Daily Archives: March 20, 2017

Betio te Baretaiti Project Kicks Off


20 February, BTC – ‘Betio te Baretaiti’ Project was opened with the signing of the project’s MOU between the Executive Director of the PIPA Trust Fund, Mr. Nabuti Mwemwenikarawa and Clerk to BTC, Mikari Ooka. Guests invited included the Minister of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development, Hon. Tebao Awerika, Mayor Tauia Taoaba, respected elders of Betio communities and government officials.
The project allows funding from the PIPA Trust Fund to be used for a series of clean up campaigns and public awareness to residents of Betio to assist with the cleaning up the town to turn it into “Betio te Baretaiti” – Betio Paradise.

17 February, Parliament Grounds, Ambo -TUC Mayor, Taoaba Kaiea hosted the launching of the Council’s website and the initial discussions on an MOU with government, aimed at getting all contractors and project implementing companies to pay a fee to the Council as a condition before starting their project or contract. The government was represented by Hon. Dr. Teuea Toatu, Minister of Finance & Economic Development and his wife, Brucetta.
Another reason for the celebration was the donation of over $80,000 by MP Teburoro Tito, that will be used to fund TUC’s projects.

Tamana Mayor and Clerk Sought Advice on Investment of Surplus Funds and others Issues

Mayor Eken Taumauri (left) and Clerk Teauatara Viriona


8 Feb. 2017—The Mayor of Tamana, Eken Taumauri and his Clerk Teauatara Viriona, visited KiLGA to discuss investment options for surplus Council funds and other issues including new and alternative sources of revenues to meet a wage increase for its employees in compliance with the minimum wage law, the updating of the Council’s bye-laws to allow for new a fee structure on motorcycle licence, creating a new policy directing all visiting officials from government divisions, projects or SOEs to include a Council official in its selection panel for recruitment done on Tamana, upgrading of preschools staff and infrastructure in preparation for the Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) Act implementation, and others.

KILGA joins UNICEF team visit to Maiana for WASH surveys in schools

1-2 February, Tebangetua, Maiana – A ten-member WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) team, led by UNICEF’s Chief Field Officer, Cromwell Bacareza, visited Maiana, on a speed boat, to conduct a survey at schools on the island to determine their WASH compliance and resilience and also to monitor the progress of EU-funded Rain Water Harvesting tanks for communities.


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