Monthly Archives: August 2017

Tamana Council’s Task Forces

13 June, KiLGA Office – The Mayor from Tamana, Eken Taumauri, visited KiLGA to seek technical assistance regarding the formulation of his Councils’ Strategic Plan and policies.
Since taking office, the Mayor has received strong support from his full Council to establish new changes and set up new Task Forces for the ‘Control of Motorcycle Hire’, ‘Selection of Employees’, ‘Council Housing Tenancy’, ‘Guest House’, ‘Salary Right-Scaling’ and ‘Staff Recognition and Awards.’
The Mayor reported that some new national laws have influenced the establishment of the Task Forces. For example, prior to the passing of the Minimum Wages Act, the Tamana Council had paid out low salaries to its employees, which would now be considered below the minimum wage.
Without adequate financial resources to provide immediate assistance to the Councils, KiLGA will raise funds so that these genuine challenges and initiatives by Councils like Tamana’s, can be supported.

Mayor Eken Taumauri (L) with Hon. Alex Teabo in 2016

The LG Toolkit amended with an Anti-Corruption section

8 June – The KiLGA’s Local Government Toolkit, produced to provide information, advice and relevant tools for Mayors and Councillors, is still in its final draft form. However, the National Anti-Corruption committee has agreed that it should be utilized to promote anti-corruption practices in Councils. A new section to focus on anti-corruption will be included in the toolkit.
The toolkit was developed with assistance from UNDP in 2015 and has undergone trialing and consultation in some Councils and with some Council leaders. A draft copy of the newly-developed anti-corruption section has been submitted to the Public Service Integrity and Corruption Control Unit, for their inputs.

TUC Consults Its Key Stakeholders on its Strategic Plan

Participants of the Stakeholders Consultation, in a roundtable discussion; Andrew Antenucchi is the bearded man at right.

June 2, 2017, TUC Boardroom – Representatives from Teinainano Urban Council’s key stakeholders turned up in force to a consultation held at the Council’s HQs in Teaoraereke, to review its past Strategic Plan (2012-2016) and identify priority areas for its new one for 2017-2020.
There were representatives from the major churches like SDA and LDS, government ministries, international NGOs, like the Red Cross as well as village communities.
The consultation involved a practical session on the PESTEL Analysis (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental and Legal) and the selection of priorities for the new Strategic Plan. These include ‘Improve transport services’, ‘Facilitate improvements to water supply’, ‘Promote an upgrade of sanitation infrastructure and services’, ‘Develop youth capacity’, ‘Support the fishing industry’ and ‘Strengthen pre-school education’.
The group also agreed that the Council’s implementation of its last plan was not satisfactory
The consultation was coordinated by Andrew Antenucchi, the AVI TA, working at the TUC.

Teewa Tonaeka is the new Director of Local Government Division

Teewa Tonaeka

A veteran local government officer, Teewa Tonaeka, has been appointed Director of the Local Government Division of MIA in June, 2017. Teewa Tonaeka was educated at KGV&EBS and the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. He started his work at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Decentralisation (now MIA) as Treasurer. Later he moved up to become Council Clerk, working in various Councils until he was transferred to the Ministry Headquarters to work as Local Government Auditor. He was later appointed to the position of Senior Local Government Auditor, the position he held for many years, until his current appointment as Head of the Local Government Division.

Report on TUC Evaluation Discussed by MIA and KiLGA

(L-R) Andrew Antenucchi, Rikiaua Takeke and Teewa Tonaeaka,

12 June, 2017, Taborio – A report by Andrew Antenucchi, AVI Technical Assistant who was tasked to undertake an organization review of TUC with focus on the staff capacity, revealed that there is a lot that needs to be done to improve the way the Council is structured and to make the staff more competent and fruitful in their assigned tasks.

Key Outcomes of the 2nd Executive Board 21st June, TUC

Members of KiLGA’s Executive Board

The KiLGA’s Executive Board (EB) Meeting was attended by all members, except Mayor Bakaia Kiabo from Kiritimati. These were Mayors Taoaba Kaiea (Chairman), Tauia V. Taoaba (Deputy Chairman), Tebabura Tanaua, Teepa Manaia, Tabukirake Baraniko and Mote Terukaio.
The following are some of the key decision and information from the meeting:-
1. Sub-lease for KiLGA’s Office in Bairiki – A cabinet paper seeking the sublease will be submitted to the new Minister. This was endorsed by the EB.
2. Training for Deputy Clerks – The EB was advised that MIA has received UNDP funding for government-seconded staff stationed at the Councils, and there are plans to allocate some for the Council staffs’ training. KiLGA had earlier obtained the EB’s approval to focus training for 2017 on Deputy Clerks, Carpenters, Financial staff and Guesthouse Caretakers.

KiLGA & Island Stationery Discuss Bulk Purchase Collaboration

Tuesday, 13 June, 2017, KiLGA’s Office – The Manager of Island Stationeries, Burentoun, had a meeting with Cllr: Romano Reo, (volunteer Technical Assistant to KiLGA), when they discussed how the two organisations can work together to supply Councils with their stationery and office supplies orders.
The company is happy to offer good deals to KiLGA for stationery, office equipment and other requirements and orders from the Councils and to use the freight levy facility to deliver the items to the Councils timely and at no cost, where possible.
The Executive Board has been briefed on this and advised that the Procurement Act should be used to guide the arrangements with Island Stationery and other suppliers.

Burentoun of ‘Island Stationery’, (left), shaking hands with Romano Reo.

Maiana MP and Councillor from Bubutei Visit KiLGA

7 June, KiLGA Office – The Member of Parliament from Maiana, MP Kaure Babo, visited KiLGA’s office, accompanied by one of the Councillors from Bubutei South Ward, Cllr. Taraniman Areieta. The MP and Cllr. Taraniman made a request to KiLGA to visit their island and provide capacity building for the newly-elected Council members on their roles and responsibilities, especially those that would assist with the development of the island. The Executive Office of KiLGA thanked the MP and Councillor for their request and informed them that capacity building for Council leaders is a very important part of KiLGA’s roles and that funding will be sought to allow for the training to take place in the near future.

MP Kaure Babo of Maiana

Obituary: Mayor Rakunoua Tiota of Maiana

On 21st of June, 2017, Mayor Rakunoua Tiota, passed away from an illness, at the Nawerewere hospital. The Mayor was into his second terms as Head of the Maiana Council.
A special flight allowed his body to be returned to Maiana to be given a proper traditional funeral among his people and to be buried in his home soil.
Rakunoua Tiota, was born on 20 August, 1959, on Maiana. He had his Primary education at Tion Otang Primary school on the island and, from 1972, attended SDA Kauma High School on Abemama.
He started work as a Policeman from 1976-81, then an Assistant Treasurer for the Maiana Council, later moving up the position of Deputy Clerk.

BPA Donated Books to the Betio Town Council

6th June, Mayors Office, BTC – Neeti Tekinene, on behalf of the BPA, donated books to the Betio Town Council Mayor, Tauia Viane Taoaba (pictured). The books included printed and exercise books. The Betio Joint-School Committee, comprising all schools on Betio have agreed to give these to St. Patrick College.

Neeti Tekinene (left) handing over books to BTC Mayor Tauia Viane Taoaba

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