Tea (Teauama) Timiti
Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)
Australian National University, ACT
Teauama (Tea) is acutely aware that she has the capacity and responsibility to make a real difference for her country, Kiribati. Being small in land mass and with over three quarters of its population living in the capital, Tarawa, overcrowding has led to high levels of unemployment and poverty, poor sanitation and hygiene, and high premature mortality rates.
Tea would like to use her opportunities in Australia to investigate solutions to these issues and determine viable relocation and other options.
Tea hopes to advocate for Kiribati at international and regional forums, and to ensure the country can achieve the sustainable development it urgently requires.
Lawyer and Research Fellow, Institute for Governance, University of Canberra, ACT
Jane is an experienced lawyer, activist, and gender equality advocate. She has worked in the public and private sectors of Australia, England and Kiribati for 20 years, including as a senior public servant for the Attorney General and Australia's Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Jane has provided technical and legislative assistance on behalf of the Australian government in Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa, Nauru, PNG, and the Federated States of Micronesia. She has served as the President of the Women Lawyers Association of NSW, President of YWCA Canberra, Vice President of YWCA Sydney, Director of the Australian Youth Policy and Action Coalition, and the legislative adviser for the Australian National Council for Women. She has held the positions of Director of the YWCA Australia National Board and Director of QE2 private hospital, which supports families and young children.