MELBOURNE - I will take Robert Forster’s narrative a bit further to provide more clarification of the colonial Administration’s patrol reports for those wishing more information on those times.
There is much valuable historical data in the reports, particularly for Papua New Guineans who are seeking tribal or family history.
Continue reading "Those old patrol reports II" »
Roselyn Sakias and her girls
ENGA - Roselyn Sakias, originally from Enga, had a dream to become high school teacher. Life was rough and Roselyn faced a lot of challenges getting educated.
Many times it seemed her dream would just be that – a dream. But she completed Grade 12 at Pause secondary school in 2008 and was selected to attend the University of Goroka. That was a big step forward.
Continue reading "Success through endless struggle" »
Kina Bank's equity boost from the Asian Development Bank will help promote its lending to small business customers
| Asian Development Bank
PORT MORESBY - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has made a $10 million (K34 million) equity investment into Kina Securities Limited, a fast-growing financial services company in Papua New Guinea.
The investment will help to increase the availability of sustainable financial services and support growth in PNG.
Continue reading "ADB helps Kina Bank improve services" »
NORTHUMBRIA, UK - The University of California’s photocopied archive of old and ancient patrol reports is fascinating - a treasure trove for historians and archivists keen to blow away the metaphorical dust that will be shrouding a multitude of historical nuggets.
Those who click the link must however arm themselves with patience.
Continue reading "Those old patrol reports" »
Giving Upe hat- wearing youths a chance to vote at male-only polling stations was one of many referendum firsts
| Associated Press
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — They voted in highland villages and on remote atolls. Even 15 youths, living in the jungle and wearing bright Upe hats as they underwent traditional training to become men, had the chance to vote.
All across Bougainville, people have voted in a historic referendum to decide if they want to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea.
Continue reading "Voting ends in Bougainville" »
The 404 year old King James Bible is ceremonially borne into the PNG parliament
TUMBY BAY - The world is awash with self-help books. No matter what the subject, they promise you advice that will solve all your problems.
Self-help literature is an industry in its own right. The motives of its authors range from the naked desire to make a buck out of gullible suckers to a genuine desire to be helpful.
Continue reading "God the writer" »
Clive James - of all the things that made him famous, he preferred to be known as a writer
TUMBY BAY - I’m not sure about the antecedents of Facebook, Twitter and all the other social media platforms but it is easy to trace the ancestry of the modern day blog.
The first blogs appeared in the mid-1600s as a product of the debate leading to the English Civil War.
Continue reading "This strange compulsion" »
Sally Jackson on Clive James - "At some point he wrote me a poem...."
SYDNEY - Sad to hear Clive James has died ... I loved his books.
My Clive story: I got to interview him once a long time ago at his favourite cafe in Circular Quay, and we got on like a house on fire, talking about reading and low carb dieting.
And went on to have more lunches.
Continue reading "Clive James wrote me a poem" »
Sir Mekere Morauta - "Foreign consultants have been boasting of their potentially dominant market power "
SIR MEKERE MORAUTA | Edited
PORT MORESBY - Arrangements between two foreign consultancies and the Mineral Resources Development Corporation to build power plants might be treating PNG landowners as fronts to ship out millions of kina.
Under arrangements I’ve been made aware of, the interests of foreign companies seem to have been given preference over a cheap and reliable national power supply and financial returns to the PNG LNG landowner groups who have invested in MRDC’s power-generation plans.
Continue reading "Something fishy about MRDC deal" »
TUMBY BAY - Marlene Dee Grey Potoura is a very talented writer. Whether her stories and books are aimed at adults or children they invariably land in exactly the right spot.
She can write about tragedy with deep feeling and about humour with a whimsical mischievousness. In short she is an accomplished and skilful writer.
Continue reading "A soul in need of nurture" »
Tsike – the Tsengelap clan leader burdened by the problems of looming Independence
NORTHUMBRIA, UK – I look at the two images accompanying this essay and ponder upon how rare it is that photographs in a random collection show the same man in such contrasting postures.
Luluai Tsike of the Tsengelap clan, which has its seat at Talu near Banz on the north side of the Wahgi Valley, is deeply troubled in the image at right and smiling and joyful in the one below.
Continue reading "The fears of Luluai Tsike" »
Ian Ling Stuckey - During the O'Neill regime “every year the average living standard of every person went backward by over K100”
| EMTV Online | Edited
PORT MORESBY - The Papua New Guinea government is projecting a tough year in 2020 as it contends with a shrinking economy and a K4 billion budget deficit.
Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey has handed down a K18.7 billion budget whilst issuing a scathing attack on former prime minister Peter O’Neill for what he described as the “mismanagement of the PNG economy”.
Continue reading "Debt repayment: Tough year 2020" »
In the National Housing Corporation corruption is rife. The stench from those who feed off the misery of evicted Papua New Guinean families is sickening
LAE - All the systems we put in place must serve the people.
We can pull our people out from the quagmire of poor health and low literacy. We can educate more women, reduce violence, build great infrastructure, strengthen our internal and external security.
We can be a learning hub for our Pacific neighbours with world class university campuses that use the research and the skills to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Continue reading "PNG – we can’t go on like this" »
Paul Oates at Pindiu in 1970 with Papua New Guinea Administration colleaguesa
Small Steps along the Way, by Paul Oates. Download it free here
WARWICK QLD - With Small Steps along the Way Paul Oates enters the pantheon of kiaps who have recorded their experiences in Papua New Guinea during the years of its prelude to independence in 1975.
Collectively they fill the void eschewed by mainstream historians, and for good reason.
Continue reading "The kiaps: After dedication, melancholy" »
PETER DWYER & MONICA MINNEGAL
MELBOURNE - We have recently published three short articles that may be of interest to PNG Attitude readers.
They draw on the archive of patrol reports that, with permission from the Papua New Guinea National Archives, has been provided online here by the University of California at San Diego.
Continue reading "On reading patrol reports" »
Dan McGarry - "The government refused my application to renew my work visa to silence me and warn other journalists in the country not to speak out”
| The Strategist | Australian Strategic Policy Institute
CANBERRA - Journalism has always been a tough trade in the South Pacific. Living and working in island communities exposes editors and reporters to unusual political, personal and professional pressures.
A statement warning about ‘growing threats to media freedom’ from the Melanesia Media Freedom Forum, representing journalists from Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and West Papua, has been underlined by Vanuatu’s expulsion of a long-serving editor.
Continue reading "Pressure on South Pacific journalism" »
John Pundari (right) with Michael Malabag in Pundari's house at Meraimanda
WABAG - Imagine how brave it was for local women to marry complete strangers – whether other Papua New Guineans or expatriates: men who dressed differently, spoke strange languages, ate weird foods and bore different skin colours.
This was the time when the PNG highlands were opening to the outside world of explorers, gold prospectors and kiaps (patrol officers), strange men who seemed to have appeared in their midst at the blink of an eye.
Continue reading "The eighth wife of a ‘bosboi’" »
Solomons prime minister Manasseh Sogavare and Chinese premier Li Keqiang (AP)
| Nikkei Asian Review
SYDNEY - In October, the New York Times reported that China had leased the island of Tulagi, prized for its deep-water harbor, from the Solomon Islands, which lie northeast of Australia.
While the Solomon Islands government has said such a lease is illegal, it set alarm bells ringing internationally, coming less than a week after the country severed relations with Taipei and turned to Beijing.
Continue reading "Pacific avoids debt-trap for now" »
"Is he an Aussie, is he, is he, is he an Aussie is he, eh? Is it because he's an Aussie, Lizzie, That he makes you dizzy, Lizzie?" (From the Vaults
BRYAN KRAMER MP
| Kramer Report
PORT MORESBY - On Thursday 14 November, former prime minister Peter O'Neill released a press statement announcing he had registered criminal complaints against me.
The complaints, made on 22 May 2019 and 28 October 2019, alleged I had made false citizenship claims against him, thus offending against sections 21 and 23 of the Cybercrime Act.
Continue reading "O’Neill: Izze an Ozzie izze Lizzie…..?" »
Raymond Masono - "“Panguna is the most likely project that can bankroll Bougainville’s independence from PNG”
| Reuters | Extract
SYDNEY — Bougainville vice-president Raymond Masono said he will revive a plan to overhaul the region’s mining laws after its ongoing independence referendum, which could strip the former operator of the Panguna gold and copper project of its interests.
The proposed changes, which have been criticised by Panguna landowners, would also erase an interest in the project held by the Papua New Guinea government, potentially complicating negotiations between the two governments after the referendum.
Continue reading "B’ville to revive mining proposal" »
Bridi Rice - "We need to be more sophisticated than providing loans through Export Finance Australia"
| Australian Council for International Development
CANBERRA - The Australian Council for International Development has commented on news that the Australian government will provide a loan of $US300 million (K1 billion) to Papua New Guinea.
As the PNG government seeks to pursue further economic reform, short-term liquidity provided by Australia could provide a leg-up for long-term change. But this is far from certain.
Continue reading "Transparency needed on K1b loan" »
MARLENE DEE GRAY POTOURA
LAE - My father was assassinated by the rebels in Bougainville on 23 August 1993. I left Bougainville at the end of November that same year.
The war had begun many years before; my father had been faithful and loyal; but still he died. And we hid in the jungle and waited.
Continue reading "Bougainville: assassination & requital" »
Mel Togolo - "it has been a long road"
SIR MELCHIOR TOGOLO
| Chairman, Bougainville Copper Limited
PORT MORESBY - The beginning of the referendum on Bougainville’s political future marks both an historic and proud moment for all of us who identify as Bougainvillean or have links through marriage and other customary arrangements.
It has been a long road and everybody who has been involved in ensuring Bougainville is well prepared should be happy with the outcome of their efforts.
Continue reading "Bougainville’s challenges lie ahead" »
Charles Dickens at work
SONOMA - I believe politics and pen are inseparable. That they influence each other is a truth that can’t be ignored.
Traversing history, we see how the famed novelist of the Victorian era, Charles Dickens, influenced England with his writings.
Continue reading "Pen & politics are soulmates" »
Public accounts committee deputy chairman Governor Gary Juffa and chairman Sir John Pundari enter a packed conference room to investigate the health department. How many deaths has this corrupt and incompetent department been responsible for?
| My Land, My Country | Edited
PORT MORESBY - Inside a packed conference room on the first level of B-Wing at Papua New Guinea’s parliament house, the Public Accounts Committee awaits senior members of the health department.
Already present are representatives from the logistics and pharmaceutical companies who have been summoned to give evidence in this investigation into a health system in crisis.
Continue reading "Health corruption & incompetence exposed" »
Thadius Kaka Menge today - almost 100, saw the onset of colonialism and mind as sharp as a tack
WABAG - Thadius Kaka Menge is one of the few surviving local leaders in Wabag who assisted the colonial administration pacify warring tribesmen and bring change and development to their communities.
The kiaps, or patrol officers, effectively used local leaders to partner with the police to establish Wabag town and built roads and bridges.
Continue reading "When the white man came to Wabag" »
Bryan Kramer (back to camera) addresses a meeting of police officers
BRYAN KRAMER MP
PORT MORESBY - On 14 November 2019, former prime minister Peter O’Neill released a press statement entitled ‘Criminal complaints and admitted misuse of police power requires PM to decommission Kramer’.
Then last Friday O’Neill issued a further statement entitled ‘Kramer deliberately leaked cabinet information so must be decommissioned’.
Continue reading "O’Neill wants me fired as police minister" »
DENNIS K BELAS
A poem for Bougainville
We’ve made a bold stand,
And now we take our turn
Ink finely stretches on paper
unleashing that burning desire
our longing for ages gone
Continue reading "Our Final Turn" »
TUMBY BAY - Around 1958 my father drove to the top of a hill on a deserted road in our 1948 Austin A40 and planted his foot to the floor.
We hurtled down the hill at increasing speed and when the car levelled out it had hit 61 mph. That’s about 98 kilometres an hour.
Continue reading "Speed & Papuan time" »
The Bougainville people are delighted to be voting in their long-promised independence referendum, but the hardest decisions still lie ahead
| The Diplomat
WASHINGTON DC - The Panguna mine on Bougainville is one of the largest copper and gold deposits in the world.
The mine was also at the centre of a decade-long civil war fought between the Bougainville Revolutionary Army and the Papua New Guinea Defence Force in the 1990s. The conflict cost as many as 15,000 lives and displaced 40,000 of the island’s 200,000 inhabitants.
Continue reading "Will Bougainville reopen Panguna?" »
James Marape and Scott Morrison - Australia's billion kina loan equals about what PNG lost in its ill-fated venture into Oil Search
| Australian Financial Review | Extracts
SYDNEY - Australia will loan Papua New Guinea $442 million (K1 billion)) in direct budget assistance designed to secure essential government services and rebuff financial overtures from China.
The Morrison government agreed to the loan request from PNG prime minister James Marape, offering immediate financial support linked to his plans for longer-term economic reforms in the struggling nation.
Continue reading "Australia to loan PNG K1 billion" »
David Johns and Justin Kundalin - brothers in arms and partners in persistence
SONOMA - He and I had many things in common and were best buddies in our secondary school days. That’s my brother, David Johns.
Doing Grade 12 in Kopen Secondary School, we both loved reading, church activities, leading students in ministry and working with peers and older folks.
We worked hard for the Grade 12 examination and, when the time came to fill the school leaver’s form, we both marked our choices as Sonoma Adventist College and Pacific Adventist University to take theology.
Continue reading "The power of persistence" »
Phil Fitzpatrick - "In PNG rural communities still operate as consensus driven entities ruled by the common good"
TUMBY BAY - In the 1987 film, Wall Street, the central character, Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas, famously says: “… greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works.”
The 1980s was the era of the ‘yuppies’ (young, upwardly-mobile professionals) during Ronald Reagan’s conservative presidency and the reign of his British equivalent, the ‘Iron Lady’, Maggie Thatcher.
Continue reading "Is greed natural? Is O'Neill real?" »
In 2014, after an exhaustive official inquiry, Dr Schram was allowed to return to PNG and his university. But corrupt politicians and administrators engineered phony charges against Schram in 2018, forcing him to leave PNG
| Extracts | Read the full address to the University of Verona here
VERONA - In all five developing countries where I have lived, no citizen believes the main purpose of the government of the day is serving the country's citizens.
In many developing countries, university lecturers will not speak up or be active democratic citizens, however, since they know this would mean they lose their jobs. It is therefore the students who will speak up.
Continue reading "How PNG universities lost their ethics" »
Papua New Guinea’s top donors (National Planning Department, 2020 forecasts)
BRYAN KRAMER MP
| The Kramer Report
PORT MORESBY - While discussing the 2020 budget papers, many members of Papua New Guinea’s national executive council (cabinet) were surprised to find out just how much PNG receives from our donor partners.
In 2020 PNG will receive close to K1 billion in free development funds to assist us in our development goals.
Continue reading "Who gives PNG how much?" »
More than 500 people attended a program to try to rid Enga society of drug-taking and drunkenness
LAIAGAM - Kuplam Seventh Day Adventist church is in Komaip village beside the police station not far away from Laiagam station.
It’s just a right turn from the road to Porgera gold mine amongst the tribes of the Lyen, Samb, Tee and Waiten people, highly populated groups but with many illiterates and a lot of drug use and other illegal activities.
Continue reading "Kuplam SDA’s drug-drunk conversion" »
SAMUEL LUCAS KAFUGILI
It’s dangerous to be in precarious space,
That allows impairment of our being,
Wielding hostility to all
And a threat to life
Security; life insurance, protection,
Has the power to relieve and release,
Not to let the hazards cause us harm,
But to protect our safety and our being
Continue reading "The sentinel is always vigilant" »
Murray Bladwell provided practical support for projects in Simbu and many other places
The funeral of our great friend and PNG Attitude colleague Murray Bladwell is being held in Brisbane as this tribute is published. I was asked by his family to offer a brief eulogy focusing on his relationship with Simbu….
NOOSA - The death of a friend chips away at us. When we lose a friend, we lose something of ourselves. And I miss this man of kindness, substance, practicality - and really bad puns.
Murray and I met in the Papua New Guinea highlands in early December 1963, a week or so after the assassination of John F Kennedy. Murray was 22; I was 18. Both of us were fresh out of teacher training.
Continue reading "My eulogy for Murray" »
TUMBY BAY - An old windup clock tick-tocking on the mantelpiece above the warm orange glow of a fire in the hearth.
A comfortable chair, a good book and an old malt whiskey. On the rug a dog snoozes as rain patters against the window.
Continue reading "So much for growing old" »
JASON SCOTT SMITH
| Washington Post
CANBERRA - Nearly two decades after a bloody civil war ended, Papua New Guinea’s province of Bougainville is finally getting its promised referendum on independence.
The result is expected to be a clear signal that a majority want to establish a new nation. But the way forward after votes are counted in December is far from clear.
Continue reading "Why Bougainville is eyeing independence" »
SONOMA – Long after his death in 2013, Nelson Mandela will remain a world leadership icon.
The whole world mourned when he died. The South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist, after a life of struggle, served as the first president of a democratic South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
Continue reading "Learning from Nelson Mandela" »
Enga’s Seventh Day Adventist His Voice singers, their voices echoing in the woods of Laiagam, Porgera and Mt Kare
LAIAGAM - His Voice is the singing ministry of the Seventh Day Adventist church in Enga.
The group was formed in 2019 by men and boys from Tee, Paiyan, Walian and other neighbouring tribesmen of Paip SDA church in Mamal village in the Laiagam District.
On social media, people in our country and even the world can see our own Wild West of the three Engan districts of Laiagam, Kandep and Porgera fighting wars and losing lives.
Continue reading "His Voice singing in the Wild West" »
The Coastwatchers Memorial in Madang - should there be something similar for the kiaps?
TUMBY BAY - There have been rumblings among the ever diminishing ex-kiap community for several years now about the desirability of erecting a monument to the work they did in colonial Papua New Guinea, and especially to commemorate those who lost their lives in the service.
The proposals range from a physical structure at a selected location to something like a scholarship for Papua New Guinean students named to mark the kiaps’ contribution to the development of their nation.
Continue reading "On memorials & monuments for kiaps" »
Observers will provide a critical role in ensuring whether the Bougainville independence referendum will be transparent.
| PNG News
PORT MORESBY - Transparency International PNG will be among the organisations sending a team of observers to monitor voting during the Bougainville referendum that begins next week.
The team of eleven, made possible with funding from the European Union, will be divided into a group of six in Buka and a group of five in Arawa.
Deputy director of policy and advocacy, Yuambari Haihuie, says TIPNG will monitor the conduct of referendum polling by officials as well as the freedom of voters to cast their votes without fear or intimidation.
Continue reading "TIPNG observers for referendum polling" »
Gough Whitlam and Don Dunstan in Canberra in 1973 during Whitlam’s prime ministership (National Archives of Australia)
TUMBY BAY - The argument goes that it was Australian opposition leader and later prime minister, Gough Whitlam, who led the charge for early self-government and independence in Papua New Guinea.
This is a naïve and simplistic view cherished by many observers in both Australia and Papua New Guinea. But the real story was decidedly more complex.
Continue reading "Don Dunstan’s role in PNG independence" »
"True development comes not when more money comes into the treasury but when the mindset changes"
SONOMA – The words of writers live longer than the ploys of many politicians. Writers influence every successive generation. Their legacy lasts long.
I believe in the power of writing and it is a power that has no peer.
The world is changing and Papua New Guinea is changing in terms of buildings and roads and education and international relationships and development.
Continue reading "Push the power of the pen" »
Even if small babies survive, they can suffer severe health problems throughout life and have a shorter life expectancy
| Burnet Institute
MELBOURNE - Shockingly, one in seven babies in Papua New Guinea is born with a low birth weight.
Babies born too small are often too weak to fight infection and as a result are very likely to die.
Even if they survive, they can suffer severe health problems throughout their life, and have a shorter life expectancy.
Continue reading "The mystery of low birth weight" »
Sam Kauona, former Bougainville Revolutionary Army general now a leading independence figure (Ben Bohane)
| Sydney Morning Herald | Extract | Read full article here
BOUGAINVILLE - China is also showing considerable interest in Bougainville, offering K3.4 billion worth of infrastructure and seeking Bougainville’s mineral wealth in ‘collateral’ as part of the deal.
Also revealed is the scale of a Chinese master plan for Bougainville as it heads towards a referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea.
Continue reading "BRA’s Kauona looks at Bougainville’s future" »
Dan McGarry - "“It’s just plain cruel to make innocent children suffer merely because we printed an uncomfortable truth”
NOOSA - The government of Vanuatu, having previously blocked Vanuatu Daily Post senior journalist Dan McGarry from working in the country, has now doubled down on that decision by preventing him from returning home to Port Vila.
Mr McGarry had, of all things, been attending a media freedom conference in Brisbane when the Vanuatu government denied his right to return to Vanuatu to be with his family.
Continue reading "Vanuatu doubles down on McGarry" »
Jamie Maxton-Graham in Mexico in 2008 - he persuaded Daniel Kumbon to adopt a healthy lifestyle
WABAG – When we met for the first time far from home, the late Jamie Maxton Graham encouraged me to give up Coca-Cola.
It was in Mexico City in August 2008, and it’s not often you come across a national minister who talks on a personal level about health and other important life issues.
Continue reading "Jamie Maxton-Graham: A tribute" »