communicate with one another and especially family members in Tuvalu. Although we have the advancements in the communication technologies in the telephone, the internet and the social media, which enabled us to communicate with one another, there is still the lack of having access to news, events and activities happening in the home country. There is the lack of being informed of important issues that can create responses and opinions on matters affecting our social, economic, political and religious environments which the aim and purpose of any public media.

Yes, in Tuvalu we have only one media and that is a public media of the radio, none of the print media, especially a private newspaper, nor a private radio or a private television channel. One very important thing we see to be lacking is access to news and information that can develop our nation in the political, social, economic and religious aspects. If we have real access to news and information, as members of a society, we will be able to move forward and progress and importantly to be able to stand together and paddle together to achieve the best quality of life we have dreamed of.

In fact, this is the dream I had been dreaming about, a dream to unify all Tuvaluans whether in the diaspora or in Tuvalu in terms of having equal access to the same information or news. There is the need to provide all Tuvaluans with facts on information, on the news that I intend to include in a newspaper that will of course be read by Tuvaluans who love and cherish their beloved home. With these facts, Tuvaluans will be able to have a clear picture of life at home, of the challenges being faced by people at home and thus respond.

KMT News is created and developed to furnish Tuvaluans with information of facts of what is really happening in Tuvalu. With these facts, Tuvaluans especially in the diaspora, may have the sentiments,  the feeling and the heart that Nehemiah had in the Bible which encouraged him to respond in action to the crisis in his home country, Jerusalem. Wherever a Tuvaluan live, you are a Tuvaluan until you depart from this earth.

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(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi, the Manager and Publisher of KMT News)

I am a church minister of the Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu, the mainline Christian Church in Tuvalu having a membership of over ninety percent of the country’s 10,000 total population. I have served the church in various positions as well as General Secretary for two terms of 4 years per term and I have been part of some international religious committees, having served in the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Board of Trustees in the Council for World Mission (CWM).

 

Dr. Kitiona Tausi

The Birth of a STAR

Tuvalu

Welcome to KMT news,

Since the break-up of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colonies in 1975, and setting up its own internal government in 1976, the Ellice Islands had a Broadcasting and Information Department that operated a small radio station and a weekly newsletter namely ‘Tuvalu Echoes’.

When it became independent from Great Britain on 01 October 1978, the Ellice islands called itself ‘Tuvalu’ meaning ‘eight standing together’.

The ‘Tuvalu Echoes’ was the only newsletter circulating in those days, Now there is a great need for news about all the events that had taken and are taking place in Tuvalu and of Tuvaluans in the world, hence the birth of “KMT news” newspaper.

Tālofa!