Taberannang Korauaba’s research is close to his heart. Growing up in Kiribati, on the island of Banaba, Taberannang has experienced first-hand the effects of climate change and the lack of reportage of it in the media.
Through his research and with his media-related background, Taberannang hopes to help the local media in the small islands of Micronesia to better communicate the issue of climate change to the people in the islands, and also the outside world.
Taberannang’s research focuses on the islands of Kiribati, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.
Having completed his undergraduate degree at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji where he studied history, politics and journalism, Taberannang then made the move to Auckland to study Communication Studies (Hons) at AUT, which he completed in 2007.
In 2011, after settling here in New Zealand, he completed a Master of Philosophy in Communication Studies where he first looked at the media’s interaction with the public concerning climate change in Kiribati.
Taberannang is currently completing his doctoral thesis. The director of AUT's Pacific Media Centre, David Robie, endorsed Taberannang’s application for the AUT Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship to further his research with a Doctor of Philosophy.
Taberannang’s dreams drive his research. The hope of becoming an academic and also owning his own newspaper in Kiribati is now nearly a reality.
Read Taberannang’s contributing article about Kiribati here.