Kiribati government

Kiribati government hits out at 'irresponsible' foreign journalists

The Butiraoi sunk near the island of Nonouti last month, and is estimated to have killed anywhere between 80 and 100 people. Only seven people survived.

Two organisations, the ABC and New Zealand's Newshub, attempted to send journalists to cover the aftermath and the investigations, but they were prevented from doing so.

The Kiribati government says the journalists were not banned, but had permit issues.

The government said the ABC had applied for a special permit, but this was on hold because the government was reviewing and finalising its permit guidelines.

Kiribati govt to look into expensive domestic air fares

MP Uriam Tirae Iabeta asked the government during question time about the high cost of airfares from remote Teraina or Washington Island to Kiritimati.

He pointed out that government was subsidizing the route and asked for a review and whether cheaper fares were possible.

The minister for transport, Willie Tokataake, told the Maneaba ni Maungatabu, or parliament, that the fares were set by Air Kiribati but that his ministry would look into the matter.