Climate induced migration focus of Kiribati conference

The country's foreign affairs secretary, Akka Rimon, says the meeting is the outcome of recent talks between President Anote Tong and Monaco's Prince Albert II.

He says Prince Albert, the leaders and representatives of Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands, the Maldives, and Tokelau, as well as representatives from 17 United Nations agencies are expected to attend.

Mr Rimon says the meeting will highlight the impacts of climate change and ways affected countries plan to deal with climate induced migration with dignity.

Kiribati President commends Fiji on climate change leadership

In an exclusive interview with FBC News, President Anote Tong says he will be convening an extraordinary meeting with other Pacific island countries to discuss the issue of climate induced migration.

“Fiji has been the one country that’s been the most forthcoming and I think it’s challenging every other country. I think this is the kind of response that has been sadly lacking in the past. There has been no leadership of this and Fiji is taking leadership”.

The recent deportation of Kiribati national Ioane Teitiota from New Zealand last week has had a rippling effect.

Kiribati refugee offer home in East Timor

Dr Ramos-Horta, who is now a United Nations special representative, says its sad New Zealand, a country he admires, is so heartless to deport “climate change refugee” Ioane Teitiota.

The 39-year-old was deported on Wednesday after the government refused to intervene in his long-running case.

Dr Ramos-Horta asked for a way to contact Teitiota in a post on his Facebook page during the weekend.

“I am happy to welcome this first ever climate refugee in my country; he and family are welcome.

Kiribati migration "a generation away"

The Commonwealth gold medal winning weightlifter says it will be scary for the Kiribati family being deported from New Zealand after losing a bid to be declared climate change refugees.

He says it is hard to live in the country which has a grim future and the children will find it scary when the ocean comes and covers the land.

He says the case has helped get the message out about the effects of climate change even though it was not successful.

Not time to leave Kiribati yet says former president

The government MP says he is working hard on issues like overpopulation to help Kiribati people stay where they are.

Tabai's comments come as New Zealand deported a Kiribati man who failed to get climate change refugee status.

He says he can understand why the family wanted to stay in New Zealand because Kiribati faces many problems.

"Sure, it's hard living, it's a hard place to survive but it's still a place to belong to and we have to make it work."

Tabai says the government wants to fight it out to ensure Kiribati people don't have to leave the country.

Kiribati family 'terrified' of going home

Ioane Teitiota has been fighting against deportation since 2011 but is due to be deported tomorrow. His wife and three children will follow a week later.

Mr Teitiota's lawyer Michael Kidd told Checkpoint the family was petrified.

He said there was a community meeting last night attended by 500 and the focus of concern was on the three children.

"Who are going back to king tides that wash through the whole place and water that's polluted by both sea water and human faeces."

Kids of climate change refugee face deportation

Ioane Teitiota is currently being held in Mt Eden Prison awaiting deportation after being picked up by Immigration officers on Tuesday morning, after his bid to claim climate change refugee status was dismissed.

Immigration New Zealand said Mr Teitiota's wife and three children, who don't have citizenship, have also been served with deportation orders and it "will be engaging with them to facilitate their departure."

It has also been granted a warrant to keep Mr Teitiota in custody until Monday when a bail hearing will be held to decide whether he should stay in jail.

Kiribati's Tong slams Dutton over joke

On Friday, Mr Dutton was making small talk with Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who had just returned from the Pacific Islands Forum in Papua New Guinea.

Noting that a meeting was running late, Mr Dutton remarked it was running to Cape York time, to which Mr Abbott replied: We had a bit of that up in Port Moresby.

Mr Dutton then quipped: Time doesn't mean anything when you're about to have water lapping at your door, a comment caught on a television microphone.

COP our last hope - Kiribati

This week its President Anote Tong told LOOP news the World Climate Change Meeting in Paris at the end of this year would be their last chance to get the world to listen to them.

He had hoped for Australia and New Zealand to make new commitments at the Pacific Island Forum meeting this week but  this did not happen 

 "Whether we accept it or not is a different question," he said.

“Those islands barely 2m above sea level were the ones on the "frontline" dealing with the issues of climate change,” he said.

Kiribati President Tong warns of split in Forum over climate change

Anote Tong, president of Kiribati, a member of the 16-member Pacific Islands Forum, told journalists who are in Port Moresby to cover the Forum Leaders summit that changes in Forum membership may be the way out of getting a uniform position on climate change.

Either Australia leave the Forum, or countries like his and perhaps that of the six other members of the Forum's smaller island states (SIS) exit the Forum membership.