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This Web site has been developed by an I-Kiribati (Kiribati person) for the people of Kiribati, friends of Kiribati and as an aid to visitors who are always most welcome. It is also for those friends wishing to find out a little more about the Republic of Kiribati (formerly the Gilbert Islands - including Banaba - as well as the Line Islands and Phoenix Group).

Scattered over a vast expanse of the Central Pacific Ocean, the Republic of Kiribati in Micronesia lies astride the Equator and comprises thirty-three islands each of which with its own unique culture, customs, rituals, history, myths and legends and lifestyle.


The name "Kiribati" is the local language equivalent of the word "Gilberts" and is pronounced "Ki-ri-bas."

The Republic of Kiribati, covering the total area of about 5 million square kilometres, is made up of three groups of islands:

1. Gilbert Group (Kiribati) - 16 islands or atolls, as well as Banaba (Ocean Island), about 400 kilometres south-west of  Tarawa, capital of the Republic of Kiribati; from north to south, the islands are: Makin, Butaritari, Marakei, Abaiang, Tarawa, Maiana, Abemama, Kuria, Aranuka, Nonouti, Tabiteuea, Beru, Nikunau, Onotoa, Tamana and Arorae


2. Line Islands (Republic of Kiribati), (The Northern Equatorial Islands) - eight islands, 2400 kilometres east of Kiribati and include the unique and beautiful Kiritimati (Christmas Island, the world's largest atoll in land area), Fanning Island (Tabuaeran) and Millennium Island (formerly Caroline Island) so named as it was the first to greet the dawn of the new millennium (check out Kiribati 2000 and Kiribati 2000 Part 2);


3. Phoenix Group (Republic of Kiribati) - eight islands, 1120 kilometres E.S.E.of Kiribati and include Canton Island (Kanton), Gardner Island (Nikumaroro) and Hull Island (Orona).


Please come with me on a journey to the beautiful and enchanting islands of the Republic of Kiribati. This can easily be undertaken by clicking on any of the Maps provided above, as well as the Links on the Menu to the left. For new visitors it will be the trip of a lifetime, and for old friends it will be a journey to remember and treasure once more.

Also included is information on accommodation and travel to/from and within the Republic of Kiribati.

A Chat Room and The Republic of Kiribati Web Forum have been made available for the use of all welcome visitors. Should you require further information about the Republic of Kiribati and for comments about the content of this Web site, feel free to contact me at or use either our Message Board (below) or The Republic of Kiribati Web Forum - ara maneaba ni maroro! Kam bati n rabwa ao Ti a boo moa! - Thank you very much and Goodbye for now!

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Aerial photograph of Kiribati Parliament House, Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati
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By Jane Resture
Like a shimmering string of pearls on a clear blue sea         
So strong and yet so delicate you mean so much to me         
I miss those coral atolls where gentle breezes flow         
A land of remarkable people where friendships seem to grow.         
Kiribati, Abara Kiribati I always think of you         
Wherever I may travel across the sea so blue         
And deep inside me I know that it will be         
Kiribati, Abara Kiribati you always think of me.         
Your sons and daughters travel away to distant lands         
They leave their homes and families so that they will understand         
To study truth and knowledge in sadness and in pain and then         
Kiribati, Abara Kiribati you welcome them home again.         
Kiribati, Abara Kiribati may Godís blessings be on you         
To give you strength and courage to see the future through         
And may our blessed people hold their heads up high         
Kiribati, Abara Kiribati I will love you till I die.         

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Immaculate Heart College students (the rest of the students are not  seen in the above picture as they are to the right), Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) Sisters, and invited Australian Sacred Heart priest, Father Dwyer, at the main stadium, Bairiki, Tarawa, Kiribati.  *Jane Resture, holding the College banner, is to the right (in the picture) of Father Dwyer.

*The above picture of Jane Resture was very important to Jane as it was taken only a few minutes before the arrival of H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who represented his wife, Queen Elizabeth II who could not make it to Tarawa, Gilbert Islands (Republic of Kiribati) at that important time. Jane was also the very first person here at the main Stadium, Bairiki (capital of Tarawa), to be introduced to H.R.H. Prince Philip by her dear Uncle Frank Pasefika (Pacific Frank Restieaux-Resture) who accompanied and introduced the Prince to her. At that time, Prince Philip had just arrived on Bairiki, Tarawa, before his important visit to Christmas Island (Kiritimati, Line Islands) on Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia. The Prince was later introduced to Father Dwyer, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Sisters (Australians) and a Gilbertese (I-Kiribati) Sister (above picture). Jane well remembers Prince Philip's firm handshake, his short conversation with her and ready smile when she was introduced to him and how splendid and very handsome he looked in his white uniform. To this day, Jane still remembers that important and memorable early evening and how fortunate she was to be part of this wonderful and happy occasion, particularly as this was Prince Philip's very first visit to Bairiki, Tarawa, the capital of the Gilbert Islands (Republic of Kiribati). 

Immaculate Heart College students at Teaoraereke, Tarawa, Kiribati.
The students are dressed in their yellow with blue trim Sunday
uniform, with hats! Jane Resture is at the centre of the back row.
 Image on Pacific Islands Monthly (PIM) Cover, 1969 - 1st from left - Louisa Murdoch:
2nd Nei Tarawa: 3rd Louisa Foua: 4th Rosa Muller: 5th Tetangi Pine: 6th Aonga Tili:
7th Taoati Tooki: 8th Taberauea Yeeting: 9th Lucy Muller: 10th Nei Nterei
Courtesy: Rust In Peace by Bruce Adams
Oceania Postcards and Pictures
(including Kiribati Pictures and Postcards)
On the 8th and 9th February 2005, king tides struck Kiribati with waves of up to 2.8 meters high reaching sea walls and damaging homes. A report from the environmental group, Greenpeace, has indicated that a number of villages suffered major damage with drinking water and farms contaminated by salt water. The report also indicated that Betio hospital has been flooded.
A Kiribati family living next to the sea re-enforce their property with a sea
wall made of sand bags to stop the 'king tides' from eroding their land
Click on the above image for more images courtesy of Greenpeace
Oceania and Global Warming - Causes and Effects
Oceania and Global Warming (1) - Unnatural Disasters
Aspects of Global Warming (Oceania)
Oceania and Global Warming (Oceania)
  Our People on the Reef
       (towards lower part of page)
Christmas Island (Kiribati) Nuclear Tests
          Christmas Island Bombers (Kiribati)
          Christmas Island Bomber (Kiribati)
Vickers Valiant at Hendon
Living at Canton Island
 (Phoenix Group, Republic of Kiribati)
      Kiribati Cultural Traditions
    Kiribati - A Short History
Christmas Island (Kiribati) - Photographs 1 - Parts 1,2,3 (2005)
Click on the above Christmas Island (Kiritimati)
'Welcome' sign for a much larger image!
Politics in Kiribati
An Account of the Gilbert Islands
Banaba (Kiribati) - Aspects of History
Kiribati Protestant Church (KPC) Report
Bully Hayes - South Sea Pirate - Line Islands, Kiribati
Kiribati dancers, South Tarawa, Kiribati
Bathing lagoon, Christmas (Kiritimati) Island, Kiribati
Christmas Island, Line Islands, Kiribati - Operation Grapple 1957 (UK)
Kiribati & Tuvalu Association (KTA)
at the Great Dunmow Carnival 2004, Essex, UK
A 1957 image taken on the airfield at Christmas Island (Kiritimati),
Line Islands, Republic of Kiribati, during Operation Grapple {UK}
Photo: Courtesy of Ian Green
Kiribati and Tuvalu Association (KTA) - Annual Reunion 2004
Kiribati dancers, Christmas Island (airport)
Line Islands, Republic of Kiribati
Kiribati singers and two of their guests at airport, Christmas Island
Kiribati singers and dancers welcome visitors
to Fanning Island, 25th February 2004

Images of Kiribati New Parliament House
Jane Resture's Oceania Page
Jane's Oceania Travel Page
Speech By
Teburoro Tito, Former President, Kiribati, At
UN Special Session On Children


Pacific Islands Radio Stations
Kiribati News and Links

Issue No. 7, November 2001

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NEW YORK, 8 September 2000

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My Being I-Kiribati/Oceania


Like a blue silk ribbon floating
In a vast expanse of sea
Fringed by white sand beaches
With a covering of trees.
They say the sea will one day claim
Our beautiful Island chain
Where palm trees grow and children play
Nothing will remain?
Will our culture all be lost?
And nothing be left there
Of the land we love out in the sea
And our beautiful mwaie.
But if it is the good Lordís will
That we should float away
The spirit of our people
Will live on another day.
Our culture lives within us
The sea, the earth and the sky
Within the hearts and minds of our people
Kiribati will never die.

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The following poem was inspired in this case by the frigate bird, as shown on our Republic of Kiribati national flag, flying over the ocean to the backdrop of a tropical sunrise. The frigate bird carries messages from place to place and symbolises freedom and power. Looking at the Republic of Kiribati flag, the seventeen rays of the sun represent the seventeen islands of the Gilbert Group including Banaba. The three waves in the lower half of the flag stand for the Gilberts, Phoenix and Line Island Groups. The vast ocean over which the bird is flying is a reminder that Kiribati is a sea territory with far more water than land.
In making a wish upon the frigate bird and the flying fish, it is hoped that they will carry a message of peace from place to place both over and under the vast Pacific Ocean. It is also hoped that this message is one which will allow the people of the Republic of Kiribati, including Banaba, as well as the rest of the world, to live in peace, prosperity and harmony.
My Wish
Jane Resture
The frigate bird
The flying fish
It is time for us
To make a wish
And I wish for the sunrise
To be beautiful each time
With days that are perfect
And nights so sublime
And I wish for the sunset
To be like a long red sail
Each and every day
And you and I will always stay
Whatever we wish
Will surely come true
And I wish for happiness
For me and you
And I wish for the world
To live in peace
To live and love as one
To a simple beat
And I wish for us all
To have our lives full of love
Full of joy and happiness
And eternal love
(E-mail: -- Rev. 22nd May 2016)