It was then the team leader informed us of the royal visit to Papua New Guinea, including a trip to Boera village. The Prince of Wales would officially launch our mangrove conservation project
Prince Charles plants the mangrove seedling at Boera village during his visit of 2012
WEWAK – On this morning in 2012, I stood inside the greenhouse surrounded by mangrove seedlings and in a state of high anxiety.
Soon I heard distant singing and the beating of kundu drums followed by cheering.
Continue reading "The King & Duncan & the mangroves of Boera" »
"Australia's apparent inability to assist in this most basic of legal processes does not sit well with its broader anti-corruption and security intentions in the region" – Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary
Samson Jubi was granted Australian permanent residency more than a decade ago (Facebook)
| ABC Investigations | Extract
SYDNEY - A Papua New Guinea government minister and top justice officials say they are "extremely frustrated" with Australia for harbouring a Cairns resident wanted for one of the biggest alleged frauds in the country's legal history.
In an early test for the Albanese government's Pacific strategy, PNG immigration minister Bryan Kramer and the country's national police force have spoken out to the ABC about "unacceptable" delays in Australia's handling of an extradition request for PNG citizen Samson Jubi.
Continue reading "Oz blasted over response to K268m fraud" »
I still cherish those first words
Strings of harmonious chords
I will not forget their worth
Spoken with sincerest thought
I wonder about their measures
Entangled down many years
Gifting me revelations
Ticking off recollections
The thoughtful anecdotes
The inspirational quotes
These I cherish as I rummage
Through these maiden messages
Chiselled on life's pages
To live on down the ages
The cost of eking out a living on islands threatened by sea level rise eventually becomes too much to bear, causing families to leave and the nation to disappear. "This is how a Pacific atoll dies. This is how our islands will cease to exist”
Marshall Islands president David Kabua addresses the United Nations General Assembly last week (AP Photo by Jason DeCrow)
| AP News | Extracts
NEW YORK - While world leaders from wealthy countries acknowledge the ‘existential threat’ of climate change, Tuvalu prime minister Kausea Natano is racing to save his tiny island nation from drowning by raising it four to five meters above sea level through land reclamation.
And while experts issue warnings about the eventual uninhabitability of the Marshall Islands, president David Kabua must reconcile the inequity of a seawall built to protect one house that is now flooding another one next door.
Continue reading "Drowning nations: ‘This is how an atoll dies’" »
"Corruption boils down to the attitude of individuals, which needs a complete change. The onus is on everyone to end this disease that continues to eat away the fabric of the nation"
PNG deputy prime minister John Rosso
| National Broadcasting Corporation
PORT MORESBY - The Marape government has vowed that it will work closely with key government agencies to combat corruption in Papua New Guinea.
Acting prime minister John Rosso said the government cannot tackle corruption alone, and needs a collective effort from government agencies and every individual.
Continue reading "Corruption eating the nation, says Rosso" »
“When people are too dependent on the government for handouts, their mindset is positioned in one direction only. Their minds become stagnant and they will not prosper"
| The National
PORT MORESBY - Poor judgement has resulted in Southern Highlands been riddled with law and order issues and this needs to change, says Mendi-Munihu MP, Raphael Tonpi.
“We need to respect and comfort them and find ways to assist and make Mendi town regain its glory days,” he said.
Continue reading "Vice-minister Tonpi wants to attack laziness" »
Dwellings damaged by a storm surge on Iama Island (John Rainbird)
NOOSA – The United Nations has declared that Australia has violated the human rights of a group of Torres Strait Islanders by failing to adequately protect them from the impacts of climate change.
Torres Strait Islanders are Indigenous Australians who live on small clusters of low-lying islands between Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Continue reading "Australia violated Torres Islander rights: UN" »
When the Bougainville Revolutionary Army succeeded in routing the PNG police and military from Bougainville in 1988, the BRA turned their violence upon Bougainvilleans they believed to be enemies or just ‘easy pickings’
The young Leonard Fong Roka and torture scar picked up in a refugee camp during the Bougainville civil war. When still a schoolboy, Leonard was deployed to serve in the bodyguard of Joseph Kabui, later president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government
LEONARD FONG ROKA
| From Our Archive, 23 September 2012
MADANG – In October 1992 I was a kid roaming around parts of the Kieta and the Bana districts in South Bougainville with Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA).
I was a member of the ‘A’ Company bodyguard unit.
Continue reading "BRA was the root of a bloody civil conflict" »
As deadly earthquakes pose catastrophic risks to communities, all levels of government have been asked to pause the Wafi-Golpu deep sea tailings pipeline proposal until consent has been given by affected communities
A large crack in a highway near Kainantu following the 7.6 magnitude Morobe earthquake that killed at least seven people
NOOSA - Following the deadly Morobe earthquake 10 days ago, a coalition of Papua New Guinean and Australian civil society organisations have called for a pause to the Wafi-Golpu gold mine project.
The quake had a magnitude of 7.6 and the organisations want the geology to be fully understood and for Morobe communities to be consulted, especially on the risks of deep sea tailings placement (DSTP) to their livelihoods and health.
Continue reading "Quake signals danger for Wafi-Golpu project" »
"I have been reading history for 60 years now and one of the things I have realised is that the human urge for conquest and the instinct to dominate others transcends geography, ethnicity, language and culture" - Chris Overland
Assyrian Empire (2025-605 BCE)
ADELAIDE - The death of Queen Elizabeth II has led to some reflection upon the British Empire and its legacy.
Commentary has ranged from the vile and tasteless to thoughtful consideration upon what is undeniably a very mixed British imperial legacy.
Continue reading "Enough! We need to see the end of Empires" »
The invigilators didn’t care who won the election, as long as the sitting member’s henchmen were not able to push false votes or influence the counting
Poll workers demonstrate that ballot boxes are empty before voting commences
PORT MORESBY – ‘Bigmanship’, in Simon Davidson’s, 'Bigmanship: the deliverer of corrupt leaders', is such a strange and new term.
If you look at it in the construct of Simon’s article, it’s like watching the vomit of over-analysis give life to something that is a post-colonial media construct.
Continue reading "Today's tribes are not loyal to their own" »
BA.4.6, a subvariant of Omicron, quickly gaining traction in the US and the UK, is able to evade immunity acquired from vaccination and prior infection. It is likely to be followed by BA.2.75.2 - an even more evasive subvariant (Illustration by Andrii Vodolazhskyi)
NOOSA - The full weight of nine governments and the public health bureaucracy continue to succeed in persuading the Australian population that Covid is not something to worry too much about.
One result of this nonsense is that in five of Australia’s eight states and territories, Covid infection is showing positive growth, with Queensland and South Australia looking likely to soon burst out into major expansion.
Continue reading "The Covid data they don't want you to see" »
Fego Kiniafa’s tribesmen rampaged through Goroka town armed with bush knives, burning houses and shops and ransacking other buildings
A building burns in Goroka following the slaying of Fego Kiniafa
NOOSA - Goroka was tense last night following the brutal murder of the chief executive officer of the PNG Ports Corporation, Fego Kiniafa, 43, on Saturday.
Kiniafa was killed near his village of Nagamiufa as his tribesmen clashed with clans from Korofeiga and Lower Bena, with the fighting taking to the streets of Goroka early on Sunday morning.
Continue reading "Goroka ransacked after murder of official" »
These are youths who sleep in the drains beside the Courts, at Yakapilin Market and in various dirty shanties around Port Moresby
PORT MORESBY - Whilst others were painting their faces on Independence Day, I spent my day at Jack Pidik Park.
I had been invited to give a little speech at the Human Development Institute graduation ceremony. So, what is significant about that?
Continue reading "Give the raskol a tenner & watch him grow" »
Ryan hid in a cave in the mountains of Sarewagat, 1,000 metres above sea level in a steep, densely forested valley with a fast flowing river
Peter Ryan MM - just 18 when called to war
OLIN – This is my place, Olin; a little village in Nawaeb District, Morobe Province.
Some years ago, I was told by my great-grandfather about a World War II soldier who was assisted by the natives of this area to escape from the Japanese.
Continue reading "The mountain cave that harboured Sgt Ryan" »
It's raining like sprinklers on a farm
My ears soak up the patter on the roof
It’s spattering like food in a deep fry
or the sound of rousing applause
It's raining like I can feel the damp,
sleeping inside as I wake and turn,
the only warmth in my foetal position
I pull at the cover that refuses to move
Continue reading "It's raining because of the moon" »
Spokesperson Rifai Darus said Governor Enembe's home is being closely guarded by thousands of people, including his close relatives
Governor Enembe undergoing medical treatment. He's believed to be the target of an Indonesian power struggle over Indigenous administrations in Papua (Pacific Pos)
| Asia Pacific Review | Edited
AUCKLAND - Governor Lukas Enembe of Indonesia’s Papua Province has been banned from travelling abroad, preventing him from undergoing vital medical treatment in the Philippines.
It is believed the popular governor of Melanesian Papua is the target of an Indonesian power struggle over Indigenous administrations in the region.
Continue reading "Ill Papua governor banned from treatment" »
"We must stop getting drunk in public. We must stop playing pokies all night. We must stop cutting deals & compromising the public interest. Our public servants must turn up to work on time"
Governor Allan Bird
GOVERNOR ALLAN BIRD
WEWAK -Independence is not free, it comes with Responsibility.
In my address to the Sepik people on the occasion of Papua New Guinea’s 47th independence anniversary, I stressed that it is important we understand independence as meaning that the people have the right to do everything themselves.
Continue reading "'Change is up to the people,' says governor" »
As an emerging Pacific Island state, Bougainville will work towards building mutual government relationships that will enhance trust, trade and investment
"As we reach out to the international frontier, our focus must be on growing the Bougainville economy and attaining fiscal self-reliance" - Bougainville vice-president Patrick Nisira
| Bougainville News
BUKA - The Autonomous Bougainville Government continues to make headway with its strategy to make practical the people’s 97.7% vote for Independence in 2019.
The Bougainville Independence Mission, launched by president Ishmael Toroama in April 2021, marked the beginning of the implementation of a Trident Strategy to prepare Bougainville for independence.
Continue reading "B’ville looks to its international relations" »
"The emergent PNG elite was mightily enamoured with aspects of monarchy, notably the awarding of various medals and honours. Such bilas never lost its allure, whether in PNG or elsewhere in the remnants of the former Empire"
In PNG, the imperial awards system is maintained alongside the home-grown Order of Logohu. The Post-Courier records the knighting of business leader Sir Mel Togolo in June 2018
ADELAIDE - I guess it is baffling to most outside observers that a foreign Queen, who was formerly an Empress, should have been the Head of State in Papua New Guinea and generally held in high regard.
In pre-independence times the Queen's status must have mystified Papua New Guineans.
Continue reading "The allure of the Crown: PNG & the Palace" »
Britannia defends Law, Monarchy and Religion against Violation from the Great Political Libertine. Despite its many flaws, inequities and inequalities, a constitutional monarchy remains the least easily manipulated governance system humans have devised
Death or Liberty! Cartoon by George Cruikshank, London, 1819
ADELAIDE - Raymond Sigimet's perfectly competent and informative article about the death of the Queen triggered a remarkable outpouring of venom about the monarchy from those who want to replace it with a republic.
There is no denying that the monarchy is an archaic and elitist institution. Also, there are plenty of examples of royals behaving badly.
Continue reading "The real virtues of constitutional monarchy" »
"The old justice is dead, and lost to time / Where once in the hausman it chanted at night / Amidst broken betel nut and waft of lime / Spoken in a chanted glow of embers’ light"
The old justice is dead, and lost to time
Where once in the hausman it chanted at night
Amidst broken betel nut and waft of lime
Spoken in a chanted glow of embers’ light
Burnt and buried, the old justice of the past
Where balance and order were societal norm
Calling upon ancestors and act not in haste
To pass judgement from man’s earthly worm
Continue reading "The Old Justice is Dead" »
The potential of TAFE-delivered vocational education and training has been relegated to mark it as a pathway for students who do not have the academic ability to progress in regular schooling. It hurts to write this, but it is the truth
PORT MORESBY - The education sector in Papua New Guinea has gone through various structural reforms in an attempt to ensure that principles and directives enshrined in the Constitution are realised.
Education as a development pillar is also highlighted as a key sector in PNG’s Development Strategic Plan 2010–2030, in the Medium Term Development Plan 2011-2015, in the Medium Term Development Plan III and in Vision 2050.
Continue reading "We need a national TVET authority: Here’s why" »
The celebration of a nation
| First published in PNG Attitude on 16 September 2019
In 2019, James Marape replaced Peter O’Neill as prime minister and briefly the nation breathed a sigh of relief that better days were to come. Francis Nii reflected upon the change of mood. The great author was to die before the disappointment set in
KUNDIAWA - In the last eight years, when other Papua New Guineans celebrated their country’s independence anniversary on 16 September each year, to me it was just like any other day.
I didn’t feel anything special about the occasion. Independence was meaningless and unimportant to me.
Continue reading "I have reason to celebrate Independence Day" »
The new Kumul flag is raised on Independence Hill
| First published in PNG Attitude on 16 September 2015
In 2009 former long-serving PNG district commissioner, the late David Marsh, who died in 2015, reflected upon what happened on that first Independence Day in 1975
PORT MORESBY -In late June 1975, Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam asked Papua New Guinea chief minister Michael Somare to provide a date for PNG Independence.
Somare set the date of 16 September the same year. Then he gave me the job of organising the event. We had ten weeks. Getting people to join me to get the job done was difficult.
Continue reading "How we raced to make independence happen" »
The main issue was that too much experience and expertise deserted PNG in those few years immediately after Independence. But that was in the seventies, and nothing can change what happened then
| First published in PNG Attitude on 16 September 2010
In 2010 I sought to draw back the curtains of gloom and identify some of the important areas in which PNG was doing well. Twelve years later, I leave it up to readers to assess how things are going. Plenty of space for Comments below
NOOSA – I was at that first Independence Day in Papua New Guinea and was amazed and impressed in how such an important and complex national event could be was organised in a heck of a hurry.
With only ten weeks’ notice, chief minister Michael Somare gave District Commissioner David Marsh the task of organising events both on the day and for the six days of celebration from 14-19 September.
Continue reading "35 years on - some reasons for pride" »
Before independence, our leaders chose and promoted a people-centred approach and enshrined this in our Constitution. But successive governments have steered another course
EDDIE TANAGO PAINE
PORT MORESBY – It’s Independence Day for Papua New Guinea, marking 47 years since a new country was born.
But while we celebrate 47 years of political independence, we must acknowledge that, as a nation, we have failed to fulfil our aspirations.
Continue reading "Independence Day: 47 years of failure" »
The power elites in Western countries resort to self- delusion, distortion, evasion, lies and hypocrisy to justify and defend policies and actions they believe or pretend are in the national interest
‘The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: A History of Now’ by Michael Burleigh
Pan, July 2018, 432 pages, paperback. Available here from Amazon Books $9.99
ADELAIDE - I have just finished Michael Burleigh’s acclaimed book, The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: A History of Now’ (Macmillan, 2017).
Burleigh is a distinguished academic specialising in the Nazi era, and he has held teaching positions, including professorial roles, at New College, Oxford, the London School of Economics and the universities of Cardiff and Stanford.
Continue reading "The world is changing: Are we ready for it?" »
The sea took away my kin not long ago, but the sea is not the enemy. I do not blame the sea, the sea will always serve its purpose
PORT MORESBY - As the Bismarck moonlight shines so bright, I can recall early memories of being on a canoe with my uncles at night, fishing the pristine waters near our island for crayfish and reef fish.
This was where I was born and where I spent my first few months when isolation was at its greatest.
Continue reading "Serenade of the Sea" »
John Kerr was looking for friendship and support wherever he could. Prince Charles allowed himself to be drawn into the collaboration to bring down an Australian government
King Charles III (then Prince Charles) in 1976
| Pearls Irritations
SYDNEY - In the heat of early spring 1975 in the New Guinea highlands, Australian Governor General Sir John Kerr sidled up to Prince Charles and suggested a quiet chat.
The topic? The possible dismissal of the Australian prime minister.
Continue reading "Prince Charles, Kerr & the dismissal of Gough" »
"I know how honoured Her Majesty is to be your Queen, a title borne by her with immense pride and renewed by the people of this great country upon independence in 1975" - King Charles III, speaking as the Prince of Wales, in 2012
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited PNG in October 1982
DAGUA - Papua New Guinea, as a member of the Commonwealth, is mourning the passing of its head of state, Queen Elizabeth II.
Elizabeth II, called Misis Kwin in PNG Tok Pisin, died aged 96 one week ago, Thursday 8 September.
Continue reading "PNG's monarch, ‘Misis Kwin’, has passed away" »
In 17 years since the first Autonomous Bougainville Government was formed there has been little practical action to utilise the powers to hold political and bureaucratic leaders to account
Joseph Nobatau found himself targeted as he sought to bring senior Bougainville leaders to account. He lost his influential job as chief secretary, but was later completely exonerated by the courts
BUKA - Bougainville president Ishmael Toroama recently announced his government’s intention to enact a new anti-corruption law.
The president, who campaigned on a platform of eliminating corruption, has since his election advocated for reform and should be commended for his focus on corruption.
Continue reading "Does B'ville need a new anti-corruption law?" »
WARD 9, WESLEY HOSPITAL, BRISBANE – A return to the keyboard. I type this haltingly, and with much error and correction.
Eight days ago, in a four hour operation, I had my seventh major spinal surgery. Two days ago I began to walk again, with acceptably little pain and great steadiness.
Continue reading "A battle won and a battle lost" »
Keith, September 2020
“The game's afoot: / Follow your spirit, and upon this charge / Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!” (Henry V by Wm Shakespeare, c 1599)
“Old age sure ain’t no place for sissies” - Bette Davis, movie star (1908-1989)
“I'll be glad to leave here. I feel like eating palm trees. I don't like this place. It's for people with arthritis. They come here to play golf and to die” - Ernie Holmes, American football hero (1948-2008)
“We are here to help each other through this thing, whatever it is” – Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)
NOOSA – Well, here we go again: 120 kilometres to Brisbane and the Wesley hospital for more surgery on my spine.
It feels like it may be the denouement of an unfinished 40-year long drama about the steady creep of arthritis.
Continue reading "Private notes for understanding friends" »
| Duresi’s Odyssey
AUCKLAND - On Sunday my daughter and I went to the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
As usual, we ended up spending time looking at the Pacific section and its artefacts. I had to photograph this meri blaus.
I remember the style well from growing up in the 1990s. My elder sister had a few. I think I may have owned one. Meri blaus styles change over time and I don’t think this style is still made.
“It’s probably because of the arms,” my daughter observed. “They’re very constricted, unlike the styles of today.”
Perhaps she’s got a point.
Happy Friday to you all!
“I want to warn the country about ‘lazy man expectations’ that money from oil, gas and mining would be a permanent solution for our economy; far from it” – James Marape
James Marape speaking in parliament this week
JAMES MARAPE MP
| James Marape News Page | Edited
WAIGANI – The story of Papua New Guinea is not bad as many people make it out to be.
By 2027, the Budget will be in surplus and by the mid-2030s PNG will have paid its total sovereign debt on the way to becoming a K200 billion economy.
Continue reading "Marape says PNG's prospects now look strong" »
"I wonder if the consultants ever get beyond the boundary of Port Moresby or any of the provincial capitals? Have these people spent even a month living in a community?"
CAIRNS - As Chris Overland writes, corruption is an insidious cancer, and nothing will change at the top until outcomes are changed at the base.
I think it’s fair to say that elected representatives are a reflection of the expectations of the people who vote for them.
Continue reading "Real change in PNG must start at the base" »
Corruption is a huge problem in PNG and has a huge economic cost. PNG is ranked by Transparency International as one of the most corrupt countries in the Asia-Pacific region
"Research by Act Now! showed how just a one-point improvement in PNG’s corruption score could boost the economy by K10 billion a year or 14%, equivalent to over K1,200 for every woman, man and child in PNG" - Eddie Tanago
| Act Now!
PORT MORESBY - Effective action against corruption is essential for economic growth and it should be the number one priority for the new Marape government.
Recent findings by the National Research Institute has reaffirmed the importance of good governance and the rule of law in attracting new investment, increasing employment opportunities and boosting government revenues.
Continue reading "Corruption is suffocating economic growth" »
The rich developed countries are arguing over the best ways to deal with climate change while urgent action is needed to save vulnerable nations, especially those in the Pacific, from disaster
Two months of dry weather has caused a five metre drop in the water level at Yonki Dam which supplies power to one-third of Papua New Guinea
DAGUA - In the Highlands of Papua New Guinea there is a prolonged drought.
The water level of the Yonki dam near Kainantu has dropped to a critical level, threatening not only water supplies but the generation of electricity for most of the Highlands as well as Lae and Madang.
Continue reading "Rich countries must get real on climate. Now!" »
The House of Hope provides emotional, physical and material assistance to restore the dignity of survivors of violence and to promote their recovery and empowerment
House rules and artwork done by survivors of sorcery accusation related violence at the House of Hope. It is part of the rehabilitation process and therapy for survivors (Gerard Ng, UNDP Papua New Guinea)
| United Nations Development Program PNG
PORT MORESBY - Since the beginning of this year, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), through its partner Catholic Diocese of Mendi, has reached over 1,000 people through 17 awareness programs on sorcery accusation related violence (SARV).
Responding to the grave human rights violations resulting from SARV in Southern Highlands Province, the Catholic Diocese of Mendi actively advocates against the practice and provides post-violence victim recovery support through a safe house – the House of Hope.
Continue reading "UN offers safety to survivors of violence" »
"Our traditional partners have always been Australia when it comes to trade, economics, security and we will continue to do so to make sure we have a safe region” - Justin Tkatchenko
Senator Penny Wong says Papua New Guinea and Australia "must have the"closest possible relationship. Our futures are tied together"
SYDNEY - Australia wants the closest possible relationship with Papua New Guinea, said foreign minister Penny Wong, on her first official visit to the country amid competition with China for influence.
PNG had previously turned down a Chinese offer to redevelop a naval base and Canberra is funding Telstra's acquisition of PNG's biggest mobile provider, Digicel, to counter growing Chinese influence in the Pacific Islands.
Continue reading "Australia wants 'closest possible relationship'" »
When prime minister O’Neill visited China frequently. “Peter O’Neill could not resist red carpets, and the Chinese rolled them out for him,” Paul Barker, PNG Institute of National Affairs
The 23-storey Noble Center, the tallest building in PNG built at a cost of $95 million (K230 million) by the China Railway Construction Engineering Group, was denied an occupancy certificate by the city building authority last September. It remains unoccupied
| The Monthly | Extract
MELBOURNE - Heading a new term of government, prime minister James Marape said he would issue a list of business categories reserved for Papua New Guineans below a certain investment level.
“I am not going to be prime minister to see the erosion of business opportunities for PNG nationals, like restaurants, guesthouses, lodges, being filled by entrepreneurs or businessmen from outside,” he said.
Continue reading "China gold has been tarnished under Marape" »
“Every day we worry about levees collapsing on us, about rivers full of mine waste flooding our land and villages and about whether the water we drink and wash with is making us sick” - Theonila Roka Matbob MP
"We urgently need Rio Tinto to do what’s right and deal with the disaster they have left behind” - Theonila Matbob MP
| Bougainville News
Link here for the report, Panguna Mine Environmental & Human Rights
Link here for the report After the Mine: Living with Rio Tinto’s deadly legacy
BUKA - An independent report reviewing data on Rio Tinto's former Panguna mine has warned of serious risks to local communities from unstable mine infrastructure and flooding caused by the build-up of mine waste in rivers.
The report, produced by global environmental firm Tetra Tech Coffey, is a preparatory desktop study on the mine which will inform an environmental and human rights impact assessment later this year.
Continue reading "Reports highlight risks from Panguna mine" »
Corruption is an insidious cancer in the social, economic and political fabric of the nation. It will have to be stamped out if Papua New Guinea is ever to reach its true potential
Tolai man uses tabu (shell money) to buy a soft drink in a Chinese store (Claudio Sieber)
ADELAIDE – Let us suppose that the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) was not both corrupted and inefficient.
If this was so, then the PNG’s Chinese traders, described by Hamish McDonald in the current issue of The Monthly (link here $ or read an extract here), might have sufficient confidence in the system so they would not feel compelled to adopt some of the extrajudicial measures referred to in the article.
Continue reading "The insidious cancer that is corruption" »
That slab hides beneath a person of ideas / Of vision and plans all sketched out / Linked with wisdom and understanding / All this gone to the grave unused
Under this decorated slab
A person with unused treasures lies
Treasures so huge for an entire country
Because our years are numbered
And life can be very short
Under the slab are untold treasures
Continue reading "Under That Cement Slab" »
Papua New Guinea is entirely a colonial construct and, as recent elections demonstrated, tribalism still trumps democracy in many places and in many ways
Taking a break in a village. Life under colonialism was predictable and progressive. And colonisers and colonised generally got on well. But the colonial governance construct is now showing its age
ADELAIDE - The desire of Bougainvilleans for independence is not going to dissipate based on some deal concocted by Port Moresby to give the island autonomous status within Papua New Guinea.
Surely this message has been delivered in clear and unequivocal terms?
Continue reading "PNG’s colonial construct is under threat" »
'Operating with cash only, ignoring company or goods-and-services tax obligations, importing goods through sometimes unorthodox channels....the Fujian businesses have been unbeatable competition at the bottom end of the consumer market'
"Periodically, mobs attack and ransack Chinese stores in PNG towns, as they also have in Honiara, the Solomon Islands capital"
| The Monthly | Extract
MELBOURNE - Who should Australia believe about China’s business and strategic interests in Papua New Guinea?
Aiambak, 469 kilometres up the Fly River from the Torres Strait, is on the frontier of China’s contemporary reach into the wider world.
Continue reading "The new breed of Chinese trading in PNG" »
“The rodeo ain’t over till the bull riders ride,” wrote Washington Post sports editor Dan Cook in June 1978, giving birth to a popular cliché. The end of Covid has been called many times, some people even believe the propaganda that’s it’s over. You can be well advised, it's not over till it’s over.
Covid screening in India where cases of BA.2.75 (Centaurus) are rising (Mohd Arhaan Archer AFP)
NEW YORK - Will Omicron's newest subvariant, BA.2.75, be the next one to worry about?
It was first found in early June in India and has now been detected in more than 20 countries, and researchers are waiting to learn whether it will substantially elevate case numbers after a wave of infections with BA.5.
Continue reading "Centaurus looms as a new Covid threat" »
‘Foreign media must understand that the manner in which journalists are allowed to conduct themselves in other countries does not give them the right to operate in the same manner in the Pacific’
Solomons journalists at a training workshop in March 2021
| Pacific Media Watch
AUCKLAND - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the Solomon Islands government for threatening to ban or deport foreign journalists “disrespectful” of the country’s relationship with China.
The IFJ said this was a “grave infringement on press freedom” and called on prime minister Manasseh Sogavare to ensure all journalists in the Solomon Islands remain free to report.
Continue reading "Solomons’ threat to journalists condemned" »
The autonomous Bougainville government said ratification of the 2019 referendum on independence will be done by the national parliament and doesn't require PNG citizens to be further consulted
| Radio New Zealand
AUCKLAND - The Bougainville government has rejected a call from the Papua New Guinea government to hold for a nationwide consultation on the Bougainville independence referendum.
PNG prime minister James Marape proposed the consultation earlier this month.
Continue reading "Bougainville says no to independence consultation" »