Hon Teima Onorio
Party: Boutokan Te Koaua (Government)
Political Status: N/A
Hon. Teima Onorio is the current Vice President of the Republic of Kiribati, serving her third consecutive term in this office following reappointment by President Anote Tong on 19 January 2012. She was appointed to Vice President initially from 2003 to 2007, and was reappointed in 2007 and 2012. She has been Minister for Education, Youth and Sports Development since 2008 – which is the same portfolio she held in her first term. During her second term as Vice President she briefly held the portfolio for the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives between 2007 and 2008.
Hon. Onorio has represented the Alliance of Small Island States at the United Nations, speaking in particular on the topic of climate change and addressing the United Nations General Assembly at the 61st Session in 2006. She previously served as Member of Parliament for the Arorae constituency from 1998 to 2002.
Hon. Onorio obtained her Bachelor of Arts (English) Degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in the year 1980-1982. She furthers her studies in South Australian College of Advanced Education in Adelaide, South Australia and obtained her Graduate Diploma in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). Later she pursued her Master of Arts in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the University of East Anglia, Norwich England in the United Kingdom.
Hon. Onorio was an English Teacher at the Marine Training School in Kiribati, and also at the Adult Migrant Education Center in Adelaide, Australia. She also Heads the English Department while being a Senior Mistress and Acting Deputy Principal at the Government secondary school King George V & Ellaine Bernacchi School from 1984 to 1995.
In between 1995 and 1998, Hon. Onorio has held positions at Government ministries, being a Senior Education Officer, Acting Chief Education Officer, and Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education Training & Technology (METT).
Hon. Onorio is a Member of the Standing Committee, Youth Evangelism Sunday School (YESS Kiribati Protestant Church) and also Member of the Executive Council.