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Life In Early Days

Posted by Bwena on April 29, 2017 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Men sang with cutting knives

High on tops of coconut trees

Sweat falling like raindrops

Early in the morning

Like waves rolling in and out.

Women lit fire with handful

Of merry and caring

Boiled toddy to make 'kateete' and 'kaboreere'

Weaving mats under a pandanus hut

When the lamp gives enough

Light before the new day born.

Children collected firewoods

As others pulled out 'bero' fruits

For di...

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Iai te bwai arei

Posted by Amota Eromanga on April 3, 2017 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Aikai 2 mai ibuakon taian kamwaninga (riddles ke puzzles) ake a rangi ni kakabonganaki irouia ataei ma ikawai iaon aban nako Kiribati. Ko na boni bae ni kaman atai rekeia - ngkai te kantaninga bwa ko a boongata n ongoongo mai mwaina. Ma ngkana tao a boou iroum ao kata rakem iai. Butiia ataein batam bwa a na buokiko :).

1. Iai te bwai arei te bwai arei, ngkana e ioioaki bwarana ao e a bwaka naba te karau. Tera?

2. Iai te bwai arei te bwai arei, n te ingabong ao e nakonak...

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Insect of death

Posted by Amota Eromanga on March 30, 2017 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Two kids played among the plants just beside the road. They came across a green flying insect on one of the leaves. The girl quickly got hold of it. She was about to finish it when...

Boy:- Don't kill that insect or your father will die!

Girl:- My father died years ago.

Boy:- Well then, let the insect live and in return, you'll get a new dad.

Girl:- True? I think I like that.

Several da...

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Aran te reirei ae boou

Posted by Amota Eromanga on March 30, 2017 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Aran ngkoa te reirei are i tabon Takoronga i Betio bon Takoronga Primary School. Bon anne arana ae bati n kinaaki iai n ririki aika a bati. Ma e a manga bitaki arana nakon DaiNippon Primary School imwiin bobongan te DaiNippon Causeway are imarenan Betio ma Bairiki.

Bon te bwai ae moan te kakawaki bitakin aran te reirei aingaia are e a kaman karaoa ana katauraoi te reirei aio imwaain te botaki ni katokaara. Taiani marooro, kamataku ma te amwarake a kaman tia aron baireaia. Irua...

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Swearing letter

Posted by Amota Eromanga on March 2, 2017 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Inside the classroom, a teacher helps pupils on pronouncing letter Q properly.

Teacher: Class, say after me Q
Class: Q
Teacher: Again Q
Class: Q

Teacher notices that Little Taata is the only one who says nothing. 

Teacher: Taata, say after me Q
Taata: No, I won't say it
Teacher: Why?
Taata: I promised Mum not to swear

(Letter Q and the Kiribati word 'kiu' (person's bottom) sound the same)

Overseas to Overfence

Posted by Amota Eromanga on February 4, 2017 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

One day, someone in the family was sick therefore a 9 year old boy was sent to call the Medical Assistance (MA) for help.


Arriving at the MA’s home, the boy called out, “Where’s the MA? Someone’s sick and needs help.”


“Sorry, he left yesterday. He went overseas!” said the wife.


The boy nodded then went back home. On his way he kept saying, “Overseas, overseas, overseas, ...” The wor...

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The story of Nei Takarara

Posted by Amota Eromanga on October 13, 2016 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

As the big tree known as 'Te Kaintikuaba' finally collapsed, Nei Takarara left the tree and went to the island of Nabanaba. She brought the seed of the tree with her. Arriving at Nabanaba, two men - Tauaba and Nakekea - met and married her. Nei Takarara soon gave birth to a daughter whom she named Tekanuea.

There was also a man by the name of Tearikintarawa who lived on the island of Tarawa. With him were his wife, Nei Tarawa, and only daughter Nei Terieri. Everyday, Nei Teri...

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Christmas Holiday for Tina

Posted by Amota Eromanga on October 13, 2016 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

She couldn't believe her ears when her mother told her that she was going to Maiana, her home-island, to spend Christmas with her grandparents. Tina, the only daughter of Timau and Nei Rite, had always wanted to visit another island but her parents never allowed it. Now she had completed Year Two at KGV & EBS and her grandparents had asked her parents to allow her to come for Christmas.

Her first few days with her grandparents were a bit boring because she spent most of he...

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Why the sky is far away?

Posted by Amota Eromanga on October 1, 2016 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Long ago the sky was close to the earth. Men and women did not have to plant their own food or go fishing. Instead, when they were hungry, they just reached up and broke off a piece of the sky and eat. Sometimes the sky tasted like ripe pandanus. Other times it tasted like fried fish. The sky was always delicious.


People in the village spent their time playing sports and dancing. At night they sang songs and told stories. The island king, Ueantabo, had a wonderful island. ...

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Children of Kiribati

Posted by Bwena on September 10, 2016 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Children of Kiribati 

Wherever you are

Stay calm, work hard and face challenges

Dad says life is just like that.

Children of Kiribati

Wherever you are

Stay together, work together to overcome challenges

The government says life is challenging.

Children of Kiribati 

Wherever you are

Be happy, be grateful and be thankful

Cause life is precious.

Children of Kiribati


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