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We now have a limited email connection with Rabi and the beginnings of our first direct news service from the island since 1997 and the efforts of our past correspondent - Kaiea Bakanebo who worked using transferred fax messages and the slow mail service.
A big 'ko raba' to the Rabi team and it is great to be able to hear news from back home and even receive photographs. If you have any new items you would like to share please email: Ken or Stacey at email@example.com. Photos are also welcome.
Last Day of 15 December Celebrations for 2007
By Australian visitors - Rod Edwards and Jenny Smith
We met the councillors on 22 December and then spent a day meeting people and viewing the high school and Tabiang village. Jenny and I appreciated the hospitality and enjoyed being there during the celebrations (although it rained all the time).
RABI RUGBY GRAND FINAL
Here is some commentary on the footy grand final:
The A final of rugby was a highlight of the final day of Rabi Island celebration. The conditions were very wet and large puddles needed to be pumped from the ground before play began. Once under way the players treated the large crowd to some very high quality rugby considering the very muddy condition. Tabwewa scored a try following a kick through mid way through the first half. The try was well converted from near the sideline.
Tabiang soon replied with a penalty goal leaving he half time score as 7 – 3 to Tabwewa. Tabiang came back in the second half and looked like scoring on a couple of occasions, but it was Tabwewa who scored the next try late in the second half to seal the game. The final score was 12 to 3 and Tabwewa are the Rabi Island champions for 2007.
FINAL DAY PARADE FLOATS
The theme was Rabi into the future. From our perspective the Tabiang float looked like a winner with their Rabi Air float equipped with moving propellers and lights. It was supported with fully uniformed pilot, flight engineer, hostess and lawyer (I guess the lawyer was on hand should the electrical system on the plane cause problems and a class action lodged against Rabi Air).
Thanks Rod and Jenny for your report… maybe they included the lawyer with hopes there will be another court case again in the future? S.M.K.
News Date Issue October 2007
The Dismac workshop was conducted on the island by the Dismac team from the Northern Division in regards to Disaster awareness. All schools on the island which includes the Banaban Primary school, Buakonikai primary school, Tabiang primary school and Rabi High School participated in the quiz, oratory and poster competition .It was clearly indicated that disaster awareness programs begin at school .People should know what to do when a disaster such as Tsunami, cyclone, earthquake, fireflooding etc strike. The Rabi Councilors including the village and youth leaders were also the participants of the workshop.
FIJI DAY CELEBRATION
The Fiji day celebration was held at Nuku on Monday 8/10/07 and was organized by the Banaba Ltd and the Rabi Council Administration. The guests of the day were the elders from all over the island, who were entertained by the staff and management of Banaba Ltd from Rabi and Suva. The program included traditional dancing, hulas and dancing, the morning tea and lunch was provided also. According to the elders they were overwhelmed by the entertainment and were happy to meet their old friends.
NEW CLASSROOM FOR BANABAN PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Banaban primary school new classroom has been funded by the Government of Fiji to replace its classroom that was devastated by the recent cyclone. The new classroom costs about $10,000.00 and should be completed by end of the year.
PRIMARY SCHOOLS ON THE ISLAND PREPARE FOR THE CLASSES 6 & 8 PRIZE GIVING
It’s an annual event for the three primary schools on the island including Kioa primary school to hold the prize giving ceremony for classes 6 & 8 who annually sit for the external exam. However trophies are presented to the dux out of the four schools, the highest mark and the highest average marks obtained. There is also entertainment, creative dancing performed by the participants of the various schools.Tabiang primary school will host the event this year in November
NEW TOILET FACILITY FOR TABWEWA KINDERGARTEN
The new toilet facility according to the class teacher of the school, Mrs Rosite Barikitea was donated by the Social Welfare Department the sum of $1,200.00.The project has been completed and is now used by the students. It was built by the Rabi council maintenance team, the villagers and other helping hands How ever their next project will be the school verandah with the cost estimated to about $1,524.00 and are still looking for the funding. The school management is still looking for sponsors for this next project, however should you be interested please contact Terikano Takesau on the following address….firstname.lastname@example.org…as she is also the chairperson of Tabwewa village where the school belongs to
EASYTEL PROMOTION ON RABI
Telecom Fiji Ltd Savusavu branch has contacted Terikano in regards to promotion of the Easytel for those who need it on the island. The actual cost of this phone is $F179.00 however as it on promotion now the cost is $F66.00. There are two kinds of phones one goes with a radio while the other is with the internet. On purchase of the phone there will be a free $15.00 recharge card. The Telecom staff from Savusavu will be here next week to deliver and update the phones to these who have submitted and paid their phones to Terikano. Such promotion was introduced beginning of the year where more than twenty people from Rabi especially those from Tabiang and Buakonikai purchased the phones.
LABASA-BANABA NEWS - UPDATE
News Date Issue 13 August 2007
by Akata Reia
LABASA-BANABAN YOUTH CLUB
Newly formed Labasa- Banaban youth office bearers election will be held at Te unimane's residence Mr Mote. Are this Saturday 18/8/07 at 1:00pm
The programme includes :
1. Competition in volley ball from different groups
2. Official election of :- Treasurer and Secretary as Mr Takaio. Uriam is the Chairman.
-promote youth skills
-Help Labasa-banaban community in house to house clean up campaign.
-Promote sports talent amongst Banaban youth etc.
All groups are invited to attend along with our brothers and sisters staying on cane farms to organise one volleyball team.
LABASA-BANABA NEWS - UPDATE
News Date Issue 10 August 2007
by Akata Reia
RABI COUNCIL VISIT TO LABASA
The Rabi Council Chairman : Mr Teatu .Rewi and council members : Mr Tebaia and Temoai visited Labasa to attend the graduation day at Naleba where our youth from Rabi island attended 18 weeks trade courses like carpentry & joinery .
We are so happy as the president Mr Taukoriri and Chairman were discussing some issues regarding canecutters welfare.
They will met the Labasa- Banaban community members this afternoon at 5:00pm at Nabeia. Natu's residence and leave for Rabi Island on Saturday 11/08/07
Akata Reia email@example.com
RABI NEWS - UPDATE
News Date Issue 25July 2007
by Biara Touakin
RABI BOATING TRAGEDY
Two other boys have been found on Friday 20th July, Mark and Boata. Only Betero is still missing and the search was continued until today 25/7 when the search was called off by Fiji Police.
* The two cousins Wanikaie and Betero left the other two with the upturned boat and swam for help. Out of the two of them, Betero could not swim any further but asked his cousin Wanikaie to ask his father to come and search for him.
NEW BOAT FOR RABI HEALTH CENTRE
Meanwhile a new fibreglass boat with 40hp engine for the Rabi Health Centre arrived on Rabi yesterday 24/7. It was officially handed over to the Chairman (Temaniba Reiati) of the Board of Visitors of Rabi Health Centre in Savusavu by the SDMO.
RABI NURSES STRIKE
Nurses on Rabi are also on strike.
RABI NEWS - UPDATE
News Date Issue 20 July 2007
BREAKING NEWS FROM RABI
RABI NEWS - UPDATE
News Date Issue 11 July 2007
by Nawaia Touakin - Suva Fiji
OBITUARY - THE LATE REV ITAAKA ERI
In deep sorrow we just lost one of our strong Banaban voices in the above person.
According to his wife, one of his last wishes was, despite our losing him so prematurely, that we (his fellow Banabans) must pursue the cause we had started off together for our Banaban people - justice for our people.
What greater challenge could we get than that from a fellow Banaban last words in his death-bed - the onus is on us all
RABI NEWS - UPDATE
News Date Issue June-July 2007
by Terikano Takesau
Road maintenance on Rabi is in progress as the workers from Public Works Department and their respective contractors are working on it. The road was partly damaged during the last cyclone in March with the school children, workers and the public having to walk to and fro on the island as buses, and the vehicles were on a stand still due to bad road condition.
NEW RABI FIJI POLICE STATION
The new Fiji police station is nearing completion and is relocated near the Rabi council police and court house. The carpenters from Fiji police force are currently working on it, however the old building located in the hub of Nuku village will be used as a barrack for police officers.
The Fiji police on the island are working closely with the local police, and the community as a whole in trying to prevent crime, the consumption of local home brews and marijuana. Cleaning up campaign and community work have also been introduced in villages to better the standard of living conditions on the island
DONATION FOR BANABAN PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Latter Day Saints Church donated to the Banaban Primary School 35 desks and chairs, a teachers table and chair and black board for the Class 8 pupils. In March this year Cyclone Cliff completely destroyed the Class 8 single classroom and also left students without text books and books. A new classroom is under construction with aid from the Fiji Ministry of Education, and other kind hearted donors sponsored books text books etc etc.
AID FUNDS NEEDED TO REBUILD TABWEWA COMMUNITY HALL AFTER CYCLONE CLIFF
Tabwewa Community hall was partly damaged by Cyclone Cliff and now is in the good hands of the village
committee and the community to repair it. According to the carpenter Amota Teke said that the repair and maintenance cost is about $F2,709.15
Due to lack of community funds the committee is requesting Tei Tabwewa (people of Tabwewa Village) to contribute a sub of $12.50 per married couple and is also seeking aid and fund-raising.
The hall is called Teitinikauriri and will always be the pride of Tei Tabwewa is being used purposely by the Banaban community and the Rabi Council should there be important functions held at the village. The Hall was built by our community elders years back therefore we as Tei Tabwewa now would like to maintain and also add new phases to the hall.
UPGRADE FOR TABWEWA PRE SCHOOL
The department of social welfare has kindly funded Tabwewa Pre School with material for its new two flush toilets. The construction of the toilets is underway with the help of the officer in charge maintenance Rabi Council of Leaders, the kindy committee and the parents at times the community youths do lend their helping hands.
RABI RUGBY UNION
The Rabi Rugby Union has been informed by the Fiji Rugby Union to participate in the Island zone which is to be held in August. According to Cr Tebaia who is also the president of the Rabi Rugby Union the team from the Fiji Rugby Union will be on the island next week to do the selection. He also mentioned that there will be rugby competition amongst the village teams and they will be playing with teams from outside Rabi before the selection of the Rabi team is finalised.
The team will need about $11,000.00 to accommodate all expenses, however their major sponsors are the
Fiji Rugby Union, Rabi Council and the Banaban community. The Fiji Rugby Union is also sponsoring two sets of jerseys. According to the boys even though the time frame is short for preparation they are going to do their best so we wish them GOOD LUCK!
Early this month a team from the Fiji Rugby Union was on the island to conduct a coaching clinic which was attended by about 20 coaches and referees. The selection of the Fiji Rugby Union Elite squad from Rabi was elected and they are:
At the same time the Rabi reps are gearing up with the preparation for the Island zone and have started their camping at te Itinikauriri Hall.
The office bearers include President Cr Tebaia Tawita, Secretary, Takaruru Takaniko and Treasurer, Atuera Makin
RABI NETBALL ASSOCCIATION
The Rabi Netball Association has already registered its association with the Fiji Netball Association. It has kicked off with its games together with the rugby union last fortnight. Rabi Netball Association has plans this year and that is to fundraise for girls to attend the Island zone next year. At the mean time the girls will be playing in village teams and meet other clubs within our zone area that is in the northern division. The office bearers include, President Terikano Takesau, Secretary Sera Nabure and treasurer. Terairube Uatu.
RABI NEWS - UPDATE
News Date Issue 3 July 2007
by Taburongo Tekanu, Manager, Tabiang Primary School
It has been long that we've been away from you due to communication difficulties.
We are so grateful to Biara that he has been pushing us to move with technology. We are so far behind and it seems hard for us to cope.
Since we have two computers at our school, Biara is insisting us to get on to internet. He has brought a new wireless modem with USB connection that we are now using to get on to internet. We are looking forward to buy this modem (it costs $100.00 and $35.00/month).
Once we get this modem we will keep in touch with you and update you with all the happenings on Rabi.
Our school is in need of internet service and we have been waiting for the telephone line to reach Tabiang but now we do not need it with this type of modem.
NEW ROAD BEING BUILT
The Public Works Department have been doing road maintenance on the island for 2 months now and also extending the road to Eritabeta. They will be completing their works in few weeks time.
CULTURAL PERFORMANCE FOR WEEKLY DAY TRIP CRUISES TO RABI
Tabiang Primary School have been conducting entertainments to the visitors from Tui Tai Cruises since April 2007. A cultural Teacher (Teauea Rakubo) has been employed to teach the Banaban Cultural Dance. The children had been performing well and attracts more tourists. Consequently, Tui Tai Cruises had donated 12 x 12ft roofing iron and 16 PVC chairs. Tui Tai Cruises visit Tabiang weekly depending on their visitors.
***Australia's 'Great Outdoors' TV Travel programme featured their trip to Rabi on 30th June. The video programme can be view online at: http://au.travel.yahoo.com/great-outdoors/fiji/tui-tai-adventure-cruise-fiji.html
**The Banaban segment taken at the Tabiang Primary School comes on at the end of the programme.
For more information including photographs and video on Tui Tai Cruises: http://www.tuitai.com/
At the moment our cultural group from Tabiang Primary School (Junior Banaban Dancing Group) need a drum set and machine.
Kam raba ao Tia boo moa
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