Teima Onorio

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Teimwa Onorio
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5th Vice President of Kiribati
In office
10 July 2003 – 12 March 2016
President Anote Tong
Preceded by Beniamina Tinga
Succeeded by Kourabi Nenem
Minister for Internal and Social Affairs
In office
Minister for Education, Youth and Sports Development
In office
In office
Minister for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives
In office
Member of the House of Assembly
Assumed office
Constituency Arorae
Personal details
Born 1963 (age 54–55)
Political party Pillars of Truth
Alma mater Victoria University of Wellington (BA)
University of East Anglia (MA)

Teima Onorio (new orth Teimwa) (born 1963) is an I-Kiribati politician who has been a Member of the House of Assembly since 1998. She served as Vice President of Kiribati from 2003 to 2016.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Onorio is the daughter of Rota Onorio, president of Council of State and acting President of Kiribati from 10 December 1982 until 18 February 1983. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington (BA) and the University of East Anglia (MA, 1990).


Onorio served as Member of Parliament for the Arorae constituency from 1998 to 2002.[2] She has also held the post of Minister for Internal and Social Affairs since 2012.[3] She was Minister for Education, Youth and Sports Development from 2003 to 2007,[4] before heading the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives from 2007 to 2008[5] and then returning to Education, Youth and Sports Development from 2008 to 2012.

As Vice-President of Kiribati, she has represented the Alliance of Small Island States at the United Nations, speaking on the topic of climate change.[6]

President Anote Tong reappointed Onorio to a third consecutive term as Vice President on January 19, 2012, as part of his cabinet appointees.[7] She was sworn into office for her third term on the 19th January 2012.[7]


  1. ^ "Kiribati Thanks Cuba for its Cooperation and Solidarity", Cuban News Agency, May 29, 2009
  2. ^ a b "Historical Information on the Parliament of Kiribati", Kiribati Parliament website
  3. ^ "Cabinet Members (2012 - 2015)". Parliament of Kiribati. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Séance plénière - Quatorzième séance", UNESCO, October 7, 2003
  5. ^ "Composition du gouvernement: République de Kiribati", French Foreign Affairs Ministry, November 20, 2007
  6. ^ "Assemblée générale : appels épars au respect du protocole de Kyoto", UN News Centre, September 21, 2009
  7. ^ a b "Kiribati President Appoints New Cabinet". Kiribati Independent. Pacific Islands Report. 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2011-01-23.