Nauru






Culture Name

Nauruan is the indigenous name used on official documents. Politically, the country is called the Republic of Nauru (RON).

Alternative Names

Pleasant Islander. Other spellings have appeared, such as Naoero on the national crest.

Orientation

Identification. The name Pleasant Island was used by the first Europeans in reference to the lush vegetation and friendly inhabitants. Nauruans are attempting to recreate that image after the devastation left by phosphate mining.

Location and Geography. Nauru is a single, almost circular island, 37 miles (60 kilometers) south of the equator. It is over 185 miles (300 hundred kilometers) from its nearest neighbor, Ocean Island, and nearly 500 miles (800 kilometers) from Kiribati to the east and the Marshall Islands to the northeast. The Solomon Islands are 744 miles (1,200 kilometers) to the southwest. Topographically, Nauru is shaped like a hat, with a coastal fringe forming the brim and the raised interior forming the crown. The interior, known as Topside, makes up four-fifths of the island; it has been mined for phosphate, and now is an almost impassable area of calcite pinnacles. Buada lagoon is in the raised interior. The island covers a total area of 13 square miles (21 square kilometers). The island is a raised reef consisting of calcite and phosphate on a volcanic base. Nauru has very steep sides that drop down to the ocean floor. This has made anchorage for shipping difficult and necessitated the use of a special mooring device.

Demography. The population has been estimated to be over nine thousand, of which indigenous Nauruans account for about six thousand. In the 1992 census, the population was projected to reach 8,100 by 1996, with a growth rate of 4.3 percent. The remainder of the population includes Pacific islanders from Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Fiji, along with Chinese, Filipinos, Indians, Australians, and New Zealanders. The population is relatively young, with 66 percent of the people under age 24. Population growth has been a major concern throughout the twentieth century. Attempts to reach a total of 1,500 were set back by the influenza epidemic of 1919, but that figure was reached in 1932, a date that now is celebrated as a national holiday. However, the population was severely reduced by starvation, disease, and bombing during World War II. In 1943, of the 1,201 Nauruans deported to Truk by the Japanese, 464 died, leaving 737 to return on 31 January 1946. The population reached 1,500 again in 1950 and has continued to grow. The nation continues to espouse a positive population policy. A very small proportion of Nauruans live overseas, but many visit Australia, New Zealand, and other countries for purposes of work or education or to visit family, and return home.

Linguistic Affiliation. Nauruan is classified as a Micronesian language but does not fit easily within subgroupings of Austronesian languages. It shares some words with Kiribati but is recognized as standing alone. Nauruans are writing their own dictionary. All Nauruans speak English as well as their own language.

Symbolism. The frigate bird is a major symbol; it is found on the fin of Air Nauru planes and appears as the official logo. The crest consists of two palm trees encircling an orb that includes a Christian cross above a resting frigate bird and a flower. Above the orb is a twelve-pointed star representing the twelve tribes of Nauru. Beneath the orb are the words "God's Will First," indicating the Christian basis of the community's way of life. Phosphate has become another symbol, forming the basis of the nation's wealth.

Nauru
Nauru

History and Ethnic Relations

Emergence of the Nation. In 1968, Nauru took over the management of its people and affairs when independence was granted by the trusteeship committee of the United Nations. It took over the running of the phosphate mines in 1970 after paying $13.5 million (U.S.) to the British Phosphate Commission. Those two assertions of social and economic self-reliance released Nauruans from the dominance of outsiders who had exploited the phosphate and the people for seventy years. Mining for phosphate, which dominated Nauruan history in the twentieth century, began when the Pacific Phosphate Company based in Sydney found high-grade phosphate in 1906. This mineral was used to fertilize pasture in Australia and New Zealand. Control passed from Pacific Phosphate to the British Phosphate Commission (BPC) in 1919. BPC was owned by Australia, Great Britain, and New Zealand. In addition to running the mine, Australia became the administering authority under a League of Nations mandate after World War I. Thus, the lives of Nauruans became inextricably tied to Australia and BPC until they achieved independence in 1968. The mine was run using laborers from China and the Pacific islands, particularly Kiribati and Tuvalu. Nauruans chose not to work in the mine other than to hold administrative positions in the 1950s and 1960s. Today most of the administrators are Nauruan, and labor is brought in on contract from the Philippines and India as well as from Kiribati and Tuvalu. World War II left a major mark on the history of Nauru. In 1942, the Japanese invaded, bringing some seven thousand men and military installations and building three runways. Two-thirds of the population was deported to Truk, an atoll to the north, where one-third died of starvation and disease. Those left on Nauru suffered severe privation, including starvation and bombing by the Americans for two years. When Australian forces reclaimed Nauru at the end of the war, the island was a mass of military litter, almost totally lacking in food supplies.

In the 1800s, the island had been a playground for whalers and beachcombers who left behind many English-sounding surnames, as well as guns and gin that added to the damage caused by mining. Nauruans want to rehabilitate the island so that they can use the interior four-fifths that has been mined out. Rehabilitation will be funded by 1993 payments of $120 million by Australia and $12 million each by Great Britain and New Zealand as compensation for mining damage before 1968.

National Identity. National identity as Nauruan remains very strong. It can be claimed only by those born of a Nauruan mother. All Nauruans are registered at birth, or shortly thereafter in the Births Deaths and Marriages register of the Nauru government, under their mother's clan. Failure to register a child as Nauruan eliminates that person from the entitlements of being Nauruan, particularly access to land rights, and to shares in phosphate revenue. A child of a Nauruan father, but whose mother is of another nationality must seek special permission to be registered as Naruan.

Ethnic Relations. Ethnic relations between Naruans and other groups brought into the small island, such as Chinese, Filipinos, Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Fijians are marked by clear distinctions—the latter are grouped as Pacific Islanders. Each group is known for its particular place in the phosphate industry, and for the lifestyle adopted in Nauru. For example, the Kiribati men have brought their small canoes, from which they fish to sell to nauruans. All other groups work for Nauruans in one way or the other.

Urbanism, Architecture, and the Use of Space

Nauru lacks an urban space. Eighty-five percent of the population lives on the narrow coastal strip, with the rest living around the Buada lagoon. All nine thousand inhabitants are crowded alongside the phosphate-processing facilities and the port, mainly in the southwest corner of the island. The airport runway takes up much valuable flat land. Virtually no land is used for agriculture. Until Top-side is rehabilitated, the expanding population will become increasingly crowded on the coastal strip. Before mining commenced, the people of Nauru used the interior of the island as a means of crossing from one coast to the other and as a source of food and recreation. The government intends to return Nauru to its status as Pleasant Island with vegetation and places for recreation.

Food and Economy

Food in Daily Life. Almost all food is imported, with the exception of fish caught by Kiribati fishermen. Nauru provided pandanus and fish in premining times, and these were eaten with coconut meat. In times of drought, food shortages could last for two or more years. As a result of mining revenues, the people have a variety of supermarket foods, from turkey to milk. Rice is the basic staple, and fish with rice is the ideal meal. This diet is said to contribute to a high rate of obesity, which often is a precursor to diabetes.

Basic Economy. Phosphate revenues are the mainstay of the economy, together with investments made with revenues earned from earlier mining activities. An average per capita income of $14,400 (U.S.) per year covers up the two extremes: those who have a large number of investments offshore and those who have barely enough to live on. Nauru is an expensive place to live, as almost all necessities have to be imported, although water is now obtained from a desalinization plant. Until the mid-1980s, Nauruans had a strong welfare economy in which housing, education, and health were provided and government scholarships were available for tertiary education overseas. Major cutbacks in social welfare provisions have forced people to buy the materials for their houses and rely more on their personal incomes. Nauru Trust Funds are another potential source of income for all citizens who are recognized landowners and members of Nauruan matrilineage. Five funds were set up between 1920 and 1968, but payments have not been forthcoming as the trustees and the government struggle to assess the amount of revenue in the funds. The Nauruan people will have to live off the proceeds of mining, which is almost finished. The government is looking for economic alternatives.

Social Stratification

Classes and Castes. Nauruans pride themselves on being a democratic society and denounce the two classes that formerly marked their society. The temonibe and amenengame classes consisted of the senior matrilineage as opposed to those in the junior matrilineages. These two classes were distinguished from the itsio, or slave class, which included those who arrived on Nauru from outside and had no land holdings. Heads of lineages were drawn from the temonibe class. A chiefly system instituted in 1927 was replaced in 1951 by the Nauru Local Government Council which consists of elected members.

Symbols of Social Stratification. Symbols of stratification are more latent than overt. Elites with large off-shore bank accounts are known by reputation, as it is not acceptable to flaunt wealth on the island. Trucks or motorbikes and large houses are the extent of manifestations of wealth.

Political Life

Government. Nauru is an active member of the South Pacific Forum and participates in the South Pacific Bureau of Economic Cooperation (SPBEC) and the Forum Fisheries Agency. As the chair of the forum in 1993, Nauru presented a strong case for sustainable development in the small Pacific island states. Its strength is derived from the struggles of its leaders to maintain recognition of Nauruans' rights in their own land. As early as 1921, concerns about Nauruans' returns from phosphate were raised by leaders such as Timothy Detudamo and Hammer de Roburt. Those leaders pressured the BPC and the Australian administration to grant greater shares of the phosphate returns to the Nauruan people and provide better living conditions. Administrative costs were taken out of phosphate profits rather than paid for by Australia as the administering authority under the League of Nations mandate. In 1927, the Australian administration instituted a system of chiefs for the twelve districts. In 1951, Nauruans chose to replace that structure by a more democratic elected body, the Nauru Local Government Council (NLGC), with elected councillors representing the districts. The NLGC was disbanded in 1992. The government now consists of a president

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visit Nauru. Great Britain helps fund rehabilitation for mining-damaged land.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visit Nauru. Great Britain helps fund rehabilitation for mining-damaged land.
and five cabinet ministers as well as a judiciary and a public service. Nauru maintains diplomatic relations with several countries. There is no military force.

Social Problems and Control. Drunk driving, particularly by young Nauruan men is a serious problem and the leading cause of death on the island. Families exercise social controls, though there is a police force for major social violations. Concerns about pay-outs from the Trust Funds led to a sit-in across the airport runway in 1993 at the time the Pacific Forum leaders were arriving. That reaction resulted in those women (it was a women's action) being fined, some lost their jobs, and the leaders were arrested. There is no jail as such on the island. Serious criminal offenders may be incarcerated in an Australian jail by arrangement.

Social Welfare and Change Programs

Nauruans grew up under a broad welfare system in which all their welfare needs were met. Those funds came from the Australian administering authority out of a special Nauru Trust Fund whose money came from phosphate profits. Housing, education, health care, and the public service were all paid for under this administrative account. That system was terminated in 1986, and older Nauruans are finding it hard to live under the new regime, especially those whose lands were mined early. Nauruans have been asking the government for money from the trust funds, and this has caused political antagonism.

Nongovernmental Organizations and Other Associations

Nongovernmental organizations are active mainly within church and youth activities. Both the Congregational and Catholic church have church committees amongst others that work with the Social Welfare department.

Gender Roles and Statuses

Division of Labor by Gender. A division of labor by gender is not easily defined. The matrilineal social system gives women a lot of power, so they lead behind the scenes, while men take the political roles in government. Civil Service consists of mostly male heads with women seeking these jobs in the past 20 years. Two of the diplomats in overseas postings have been women. Most of the primary school teachers are women, while men are active in phosphate management. The term "division of labor" is no longer appropriate.

Workers at a phosphate mine in Nauru. Phosphate revenues are the mainstay of the economy, however, the interior four-fifths of the island has been mined out.
Workers at a phosphate mine in Nauru. Phosphate revenues are the mainstay of the economy, however, the interior four-fifths of the island has been mined out.

The Relative Status of Women and Men.

Nauruans maintain social ties through the mother (matrilineal ties). Mothers are the anchor persons of kin groups and residential groups, and ties between sisters and brothers are strong. Women are the main care givers within and between households, but they have entered the workforce in considerable numbers in the last fifteen years. Men predominate in political affairs and all senior government positions. Only two women have shared political office at any one time. Male leadership has dominated Nauru's external affairs. Women are active in the National Council of Women and in church committees.

Marriage, Family, and Kinship

All Nauruans belong to a matrilineal group or clan. Each birth and death is publically identified by clan affiliation in a public document. That affiliation lasts the lifetime of the individual and is not altered by marriage. A marriage partner must be selected

Islanders with a tame frigate bird for catching fish. Almost all food is imported, with the exception of fish.
Islanders with a tame frigate bird for catching fish. Almost all food is imported, with the exception of fish.
from another clan. Marriage today is largely a Christian affair, though there are concerns that some young people are opting not to marry; their children belong to the mother's lineage. Households center on the mother, who takes care of and then is cared for by her children. The nominal head of the household is the male, but the decision-making head is the mother, who is largely responsible for economic management as well as social care. Land and other properties are inherited by both sons and daughters, but only daughters can pass on their rights to their children without seeking extended family consent. Modern properties such as motor-bikes are passed on within extended families. All Nauruans belong to a district. That affiliation is inherited through the mother or father but may be changed during a person's lifetime for political reasons. District affiliation includes responsibility for participating in district activities.

Socialization

Children belong to the mother's lineage but are cared for equally by their paternal kin. Adoptions, whether formal or informal, are fairly common. Children are indulged by Western standards; they can and do exercise a traditional right of demand for goods from the mother's brother. They are seldom left alone and form part of a large network of kin that extends around the island. A primary school is located in each village; from there students progress to government high school or the Catholic high school. A few are sent to Australia or New Zealand to study, especially if their parents received their secondary education overseas. Government scholarships for Nauruans are offered for tertiary study in Australia and New Zealand. The University of the South Pacific Extension Centre is offering opportunities for tertiary study.

Etiquette

Nauru is a Christian country so a prayer opens most gatherings. Children are expected to honor and respect their elders. Mothers are particularly honored. Dress is usually European. Many elements of Australian etiquette are followed as public practice.

Religion

Religious Beliefs. Christianity arrived in the 1880s, introduced by both a Catholic missionary and a Congregational minister. Those two religions dominate today. The Catholic Church provides a secondary school, while the Congregational Church, which is the national church, has a major church in the center of the downtown area and smaller churches in the districts. Timothy Detudamo translated the Bible into Nauruan in the 1930s. Before Christian beliefs arrived and mining destroyed Topside, Nauruans believed in the primordial establishment of the island by two spirits that came from Kiribati and were manifest in two rocks, one on either side of Topside. Those rocks have disappeared, along with many of the other useful aspects of Topside. Buada lagoon is another site of spiritual strength for some Nauruans.

Medicine and Health Care

Government concerns about health have led to programs of intervention, including encouraging more sports and physical activity by young people. Attempts are being made to reduce the high rate of road accidents, particularly among male motor-cyclists. High alcohol use also is being addressed by educational programs. Two hospital exist on the island. One is run by the government for Naurans and a separate facility is run by the Nauru Phosphate Corporation for its contract workers.

The Arts and Humanities

Nauruans have revived their interest in their history. The Department of Education is producing a history from a Nauruan perspective as well as a Nauruan dictionary. Writers are being encouraged, mainly through the USP Extension Centre on Nauru, to produce stories, poems, and songs. Throughout the twentieth century, poems were written to commemorate special events. Those poems recorded not just historical events but also the culture of Nauru.

The State of the Physical and Social Sciences

The project to rehabilitate the interior (Topside) has generated considerable interest in the plants and animals of the island. The Committee for Rehabilitation of Nauru consisted of Australians supported by AIDAB and Nauru, working alongside Nauruans. It encouraged a number of young people to share their interest in and knowledge about plants as well as understanding of the social dynamics of the island.

Bibliography

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——. "Social Fattening Patterns in the Pacific: A Nauru Case Study." In N. J. Pollock and I. de Garine, eds., Social Aspects of Obesity, 1995.

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—N ANCY J. P OLLOCK



User Contributions:

Josel Buada
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Sep 4, 2007 @ 4:16 pm
Hello,

I was trying to trace my family tree and my last name, and I was directed to Buada Lagoon. Is there any way I can trace my ancestors as Naruan?
Anna W.
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Apr 13, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
Hello. I am Chinese and currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. I spent 6 years of my childhood on Nauru Island in the mid- and late 70s, where my father was working at the time. I attended the Nauru Primary School (all I can remember is it is next to a cemetery). I would like to connect with anyone (of any nationality/ethnicity) who was there around that time. Thank you.
Alphine Tevaga
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Sep 18, 2009 @ 4:16 pm
I am a Samoan girl, through reading about your culture details Its a well and firm culture values and aspects.
Katie Y.
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Oct 28, 2009 @ 8:20 pm
Hello, I am doing a class project on Nauru and I found this website very helpful, thank you so much for making this assignment a little easier.
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Mar 28, 2010 @ 9:09 am
This article told me alot on Nauru .It is a highly commendable and most carefully-written article.Before reading this article I read some pages on Nauru but it seems that this one is the summary of the others.I am in dire need of getting e-mails of some Nauruans.Whoever Nauruan reads my comment can cotact me by this email;hussenmuhamed@yahoo.com
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Apr 12, 2010 @ 2:14 pm
Hi my name is Clorinda and i am eighteen year old, I am still in school also i am senior. My school name is Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind.
Um i need know about kirbati island and how they set up marriage? can you tell me about that? so i need information for my class history so can you?
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May 3, 2010 @ 9:21 pm
I'M 20YRS OF AGE, PURE NAURUAN AND OF COZ I WAS BORN AND RAISED HERE IN NAURU AND YET WHEN I READ THROUGH THIS ARTICLE... IT MAKES ME WONDER IF I WAS REALLY BORN AND RAISED HERE..?! THANK YOU FOR PUBLISHING THIS ARTICLE...IT MAKES A CLEAR VIEW OF HOW LIFE BACK HERE HAS CHANGED FROM MANY YRS BACK ... HOW IT IS SO MUCH BETTER IN RECENT TIMES...
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Jun 5, 2010 @ 5:05 am
Im a nauruan (born and bred) i think this was accurate- however christianity is our national religion and does not specify a denomination. I am catholic and we make up almost half of the population. I dont think we have a "national" church...
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Nov 16, 2010 @ 5:17 pm
Hello, Me ans my friend james have been learning about nauru.Where Australian and we have found how much we have comman. We just cant find what do you do for your daily life.

Thanks and hope u can tell us bye :)
Tom
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Jan 18, 2011 @ 5:17 pm
Hello, I am Tom, 20 years and I am from Czech republic. Do you know this country?:) It is in the middle Europe. I love Nauru for many years and I want to write with somebody from Nauru.Does anybody want?Thanks for this website-it is great :) For example- I don´t know, that Prince Charles and El. visited the Nauru :) Here are very important informations.So bye and I hope that somebody want to write with me :)
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Jan 28, 2011 @ 8:08 am
Interesting article. I lived on Nauru in the 70's, went to Aiwo primary and then onto NSS. Lived in Meneng. I am from NZ. My family werent one of them that got greedy and destroyed your lovely island. Nauru back then was fantastic! Good times as a teenager growing up I can tell you. Free outdoor movies, 10cent bus trips, and sat matinees at the civic. Loved going to china town, and the infamous Star Twinkles restaurant. Ahh yes, good times, thank you Nauru. That is how I want to remember it. Cant believe its the same place! I often wonder if my old home is still standing. We lived right next door to government house. Well the back door of it lol. Loved to hear from anyone who shares the same interest.
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Mar 12, 2011 @ 5:17 pm
Hello,
I am a Vietnamese guy. I'm very interesting of studying about different people and culture of small ethnic group in the remote area in pacific osean like Nauru etc.. I wish to visit Nauru and other islands in Pacific osean.
I wish I can spend some time in Nauru sociaty for fews years.
I love Nauru.
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Mar 27, 2011 @ 5:05 am
Hello,

My mother is of Nauruan heritage so it was great to read this page - very accurate. Nauru is a small country with an even smaller population so it is great that people around the world can learn about the island. Feel free to e-mail if you have any questions! Thanks
ca.stclair@hotmail.com
Julia
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Apr 2, 2011 @ 4:16 pm
Thanks you helped me on my school report! Thanks again!
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Apr 11, 2011 @ 12:00 am
This article really help me with my school report... thanks to who wrote this:) by the way Im from Yap..
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Sep 19, 2011 @ 6:18 pm
everything is great except just one minor correction would be the photograph of the royal visit H.M. Queen Elizabeth...this pic was in Tuvalu
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Sep 20, 2011 @ 1:01 am
i want correct ... "pure nauruan". i'm sorry to say that all the nauruans now are mix. the last pure nauruan was an old man who live ijuw. sadly he married to a kiritati woman ... meaning that "pure nauruan" ended. this was 50 years ago or more. we are still nauruan but everything changed. our looks and colour of skin and even our language slowly changing too.
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Sep 25, 2011 @ 11:23 pm
My grandma is nauruan but my grandad is german,i was born and raise at homeland nauru i remember my childhood days where i wish we wud migrate to Germany but as an adult now i keep telling myself everyday how lucky i was to be a Nauruan. I am now working for the local media this article has says most about the island. i am thankfully proud dat nations outside are interested in our history lately the discovery of the hidden caves and the bones within it have brot more mysterious mystery dat r yet to be known of Nauru
Annie.J.K
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Sep 26, 2011 @ 9:09 am
Indeed, this article is interesting. A big thanks to the person who wrote this. I may not be pure Nauruan, but I'm still very proud of my small nation. I hope in future that the people of Nauru will be able to restore most of what we lost back in old days. I am part Marshallese, English & Nauruan. I never knew my culture that much because I was often out of the country. I would love to see people digging into our roots instead of phosphate. :)
This site was heaps of help for me. I am 12 years old, Year 6, in Holy Family Catholic School, and Nauru is my topic for Inquiry, part of the ELLI program. This website had more than enough information for me, so I am sure to get a really good grade for my project. To be honest, I never knew Nauru existed before my project, and now, I know just about everything there is to know!

Thank you guys so much!
Jack Hearts
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Nov 13, 2011 @ 2:02 am
where do i start... well firstly, i would like to thank the person who made this article. but im very intrested in 1 thing only and i hope u can help me with it... okay here it goes... im not nauruan, and either is my wife, but when our child is a nauruan (adopted from her mother). does that mean she has nauruan rights... could any nauruans or anyone who can help please contact me. my email is jdinheartm@gmail.com

P.S.
i can provide you with the parents names if needed
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Nov 20, 2011 @ 1:01 am
Hi to everyone from Nauru
i visit Nauru 1992.from Manila Philippines,and i stay at Mennen Hotel Only once in that time,.i was there to islands all round,and to get events in Sports,but it was not get at all,i am weary sorry about that,.i met staff from Nauru Consulate in Manila,.and as i know in that time some ex Yugoslavian pilots work for Air Nauru,.thinking to back weary soon,and have fun with sporting around,play Beach Soccer, Foot Volley,or Beach Hand Ball,to,.anyone interesting to share with me this idea,and play for fun,let me know,thank you
Nauru people are so friendly and hospitality,smile, enjoy, coming back to Nauru,to do the sporting events everyone can join,
ray
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Dec 22, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
How did Nauru get fresh water before the desalination plant?
cindre
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Feb 19, 2012 @ 10:22 pm
hello! im looking for some research on nauru culture and i would like to know who first saw nauru island and how did he finds it? im only 15 years of age now and i really want to know about my own culture ! and i think im the only one who's looking forward to know all about it!
Mark L FRANKLING
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Feb 29, 2012 @ 4:04 am
Hi Everybody!

My family lived on Nauru (1977-1981). We live at N.P.C Residential N° 78 just above the golf course. My father Roger Frankling was a "Stevedore Supervisor" / "Scuba Diver" employed by Nauru Phosphate corporation and worked at the Nauru Boat harbour. I went to school at Kayser / Aiwo primary schools and was in the same class as Marcus Stephens (Future President of Nauru). My Mother Lin Frankling was a kindergarten teacher at Location. As a "small boy" i had very good memories living on Nauru. If you google search FLICKR: MARK FRANKLING you will see a "great" selection of Historical & Personal photos in Black & White / Colour. (Nauru Album) I hope that you enjoy!!

Kind Regards

Mark FRANKLING [FRANCE] 2012
Akirika
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Jun 6, 2012 @ 9:21 pm
Hello:)

This website hepls me alot to find more information about my culture...
I'm from Nauru or Kiribati.. That the common name that we use it in our country..(kiribati).. But i think that Nauru is a different country..BUt i know that it is part of Kiribati..
Eilita
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Jul 6, 2012 @ 5:05 am
Hi all,

I was born on Nauru, mother is Nauruan, sister to Deigoub, Doidage,(both now deceased) Jacob and Demauw Bill. My father was Australian. I married an Australian. I haven't been back to Nauru since 1989, when my son was two years old, so it has changed somewhat. My mother (Eipum) and sister (Eilani) now live in Australia.
Loved the memories of the Bula Bar owned by my Uncle Deigoub and Aunty Ta, and going around the island in the landrover, plus flying with Air Nauru back in the good old days.
My sister still flies with the airline, now known as Our Airline.
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Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:05 am
Love the information in the article. My parents moved to Nauru in 1965 Where my father Captain George Fishwick become the Harbour Master. I spent the first ten years of my life there and they were the happiest years of my life ,exploring the reefs ,fishing, war relics ,hole in the wall,China town , the outdoor cinema, diving off the harbour wall, getting coconuts, mangos and pandana's off the trees.
Clive Cooper
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Sep 14, 2012 @ 9:21 pm
Hi Bruce

I was on Nauru in 1973 and knew your father well. Ray #23 you ask how Nauru got water before the desalination plant was built. It used to be brought to Nauru in the hull of phosphate ships. The water was pumped out before being loaded with phosphate for the return journey to Australia. A sample of the water was always tested by the pharmacist at the NPC Hospital to ensure it was safe to drink. (sometimes it was found unsafe and was rejected). I have an album of 70 odd photos in Flickr. If you did a Flickr search on (say) "Nauru 1973" you should be able to find the album.
Cheers
Elizabeth Onogwu-Ugah
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Oct 10, 2012 @ 8:08 am
Very informative article on Nauru. How do I reference this since the author has not provided full information on his or herself?
donlourd
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Dec 17, 2012 @ 9:09 am
Good day, i am a Filipino, my ancestors were Portuguese but i never been have any chance to go out abroad i love to care something work that is related in admissions both in local and religion activities.
Last day i got to know an old man came here just to avail a hotel room preferably they were a medical city hospital patients i heard the old man was a diabetic, we shared once thoughts and views i love to go in Nauru.
i am looking for a good guy, friend and could treat me there as their family, as so here i am living alone never been had a good family upbringing so i love living from place to place to earn a good living then God found me with my new found skill as
now i make bags, i design bags and i sell the bags at its cost so i am rightfully earning now a good life, a good chance.
i am also a Christian belongs to a baptist group here in my country.
As if i go in Nauru, i would share my skills in bags industry i will teach the people with courage those who is willing to be train i love it the same way...looking forward to have lots of you there as my friends especially the young adults men and women. God bless us :)
comfort
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Jan 20, 2013 @ 2:14 pm
Hello every one,my interest in Nauru is her population and land mass.Being from a very populous country(Nigeria) I was amazed to find that there is a country like Nauru.Am sure there will have less problems and have a closely knit society.I am happy to know you all and I wish us all GOD's continous Love and blessings.May the blessings be.
Barina Waqa
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Jan 20, 2013 @ 7:19 pm
There are some notes that need to be rectified. Nauruan is NOT the indigenous name used on official documents. Naoero or Anaoero is the indigenous name of Nauru. Naoero is the name on the Coat of Arms of Nauru and is used on all official documents.

A child born of Nauruan parents whether it be their mother or father may obtain Nauruan citizenship. It is not only if your mother is a Nauruan. Another means of obtaining citizenship is by marriage. A woman married to a Nauruan man may apply immediately in the case of a man married to a Nauruan woman would have to apply after 10 years of marriage.

The article references that only I-Kiribati fisherman provide a source of fresh fish. It is not only the I-Kiribati fisherman who do so but also local Nauruan fisherman who provide fish to the community.

Driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor has been identified by the article as the leading cause of death. Although a prevalent issue, this is not particularly accurate as medical issues associated with high rates of diabetes, cancer and other forms of illness have resulted in far more deaths.

Nauru does have a Corrections Facility and a Juvenile Centre for individuals incarcerated.

In terms of land rights, both fathers and mothers may pass their land rights to their children. In terms of illegitimacy, under the law children may inherit from their mothers. The law does not make the same provision for fathers. The non existence of the law does not mean that children are not entitled to their fathers land rights.

It is great to see the interest on our small island
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Mar 1, 2013 @ 4:16 pm
I am pleased to find this site and to read both article and comments with great interest. Especially the comments from Nauruans that revise the article.

I so need to talk to a Nauruan who is able to give me a valid perspective on a creation myth that my brief research tells me is from Nauru. It is about Ancient Spider creating the world from a clam shell.

I am in New Zealand, and am coming to the end of a 5 week storytelling course. I would like to perform this myth as a graduation piece next week. I have been asking people on the street, do you know anyone from Nauru? They say... where is that? Is someone willing to help me? My need is URGENT! Help me if you can!
Lee
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Apr 12, 2013 @ 2:02 am
Hi Wanna W

I read your article posted on 13 April 2009 with great interest because I was in Nauru during the period you mentioned. The name of the school that you are interested was called “Location School”. It provided primary education to children from Kiribati, Tuvalu, Hong Kong and Taiwan on Nauru at that time. The school got a Chinese section running a 6-year primary education program in Cantonese.

Hope this would refresh your memories.

Cheers
Ann-Marelle
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May 27, 2013 @ 7:19 pm
ok first of all i didnt find what im looking for but i found out some other interesting and important things about Nauru i mean i thought i know everything except one thats why im here turns out i know maybe 1 percent about Nauru oh well thanks for the article thing oh and sorry about how i type i dont use full stops commas etc thanks again
Maonna Ueantabo
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Sep 25, 2013 @ 6:18 pm
I am from Kiribati.I was in Nauru when I was very young.My father was working at NPC at that time.It was in the 1970's.I spent most of my life on the island.I have some relatives that are part Nauru and Kiribati.I have so many good memories I can't forget in my life.I enjoy and loved the life on Nauru.I'm back with my family to Kiribati but I still hoped that someday I'll be back to the island again and see new things I've missed already.I'm glad I found this site and I loved it.Thanks.
Ayayron
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Oct 1, 2014 @ 12:12 pm
To All friends of the country Nauru,

thanks for this incredible article on the culture of Nauru I plan to use this information for my Model United Nations class in school. I Will report back when I have gotten my grade for the assignment.

Thanks,
Your Pal AyAyron
Nancy Pollock
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Oct 16, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
Thank you for the many comments. I particularly welcome those who give us more information either as Nauruans or as residents who recall their time on Nauru.
There is so little known about this very important island. Any new information is very precious.

I hope to expand on the information here in a book shortly.

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