Posts Tagged ‘Tuvalu’

Father Camille DesRosiers R.I.P. – 25 years the only priest in Tuvalu

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Legendary Marist missionary priest, Fr Camille DesRosiers (Fr Kamilo) died on 16 May St Augustin Quebec Canada. He spent 25 years as the only priest in Tuvalu, which is about two hours, by air, north of Fiji. In 2010 Tuvalu’s population of 8,357. When Kamilo arrived in 1986 there were just 26 Catholics and when retired Read more

Tuvalu family wins NZ residency appeal because of climate change

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

A Tuvalu family has won an appeal to stay in New Zealand after they claimed they would be affected by climate change if they went home. This is the first successful application for residency on humanitarian grounds in New Zealand that has featured climate change. The Immigration and Protection Tribunal said the family has strong Read more

Tuvalu: “You can’t play rugby on a runway”

Friday, December 6th, 2013

On my recent visit to the Pacific island of Tuvalu, I was intrigued to discover its unusual sporting story. When the sun sinks, and the baking heat subsides, the 1.7km airplane runway in the capital Funafuti comes to life as the main sports ground on the island with games of football and volleyball taking place Read more

Water Shortage – Uniting Church support for Tuvalu

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The Australian Uniting Church support for Tuvalu  is being provided through partnership with Christian Church of Tuvalu and in close contact with church leaders in Tuvalu. The population of Tuvalu is 11,500. The Church of Tuvalu is by far the largest church, 97% of the population. Besides the small Catholic Church, less than 0.5%, there are Read more

Severe drought in the Pacific Islands

Friday, October 7th, 2011

A severe drought in the Pacific Islands has created a critical water shortage. The island groups of Tuvalu and Tokelau have declared emergencies, relying on bottled water and seeking more desalination machines. Parts of Samoa are starting to ration water. Six months of low rainfall have dried out the islands. Climate scientists say it’s part Read more

“Environmental refugees” unacceptable label

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Thousands of people have to flee their homes in the Pacific every year due to natural disasters. It is important to have comprehensive policies and legislation in place that ensures the rights of internally displaced persons are respected at all times, stated the organisers of a conference and workshop on human rights and disaster-induced displacement. Read more