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Minister of health in Kiribati Kautu Tenaua

Min. for Health & Medical Services Dr. Kautu TENAUA,

He will, however, have to find replacements for the two who lost their seats in the last electionTabiteuean Martin Tofinga (Ministry of Labour) and Onotoan Natanaera Kirata (Ministry of Health). While he may be tempted to appoint MPs from the Opposition to boost his numbers, he is not expected to appoint his nemesis and brother or Dr Tetaua Taitai to the health portfolio. He will have to opt for a new MP and the only other physician who is also an MP is Dr Kautu Tenaua. But the greatest challenge for President Tong and the Boutokan te Koaua is to avoid complacency in a country where parliamentarians are loosely grouped into parties. MPs could very easily cross the floor and the president himself has acknowledged this and also added that it is good for democracy if MPs can freely show their opinions on issues by voting with their feet. Governments in Kiribati have come down before through votes of no-confidence or votes against the budget.

 

Kautu Tenaua minister of health in Kiribati

Minister of the Ministry of Health of Kiribati, Dr. Kautu Tenaua, and his wife and Director-General of the Department of Public Health, Dr. Airam Metai, visited the
Department of Health in the afternoon of May 29, 2008. They were received by Minister Lin (Taiwan), and the photograph was taken after their meeting.

Minister of the Ministry of Health of Kiribati, Dr. Kautu Tenaua, and his wife and Director-General of the Department of Public Health, Dr. Airam Metai

Min. for Health & Medical Services Natanera KIRATA since 2003 (?)

Hon. Baraniko Mooa - minister of health in Kiribati in 1999

THE HAGUE FORUM 8-12 FEBBRUARY 1999, NETHERLANDS CONGRESS CENTER THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS
Republic of Kiribati (Presented by the Minister of Health, Hon. Baraniko Mooa)

Kiribati recognizes the need to improve specific components of Reproductive Health, population and development issues especially on adolescent reproductive health needs, improvement in the status of women through education, legal and socioeconomic recognition, involvement of men in family planning, trengthening of our Reproductive Health, IEC and advocacy component and involvement of the church. Political- commitment will continue to be cultivated and strengthened.

Politics: TONG GETS THE NOD, BUT NEEDS TO WORK HARD
Why he needs to keep his promises

Teweiariki Teaero
As expected, Anote Tong is back as President of Kiribati for another four years.

Despite scoring 64.18% of the votes cast on October 17, he won in what turned out to be the nations most poorly attended presidential election with only 24,568 of the 43,042 voters casting their votes. Tongs finance minister received a total of 33.4% of the votes, while dummy candidates Patrick Tatireta and Timon Aneri received 1.45% and 0.81 % respectively. On October 8, the Opposition and Mwaneaban te Mauri party leader Dr Harry Tong, who is also the older brother of President Tong, filed his partys application in the countrys High Court against the Speaker. He is seeking a declaration that the election of the presidential nominees were invalid, basing his argument on Section 5 (2) of the law governing the election of nominees which states that the method of voting shall be by secret ballot. Observers and local reporters have confirmed the election of the nominees for the presidential election was conducted by a show of hands. It is not clear why the Opposition failed to object to this on the parliamentary floor. Roz Terubea of Te Uekera newspaper reported that the High Court rejected the Oppositions application on October 12, thus paving the way for presidential elections to proceed on October 17as originally scheduled. It was reported that the Chief Justice would issue a statement on the matter later. The Opposition also organised a rally at the Bairiki Square on October 15, but this was stopped by the police before Opposition supporters could march over to the Office of the Beretitenti (President) to present a petition against the manner in which the presidential nominees were elected.The police defended their action citing the fact that the time allowed for the Opposition had run out. The Opposition subsequently left a copy of their petition with Te Uekera newspaper editor. The Opposition is expected to wait for the statement from Chief Justice Millhouse before deciding on the next course of action.

Challenges

The first major challenge for President Tong will be to learn to live with the fact that only 15,664 out of 24,568 voters from the 43,042 registered in a country of 102,000 people voted for him. While the election of the president was conducted properly, this was the lowest turnout in the countrys history, according to Chief Electoral Officer Rine Ueara.Many voters who did not vote said they were disillusioned by the fact that there was really only one party to vote for and only one serious candidate. There was no logical choice and option for voters at all, hence the huge decline in voter turnout. The second immediate challenge for Tong is to expect some disruptions as the Opposition is not expected to give up their challenge in the High Court very easily. Dr Tong and former president Teburoro Tito have said they will see to it that the constitutional provisions for their partys grievances are fully exhausted. The option for them is to go to the Court of Appeal and if they succeed at that level, the country may see a historical nullification of the results of the election for presidential nominees which, in turn, could have other wide-ranging consequences and constitutional ramifications. The cabinet lineup will be another concern. Tong is expected to return most of his ministers to cabinet.

He will, however, have to find replacements for the two who lost their seats in the last electionTabiteuean Martin Tofinga (Ministry of Labour) and Onotoan Natanaera Kirata (Ministry of Health). While he may be tempted to appoint MPs from the Opposition to boost his numbers, he is not expected to appoint his nemesis and brother or Dr Tetaua Taitai to the health portfolio. He will have to opt for a new MP and the only other physician who is also an MP is Dr Kautu Tenaua. But the greatest challenge for President Tong and the Boutokan te Koaua is to avoid complacency in a country where parliamentarians are loosely grouped into parties. MPs could very easily cross the floor and the president himself has acknowledged this and also added that it is good for democracy if MPs can freely show their opinions on issues by voting with their feet. Governments in Kiribati have come down before through votes of no-confidence or votes against the budget.

Looking ahead

The future looks busy for the new Tong government. Apparently, he will need to work hard to ensure his return for another term as permitted under the constitution and for the longer term retention of power by BTK. Part of this will involve grooming a potential replacement for president. President Tong and BTK had made many promises to people in their first term. Many of these have not been fulfilled. The London School of Economics graduate has the numerical firepower to implement many of his earlier electoral promises. He will not want to fail now as he will not have the excuse of lack of time for implementation. Teweiariki Teaero is an I-Kiribati and Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of the South Pacific. The views expressed are his own and not those of the university where he teaches.

map of Kiribati islands

In Kiribati, there are no more official subdivisions but it is possible to divide Kiribati geographically into three groups of islands:

* Gilbert Islands
* Line Islands, and
* Phoenix Islands.

There is a group that unites the Line and the Phoenix islands (ministry at London, Christmas).

Kiribati was divided into 6 districts until independence:

* Banaba
* Central Gilberts
* Line Islands
* Northern Gilberts
* Southern Gilberts
* Tarawa

Four of the former districts (including Tarawa) lie in the Gilbert Islands, where most of the islands' population lives. Only three of the Line Islands are inhabited, while the Phoenix Islands are uninhabited but Kanton and Orona (80 people) and have no representation. Banaba itself is sparsely inhabited now. There is also a representative non-elected of the Banabans relocated to Rabi Island in the nation of Fiji.

Nowadays each inhabited island has its own council (3 councils on Tarawa: Betio, South Tarawa, North Tarawa; 2 councils on Tabiteuea, North and South). The 21 inhabited islands with councils are:-

* Abaiang
* Abemama
* Aranuka
* Arorae
* Banaba
* Beru
* Butaritari
* Kanton
* Kiritimati
* Kuria
* Maiana
* Makin
* Marakei
* Nikunau
* Nonouti
* Onotoa
* Tabiteuea
* Tabuaeran
* Tamana
* Tarawa
* Teraina

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