Nauru observes public holiday to celebrate Ibumin Earoeni

The public holiday was declared by President Russ Kun for 7am to 5pm in celebration of Ibumin Earoeni.

A statement said released by the government said “Pursuant to the powers in that behalf vested in me under Section 81 1(k), of the Public Service Act 2016, I, HON. RUSS JOSEPH KUN, MP, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAURU, DO HEREBY, declare Monday 21st August, 2023 from 7.00am to 5.00pm to be observed by the officers and employees of the Public Service and its instrumentalities in Celebration of Ibumin Earoeni Day (Day of the Tribes).”

Nauru’s Winzar Kakiouea to make his debut at the 2023 World Athletics Championships

Winzar Kakiouea will be flying the nation’s flag and also making his debut.

The debutant has previously represented Nauru at the 2019 Area Championships as an u20 and will be proudly representing Nauru in the 100m Prelims in Budapest.

The 100m Prelims will be held on Saturday, 19 August.


Nauru Government focuses on migration of people to higher ground

This is after the Department of Climate Change and National Resilience officially launched the Higher Ground Initiative master plan on 4 August.

The statement issued by the government said “The master plan details Nauru’s first smart village, addressing socio-economic and environmental issues, through long-term planning of the migration of people and vital infrastructure to higher ground.”

In his speech, Minister for DCCNR Rennier Gadabu said “phosphate mining brought the country an income but it left us with land where we could not build; that is changing”.

Nauru’s Financial Intelligence Unit discusses evaluation report with stakeholders

A statement issued by the government said “The mutual evaluation report will be a comprehensive review of Nauru’s measures in combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism.”

“In preparation for this, the FIU held the meeting with private sector stakeholders, giving the participants the opportunity to address issues in relation to financial accountability and to offer recommendations for further steps.”

It is expected that the evaluation will be carried out later this year by assessors from the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering.


Nauru prohibits exportation of AUD$5,000 cash or more

Minister of Finance and Sustainable Development, Martin Hunt has made the following order in Section 92(3) of the Customs Act 2014.

Hunt also confirmed the exportation of the following amount or more can only be made possible by a written approval of the Chief Collector of Customs.

A statement issued by the government said “That the exportation by a person whether on his or her person, by luggage or cargo of cash the sum in Australian Dollars of $5,000 or more, is prohibited, unless the written approval of the Chief Collector of Customs has first been obtained.”

Climate Change Awareness workshop held in Nauru

A statement issued by the government said the awareness was on the impacts of climate change on selected sectors of the economy and adaptation measures for the country.

“The technical assistance provided by CCFAH is to enhance institutional capacity for improved access to climate finance and meet priority needs for Nauru and secure sustainable development.”

Nauru’s World War 2 UXO bomb successfully diffused

A statement issued by the government said “The cordon has been lifted and the main road is accessible.”

Residents have also been advised that they are now allowed to return home.

“Thank you to the community for complying with the precautions and restrictions.”

“Many thanks to the Australian Defence Force and immediate agencies Nauru Police Force and the Australian Federal Police for a successful mission God bless Nauru and Australia,” the statement reads.


Schools to be used as evacuation centres in Nauru

The Department of Education has confirmed that the school buildings will be used as evacuation shelters for people leaving the exclusion zone to ensure the safety of students and staff operations in Aiwa are being carried out.

A large WW2 UXO (bomb) was found in Aiwo District and it will be disarmed and made safe today.  


Nauru’s Department of Sport Anti-doping unit hosts training for local sporting federations

The training is facilitated by the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organization and will run for four days commencing Monday 17th to Thursday 20th July held at the Sport Complex.

A statement said “Siniva Masters added that they are here to facilitate, organise more education and training awareness around Anti-Doping as well as clean sport to protect athletes here on the island.”

“The National Federation from the Nauru Olympic Committee has volunteered to support the clean sport movement to prepare athletes to get a better understanding of the process.”

Large WW2 UXO bomb found in Nauru

A statement said the bomb will be disarmed and made safe tomorrow, Thursday, 20 July.

“This procedure is very dangerous. To keep all residents safe, we ask that residents evacuate 2km away from the UXO (bomb) as directed by the Nauru Police Force.”

“If you live within the 2km zone you must evacuate. The evacuated area will include the Sport Complex and the Pacific Light House Church in Boe, the Wakka Store in Nibok, and all residences in Buada. Maps have been shared on the Government Information Office and the Nauru Police Force Facebook pages.”